20 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa-Outaouais

| March 29, 2017 | 6 Comments

20 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa

Now that spring has finally sprung in the nation’s capital, families can get outdoors more and enjoy more of what this city has to offer! Ottawa is a great city that offers many events and activities for families to enjoy and take part in during this time of year. Below are 20 spring family fun activities in and around Ottawa to enjoy this year.


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Specific Dated Events

1. Sugar Festival 2017 – Vanier Museopark, March 30-April 4, 2017

This festival brings together a variety of fun activities for families to take in and enjoy, from a lumberjack competition, axe throwing, to maple tastings, musical acts, performers and more.

2. Camp Fortune Aerial Park – May 2 – June 23, 2017

Want to take your family for an exhilarating adventure through the trees just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa? Visit Camp Fortune’s Zipline and Aerial Park for the ride of your life!

Note – Open on weekdays for groups 15+ with a reservation. Weekends and Victoria Day (May 23, 2017) it is open from 9 AM until 2 hours before dusk.

3. Sugar Lumber Fest – Horticultural Building, Lansdowne Park, April 8, 2017 

The Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park will be transformed into an urban sugar shack for the Sugar Lumber Fest! Be a part of one of three sittings to take in a non-traditional gourmet menu created by Jean-Philippe Ménard, Chef at Rituel. There will also be a savoury beans served piping hot from a kettle and taste maple syrup straight from a maple tree.  An outdoor chocolate bar, a maple taffy bar and a lumberjack competition will also be available with each reservation to this event.

4. Ottawa Children’s Festival – Various locations, May 10 – 14, 2017

The world of the arts is on display at the Ottawa Children’s Festival! Performers from around the world come to Ottawa to deliver world-class theatre, music and dance to children and their families.

5. Canadian Tulip Festival – Commissioners Park, May 12 – 22, 2017

Four sites will be in full bloom for this world-famous festival with 1 million tulips for visitors to take in for this festival as well as for Canada 150 festivities.

6. RCMP Musical Ride – RCMP Musical Ride Stables, 1 Sandridge Road, Various dates from May 18, 2017

View the intricate routine riders and their horses perform to music that demands precise control, timing and coordination with your family at the RCMP Musical Ride! These officers give the communities they perform for the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP. They also act as goodwill ambassadors of the RCMP around the world. It will be a fun show for the whole family to see!

7. Doors Open Ottawa – Various Locations, June 3-4, 2017

Business owners from Carp to Cumberland open their doors and invite the public in to show off and explore 129 of their architecturally and historically significant buildings for free!

8. WESTFest – Laroche Park, June 2-4, 2017

Take the family for a visit this festival of music, art and life at the biggest free street party in Canada! There will be fun for every member of the family with concerts and a Kidszone for even more fun for kids make this a great event to go to.

9. Ottawa Fringe Festival – Various locations, June 8-18, 2017 

Take in the arts with your family at the Ottawa Fringe Festival! Be entertained by various theatre companies as they perform for audiences throughout various locations around the city to showcase their work.

10. Festival franco-ontarien – Major’s Hill Park, June 15 – 17, 2016

Plan to visit the biggest French celebration in Canada’s capital region at the Festival franco-ontarien. Concerts, street art and entertainment are awaiting visitors taking in Franco-Ontarian culture.

11. Smiths Falls Healthy Living Festival – Downtown Smiths Falls, June 17, 2017 

Interested in learning more about making healthy lifestyle choices? Want to have a fun day the family will enjoy? The Healthy Living Festival is the place to be this spring! There will be contests, competitions, performers, activities, entertainment and much more to see and do for those who attend!


Outdoor Adventures Throughout the Spring


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Need to take an adventure in the great outdoors? Below are a few ideas you can enjoy with your family any day of the week!

12. Gatineau Park

From trails for various sports, camping and boating to learning about how to use a map and searching for creatures in nature, Gatineau Park has something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

13. NOKIA Sunday Biking

Dust off those helmets and get the family out on the bike trails over 50 kilometres of some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s scenic routes on Sunday mornings without the worry of cars! These road closures take place from 9 am – 1 pm from late May to early September every year.


Museum Amusement Throughout the Spring


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If rainy days make getting outdoors impossible, or if it is a spur of the moment outing you are looking for, then head over to one of the museums in the Ottawa region for some family fun all spring long! They have special exhibits, films and activities that will entertain your family.

14. Canadian Museum of History

15. Canadian Museum of Nature

16. Canadian War Museum

17. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

18. Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Municipal museums also have activities for families to take part in this spring!

19. Tea on the Lawn & Boxed Lunches – Billings Estate National Historic Site, May 17 – September 3, 2017, from 11 am – 4 pm

Looking for some peaceful bonding time with your family? Wednesdays – Fridays and Sundays at the Billings Estate National Historic Site are sure to fit the bill as they host Tea on the Lawn and Boxed Lunches no matter the weather! For those not too fond of the outdoors for a sip of tea, groups are also able to enjoy indoor tea service by reservation. *Note – It is recommended to reserve for these events as space is limited.

20. Children and Family Events – Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Throughout the season 

Families can learn and discover so many things at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum! There are animals from the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario, Radio Flyer wagons, go-carts, two life-sized board games, wagon rides, sawmill and blacksmith demonstrations. Train lovers will love experiencing the Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Engineers’ miniature railway. Visitors will discover how the railway operates and the history behind it. This part of the museum is available beginning on May 8, 2017, on alternating Sundays between 11 am and 3 pm, weather permitting.


Hopefully, these 17 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa have given you some inspiration to plan some great adventures this season!

What would you like to do with your family this season?









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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

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  1. Kamy says:

    Lots of things going on!

  2. Calvin F. says:

    I am in BC, but still a lot of family fun things to do here. This is a great list of things you could do 😀

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    So very many fun activities to participate in and around Ottawa, wonderful. I would love to see the RCMP Musical Ride, that must be marvellous. 🙂

  4. Kam says:

    Love this time of year because we can finally do so many things outside and it’s not cold!!!

  5. Kristi says:

    So many great events. I would love to go to the Canadian Tulip Festival since they are my favourite flower.

  6. sarah says:

    Doors Open Ottawa sounds like it would be a lot of fun and something my family would really enjoy. We have the same thing here in Winnipeg and have seen so me pretty neat places on the list.

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