Top Thanksgiving weekend activities in the Ottawa area


Thanksgiving weekend is here and it’s a great time to enjoy some family fun outdoor and indoor activities before the arrival of winter!

Get ready for Halloween, go to a pumpkin patch where your children can pick their own pumpkin and then either paint or carve them.

Pumpkin Picking in the Ottawa Area

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm is on Thanksgiving weekend with a haunted hay ride, play structures, the barn of terror, puppet shows, mazes, Ghost Town Stage and the Witch Mountain Slide.

Weather permitting, take a hike on one of the kid friendly trails in the Gatineau park and enjoy the stunning fall colors. The Fall Rhapsody Festival will also be taking place in the Gatineau Park with FREE shuttles from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

The Watson’s Mill Harvest Festival will be taking place on October 8th 2022 with wagon rides, children’s crafts, heritage games, scavenger hunts and more!

The 23rd Annual Biology Butterfly Show is on this weekend from 9am to 3pm in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s Biology Department. This exhibition features nonetheless than 1,300 exotic butterflies!!

Proulx Berry Farm in the East end is hosting their 28th pumpkin fest with face painting, inflatable bouncies, a Halloween costume contest, pyramids, wagons rides through the mysterious forest, haunted mazes and pick your own pumpkin.

If you are up for a short drive, Upper Canada Village has it’s annual Pumpkinferno with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.

Only a short drive away is also Omega Park where your children will have a blast driving along the trails and feeding animals surrounded by beautiful fall colors.

Acres of Terror at Cannamore Orchard will be celebrating their 30th year of Terror. The four main components of Acres of Terror is the Spooky Wagon Ride, the House of Terror, the Spooky Village and the Fog Maze.

It’s the last weekend to enjoy InterZip Rogers, the first interprovincial ZipLine.

The Ottawa Parent & Child Expo will take place this weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex. Parents will find a variety of their favorites Ottawa exhibitors offering important parenting information, and kids will find Elmo & Cookie Monster, Little Rays Reptile on stage, Kids Play Zones and a variety of other activities that focus on fun, learning, being healthy and active.

The Ottawa Fire Truck Pull will take place October 8th at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa!

It’s the last weekend to enjoy Van Gogh 360, an immersive exhibit that includes a 360-degree panorama on larger than life screens, a complementing musical bed and a mix of different fields of art.

Many Ottawa museums also have fall activities happening this weekend!

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