Ottawa is arguably one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family! With countless community events, kid-friendly festivals, and seasonal activities, it doesn’t matter if it is +30 °C, or -30 °C your family will always have something to do in our nation’s capital.
Pop on your toques before heading down to the Sparks Street, to start the year off right with your family at the annual fireworks spectacular. We recommend staying bundled for the Winterlude, in February, as your kids will want to spend the whole day outside with their toboggans and ice skates.
The city starts heating up in the spring with fun festivals, sporting events, and free activities. Our personal favourites include the Canadian Tulip Festival, and of course the Ottawa Children’s Festival, which are both held in May.
However, summer is really when Ottawa starts to sizzle! Besides the awesome beaches, parks, and museums, we suggest hitting up The Capital Fair, and Puppets Up, to truly take advantage of the exceptional weather and city’s culture. Not the mention, celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa is a must! Your kids will love the fireworks, live entertainment, and crazy Canadian pride.
Even in the fall, when the weather starts to cool off, the city still has so much to offer. For Halloween check out the Mayor’s Halloween Party, Pumpkinferno, or Village Fantome de Cantley, for a scary good time. Once December hits we suggest finishing the year off right with a kid-friendly winter or Christmas activity, such as one of the many the Santa Claus Parade that the city puts on.
The inside scoop on the best places in Ottawa to beat boredom no matter what the weather brings.