Spring Vacations in Canada's Capital
Experience spring fever in downtown Ottawa.
With warm temperatures, blossoming countryside and fresh starts in abundance, spring is in the air. Explore Canada's Capital through culture, science, art, history and nature with world-class museums and galleries in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Outside, the spring season offers plenty of reasons for celebration, including the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Explore the great outdoors while hiking some of the park's 165 kilometres of trails or cycling down winding roads, all while enjoying panoramic views of the countryside. Stop by the Visitor Centre to discover more options including horseback riding.
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Mackenzie King Estate
Visit the estate of Canada's 10th prime minister in Gatineau Park and discover the love he had for nature, landscaping and beautiful gardens. The Mackenzie King Estate is a beautiful legacy and is also the site of many spring and summer events.
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Spring Festivals & Events
With almost 1,000,000 tulips in bloom, the city shows its myriad of colours every spring. Great minds discuss many of today's leading issues and marathon runners battle slush and winds. You'll quickly discover there's a lot going on around Canada's Capital.
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Guided Tours in Canada's Capital Region
You'll find plenty of ways to explore Canada's Capital region. For exercise, join a walking or biking tour. Cruise along our UNESCO World Heritage Site by boat or see it all by air for an exceptional view of the city from a helicopter!
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The Sweet Taste Of Spring
Experience (and taste!) all things maple. Visit the sugarbush at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm and see how maple syrup has been produced since the 1800s. Find maple spa products, maple tours, horse-drawn rides, and lots of other activities at Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush. And yes, even a Maple Sugar Festival at Vanier Museopark's urban sugar shack.
Sparks Street Village
A short walk from Albert at Bay takes you to Sparks Street, Ottawa's historic, social and retail district. A permanent outdoor pedestrian mall in the centre of Canada's Capital, Sparks Street is home to great shopping, fine dining and some pretty amazing events such as Ribfest, Winterbrewed and spring's Poutine Fest. Learn more about Sparks Street Village