Presented by\nGood news, everyone: springtime is finally just around the corner. Let’s be honest, the winter has been super harsh and all kinds of crazy. But thankfully, March is just about to roll around, bearing terrific news to keep us all going: March break is finally (almost) here!\nMarch break, spring break, reading week… whatever you call it, you can’t deny that this gift from the universe itself is long overdue. And whether you’re returning home to Ottawa to bask in our capital's electric vibes, or straight-up staying in the city to partake in awesome activities, one thing’s for sure: There’s no better place to spend a well-deserved break exploring your surroundings!\nView this post on Instagram Two blondes walk up to a beaver tail stand… A post shared by Rebecca bond ♤ (@rebecccabond) on Feb 16, 2019 at 2:34pm PST\nTreat your BFF to a bottomless-mimosa brunch; discover a brand new "fairy light" bar; get reacquainted with the ByWard Market; however you choose to make the most of your spring break, you’ll be more than able to have a blast and enjoy everything this magical city has to offer!\nEven Hydro Ottawa knows that nothing should stop you from having a good time and striving to energize your life! That's why it's always happy to help make all of our daily activities possible through the power of electricity - everything from enjoying a freshly brewed coffee to even something as basic as strolling through the city (did you know Ottawa was the very first city in the world to have all its street lights lit with electricity in the 1800s?), Hydro Ottawa totally has our backs!\n1. Take Your Pub Crawl Up a Notch and Discover a Brand-New "Secret" Scotch Bar\nView this post on Instagram Sunday nights are like Saturday nights when it’s a long weekend. The Rob Roy at Montgomery Scotch Lounge A post shared by Montgomery Scotch Lounge (@montgomeryscotchlounge) on Feb 17, 2019 at 5:13pm PST\nScotch? Good! Hidden bars? Great! Spending your March break with your ride or die sipping on fragrant and quality liquors? FANTASTIC!\nMontgomery Scotch Lounge is a brand spankin' new spot where you can sip and appreciate what just might be the world's greatest spirit. Sharing its space with Oat Couture Oatmeal Cafe, Montgomery opens at 5:00 P.M. from Thursday to Sunday.\nNot that it matters too much, since time during March break is basically on standstill - but this does mean you and your BFF can enjoy a warm bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal during the day, and sip on a warm glass of one of 54 (!) scotches during the nighttime.\n2. Or This Super Bright Bar That'll Give Your Instagram Life\nView this post on Instagram Hole in the wall 🐇 A post shared by Dahlia (@daetaa) on Feb 17, 2019 at 9:11pm PST\nMan, is it just me, or is Ottawa's bar scene becoming more and more legit? Either way, if scotch isn't your thing, don't sweat it. You've got plenty of other bar options to pick from, including this relatively new gem that'll literally dazzle you (thanks to Hydro Ottawa!).\nRabbit Hole on Sparks Street has been open for a very short while, but it's already leaving a lasting impression - particularly because of its lighted ceiling. Picture a whole, entire ceiling decked out in the most magical fairy lights you've ever seen... Now you're somewhere in the ballpark of how awesome this spot's atmosphere truly is.\n3. Get Traditional at the Sugar Shack\nView this post on Instagram Had a fun day exploring the trails at the @museoparc in Vanier and smelling the yummy maple syrup cooking at the Sugar Shack (Cabane à Sucre). Nothing says spring in Canada more than maple syrup and the bucket on the maple tree behind me is how they collect the sap that they then boil to make into maple syrup. Did you know Canada is the world's leading producer and exporter of maple products? Next weekend is their Sugar Festival which should be a lot of fun! . Thanks to @ryly_the_labbe for letting me know about this great dog-friendly park! . . #sugarbush #cabaneasucre #MyOttawa #Vanier #Sugarfestival #iloveqv #ottawadogs #bandoodles #petsofottawa #canadiandogs #doodletales #goldendoodle #goldendoodlesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #facesottawa #613puppylove #overall_pets #dawgzpetz #bellathedooodle A post shared by Bella the Goldendoodle (@bellathedooodle) on Mar 31, 2018 at 1:21pm PDT\nSugaring-off is probably the most quintessentially Canadian winter activity; that's why Vanier Museopark's Sugar Shack is a can't-miss heritage gem! The rare urban Sugar Shack has proudly been keeping this beloved tradition alive in its snug, charming setting, serving up traditionally Canadian homecooked meals.\nThis is definitely a spot that you and your BFF won't regret checking out during March break. Commiserate with your girl about school and work over a super delicious maple feast with ALL the fixings!\n4. Book a Maple Spa Treatment\nView this post on Instagram ✨Experience a body wrap like never before – surround yourself in warmth and luxury while floating cocooned and weightless on a pressure free cushion of water. Regenerating, nourishing and protective, the Cleopatra Milk and Oil Wrap combines the finest essential oils and real milk for a deep moisturizing treatment. Relax by candlelight and soft music as you float away. ✨ A post shared by Holtz Spa (@holtzspa) on Nov 29, 2018 at 7:44am PST\nGrab your bestie, leave your cares behind, and treat yourselves to a fancy, feel-good day of pampering at the luxurious Holtz Spa. Running the gamut from rose quartz and champagne facials to lash extensions and micro blading, this elegant spa's treatments will have you looking like a rejuvenated, recharged version of yourself.\nHoltz's sweet spot that definitely sets it apart from the rest? Its maple specialty treatments: maple manicure, pedicure, massage, sugar body scrub and wrap - have you ever heard of such a thing?! Using Fulton's signature, locally crafted Maple Luscious Bath and Body Products, Holtz's exquisite treatments are the perfect addition to your March break!