You could not choose a better city to bring the family over the March Break!

With dozens of Museums and attractions, there is no shortage of things to do over your march break.  The Lord Elgin Hotel is in the center of all the action in Ottawa, making it the ideal place to stay while you explore the city and go on your March Break Family Adventure.   When you are not out and about exploring all there is, you can cozy up by the fireplace and play some board games (we have several on hand for you to choose from), or go for a swim in our large swimming pool and warm up in the hot tub or sauna.  It will be a wonderful break for the entire family!!

Here is just a sampling of what you can do during your Ottawa March Break.
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Get Active (Indoors and Outdoors)

Camp Fortune

How often can you access a downhill ski center within a 15-minute drive from a major city? This is what makes Gatineau Park’s Camp Fortune, located in Chelsea, Que., so convenient – especially for Spring Break Lessons. The 3 or 4-day programs for kids aged 4 and up include a two-hour lesson and open skiing (the lift ticket is valid for the day), and full-day programs are available for kids aged 7 and up. All programming is offered on weekdays during both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks.

Maple Syrup Fun

Maple taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, delicious pancake breakfasts or brunch – what’s not to love about maple season? Several sugar bushes and other sites located throughout Canada’s Capital Region offer programming during the 2023 maple season, which runs from late February to early April. Check out some of our local Maple farms

Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

Located in Pakenham, Ont., just under an hour’s drive west of downtown Ottawa, the family-run Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush offer the traditional sugar bush experience, including tours of the syrup-making operation, meals in the pancake house, and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods. Fulton’s also produces maple-based culinary and spa products which are sold in their Maple Shoppe (see the last item in this list to learn about maple’s health benefits).

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, located about 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa in Edwards, Ont., also offers a traditional sugar bush experience, plus a petting farm and a children’s play area, and even an Easter egg hunt.

Proulx Maple & Berry Farm

Located just east of Ottawa in Cumberland, Ont., Proulx Maple & Berry Farm offers a traditional sugar bush experience as well, including weekend brunch. Take one of their guided tours to learn how maple syrup is made, visit the small animal petting farm and let the kids let loose in the play parks. Sugarbush and pancake breakfast from March 5th to April 10th.

Log Farm

One of the newest additions to the Ottawa maple scene is the Log Farm, a pioneer-style working farm located in the Nepean area, just west of downtown Ottawa. The site is open to visitors at different periods of the year, including the popular maple season in March and April. Meet the farm animals, enjoy taffy on snow, take a wagon ride, collect maple sap and see how syrup is made. The Log Farm also features another Canadian treat this maple season: the iconic BeaverTail pastries!

Get Cultured

Ottawa Art Gallery

The new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) in downtown Ottawa is offering fully bilingual and hands-on creative camps during both the Ontario and Quebec March break.

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Where else can your kids learn the art of espionage including disguising for cover, breaking codes, and using spy gadgets? Each day during the Ontario March Break at the Diefenbunker’s Spy Camp, (kids 7 to 12 years of age learn these new skills and more. The museum is located about 30 minutes west of downtown Ottawa in Carp, Ont. Before and after care is available.

Canadian Museum of Nature

The museum is a great school-break destination for families, with the museum open daily from March 2 to 17 until 5 pm (Thursdays until 8 pm). Visitors can discover some of our science interpreters’ “Favourite Things” at a special specimen cart in the museum’s atrium

Wolves! Shapeshifters in a Changing World
Note: this exhibition will be closed from February 21 to March 1 (inclusive).

Learn about wolf evolution and adaptations through specimens, cultural stories, video and scientific research that highlights studies by museum experts Kamal Khidas, Ph.D., and Danielle Fraser, Ph.D. Eleven stunning, large images by the renowned wildlife and landscape photographer, Michelle Valberg, feature wolves from the Pacific coast and Yellowstone National Park.

Pacific Discovery Tank
Museum interpreter at the tank: Thursday evenings; Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – noon and 1 pm – 4pm; as well as Family Day, February 19.
Encounter live sea stars, sea cucumbers, tentacled anemones and spiky urchins. Our special saltwater tide-pool tank brings a bit of the Pacific coast right to you!

Owls Rendez-Vous – closing April 1
April 1 is the last day to this exhibition of live owls and an eagle. Stand in awe before a Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Barred Owl and a Bald Eagle. These magnificent birds will be returning to their home at Little Ray’s Nature Centres.

Bugs Alive
Leafcutter ants—busy little farmers that work around the clock—are the star attraction in our renewed and permanent exhibition of live insects and arachnids. Tarantulas, Horrid king assassin bugs, millipedes, cockroaches, and death-feigning beetles are also some of the other fascinating species you can examine up close.

The Canadian Museum of Nature will be buzzing with activity this year with many exciting offerings, starting with the incomparable touring exhibition, Bug Adventure, opening March 15.

