by Terina Ram
What we think (hope) will be the last snow storm of the year is passing and it looks like the warmer air is on the way, along with some rain in the forecast. With only a couple of more days until the first official day of spring and we are SO ready for it!! We thought it would be a good idea to share how Ottawa transforms in preparation for the new season. The coming months are filled with activities that make the most of the warmer weather and get people out and about!
Although Gatineau Park has trails open all year round, March and April is spectacular time for hikers and trail lovers! The snow still litters the floor, however the sun illuminates the dense forests and the warm rays reflecting off the cold snow make it the perfect time to get back to exploring! The trails continue to be a wonderful spectacle as the weather increases, with many of the beaches opening up in mid May and right through the summer!
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.
Sugar Bush and Sugar Lumber Fest are great ways to experience Canada’s very own sweet and sticky treat: Maple Syrup! Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, Vanier Museopark are all open from March to the beginning or middle of April! SugarLumberFest will take place April 8 and celebrates all things maple!
Visit the Arboretum, located on Ottawa’s experimental farm which is home to Canada’s Agriculture and Food museum! Not only is the area beautiful to walk through but the museum also hosts March Break and Easter events which are fun for the whole family!
Yoga on Parliament Hill will be back for another spring and summer starting May 3rd! 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!
Poutine Fest is back May 5-8 for another year to celebrate Canada’s favourite food! Join local and national vendors as they serve their own unique takes on the classical Canadian dish. Be sure to see one vendor take the crown for best poutine, all happening at Ottawa City Hall.
Get on the water at Dow’s Lake. Starting mid May, canoe, kayaks and paddle boats are 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.
The annual Canadian Tulip Festival will be happening this May 12 -22. The festival marks that April showers are gone and that May flowers are here to stay, with summer looming around the corner. Be sure not to miss the millions of tulips in bloom along with entertainment and fireworks!
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.
Canada’s very own music awards will be held in nations capital this year. Be sure to catch the Juno’s at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2. Also take a look at the website for all the smaller events occurring in anticipation for the Juno’s.