Even though there is still snow on the ground, we are all so ready for spring. The temperatures are still chilly, but sooner than we know it spring will fully be here. "Official" spring starts tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?! It's time to plan out what you're going to be doing these next few months. Whether you love nature, food, or drinks there is seriously something for everyone this spring.
Spring is a time of change, whether you do some major spring cleaning or get that haircut you have always wanted, now is the time to do it! Much like the flowers, spring is a time where we all blossom and see where this new year will take us. Whether it has to do with a new job opportunity, a trip abroad, or even simply donating out a ton of clothes you don't wear, this season is for growth. This list of things to do will get you in the spring of things real quick!
Take a Spring Road Trip with your closest friends
There are so many beautiful places that are super close to Ottawa. Now is your chance to take a fun road trip with your BFFs. Pack up your favourite comfy clothes, download your best songs, and don't forget to pack the aux cord cause road trip fun is sure to have you feeling great.
Hit up the iconic Canadian Tulip Festival
This is by far one of my personal favourite things to do every spring. By the time this rolls around everyone is wearing their best and brightest outfits. Not to mention the weather is finally bearable! Tulip Festival is perfect for a day filled with strolling, talking, and snacking.
Head to Ottawa’s PoutineFest 2018
It’s time to have an ultimate cheat day by attending Ottawa’s iconic PoutineFest. If you love the deliciousness that is poutine then you have to make your way to this unbelievable food festival. With over 100 different poutine choices you are sure to be spoilt with choice of which poutine to have. The festival will run from April 19th to 22nd at Ottawa City Hall.
Check out 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.
Drink bottomless mimosas at this adorable café
Bottomless mimosas? Yes, please. If you love mimosas then this is something you have to do this spring. Eat a delicious brunch at The Vanitea Room while sipping on as many mimosas as you wish! Plan a brunch date with your BFFs to celebrate the fact that spring is finally here.
Visit Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush for a sweet day
If you’re someone that loves everything and anything maple syrup then you have to head to this cute sugar bush. From the fresh pancakes available at the pancake house to the sweet maple taffy freshly made at the farm, you are in for a fun day. The sugar bush closes of April 15th, so make your way here this spring!
Head to The Blended Berry for a fruity snack
With warmer weather comes more fruity and refreshing foods. During the winter it’s easy to get stuck drinking hot coffee and eating a muffin, but with spring weather upon us now is your chance to embrace yummy fruity treats. The Blended Berry opened for it’s second season around April last year, so this year let’s hope it opens at the same time.
Check out these gorgeous Cherry Blossom Trees that will soon bloom
By late April, early May, these stunning pink trees are in bloom at the Arboretum. This is 100% something you have to do this spring if you have never seen them in bloom. The bright pink colours are sure to have to feeling the spring vibe and get you eager for summer weather.
Watch Tessa and Scott perform at The Canadian Tire Center
This is your chance to watch the dynamic duo Tessa and Scott perform! If you watched them skate during this years Olympics you KNOW you are in for a fantastic show. Watch as you see their love and passion for skating unfold. The event is on April 29th and tickets are selling quick so be sure to get them ASAP.
Sip on refreshing drinks from SHAKER Cuisine & Mixology
This bar located in Gatineau is sure to have you in a spring mood as soon as you take a single sip. The drinks that they serve up are unlike anything you've ever tasted before. This is such a great bar to go to with your best friends for the night, you will chat and drink the night away.
Take part in Yoga On The Hill
This is seriously an Ottawan favourite. If you still haven’t participated in doing yoga on parliament hill now is your chance. During the spring it doesn’t get AS crowded as it does during the hot summer months, so now really is the perfect time to go. Yoga on the hill starts in May and runs until August. It happens every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm.
Attend Ottawa ComiCon for a fun filled day
From May 11th to May 13th Ottawa ComiCon will take over. Last year Ottawa ComiCon welcomed so many iconic actors including Mathew Lewis from Harry Potter, Adam West from Batman, and Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale! This year Ottawa is welcoming Billy Boyd from Lord of the Rings and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones.
Sip on a margarita as big as your head at Pancho Villa
It’s time to sip on some cold summer drinks once again! No more hot chocolate and coffee, it’s time for some ice cold drinks. Pancho Villa serves up margaritas, sangrias, daiquiris, pina coladas and so much more! This is your chance to rally up your friends and sip away your day.
Spend your day with sloths at this Ottawa Event
Now if you’re an animal lover, you will 100% enjoy your time at this incredible event. From owls to snakes, to eagles, to bunnies, this is the event for all animal lovers. Sloths are so cute, from their slow movements to their adorable eyes, it’s no wonder Kristen Bell cried. Little Ray's Reptiles Zoo is holding this amazing event from April 7th to 8th and it should not be missed.
