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9 Things To Do This Thanksgiving Weekend In Ottawa

Your Official Fall Long Weekend Guide!

The time has finally come for Thanksgiving weekend. A.K.A. the official first long weekend of fall. A.K.A. the time you tell yourself you're going to catch up on all your school work but spend it with leftovers and Netflix instead.

If you're staying in Ottawa for the weekend and at a loss for ideas on what to do, we got you.

Here are 9 Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend In Ottawa.


1. Take A Roadtrip


There are plenty of places nearby Ottawa where you can drive to in under two hours just to spend the day. It's a great way to spend time with family or friends and explore something new, while staying close to home.

2. Check out Pumpkinferno at the Upper Canada Village


Pumpkinferno, at Upper Canada Village, is an outdoor exhibit that hosts up to 7,000 hand-crafted pumpkins. It's a definite must-see for a chilly fall night, featuring different types of scenes - from the exotic to the historic.

3. Explore Gatineau for Fall Rhapsody


Whether you're hiking trails with the squad, or just going for the gram, Gatineau should be on every Ottawan's autumn bucket list. We're lucky to live in a city so surrounded by nature, especially during the fall-time. Don't miss out on this, you'll regret it by the time winter rolls around.

4. Make Your Own Donuts at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


Apple Cider Making, Mini Baked Apple Cider Donuts, and Three Sisters Soup are just some of the food-related activities being held at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum's fall harvest celebration. I have nothing else to say. They had me at baked apple cider donut.

5. Get Spooked


It's back to haunting season at Saunders Farm, which is basically an Ottawa tradition. Their new 1930s Carnival house opens this year featuring a carousel and and ferris wheel. Tickets start at $15.

6. Visit the Carleton University Butterfly Show


With over 1,300 exotic butterflies and no ticket charge, Carleton's annual butterfly show runs from October1st - 9th in the Nesbitt building on the university campus.

7. Be On Your Wurst Behaviour


Ottawa Sausage Fest, happening from October 3rd - 16th in the Byward Market, celebrates local Ottawa restaurants and their best hotdog specials. You can visit any participating restaurant and ask for their Sausagefest Special - this even includes Vegan options. For more info, check out http://ottawasausagefest.com/

8. Go Apple/Pumpkin Picking


It's always fun in the fall to pick your own seasonal fruits and veggies. Here is a list of farms close to Ottawa/in Ottawa that you can check out with your family and friends for a fun group activity.

9. Party It Up 80s Style

Barrymore’s retro 80s party is this weekend, and the first 200 tickets are free. For more info, check out their event page here.