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Victoria Day weekend fun in Ottawa

The Victoria Day long weekend—which includes the statutory holiday of Monday, May 22, 2023—is a colourful and vibrant time to visit Ottawa! You can choose from special events featuring tulips 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

Canadian Tulip Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, family fun and more.
Sunset Ceremony at the RCMP Stables
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
Watch the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride Mounties perform a free, time-honoured tradition in Canada’s capital, including complex and thrilling cavalry…
Bug Adventure
Special exhibits
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums.

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!
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Ottawa’s seven national museums
Visit seven of Canada’s nine national museums in Ottawa!
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.
Canadian Tulip Festival - cycling
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.
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!
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!

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