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Bloom with Joy this Spring: A Spring Itinerary in Ottawa’s Original Downtown

March 28, 2024

Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of the year in Ottawa’s Original Downtown! From beautiful hanging baskets lining patios to an incredible display of tulips, and lush greenspaces, the downtown is picture-perfect.

Let us help you get a head start on planning the perfect long weekend!

Day One: Tulips and Flowers Oh My!

Every spring, the city comes alive with over a million tulips paying homage to the historic Royal lift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship.

The Canadian Tulip Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II – the only royal ever born in Canada!

This festival is sure to bring a smile to your face – and act as the perfect backdrop for photos.

We recommend checking out the festival in the morning, then walking to La Terrasse at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for lunch. There is simply no better way to spend an afternoon than on the most scenic patio in the area!

With views of the Rideau Locks, Parliament Hill, and the Gatineau Hills your camera roll is going to be in incredible shape.

Dat Two: Biking and Hoppy Beers

On day two, you’ll want to kickstart your morning with some caffeine from one of the incredible roasters in the area, like Equator Coffee at the National Arts Centre, Happy Goat Coffee or Café Laurier at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Once you are awake and well-caffeinated, rent a bike from the infamous Rent-A-Bike and take in the views of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even check out Confederation Park and Majors Hill Park…maybe even stop for a quick picnic!

We recommend ending your adventurous day with a hoppy beer from Clocktower Brew Pub, which offers exceptional gastro-pub fare and in-house brewed beers. The selection is next to none!

Day Three: Art Museums, touristy things and shopping

And finally, spend your last day getting inspired by art exhibits and the best tourist activities that the city has to offer!

Metropolitain Brasserie, Ottawa’s Parisian restaurant, offers an incredible brunch and patio atmosphere to help you start the adventure on the right note.

After brunch, head over to Spark’s Street and hop on the Lady Drive tour bus! Lady Dive is an amazing way to see the many attractions in Ottawa and even features a dip in the water.

Finish the day off with a visit to the National Art Gallery to get inspired or check out the 200+ stores in CF Rideau Centre and pick up a little something to commemorate your trip.

Are you worried about where you are going to park? Check out our Parking Blog to help you find all the parking options and rates downtown! 

Click here to check out other blogs we’ve written about Ottawa’s Original Downtown!