Go for dinner in a unique dome along the Rideau Canal
If you're in search for something extremely different and memorable to do with your love, look no further. This event is coming to Ottawa in April and tickets are selling out quick! From the gorgeous Ottawa views to the unbelievable meals, this is a perfect way to spend your night with your close friends or your love.
Grab a delicious chocolate bar from Alicja Confections
Alicja Confections is a new chocolate shop in Ottawa that sells the most amazing chocolate bars in the city. Some of the yummiest flavours include cereal and milk, donut, popping candy, and potato chip. This is by far one of the best places to go this spring if you love everything chocolate.
Have a relaxing spa say at Nordik Spa-Nature
If you're in uni exam stresses are at a high right now, what better way to chill out after finals in April than to head to a spa?! Make your way to Nordik Spa-Nature for a complete day of hyper-relaxation that you 100% deserve.
Sip on this unreal milkshake from Quelque Chose Pâtisserie
Warmer weather finally means cooler drinks! Yes, coffee and tea is nice and all, but now that it’s warm out we can now sip on milkshakes and margaritas without totally freezing. These unbelievable milkshakes are a must try this spring.
Take part in Ottawa's annual Race Weekend
By the time May rolls around we're pretty much a couple of weeks away from "official" summer. Running in Ottawa Race Weekend is such a fun thing to do with your bae, friends, family, or even as your own personal goal. Even if you don't run consistently, you will still feel a great deal of accomplishment for finishing the race.
Visit the beautiful Stella Luna Gelato Café in Hintonburg
You already know ice cream season is slowly creeping up on us. Gelato is by far the yummiest dessert in my opinion and if you agree you have to head to this café. The teal walls and white furniture will definitely get you in the spring vibe.
Take part in a Plant Nite while sipping on some wine
From the company that brought us Paint Nite, comes the amazing invention, Plant Nite. Spring is the season of plants. Whether you want to plant some outside or add some terrariums around your house, succulent season is back. At this event, you will create a tabletop garden while you savor cocktails and conversation at a local bar.
Meet some furry friends at Parc Omega
Take a drive through Parc Omega to meet some animal friends or get out of your car and pet them. There are many kinds of Canadian animals from wolves to deer to caribou wandering freely in their natural habitats. If you love animals and nature, you will love this activity.
Take part in a crazy escape room at the Canadian Museum of Nature
For a limited time, the Canadian Museum of Nature is offering not one, but two escape rooms that you can do with your squad. During the 60-minute escape room, you can choose to either do Back to the Fossils or Framed.
Begin to conquer Ottawa's Ultimate Ice Cream bucket list
Spring is upon us and summer is just around the corner so it's time to start knocking off ice creams from Ottawa's bucket list. Whether you enjoy gelato or soft serve or even if you're vegan, there are plenty of places in Ottawa you have to try to cool off this summer. Plan your spring right and try out some of the yummiest ice cream places in the city.
Watch the Canadian Improv Games at the National Arts Center
This is such a fun way to spend your day. From April 18th to 22nd you can watch the Canadian Improv Games National Tournament. Students from across Canada will travel to Ottawa to perform and you have to watch. From funny jokes to hilarious acts this is something you are sure to love if you loved your high school drama class!
Take a stroll around the pretty Major’s Hill Park
During the springtime, Major’s Hill Park completely transforms into a tulip wonderland. If you love tulips you will 100% love the park during this time of the year. If you can’t make it out to the Tulip Festival at Dow’s Lake, Major’s Hill Park is a perfect alternative.
Attend a Nature Nocturne event at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Get all dressed up and head to the museum for the night. Nature Nocturne happens every month at the Canadian Museum of Nature, so you have a couple of chances to attend it this spring. Spring dates include March 23rd, April 27th, and May 25th.
Try out yummy Asian tacos at Sula Wok
Sula Wok is a mobile food that just opened up its own restaurant in Ottawa. Since their business was doing so well they wanted to provide their delicious food all year round, they opened up a take out/dine in restaurant in Old Ottawa East. While the truck and the restaurant have different menus, you can build your own Asian taco at both!
Take a photo at Foreign Cinéma
This pretty restaurant and bar is located in the ByWard Market. They serve up American contemporary cuisine, with specialty cocktails and drink pairings. Foreign Cinéma is open for dinner and after dinner is served, the restaurant transforms into a bar. If you are looking for somewhere new and refreshing to go, definitely check out Foreign Cinéma this spring.
Indulge in a refreshing salad at Mad Radish
If you love tasty salads then you have to try this spot in Ottawa. The salads are super healthy and are truly cared for by the staff. Mad Radish believes that healthy food doesn't have to taste like cardboard and they work hard to create unique and delicious salad's that everyone will love.