\n5. Get Cultured and Finally Appreciate The National Gallery of Canada\nView this post on Instagram Light on💡 A post shared by Nagine 🌹 Safari (@_diamondsafari_) on Feb 16, 2019 at 12:32am PST\nTrue facts: The National Gallery of Canada is home to countless breathtaking art pieces, world-renowned exhibitions, and literal wonders to behold. And all of it, right in our backyard!Grab your BFF and discover - really discover - all the National Gallery of Canada has to offer. Take in the Indigenous Galleries; the new Canadian Photography Institute; find contemporary art exhibits that play with light provided by Hydro Ottawa and turn it into art. Take pictures, ask questions, and truly get into Ottawa's art scene while you have the time to!\n6. Stroll Around ByWard Market and Discover the City's Cutest Spots\nView this post on Instagram FEED ME BAO BUNS AND TELL ME IM PRETTY 💗😜✌🏽 Have you had the bao buns at @banhmi.girl? ➡️SWIPE ➡️ If not, now you know what to get next time you’re in the @bywardmarket! • • • #notsponsored just love bao buns 😋 • • • 📸: @justjuliagindra #myottawa #ott #613eats #ottawafoodies #ottawafoodie #ottawafood #apt613 #facesottawa @facesottawa #ottawasown #discoveron @ontariotravel #explorecanada #travelblogger #canadiantraveller #ottawablogger #baobuns #banhmigirl #613foodies #ottcity A post shared by ROXANA ✨ Travel + Lifestyle (@mytravellingbackpack) on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:25am PST\nThere's nothing quite like spending the afternoon ambling through the historic ByWard Market, a vibrant neighbourhood with over 600 boutiques, restaurants, pubs, and so much more. Munch on your fav BeaverTail, try Moulin de Provence's famous Trudeau and Obama cookies, or pop into Banh Mi Girl for some of the tastiest Bao Buns around!\nOnce you and your BFF grow slightly tired of walking and burning calories, stop by Planet Coffee to cozy up with your daily dose of energy (aka caffeine aka LIFE) and a scrumptious treat, always baked in-house with fresh, local ingredients.\n7. Celebrate March Break with a Bottomless-Mimosa Brunch\nView this post on Instagram Cheers to being done the NCLEX! A post shared by Christine Desgroseilliers (@christinedesg) on Nov 8, 2018 at 1:56pm PST\nSure, education is important, and school can be a lot of fun. But sometimes, we all need to kick back with our best friends and celebrate the fact that we're taking a break from all the learning. Preferably with an endless supply of mimosas.\nAnd thanks to Ottawa's Vanitea Room, bottomless mimosas and celebratory BFF brunches are a totally reachable goal! Not only does this spot specialize in tasty brunch dishes and morning cocktails, but they're also a tea house. So you can nosh on finger foods and sip piping hot tea, too!\n8. Give Thanks to the Liquid Getting You Through the Semester at Ottawa's First-Ever Coffee Festival\nView this post on Instagram Happy #NationalCoffeeDay! ☕ While we're excited about coffee every day, today is an especially great day to go out and try some coffee from the best local coffee makers in the city. We're lucky enough to have many great roasters and cafes in Ottawa with fair trade practices and great care for the environment and harvesters. How will YOU be celebrating National Coffee Day? . C'est la #journéenationaleducafé ! ☕ Bien que nous adorons le café tous les jours, aujourd'hui est une journée particulièrement parfaite pour sortir et essayer le café des meilleurs fabricants de café locaux de la ville. Ici à Ottawa, nous sommes chanceux d'avoir accès à de nombreux excellents torréfacteurs et cafés qui exercent des pratiques équitables et qui prennent grand soin pour protéger l'environnement et les cueilleurs. Comment ALLEZ-VOUS célébrer la journée nationale du café ? . #ottawacoffeefest #cafefestottawa #ottawa #ottawacity #ottville #myottawa #monottawa #613 #festivals #ottawafestivals #festivalottawa #supportlocal #supportlocalottawa #coffeelovers #coffeeaddicts #accrocafféine #ottawacoffee #cafeottawa A post shared by Ottawa Coffee Fest ☕️ (@ottawacoffeefest) on Sep 29, 2018 at 6:21am PDT\nWhile we're no doubt an energetic bunch, everyone needs a boost every once in a while; which is exactly why coffee is so key, so essential, to the life of every student. Nay, every functioning human.\nAnd no one seems to be more aware of that than the good people at the Ottawa Coffee Fest. Going down March 23 (prime March break time!) at the Horticulture Building, the Ottawa Coffee Fest aims to celebrate the capital's coffee culture. Look out for coffee tastings, food, workshops, and just a general buzz of excitement in the air.\n9. Catch the Views at Parliament Hill\n@onthe_pursuitofhappinessembedded via\nLet's all take a step back for a minute and remember that Ottawa's got one of the most important buildings in the whole, entire country: Parliament. We've got something completely amazing smack-dab in our vicinity, and we should all make some time to appreciate it.\nGaze at the colourful, striking sunset and sunrise atop Parliament Hill; stroll through the nearby Ottawa Locks; watch the changing of the guard; catch a stunning, historical, immersive light show powered by Hydro Ottawa during the summertime. Honestly, visiting Parliament is a free and highly effective way to remember that beauty and joy lie in simple, everyday things that we sometimes take for granted: having a warm roof over our heads, a relaxing March break, and a loved one with whom to share our capital's glorious views. Good vibes and the memories we create, people - that's all that really matters at the end of the day.\nIn a bustling metropolis such as Ottawa, there's really no reason to hibernate all winter when our nation's lively capital offers loads of entertainment. So step outside and get your fun on!\nCheck out Hydro Ottawa's website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube channel.