Fall Rhapsody

Maps and Publications

Special events and activities of Fall Rhapsody 2016 are officially over, but magnificent colours are still visible at certain places in Gatineau Park, and there is still time to enter our contest.

Our 12 best spots 

In addition to the popular fall destinations, Gatineau Park features many unique sites that offer spectacular scenic views. Discover 12 spots to enjoy the fall colours in Gatineau Park.

Photo Contest

Win an overnight stay in a four-season tent or yurt in Gatineau Park this winter.
Enter our photo contest by tagging #FallRhapsody and the NCC account on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The contest runs from October 1 to 31, 2016. Evaluation criteria and contest rules.

Why do leaves change colour in the fall?

What are the best places in Gatineau Park for viewing this spectacular natural phenomenon? Here are a few answers in this short video with our interpreter.

Free shuttle (pilot project) 

The Fall Rhapsody shuttle is a pilot project initiated by the NCC, in collaboration with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Camp Fortune.  

Take the shuttle survey

In 2016, we offered two free shuttle options.

Route 1: Camp Fortune | Champlain Lookout
Weekends, October 1 to October 16, 2016
11 am to 4 pm, every 10 minutes

  • Camp Fortune*
  • Keogan Shelter
  • Étienne-Brûlé Lookout
  • Champlain Lookout
  • Huron Lookout

*Last departure from Camp Fortune at 3 pm

Route 2: Downtown Gatineau | Pink Lake | Mackenzie King Estate
Weekends, October 1 to October 16, 2016
9 am to 4 pm, every 20 minutes

  • Robert Guertin Centre Park-and-Ride*
  • Terrasses de la Chaudière (OC Transpo)
  • Montcalm Station (Rapibus)
  • Welcome area (Gatineau Parkway)
  • Pink Lake Lookout
  • Mackenzie King Estate

*Last departure from Robert Guertin Centre Park-and-Ride at 2 pm

Access to parkways 

On Fall Rhapsody weekends, from 11 am to 4 pm, the southbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (heading toward Champlain Lookout) will be closed to all regular traffic (including cyclists), and open exclusively to the Fall Rhapsody shuttle.

The northbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (toward Dunlop Road) remains open to all traffic to enable motorists and cyclists to access Camp Fortune and Chemin du Lac-Meech.

The Gatineau and Champlain parkways remain open to all traffic in both directions, except during temporary parkway closures required during high traffic periods.

View all road closures.

Our partners

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is proud of its association with the following media partners of the Fall Rhapsody: Rogers Media (105.3 KiSS FM, Country 101.1 FM), Bell Media (94.9 Rouge fm, ÉNERGIE 104.1 FM), the Metro Ottawa and LeDroit.

Events are organized in collaboration with the Municipalities of Chelsea and Pontiac, the communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Pikwàkanagàn, and the Association des auteurs et auteures de l’Outaouais.