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 with the arrival of spring.

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.

RBC Bluesfest and Ottawa Tourism have paired up to launch the Room Service Concert Series during the month of April. Only available in your hotel room, this amazing line-up makes for a fabulous staycation!

For your Spring Staycation, take advantage of one of our many amazing offers:

Get active (indoors and outdoors)

Altitude Gym

During 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 the 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 SURE TO BOOK AHEAD!

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 March Break! 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, May 13:

  • The Canadian Tulip Festival runs online from Friday, May 14 to Monday, May 24! Check out virtual tours and activities on their website to learn about the origin of the festival and the flowers. Did you know there are 30 major tulip planting areas around the region? It’s best to visit popular areas during off-peak hours to avoid crowds. Check out the National Capital Commission’s Tulip Meter and interactive map. FREE!
  • Shop the Village in Westboro for your chance to win giveaways! Visit the BIA’s website and social media to learn more and enter and to discover local businesses.
  • Want to try a new recipe? The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has you covered, with tons of recipes to try at home including Algonquin bannock, pikoodinigan, stuffed wild mushroom caps, and more. FREE!
  • Check out Ottawa Tourism’s YouTube channel for virtual tours of attractions around the city as part of our Virtual OttawaFREE!
  • Learn about Ontario’s Water Trail which includes great attractions along the Ottawa River, Madawaska River, and Rideau Canal.
  • Get active at the National Capital Commission’s Weekend Bikedays, presented by NOKIA! Now through Thanksgiving, portions of Ottawa’s scenic parkways will be open for active users to enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays (the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm), as well as a portion of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway which will open for active users daily (between Fifth Avenue and Somerset Street, from 8:00am-8:00pm) until June 30. FREE!
  • Support our local restaurants by ordering take-out! Local Ottawa restaurants are offering take-out, meal kits, and other innovative ways for you to enjoy a delicious meal while helping out a local business.
  • Looking to have some virtual fun? Check out this list of must-try fun virtual social events with ideas for cooking, trivia, live shows, and more!

Looking to have some virtual fun? Check out this list of must-try fun virtual social events with ideas for cooking, trivia, live shows, and more

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