Bug Adventure was developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, working with Weta Workshop (the design team involved in Avatar and The Lord of the Rings). Colourful displays in a dramatic, fantastical space invite people to experience the world as bugs do. There are immersive bug chambers, larger-than-life bugs, and interactive surprises around every corner. The amazing superpowers of bugs are revealed —from fast flight to powerful exoskeletons, camouflage, swarms and more. Visitors can also discover how these tiny wonders are inspiring human innovation. On until October 14, 2024, Bug Adventure will be the museum’s summer blockbuster show (a special exhibition fee in addition to museum admission applies).

TICKETS: Advance tickets are recommended, and are for a specified entry time. Book now.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Visit nature.ca. Follow the museum on X (twitter.com/museumofnature) and Instagram (museumofnature), and Like us on Facebook. Tel: 613-566-4700.

National Gallery of Canada

During both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks, the National Gallery of Canada offers a range of art activities and games at the Artissimo kiosk. Or have fun and get messy at the Artissimo Studio while experimenting with clay, paint or soap carving. These hands-on family programs are included with Gallery admission. While there, don’t miss the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and special exhibits!

Canadian Museum of History

Housed in a scenic riverfront building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, the Museum is one of Canada’s most popular and introduces visitors to 15,000 years of social and human history — including compelling personal stories; Indigenous cultures, histories and achievements; thought-provoking international exhibitions; and play-based learning at the Children’s Museum.

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March Break Activities at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Children’s Museum!

An Aquatic Adventure!

From March 2nd to 17, come meet Bunji the turtle in Turtle Odyssey, Bunji’s Big Adventure and make friends with Otto the sea lion in Sea Lions, Life by a Whisker. Of a duration of 25 minutes each, these two fascinating and magical features are sure to please the whole family as well as spark discussion.

This Spring Break, why not follow the lead of women trailblazers in Canada?

From suffragettes to Indigenous eco-warriors, women in Canada have long held truth to power — and your family can explore what spurred them to greatness. Intrepid Museum explorers will hunt for clues to uncover their stories and learn more about how women changed and continue to change our country.

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All through March, get inspired by feisty literary hero Anne Shirley.

Celebrate with Anne Shirley and her creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery in the Canadian Children’s Museum Studio. The stunning landscape of Prince Edward Island comes alive as your family creates fanciful bookmarks to keep your place in Anne’s story.

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Canadian War Museum

The iconic Canadian War Museum is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the cost of conflict and humankind’s enduring desire for peace. The Museum, which ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor’s list of Things to Do in Ottawa, explores Canadian military history from early wars in Canada to contemporary conflicts. It features unique architecture, a display of large military artillery, thought-provoking exhibitions, moving personal stories of Canadians in times of war, priceless works of art, and spaces for quiet reflection and remembrance.

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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

From Feb 21 to March 20, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum features Winter Wimsey.  Meet our featured farm animals of the day, or lace up your skates and enjoy the fresh, wintry air on our outdoor skating rink (weather dependent). On Family Day, learn about our feathered friends — then help our backyard birds by making them a winter treat to take home. During the Quebec and Ontario school breaks, discover the science behind maple syrup…and join us in welcoming the newest members of the farm family as lambing season begins.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Participate in out-of-this world activities and learn about aviation and aerospace during March Break at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.  Activities are available for children of all ages and are free at the price of museum admission.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Keeping kids’ brain cells active during March Break has never been so fun! Visit the Canada Science and Technology Museum  for fun-filled activities, experiments, and demonstrations linked to coding, engineering, neuroscience, and more. Activities are available for children of all ages and are free at the price of museum admission.

Get Wild

Omega Park

Omega Park, located in Montebello, Que. – just a 45-minute drive from downtown Ottawa – is a large wildlife park that immerses visitors in Canadian wildlife and First Nations’ history. You can take a Canadian safari any time of year through the natural habitat of animals like deer, elk, bison, caribou, and wolves. Plus, the park is offering a variety of special programming during both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks including live demonstrations by a chainsaw wood carving artist (Thursdays to Sundays), wagon rides, maple taffy in the traditional sugar shack, farm animals in the heritage farm (daily), as well as special animation throughout the park, including musicians!

Get Locked Up

Haunted Walk of Ottawa

The cloaked guides from the Haunted Walk of Ottawa dare you to join them on their tours of the historic old Carleton County Jail and many other areas of Ottawa!

Escape Rooms

Nothing bonds a family and friends together like choosing to be locked up in a room and working together to escape! Escape attractions throughout the city like Escape Manor and Jigsaw Escape Rooms have rooms and themes that are suitable for all ages. If your kids are older, you might even be able to create your own escape by sitting back and relaxing in the lounge areas (some of which have cash bars) while your kids have a blast solving clues and attempting to break out.