Canada's capital is a beautiful place to be in during any season, but it's nice to plan a little escape every now and then. So, if you're looking to switch things up this fall, you have to check out these nine impossibly adorable small towns near Ottawa. Get your boots and cozy sweaters ready because you're going to want to visit every last one of these places.
From towns that are less than an hour away to little communities that will take you on a three-hour adventure, there's a small town out there that can accommodate your travel desires.
Whether you're looking for specialty shopping experiences you can't find anywhere else or beautiful buildings that will whisk you away to Europe, these towns have you covered.
And if you're just looking for a new place to enjoy Ontario's gorgeous fall foliage, you won't be disappointed.
Now all that's left to do is to pick which of these gems you and your BFF will venture to first.
Address: Vankleek Hill, ON
Why You Need To Go: This charming community is filled with tons of beautiful murals for you to discover. If you love art, small businesses, and cute bakeries, Vankleek Hill is the spot for you.
Address: Merrickville, ON
Why You Need To Go: The village of Merrickville is an adorable spot to visit if you love to shop until you drop. A walk through this place will have you feeling like you're on a European vacation. Don't forget to visit the town's ruins, either.
Address: Perth, ON
Why You Need To Go: When it comes to beautiful towns near the capital, it doesn't get much prettier than Perth. From the gorgeous downtown buildings to the scenic waterfront views, and every amazing pub in between, there's much to enjoy here.
Address: Gananoque, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you love old buildings, cute lighthouses, and boat tours, then Gananoque needs to be on your small town bucket list. You can wander the gorgeous downtown core and then check out one of the famous 1000 Islands cruises.
Address: Hillier, ON
Why You Need To Go: Located about three hours from Ottawa, Hillier has a population of roughly 100 people. But, this small community in Prince Edward County is filled with wonderful wineries. So if you like to rosé all day, this is the town for you.
Address: Eganville, ON
Why You Need To Go: Nature lovers will appreciate how naturally stunning Eganville is. You'll also find the famous Bonnechere Caves here, however they are currently closed for the 2021 season.
Address: Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: This town has charming galleries, restaurants, and shops for you to wander through. You can also find the start of Gatineau Park here, which is a great spot for admiring the fall foliage. Of course, the Nordik Spa pools also offer some incredible views.
Address: Smiths Falls, ON
Why You Need To Go: You might think of Smiths Falls as that little town that the VIA Rail rolls through, but it's so much more than that. It has a thriving arts and culture scene and some incredible year-round nature trails for you to explore.
Address: Westport, ON
Why You Need To Go: If it's fall views you're after, Westport won't disappoint. While you're here, you have to visit the scenic lookout in Foley Mountain Conservation Area. You can practically see the whole town from there and it's breathtaking.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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