Picnic season doesn't end with summer — in fact, it might even get better in the fall. With the amazing red and yellow leaves, cozy sweaters, and warm blankets, fall picnics can feel like something straight out of a Hollywood romance movie! Luckily, there are ample spots in Ottawa for a sweet and peaceful lunch date, so all that's left to do is pack up that charcuterie board, grab your favourite people, and head out to one (or several) of these adorable Ottawa picnic areas!
Remic Rapids Park
Address: Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
Why You Need To Go: The unique balanced rock sculptures along the water's edge make an incredible backdrop while you eat your lunch. There are plenty of grassy areas and benches to sit on. But, if packing a picnic basket isn't for you, there is also a bistro on site where you can order hot dogs, slushies, wine, and more. Most menu items don't exceed $15, although it may not always be open.
Algonquin College Horticulture Garden
Address: 1385 Woodroffe Ave.
Why You Need To Go: This peaceful garden near Algonquin college offers a quiet and hidden escape for your fall picnics. Grab a seat near the beautiful fountain or at one of the many benches spread throughout and enjoy your snacks while taking in the vibrant fall colours.
Address: Between Bank Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway
Why You Need To Go: You can sit under a weeping willow and soak in a magical view of the Rideau Canal. The area is easily accessible by car or public transit. With washrooms on-site and the peaceful sounds of the water, Patterson Creek is an ideal spot to enjoy a cozy fall meal!
Princess Louise Falls
Address: St Joseph Boulevard
Why You Need To Go: It's hard to believe that this stunning waterfall is located just in the east end of Ottawa! There is a large section of flat rock surrounding the falls where you could potentially sit and eat.
Morris Island Conservation Area
Price: $3 parking
Address: 156 Morris Island Dr.
Why You Need To Go: Boardwalks, water, fall foliage, stunning views — this conservation area has it all. You'll have no trouble finding a nice spot to sit either on the ground, on a bench near the Ottawa River, or at one of the designated picnic areas.
Andrew Haydon Park
Address: 3169 Carling Ave.
Why You Need To Go: With designated picnic areas and the cutest little windmill you've ever seen, Andrew Haydon Park is the perfect picnic spot. Tucked away just before the footbridge you'll find an adorable little waterfall (if it's not dry) which makes a perfect photo opp as well!
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