Ahhh March, the month that catches the last glimpse of winter and welcomes the first glimpse of spring. It's the month of the year where we can finally walk around and see people smiling and waving. People start to come out of hibernation and our spring jackets are slowly pulled out of the closet. Although the weather does start to warm up, it's still that awkward phase where you don't know if you should pack away your winter stuff or leave it out for a little longer. You either wear a sweater with your jacket and end up boiling throughout the day or you wear your spring outfit and freeze.
March is also a month of change. With the snow melting away and seasons finally changing, March is a perfect time to make some sort of change in your life. Whether you want to do a massive spring cleaning or you want to try out a new haircut, the change of seasons can really motivate you. Why not take that motivated energy and put it towards saving your money for the summer time! We all know we go out way more when it's warmer, so why not save your money now in preparation for the upcoming patio season. There are so many free things you can do in March to save your money.
30. Visit Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm for a fun filled day
If you have never visited the Sugarbush before this is the perfect time to do it. At Stanley's Olde Maple Lane, you can go for a sleigh ride, check out the sugar shack, and watch how syrup is created from tree sap. There is also a petting farm so if you love animals you will definitely enjoy your time here.
29. Admire the art at Karsh-Masson Gallery
Going to an art gallery allows you to completely escape from reality and enter another world full of art. The artwork in the gallery is by local, national and international professional artists working in various styles and mediums.
28. Take a spring stroll at the Ottawa Locks
The Ottawa Locks are a perfect place to go for a spring walk. With the warm sun hitting your face and the sound of melting snow surrounding you, you are sure to have a peaceful spring walk. Whether you go to watch the sunset or just head there at some point during the day, the view of the Ottawa River is wonderful.
27. Visit the new Canada Science and Technology Museum
Take a blast to the past and visit the iconic Crazy Kitchen. The Science and Technology Museum has had a major makeover, from colourful walls to stunning lights it is definitely worth visiting. There are 11 new exhibits and the museum is free every day of the week from 4 pm to 5 pm!
26. Be one with nature at Jack Pine Trail
Any nature lover will really enjoy hearing the peaceful silence and singing birds. During the spring taking walks is one of the best activities to do. Not only do you get to embrace natures beauty, but you also can finally be outside for a while without feeling like you're going to freeze!
25. Completely explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
If you have never visited this cathedral then nows the perfect time. The cathedral was built in 1841, making it the largest and oldest church in all of Ottawa. You will feel like you are in Europe the moment you step foot inside this amazing cathedral.
24. Take a photo at the Ottawa Sign in the ByWard Market
The iconic sign that was in the ByWard Market for Ottawa 2017 is here to stay. It was originally part of Canada 150's Inspiration Village and is now repositioned and permanently in Ottawa.
23. Watch the sunset at Alexandra Bridge
With the weather finally warming up and spring on the way the sun is setting at a later time day to day. We can finally watch the sunset around 5:30 again instead of the madness of winter's 4 pm sunsets!
22. Walk through Stony Swamp
What better way to take in the beautiful spring weather than to take a walk outside. Stony Swamp has over 40 kilometers worth of combined trails. The trail is southwest of Ottawa and it contains beaver ponds, wetlands, and forests.
21. Search through the city to find Ottawa's Street Art
There are plenty of stunning murals throughout the city and spring is a perfect time to add some color to your Insta page. With summer around the corner, it's time to explore your city and find all of the art that you can.
20. Take a tour of the stunning Parliament of Canada
The inside of the Parliament Buildings are so beautiful and if you haven't taken a tour yet now's your chance. The architecture is timeless, from the unbelievable library to the extravagant front entrance you will not be disappointed by this tour.
19. Stroll through The Glebe for the day
The Glebe is a wonderful part of the city. Walking around the Glebe is always such a good time. You can stroll in and out of cute shops that sell adorable trinkets all day.
18. Crack open your favourite book at Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar
Spend your day at this super cozy cafe. The food and drinks available are all locally sourced and fresh. They serve vegan options for desserts and only use local roasteries for the coffee. Did I mention that they also serve up some of the most scrumptious donuts in the city?!
