The leaves are changing and sweater weather is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time of year to get outside. If you’re looking for things to do in Ottawa this weekend, you've come to the right place.

From boardwalk trails surrounded by foliage to pumpkin pie stuffed pancakes that make for a delicious outdoor picnic, there are plenty of reasons to get outside in the capital this weekend.

So whether you’re looking to stay cozy around a fire or give yourself the chills at a scary outdoor movie, this city has you covered.

Bask In Fall Foliage On The Mer Bleue Bog Trail

Price: Free

When: Daily

Address: Ridge Rd, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through a gorgeous section of Ottawa's greenbelt, soaking in all of the fall colours along the way.

Enjoy A Pumpkin Pancake Picnic

Price: $15.99

When: While supplies last

Address: 354a Preston St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can order pumpkin pie stuffed pancakes to go from Flapjack's Canadian Diner and have a picnic. The diner is also open for dine-in if you prefer.

Pretend You're In Europe At Fairmont Château Laurier

Price: Menu prices vary

When: Daily

Address: Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Whether you're strolling past this castle-like building or enjoying an outdoor meal on the rooftop, you'll feel like you're finally on that Parisian vacation. And this is just one of many European-looking spots in Ottawa.

Get Cozy Around A Campfire At Saunders Farm

Price: $120

When: Fridays & Saturdays in October

Address: 7893 Bleeks Rd, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a socially distanced campfire with all of the fixings at this charming Ottawa spot. Don't forget about the Fright Fest event happening here as well.

Take A Scenic Stroll Through Dominion Arboretum

Price: Free

When: Daily

Address: Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Ottawa's Experimental Farm is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the capital. You can admire fall in all of its glory when you walk around the arboretum. 

Watch A Scary Movie @ The Drive-In

Price: $36.45

When: Sunday, October 4

Address: 401 Corkstown Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you want to be spooked from the comfort of your car this weekend, the drive-in is the place to be. Head over on Sunday to catch a screening of Hereditary.

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