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Spring Vacation 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. Indulge your budding sense of discovery and 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.


Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park

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.

Spring Vacation - Mackenzie King Estate

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.

Lumière Festival

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.

Canadian Tulip Festival

Guided Tours in Canada’s Capital Region

What better way to explore Canada’s Capital region than with the help of locals who know the area and our landmarks best! 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!

Spring Vacation - The Sweet Taste of Spring

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 Muséoparc Vanier’s urban sugar shack.

Spring Vacation - Sparks Street Village

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.

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