Are you fed up with the hectic hustle and bustle of Toronto? Or maybe it's the unaffordable housing in Vancouver that has you searching elsewhere? No matter the reason, if you're looking to switch up your life tempo, Ottawa could be the perfect place to make a move. This city offers a slower pace of life, but with plenty of things to enjoy year-round. In addition to the stunning natural green space that surrounds this picturesque city, there's always events and activities to take advantage of, especially as the springtime begins to blossom. Paddling on the rivers, exploring the trails in Gatineau Park, or lounging on a patio are just a few reasons why we love May in the nation's capital so much. Here are few of our favourite activities to enjoy this season.
May 11 – 21, 2018
Nothing ushers in the long-awaited springtime season like the fresh and vibrant display of colours at the Tulip Festival. Thanks to the Netherlands, Ottawans can feast their eyes on Canada's most colourful festival that pays homage to WWII veterans, while enjoying millions of tulips each and every spring.
Ottawa Race Weekend
May 26-27, 2018
If you're an avid runner, don't forget to register for Canada's most significant multi-day running event! This weekend has been running (pun intended) for more than 40 years, attracting tens of thousands of runners from across the country and from around the globe. This springtime tradition aims to help foster a community of passionate running enthusiasts while encouraging healthier lifestyles.
Parliament Hill Yoga
May 9 – August 29, 2018
Whether you love yoga or are just want to ruffle your toes on the grass, you can stretch out your muscles after the long, stagnant winter with yoga on Parliament Hill. This free event attracts hundreds of yogis and participants each year who are looking for a reason to stretch out in the sunshine. Just remember to bring along your mat and water!
As Canadians, there's nothing we enjoy more than lounging on a patio with friends soaking in the sunshine while enjoying the city buzz. As the city starts to awaken, there's no better time to enjoy sipping on a pint in the fresh spring air. It's just another reason why we love May in the nation's capital.
Hiking in Gatineau Park
Now that the snow is finally gone, the trails in Gatineau Park are ready to enjoy once again. Strap on your hiking shoes and hit the trails to give your body and mind some reprieve outdoors.
Whether it's enjoying the city buzz from a patio, feasting your eyes on the vibrant, colourful tulips, hiking in the park or strolling along the river, springtime is when this city really comes alive. So get out to enjoy Ottawa! We guarantee you'll love May in our nation's capital just as much as we do.