Tulip festival, fireworks

Victoria Day weekend fun in Ottawa

The Victoria Day long weekend—which includes the statutory holiday of Monday, May 23, 2022—is a colourful and vibrant time to visit Ottawa! You can choose from special events featuring tulips, fireworks and kid’s entertainment, as well as local markets, cycling paths, golf courses, museum exhibits, and much more. Get inspired with our suggestions for your three-day May long weekend in the Ottawa region!

Victoria Day weekend event highlights

Ottawa Children's Festival
Ottawa Children's Festival
Every year, the Ottawa Children's Festival holds a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences in our community.
Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, fireworks, family fun and more.
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Catch first-rate musical performances in unique and quaint venues across Eastern Ontario, near Ottawa.
Forever Changed – Stories from the Second World War
Special exhibits
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits.

Long weekend inspiration

Byward Market, strawberries
Shop local at Ottawa farmers' markets
Looking to buy seasonal produce, handmade items and unique local specialities? Visit one of the many daily or weekly farmers' markets in Canada's capital!
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa’s seven national museums
Visit seven of Canada’s nine national museums in one city! Ottawa is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Canadian culture, history and more.
Library of Parliament in Spring
Explore Ottawa’s gardens
Explore beautiful urban landscapes full of colourful flora spring through fall, including over 140 garden sites with garden beds, dedicated trees and rare plants.
Tulips at Major's Hill Park Tulips, Parliament building in the background
Different ways to experience beautiful tulips in Ottawa
Walk, bike, bus, fly and cruise your way to dazzling tulip displays in the Ottawa region this May, including the Canadian Tulip Festival site and more.
Major's Hill Park Parliament Tulips
Top places to photograph beautiful tulips in Ottawa
Looking for epic tulip photography opportunities in Ottawa? Find out which city parks, attractions and flower farms you should visit this spring.
Andaz
Ottawa’s culinary scene
Take a culinary journey through the best food and drink experiences in Canada’s capital including award-winning restaurants, tours, events and more!
Marshes Golf Club
Golfing highlights in the Ottawa area
Looking for a top golfing destination for your next vacation or work trip? Canada’s capital region has dozens of easily accessible, entertaining and affordable courses.
Major's Hill Park, view of Parliament
Ottawa: A top cycling destination
Looking for the ultimate cycling destination for all levels? Get easy access to urban and rural pathways, plus tours, events and more in Canada’s capital!
Rideau Canal - cycling
Best walking and cycling tours in Ottawa
Did you know that you can easily walk or bike between world-class attractions, culinary hotspots and green outdoor spaces in Canada’s capital? And…

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