Although we love living in Ottawa, sometimes, it’s nice to go on a little adventure and escape the city. We’ve previously shared some of our favourite day trip and mini vacay destinations for the summertime you can take with the kids (or solo even), and we’ve highlighted places to escape Ottawa’s winter when you need a change. But what about Ottawa spring getaway ideas?
Maybe the outdoor pools won’t be open at some of these locations like in the summer, and skiing isn’t an option like in the winter, but planning a spring getaway after what may have felt like a very long winter is a great way to reconnect and feel refreshed together as a family.
Unlike some of our previous recommendations, these trips do require a bit more time for driving (or even to take the train!) but we think you’ll love them.
As the weather begins to warm up and the days grow longer, plan for a family spring getaway destination with these possibilities:
Ottawa Spring Getaway Ideas
Take a Trip to Toronto
If you are a sports loving family, Toronto may be THE place to be in the spring thanks to multiple major sporting teams and their home game schedules. The Blue Jays‘ season has begun and fans are excited to cheer them on again.
Sports aren’t your thing? There’s no shortage of events and activities happening in Toronto. Visit the Toronto Zoo to see the animals, and enjoy some outdoor time, or check out the Royal Ontario Museum — it’s always a favourite.
Step into the Past (and Present) in Quebec City
Head East from Ottawa, cross the Ontario border into Quebec, and keep driving to Quebec City. A historic town filled with opportunity at any time of the year. Visit the Plains of Abraham Museum or one of the battlefield sites. Stroll in Old Quebec, which is described on the Quebec Tourism website as an ‘open-air museum’ (sounds perfect for kids!). The Aquarium du Québec is home to over 10000 marine animals with year-round indoor and outdoor activities. Or maybe you’ll want to plan your trip around Indigenous experiences by staying at a First Nations hotel and museum, or plan a guided tour (including a visit to a traditional longhouse) at the Huron‑Wendat Museum.
Make Memories in Niagara Falls
For a long time, Niagara Falls has been a popular tourist spot and for good reason. There is so much to do for families, including visiting the iconic Niagara Falls themselves. The six-hour plus drive from the Ottawa area will bring you to beautiful Niagara and the many food destinations and activities the area has to offer. With Lake Ontario accessible, you can stroll along one of the beach walkways, visit Niagara Falls itself, or enjoy a culinary experience and shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Kids will love the Bird Kingdom, where they’ll come across reptiles and birds in the aviary. Another indoor option, since we never are sure about the weather in the sprintime, is to stay and play at Great Wolf Lodge waterpark. Want to get outside? Time your visit for when the lilacs at the Centennial Lilac Gardens are in full bloom and get a photo in front of the giant Floral Clock!
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