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:
- Third Night Free Offer: when you stay from April 1-18, you can stay for 3, but only pay for 2.
- 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 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 the 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 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
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 25th
- Book a staycation at one of 20 Ottawa hotels in April and get exclusive access to performances by your favourite musicians and comedians in a safe and fun way! Ottawa Tourism and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest have teamed up to present the Room Service Concert Series: An Ottawa Hotel Exclusive, where private concerts are broadcast on in-hotel TV systems. Book now for one or more of the 8 dates on offer between April 9 and 30, 2021!
- 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!
- Get out and explore a new part of the city! Visit Cumberland Ward and support great local businesses and discover hidden gems. FREE!
- Visit one of the cozy heated outdoor patios in Ottawa for a bite with your household (make your reservation for up to four people to a table). Visit a local restaurant or order take out to support our local foodie scene!
- 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. Capacity restrictions are in place and advanced tickets are required for most museum visits.
- This weekend is the inaugural Ottawa Black Film Festival. From Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28, check out films from here and from abroad that highlight the reality of Black people.
- There are always fun, online concerts and events presented by the National Arts Centre! Check out the free Powwow Workout Class on Thursday, March 25; BLAKDENIM on Friday, March 26; and Northern Cadence: International Jazz Series on Saturday, March 27. Some events are FREE!
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