An amazing family vacation in Ottawa
Staying at the Carleton Suite Hotel is ideal for those wishing to explore Ottawa and Gatineau and the many amazing things to do during March break (March 1-5 in Quebec and April 12-16 in Ontario). Our fabulous location is steps away to some amazing world-class attractions. Our large suites provide ample space and are perfect to relax in after a busy day of activities. For those wanting more, you can enjoy our 24-hour fitness centre.
Over March Break, take advantage of one of our many amazing offers:
- It’s Still On Us: (now available until May 31) Book two nights and get $100 rebate upon check-out.
- Book Direct Offer: Book on our web-site and get 20% off the Best Available Rate
- For more, visit our Offers Page here
Get active (indoors and outdoors)
During both the Quebec March Break and the Ontario Break, Altitude Gym, kids between 6 and 14 years of age enjoy learning the basics of rock climbing, bouldering, outdoor activities, and more. Choose from Altitude Gym’s two locations: Gatineau, Que. and Kanata, Ont.
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
The Diefenbunker is open once again and has several exhibitions in store. Book your time slot in advance on their website. The museum is located about 30 minutes west of downtown Ottawa in Carp, Ont.
How often can you access a downhill ski center within a 15-minute drive from a major city? This is what makes Gatineau Park’s Camp Fortune, located in Chelsea, Que., so convenient – especially for Spring Break Lessons. All programming is offered on weekdays during both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks.
Mount Pakenham is located about a 45-minute drive West from Ottawa in the town of Pakenham, Ont. During the Ontario March Break, kids aged 6 to 14 can participate in private ski lessons that offer a minimum of three hours of ski instruction per day, plus other activities such as tubing, snowshoeing, movies and more!
Maple Syrup Fun
Maple taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, delicious pancake breakfasts or brunch – what’s not to love about maple season? Several sugar bushes and other sites located throughout Canada’s Capital Region offer programming during the maple season, which runs from late February to early April. Check out Fulton’s Sugar Farmfor maple syrup fun.
Canadian Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Nature is always alive with special programming.
Be awestruck by a huge planet Earth “floating” high in the museum’s handsome atrium. Appearing in Canada for the first time, Gaia is one of the latest captivating sculptures by British artist Luke Jerram.
This massive artwork is seven metres in diameter and features high-resolution NASA imagery. Each centimetre of the sculpture describes 18 km of Earth’s surface.
The Museum’s permanent galleries, including the Fossil Gallery, Arctic Gallery and Water & Earth Galleries and more are perennial favourites!
Canadian War Museum
Build, play, create and learn as a family at the Canadian War Museum during the Ontario and Quebec March Breaks! Use Imagination Playground blocks to create engineering and architectural marvels; challenge your family to a game of giant chess; and explore the Museum’s galleries on a family-friendly tour with a program interpreter.
Canadian Museum of History
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm and until 7pm on Thursday, this stunning museum is an all-time favorite for the entire family. Book your timed admission in advance on their web-site
Omega Park, located in Montebello, Que. – just a 45-minute drive from downtown Ottawa – is a large wildlife park that immerses visitors in Canadian wildlife and First Nations’ history. You can take a Canadian safari any time of year through the natural habitat of animals like deer, elk, bison, caribou and wolves. Plus, the park usually offers a variety of special programming during both the Quebec and Ontario March Breaks.
Here are just some of the activities and experiences available in the region as of Thursday, February 25:
- The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum reopens this Friday, February 26! Visit the website to learn about modified hours and buy tickets online.
- The grounds of Rideau Hall are now open to the public, while the residence and skating rink remain closed. Take a stroll through some of the 79 acres of this historic property. FREE!
- Want to try a new recipe or learn a new cooking skill? C’est Bon Cooking has resumed their in-person cooking classes! Learn knife skills, master the basics, or try a couple’s class to learn new techniques.
- With the resumption of in-person dining in Ottawa, you can now visit one of your favourite local restaurants for a bite with your household (four people to a table). Visit a local restaurant or order take out to support our local foodie scene!
- Check out all the great ways to stay active in Ottawa, with Ottawa Tourism’s guide to downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Ottawa area!
- The Canadian War Museum holds a special presentation on Friday, February 26 to share the stories from three Canadian veterans who served in the Gulf War. Tune into The Gulf War – Canadian Veterans Reflect, 30 Years Later to learn more.
- Check out what’s on at museums in Ottawa! The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec and the Canadian War Museum are open Wednesdays through Sundays; the Canadian Museum of Nature and the National Gallery of Canada are open Thursdays through Sundays; and the Ingenium museums (Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum) have varying dates of operation. Advanced tickets are required for most museum visits.
- There are tons of ways to enjoy ice skating in Ottawa! From one of the City of Ottawa’s more than 250 outdoor skating rinks (including the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall and the Lansdowne Skating Court) to skating trails around Ottawa, there is something for everyone and most skating experiences are FREE!