Ottawa's Countryside |

Ottawa's Countryside

Rural Ottawa and the surrounding areas offer fascinating and fun sites, attractions and activities. If you’re visiting, take a detour on your way here or on your way home and discover our country side!

Cross-country skiing along the river

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Get outside this winter and soak in the season in Ottawa's Countryside. From nature walks immersed in a winter wonderland to eating pancakes in a Maple farm and cross-country skiing, we've got it all.  Here's a sneak peak to start your winter getaway planning:


  • Prescott and Russell are charming country counties within a few minutes from a world-class urban experience.
  • Try your luck in the largest collection of full-sized hedge mazes in North America at Saunders Farm. Each fall, until November, Saunders unveils its Haunting Season and Frightfest!
  • Explore waterfalls, stop at scenic outlooks and adventure to abandoned ruins. Hike one of the many colourful trails in Gatineau Park
  • Rejuvenate the mind and body at the largest outdoor nature spa in North America, Nordik Spa-Nature.
  • Set out on a self-drive safari to spot moose, bison, bears and wolves at Parc Omega.
Visit the National Capital Region and its beautiful countryside


This city is a uniquely beautiful place: an urban centre on the edge of nature where you can enjoy the great outdoors and nearby in the surrounding country side. There’s an easy cosmopolitan vibe here, and Ottawa is known for being both welcoming and walkable. Explore the distinctive local neighbourhoods, including the historic ByWard Market: by day this area boasts a bustling farmers’ market and chic shops, by night it hums with activity at the restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.

Be Here for Canada's 150th birthday!


In 2017, Ottawa is where you’ll want to be for Canada’s 150th anniversary! As Ottawa is Canada’s Capital, many of the country’s biggest celebratory birthday events will continue throughout the fall. From new exhibitions and grand re-openings at Ottawa’s national museums, to dazzling light performances and a triple play of big sporting events are still to come!