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8 Spontaneous Day Trips From Ottawa That Are Even More Magical In The Spring

Waterfalls, lilacs, and baby animals! 🚗

It is time to start your car and go on an adventure. After spending the winter months hibernating indoors, we have tons of Ottawa day trips that are even more magical in the spring.

For the perfect afternoon, you can see the magnificent gardens and ruins at Mackenzie King Estate, or you can discover the massive Chute De Plaisance waterfall, which is only 45 minutes outside the city.

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On one tank of gas, there is no shortage of hidden gems to discover. The only question is which will you visit first?

Mackenzie King Estate

Price: Free

Address: MacKenzie King Rd., Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you are in Europe as you explore the majestic ruins and colourful spring flowers in the English garden.

Carbide Willson Ruins

Price: Free admission

Address: Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: The waterfall looks extra spectacular in the early spring because of all the extra water from the melting snow.

Parc Omega

Price: $30.44 per person

Address: 399 Route 323 N., Montebello, QC

Why You Need To Go: You'll have the chance to see all the new baby animals who roam next to the walking and driving trails.

Wakefield Covered Bridge

Price: Free

Address: 45 Wakefield Heights Rd., Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: Wakefield is a super walkable small town overflowing with adorable bakeries and cafes. While here, you can take a selfie by the iconic covered bridge.

Chute De Plaisance

Price: $7.00 per adult

When: From Saturday, April 3

Address: 200 Malo St., Plaisance, QC

Why You Need To Go: Following a short 1-kilometre hiking trail, you can get an extraordinary view of a roaring waterfall.

Perth Chocolate Works

Price: Free admission

Address: 17 Wilson St. E., Perth, ON

Why You Need To Go: Chocoholics can enjoy some of the best chocolates they've ever tasted at this adorable store.

Millennium Trail

Price: Free

Address: Main St., Warkworth, ON

Why You Need To Go: If purple is your favourite colour, you need to visit this 2.6-kilometre trail with 300 lilac bushes. It is a floral wonderland that smells incredible.

Landon Bay Lookout

Price: $6.80 per vehicle

Address: 302 Thousand Islands Pkwy., Lansdowne, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's the perfect time to go for a hike, before the hot and sweaty summer weather arrives. Here, you can stroll to a postcard-worthy view of the Thousand Islands.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.