We in Eastern Canada go a bit crazy in spring.  After months of cold, snow and a shortage of sunlight, there is this pent up craving for sunshine, warmth and more hours of daylight.  By now most of us come down with a terrible case of Spring Fever.  All you need is one of those sunny days – nearing 15 degrees C and the patios at all the bars and restaurants rush to get the tables out.

You can’t beat this time in Ottawa!  We rush to whatever patio opens first, or you may catch us sitting in parks or walking along the street, face up to the sunlight, with a huge smile on.  No wonder Canada is considered such a happy place!

Here in Ottawa, there is SOO much to see and do once the snow starts to go and the days get longer.

We love our bikes here in Ottawa and have more trails than you can imagine. Explore our page HERE devoted just to Cycling in and around the Capital!!


Gatineau Park has officially opened it’s trails an beaches for the spring ans summer season! The snow has disappeared and the sun is making it’s way through the trees, warming up all of the hiking paths. The trails continue to be a wonderful spectacle as the weather increases, with beautiful lakes and scenic routes.

Parc Omega offers many different options for families, animal lovers, and those who want to be outside all year round! They offer car tours as well as walking tours which allow you to get into nature and see a variety of animals in their natural habitats.

Visit the Arboretum, located on Ottawa’s experimental farm which is home to Canada’s Agriculture and Food museum! Come walk through the park and enjoy the blooming flowers and the warm spring air this season.

Yoga on Parliament Hill is back for the spring and summer! Join Lulumon as they present renowned yoga instructors every Wednesday at noon! Just bring your own mat and water, all levels of yogis are welcome for free yoga on the hill!

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Get on the water at Dow’s Lake. Since the beginning of May, canoe, kayaks and paddle boats are now available for rental until the end of the summer.

Camp Fortune is known to Ottawa as ski resort during the winter. However, starting in the spring those giant hills get a makeover and are turned into zip lines and high ropes courses! Leave your skis at home and bring your sneakers for an aerial adventure.

Ottawa Marathon (Race Weekend) on May 27th and 28th, which has become one of the largest marathon events in North America, is a weekend dedicated to road running events, there are multiple different events to suite many different running abilities. From 2k to over 40k the event welcomes all to participate or support runners.

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Race Weekend Ottawa

If you are looking for activities and events happening this weekend look no further, listed below is everything happening this weekend May 25 – 28!

  • Shop for fresh produce at the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market and the Carp Farmers’ Market, which are both open on Saturdays!
  • Visit Inspiration Village on York Street in the ByWard Market! This Ottawa2017 installation is an arts hub featuring FREE special exhibits and performing arts events open until September 4. The site will be open daily from 12:00noon to 8:00pm and is also the location of the newly installed OTTAWA sign.
  • While things are heating up outside, the May edition of Nature Nocturne is cooling down with the theme of Arctic as the museum prepares to open their new Arctic Gallery on June 21, 2017! This Friday, May 26, enjoy a fun night of dancing, food and drink.
  • Canada’s biggest race weekend is back again! The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 hosts runners who will be participating in races of varying lengths, including the Scotiabank Marathon and Half Marathon. Enjoy live entertainment and local craft beer at the Celebration Stage, located at Ottawa City Hall Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28! Watch out for road closures impacting Colonel By Drive, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Elgin Street, and more across the city.
  • Hit the streets to find some great one-of-a kind deals at this year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale! On Saturday, May 27, the Glebe neighbourhood welcomes visitors to their neighbourhood–wide garage sale
  • On Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 the Odawa Native Friendship Centre will host the 41st Annual Odawa Pow Wow – 2017 Traditional. Learn about Aboriginal culture at this free event which features traditional dancing and singing, an arts and craft market, food, and more.
  • From Saturday, May 27 to Tuesday, May 30, visit the Canadian Museum of Nature for Legend of Zelda: Defenders of the Triforce; a gaming extravaganza for players of the popular Zelda video game!
  • Head to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to check out Music at the Museum! On Sunday, May 28, the Centralaires Concert Band will perform a Conductors’ Showcase.
  • On Sunday, May 28 listen to Canadian singer The Weeknd as his Starboy tour comes to the Canadian Tire Centre!

For more information on these events and others, see the Ottawa Tourism Events page.

Check out what Ottawa 2017 has in store for you in May..

Canada’s Big Year Happens Here

May 2017 Events

May 1 – July 1

Four beautiful and vibrant murals will be created – three in Ottawa
Community Housing neighbourhoods, along with one created by
Inuit youth from Cape Dorset celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Part of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Program. Free.
Embassies and high commissions mark their country’s national
celebrationwith a series of world-class events at Lansdowne.
Ethiopia, May 28

Starts May 17

Appreciate Ottawa’s rich and diverse history through original artwork, archival and original photos and colour stories in unique mini-kiosks at key intersections and corners throughout the city.Part of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Program. Free


May 20 – September 4

This aesthetic artistic installation of sea containers will be transformed
into an ephemeral entertainment locale featuring special exhibits
and performing arts events showcasing Canadian culture
and Canada’s provinces and territories all summer long. Free

June 9

This farm to table experience aboard the Ottawa River Queen will be
prepared by renowned local chef Michael Blackie and feature a
unique 12-course tasting menu that tells the story of taboo and
illegal food and drink across 150 years in Canada. Part of Agri 150. $