Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley
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Rural Ramble

Updated: 4 months ago - Created: July 25th, 2012

Rural: of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture

Ramble: a leisurely excursion for pleasure

Over the years the Rural Ramble has evolved from a weekend farm tour to a season-long festival. Ramblers were initially required to purchase admission bracelets to participate and use a map to plan their itinerary. In 2010 the event was re-launched as an extended fall touring festival with no admission and free online route planning tools.

As of 2015, the Rural Ramble will no longer be an organized festival. Special events and scenic driving tours will continue to be promoted by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA). The expression “Rural Ramble” will still be used in fall promotions for the region. However Ramblers’ will be invited to “come for a Rural Ramble (a leisurely excursion through the countryside)” rather than “the Rural Ramble (an organized festival)”.

Ramblers are encouraged to check out the OVTA’s online calendar of events, select a scenic driving route, and spend a day...or two...or three! in the Valley this fall. Studio ToursTaste of the Valley, underground dining, fossil huntsself-guided hikes and giant pumpkin weigh-offs are just a few of the many experiences waiting for you. Many Ottawa Valley accommodations have special Rural Ramble packages, making it the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway.

One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent place to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside. Come back to the countryside with us!

Rural Ramblers: Tips

Here are some tips on you can make the most out of your Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley!

Event Submission

Have a special event taking place this fall? Submit it to our online calendar of events!


Fall in the Valley is the perfect time to plan a Weekend Getaway! 

There is no lack of accommodations in the Ottawa Valley. Rural Ramblers looking to make their trip a weekend getaway can choose between rustic cabins, charming bed & breakfasts, clean motels and distinguished hotels. Outdoor enthusiasts can relish the natural beauty of the many area campgrounds as they drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Click here for a complete list of accommodations offered in the Ottawa Valley.

Let the Ottawa Valley Road Map be your navigational tool as you explore the scenic Ottawa Valley countryside.

Click here to download or request a copy of the Road Map.