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 (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:

Get active (indoors and outdoors)

Altitude Gym

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.

Camp Fortune

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

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.

Get cultured

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

Get wild

Omega Park

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, March 18:

  • Show your favourite local businesses some love by taking part in the #MyOttawa Local’s Guide! Ottawa Tourism is creating a guide of some of the best local coffee shops, galleries, experiences and more, starting with nominations crowdsourced from the public. Nominate a business now until the end of March, then vote for your favourite in April. FREE!
  • Check out a new neighbourhood on À La Carte’s Neighbourhoods Unlocked tours! This collision of walking tour and escape game is a fun way to have a new adventure and “unlock” a local neighbourhood.
  • Get out and explore a new part of the city! Visit Rideau-Goulbourn this winter and support great local businesses and discover hidden gems. FREE!
  • Eat and shop local at these businesses that give back! Support local cafés, restaurants, businesses and stores that give back to the community with this helpful list of businesses that support social, community, and environmental causes.
  • Missing Winter Brewfest this year? Order their special “L’érable en boîte” themed dinner box online from Le Rituel Restaurant to enjoy local brews, a four-course meal, discounts and surprise gifts for delivery or pick up this Friday, March 19 or Friday, March 26.
  • Sugarbush traditions are still on this year, but in a new way! Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm are open for visits and yummy meals. Discover even more maple syrup fun in the region!
  • Visit one of the cozy heated outdoor patios in Ottawa 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!


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