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7 Beginner-Friendly Hikes Near Ottawa That Will Give You The Best Fall Views

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 7 Easy Hikes Near Ottawa That Will Give You The Best Fall Views (PHOTOS)

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are cooling, which means there’s no better time to escape the city and get lost in nature. These easy hikes near Ottawa are the perfect places to discover golden fall foliage and the views are simply extraordinary.

Whether you’re a keen hiker or a total novice, there are plenty of brilliant hikes near Ottawa that will suit your walking ability. 

Although many of these spots are awe-inspiring during every season, there’s something pretty special about the red, orange, yellow and gold hue in the fall.

From enchanting boardwalks and colourful woodlands to mountaintop lookout points, all of these trails are located within a couple of hours of downtown O-Town.

Grab your coziest sweater and your favourite walking buddy  it's time for an autumn-inspired adventure in the great outdoors!

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King Mountain Trail

Length: 1.8 km

Address: King Mountain Trail, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: This super-quick and super-easy hike is one of the best spots if you want to discover incredible views without too much hard work. You’ll be able to enjoy scenic lookouts over the Ottawa River Valley and there’s countless spots to snap that perfect fall photo.

Pink Lake Trail

Length: 2.1 km

Address: Gatineau Park, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: This is a short hike, but there’s plenty of steps to climb. While your legs might ache the following day, seeing the extraordinary turquoise lake surrounded by orange and gold trees will be totally worth it.

Track and Tower Trail

Length: 7.5 km

Address: Algonquin Provincial Park, Unorganized South Nipissing District, ON

Why You Need To Go: Gold, gold and more gold! This colourful paradise is at its best during fall. While it’s going to take you a couple of hours to get there from Ottawa, you won’t regret the journey once you’ve arrived.

Luskville Falls Trail

Length: 4 km

Address: Luskville Falls Trail, Pontiac, QC

Why You Need To Go: This four-kilometre loop is pretty easy and is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. If autumnal trees aren’t enough for you, there’s also a trickling waterfall to discover here, too.

Mer Bleue Bog Trail

Length: 7.1 km

Address: Ridge Road, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: While this trail is a little longer in distance, it’s pretty flat and easy-going. You’ll be able to see all sorts of seasonal colours here and you may even spot some of the area’s abundant wildlife.

Philippe Lake Trail

Length: 9.3 km

Address: Lac Phillipe, Pontiac, QC

Why You Need To Go: Although this hike is over nine kilometers long, it’s close to the city and could be easily completed within an afternoon. Along the route, you’ll be able to enjoy dreamy views of the lake and the surrounding orange woodlands.

Pinhey Forest Trail

Length: 3.2 km

Address: Pinhey Forest, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just outside the city, this breathtaking spot is short, mostly flat and totally easy-going. It’s perfect if you only have an hour-or-so to spare or if you’re a novice hiker. If you’ve got a little longer, there’s even secret sand dunes here, too.

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