Despite the wintry conditions across Ontario this week, spring is officially on the horizon. With the start of the new season just days away, it’s time to start making plans for the warmer weather. If you’re already dreaming about fun and free stuff to do in Ottawa with your BFFs next month, prepare to be inspired!\nOttawa’s winter can be beautiful and whimsical, but by February we can all agree that we're sick of snow, slush and sweaters.\nThankfully, spring is now just around the corner. Many of us are already dreaming about sipping cocktails on the patio, spending hours beside the lake, and devouring ice-cream 24/7.\nWhile it’s nice to enjoy some of the more expensive things that the city has to offer during the sunny season, just being outside and enjoying the warmer weather is enough to have a good time.\nOttawa is full of unique and exciting spring adventures, and many of our favourite annual festivals are preparing to make a comeback.\nFrom Poutine Fest and the Canadian Tulip Festival, to food-trucks and evening walks, you and your besties will have endless options to fill those long, mild evenings.\nGet prepared to pack away your winter boots and pull out your shorts and sunscreen, summer is on the way and it simply couldn’t come any sooner.\nExplore Lansdowne Farmers Market\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Every Sunday\nAddress: 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: This adorable farmers' market is always fully-stocked with fruit, veggies, cheese and so much more. While you don't have to buy anything to enjoy the atmosphere, it's hard to resist the incredible goodies!\nView this post on Instagram Have you tried the dumplings from @themomospot ? Errrmahgerrrrrd they are so tassssty! Juicy, delicious and covered in some sort of yummy sauce (super vague, i know, but I can’t remember the name). I highly recomend checking this place out at the Lansdowne farmers market! . . #dumplings #asianfood #ottawa #lansdowne #bankstreetbia #bankstreet #farmersmarket #lansdownefarmersmarket A post shared by Tasty Ottawa (@tastyottawa) on Oct 2, 2019 at 7:14pm PDT\nWebsite\nPicnic In Major’s Hill Park\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Downtown Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If you've been missing your floral fix over the winter, Major's Hill Park is the place to top up! There's no better spot to enjoy a picnic when the sun is shining.\nView this post on Instagram Just two gals enjoying a picnic that could feed 10 A post shared by Danica Toscano (@danicatoscano) on Jun 9, 2019 at 3:48pm PDT\nWebsite\nStroll Around Fletcher Wildlife Garden\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: This park is a nature-lovers paradise, and it's one of Ottawa's best kept secrets. The picturesque gardens are home to so many flowers and so much wildlife, it even has a frog pond.\nView this post on Instagram Forever in cute thrifted dresses and searching for all the pretty flowers. Forever in awe at all the medicinal and spiritual healing properties of herbs and flowers 💜🌸🌼💜🌼🌸💜 #nonewthings #thirft #secondhandforever #anticaptialism #anticonsumerism #minimalism #flowerpower #herbsarehealing #plantmedicine #herbalism #love A post shared by Emma 🌻 (@emmziees) on Jul 29, 2019 at 9:22am PDT\nWebsite\nExperience Yoga On The Hill\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m., May - August, 2020.\nAddress: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Join thousands of yoga enthusiasts and experience a free class on the grounds of Parliament Hill. The Prime Minister may even compliment your posing!\nView this post on Instagram Yoga on the hill with this babe 💕 #parliament #parliamenthill #yogaonthehill #bestfriend #cutie #loveher #ottawa #ontario #summer #summer2017 #yoga #fitchicks #fitfam #613 A post shared by Amélia Blaquière 🐯 (@ameliablaquiere) on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:28am PDT\nWebsite\nHike To The Eagle's Nest Lookout\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Directions\nWhy You Need To Go: There's no better way to welcome back the warm weather than with this easy but rewarding hike. You will find awe-inspiring 360-degree views from the top of this cliff, and you'll be able to witness the changing season from above.