Spring is certainly taking it’s sweet time coming to the nation’s capital, so I’ve decided to reminisce to my favourite things to do when it actually starts to warm up here in Ottawa! Although spring is short lived between our long cold winters and our hot humid summers, it is nonetheless a very beautiful time here! Here are just some of my favourite things to do to enjoy the spring time here…
1. Stop and smell the tulips.
Each May, the Canadian Tulip Festival takes all over the nation’s capital making for some gorgeous spring walks. I suggest checking out Dow’s Lake and Major’s Hill Park from some pretty incredible displays of these flowers. From experience, the evening seems to be the best time to check out the tulips without tons of tourists.
2. Grab a tasty treat.
Ottawa has it’s fair share of tasty desserts to check out, that are also very insta-worthy. I’m really not a chocolate girl, so ice cream, gelato, and donuts are my thing. Some of my favourites include: MooShu Ice Cream, Strawberry Blonde, Sweet Jesus, Suzy Q Donuts,
3. Spend a rainy April afternoon at the Aquatopia Conservatory.
The perfect place to check out on a rainy April afternoon. The Aquatopia Conservatory is just a short drive to Carp, ON. The beautiful indoor garden/greenhouse has a cute little cafe where you can grab a tasty lunch. It’s the perfect place to pick up your Mother’s Day gift as they have many plants and flowers for sale.
4. Go for a sunny spring stroll at Mer Bleue.
Mer Bleue Conservation Area is a lovely setting for a sunny spring stroll. More of a walk than a hike, but nonetheless beautiful. Good for the spring because most of the walk is on a board walk so you can avoid the muddy trails.
6. Stuff your face with Sunday brunch.
I swear weekend brunches in Ottawa are more popular than going out for dinner. Grab your pals and check out a unique brunch spot, Ottawa has so many good ones. My favourites I’ve checked out so far include: Wilf & Ada’s, Baker Street Cafe, Allo Mon Coco, Pressed, + Stoneface Dolly’s (can you tell I love to brunch?).
7. Get a little muddy.
Why not get a little muddy, but have so much fun doing so? Every spring Ottawa has a Mud Hero Run. You have the option between a 6k course and a 10k course with a well deserved free beer at the end of the super muddy race. Be prepared to not only run but swim some parts of the course because some are a little deep for us shorter people.
8. Hunt for Ottawa’s best street art.
Scattered around the buildings of downtown Ottawa are some pretty awesome street art installations. I suggest checking out the Glebe, Little Italy, or Westboro for some awesome art on the sides of the old buildings.
9. Shop the Sunday Markets.
I definitely mentioned this activity in my Fall favourites, but spring is another time I love to shop the Sunday farmer’s markets. I love to check out the gorgeous flowers at the Parkdale Market and the tasty foods at the Lansdowne Farmer’s Market. There’s just something really satisfying about doing some of your groceries outside once the weather warms up.
10. Classy afternoon tea at Zoe’s
The newly renovated Zoe’s Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is the perfect way to indulge with your favourite ladies. With so many tea choices and some to-die-for desserts, you are sure to leave that place feeling super satisfied. Tip: you must call in advance to make a reservation if you want to go for the high tea.