The National Capital Commission annual fall rhapsody programs begin Saturday.
Starting Saturday until Sunday, Oct. 23, Gatineau Park parkways will be open for active use on weekdays until 12 noon. During weekends in October and on Thanksgiving Monday, the Fall Rhapsody shuttle will use the Gatineau and Champlain parkways after 9 a.m.
Motor vehicles will have access to the parkways from 12 noon until 30 minutes after sunset.
The NCC cautioned that, because of the usual heavy traffic during Fall Rhapsody, motorists could expect temporary closures and lineups.
A better bet for many is the free NCC shuttle service from Ottawa-Gatineau. This year the shuttle service will be operated by a school bus provider because of ongoing staffing shortages at the usual provider, the Société de transport de l’Outaouais. One route will operate during Fall Rhapsody. There will be one pickup location in downtown Ottawa, at the Canadian War Museum, and one in downtown Gatineau, at the Canadian Museum of History.
The shuttle is scheduled to be in operation weekends and holidays from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shuttle service will be every 15-20 minutes and will be first-come first-served,
The school buses are not accessible as they have stairs and narrow aisles. However, an accessible shuttle for people with reduced mobility will also be available. The itinerary will be flexible, based on the passengers’ desired stops.
For more info on Fall Rhapsody, go online to https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/events/fall-rhapsody