\nView this post on Instagram *girl in nature* #eaglesnestlookout A post shared by lana ⚡️⚡️ (@lanadelbrah) on Sep 23, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT\nWebsite\nCatch The Sunset At Nepean Point\nPrice: Free\nAddress: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: If your Instagram is full of wintry, snowy vibes, it's time to change it up! Capture one of the city's famous sunsets at Nepean Point, and brighten up your mood AND your socials.\nView this post on Instagram Light of a new day sneaks up behind the early-morning Ottawa skyline. #myottawa #natgallerycan #ottawa #ottawariver #alexandrabridge #gatineau #nepeanpoint #capital #sunrise #ontario #morninglight A post shared by Mike (@mikedottaylor) on Oct 3, 2018 at 7:49pm PDT\nWebsite\nSee The Cherry Blossoms At Dominion Arboretum\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Late April - May, 2020\nAddress: Arboretum, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You don't need to fly to Japan to experience beautiful spring blossoms. These enchanting pink blooms are only around for a short period during spring, so don't leave it too late to find them.\nView this post on Instagram I’m in awe of flowers 🌸 🌺 always remember: A flower cannot blossom without sunshine. ☀️ . Makeup by: @facesbyshilan . . . . . #flower #power #happy #place #ottawa #smile #photoshoot #tennisgirl #flowers🌸 #photography #blogger #blog #naturephotography #blonde #athlete #tennisgirl #tennis #makeuptutorial #makeup #beautiful #smilesmilesmile #tgif #bestoftheday #flowerstagram #like4likes #likeforlikes #czechgirl #canadian #canada A post shared by P e t r a J a n u s k o v a ♡ (@petrajanuskova) on Aug 16, 2019 at 5:46am PDT\nWebsite\nEnjoy The Views At Andrew Haydon Park\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 3169 Carling Ave, Nepean, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Whether you visit for a stroll or a picnic, the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere at Andrew Haydon Park will have you feeling summery in no time.\nView this post on Instagram A picnic and a stroll through the park, topped by an ice cream sundae. Who could ask for more? Certainly not me. #picnic #park #ingoodcompany #andrewhaydonpark #gullsducksandcanadageese #blueskies #trees #water #fountain #theperfectday #outforawalk #myottawa A post shared by Marilyn Susan (@mvmillin) on Aug 16, 2019 at 2:13pm PDT\nWebsite\nVisit The Canadian Tulip Festival\nPrice: Free\nWhen: May 8 - May 18, 2020\nAddress: Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan Area\nWhy You Need To Go: Experience the world's largest tulip festival, and embrace the sweet smell of more than one million blooms across the city.\nView this post on Instagram Crabapple tree and tulips during the #ottawatulipfestival Aren't they beautiful ? 😍 . . . . . #tulips #cherrytree #nature #plantbreeding #nofilter #spring #ottawa #rideaucanal A post shared by Drooling Over Plants (@drooling.over.plants) on Nov 12, 2019 at 6:21am PST\nWebsite\nExplore Ottawa's Poutine Festival\nPrice: Free\nWhen: April 30 - May 3, 2020\nAddress: 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: It's totally free to attend Ottawa's annual poutine festival, although we can't promise that you won't purchase a tasty treat.\nView this post on Instagram Perfect spring weather paired with delicious poutine, not a bad combo! ☀️ Today we got a Lobster and Bacon Poutine and a Cajun Shrimp Poutine 🍤🍟🥓 Sadly today was the last day of PoutineFest, but hopefully it's just the beginning of spring! #joyceofmylife A post shared by joyce I food & adventures (@joyceofmylife) on Apr 22, 2018 at 6:40pm PDT\nWebsite\nTake An Evening Stroll\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Anywhere!\nWhy You Need To Go: This is a big, beautiful city, with so many wonderful places to explore and discover. Enjoy the warm weather and the glorious sunsets, and remember what it feels like to stay out past 7 p.m.!\nView this post on Instagram "If it could only be like this always – always summer…" — Evelyn Waugh . . . . . . . . . . . . #ottawa #myottawa #apt613 #narcityottawa #ottawaphoto #insideott #ottawaaf #ottawa_online #ottawamagazine #cbcottawa #instaottawa #igersottawa #ottawagrams #viewsottawa #outdoors #nature #summer #urbanphotography #evelynwaugh #streetphotography @ncc_ccn #parkscanada #sunset #architecturephotography #CanadainOneCity A post shared by @ johntheobscure on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:09am PDT\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.