Island Park Drive by Zhu, via the OttawaStart Flickr group
](https://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaozhuli/10200734283/in/pool-ottawastart/) _ ** _ Try the free shuttle service to access Gatineau Park’s scenic lookouts _ ** Over the next few weeks, the fall foliage will brighten the Capital Region’s parks, pathways and shorelines with a spectacular display of colour—making this the perfect time to explore Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt.
Enjoy the fall colours with three weekends of special activities. From October 1 to October 16, 2016, Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park will celebrate the magnificent display of colours with a varied program of family activities:
* Taste farm-fresh products * See animal demonstrations * Admire the works of talented local artisans * Have a picnic in the great outdoors * Learn about why leaves change colour in the fall * Chat with our nature interpreters
* October 1: Sounds of the Fall at the [ Mackenzie King Estate ](http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/mackenzie-king-estate/calendar-events/sounds-of-fall-mackenzie-king-estate-fall-rhap) and [ Maison Charron ](http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/fall-rhapsody/calendar-events/sounds-of-fall-jacques-cartier-park-fall) * October 2: [ Folk Picnic and Kites ](http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/fall-rhapsody/calendar-events/folk-picnic-kites-meech-creek-valley-fal) in Meech Creek Valley * October 8 to 10: [ Pontiac Country Fair ](http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/fall-rhapsody/calendar-events/pontiac-country-fair-fall-rhapsody) at Luskville Falls * October 15 and 16: [ Nature Days ](http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/fall-rhapsody/calendar-events/nature-days-fall-rhapsody) at Philippe Lake * All weekends: Nature interpretation at the Champlain and Pink Lake lookouts, and [ fall activities at Camp Fortune ](http://campfortune.com/fall-colours-activities/) .
All activities are free. Vehicle access fees apply at Mackenzie King Estate.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.
New! Epicurean Dining Tour
Saturdays, October 1, 8 and 15, 2016
The Fall Rhapsody Epicurean Dining Tour blends the best our farmers have to offer with the expertise and creativity of ByWard Market restaurateurs, to offer you an unforgettable farm-to-table experience. More info _ rmation _
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 .
Free shuttle (pilot project)
This year, we are offering 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 .
** Photo Contest **
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.
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 _ .