17. Visit the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is a great place to visit if you love art. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm there is free admission to national galleries. Special exhibits this year include Canadian and Indigenous Art, Our Masterpieces Our Stories, Photography in Canada, and PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art.
16. Watch the sunset as the snow melts at Majors Hill Park
Going to the park is a great way to take in the amazing spring weather. Walking through the park will let you pause and thank mother nature for the fact that winter is finally behind us.
15. Attend Ottawa's Irish Festival
The annual Irish festival will be back this March. The Proclamation of Ottawa Irish Festival is completely free and will be held at Ottawa City Hall. On March 10th the St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue West, and then continue south on Bank Street to Lansdowne Park.
14. Take a stroll through Mer Bleue Conservation Area
Breath in the fresh spring air at the Mer Bleue Bog. With the peaceful sounds of the melting snow and the birds all singing their songs this will put you in a wonderful mood. If you're a lover of nature then you will for sure enjoy taking a walk through the Mer Bleue Conservation Area.
13. Enjoy exploring the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
If you want to see an insane amount of unique planes then head to this museum. Admission is free every day between 4 pm and 5 pm. Some exhibits include Life in Orbit: The International Space Station, The Legacy of the Canadarm, and Air Canada: People, Places, and Planes.
12. Check out the Bank of Canada Museum
If you're looking for a museum that is always free, then you have to head to the Bank of Canada Museum. Unlike most Ottawa museums that are only free after 5pm, this museum is free all the time.
11. Take a nighttime walk with your BFF or your bae
With the weather finally warming up it means that the nights aren't AS cold anymore. You can finally take strolls at night without feeling your fingers and toes completely freeze up. Plus on March 11th the time finally changes meaning by 6 pm it'll still be pretty light outside (bless).
10. Take a stroll along the Rideau Canal
Blessssss, spring is upon us and the snow is finally melting and even though it looks ugly AF, we all know summer is around the corner. What better way to embrace the warmer weather than going on a spring a stroll along the Rideau Canal. I'm not promising it will be the prettiest of walks, but I am promising you will feel spring in the air.
9. Visit the Bytown Museum
Head to this museum to learn about the cultural heritage of Ottawa. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm admission is free. Some exhibits include Ottawa Begins Here, A Century of Community, and Your Community Gallery.
8. Walk through Lansdowne's Farmers Market
Every Sunday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm you can make your way to Lansdowne's Farmers Market for a fun-filled morning. While at the market you can have fresh food, admire fresh flowers, and get your favourite local grains, meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies.
7. Take in the views at Nepean Point
Nepean Point is located behind the National Gallery of Canada and it is sure to impress you with great views of Ottawa. This is a great way to get in some physical activity while embracing the amazing spring weather.
6. Go window shopping through Westboro Village
Westboro Village is a great place to stroll around and window shop. They have adorable little shops that you can browse through all day. There are so many unique boutiques that you for sure won't get bored fast.
5. Head to the Canadian Museum of Nature
Go visit Ottawa's very own castle. The Canadian Museum of Nature is free every Thursday after 5pm, meaning you can explore the museum all night without having to pay a single penny. From dinosaur bones to stunning gemstones, the museum will have you busy all night long.
4. Chill out at the National Arts Centre
This has to be one of the most modern and bright spaces to chill at in Ottawa. Unless they are holding an event, the seating spaces are open to the general public at any time. So if you just grabbed a Tims and you're looking for a chill place to sit with a great view, look no further.
3. Take your last skate of the season at the Sens Rink of Dreams
The Sens Rink of Dreams officially closes on March 4th, so you have less than one week to take full advantage of the pretty rink. With the Rideau Canal officially closed, this is your final chance to take a skate during this winter season.
2. Walk through the Dominion Arboretum
The Dominion Arboretum is a part of the Central Experimental Farm and has around 1,700 different species of plants during the summer months. With spring upon us, by late March you can head here and finally see the grass get a little green and the trees have budding leaves.
1. Check out the Dreamworks Animation Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History
If you love animated movies then you have to check out this incredible exhibition. The exhibit features so many movies including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon! Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm the museum is free to visit. Don't miss this unique exhibit which closes on April 8th.