How to Spend the Perfect Victoria Day Weekend in Ottawa
Ottawa is definitely the place to be for the May long weekend. The city pulls out all the stops to celebrate the bonds Canadians share with the British monarchy as well as our friends in the Netherlands. The result is a mosaic of light and colour sprinkled over the entire city for three days.
If you are hoping to spend the perfect Victoria Day weekend in Ottawa, here are the must experience events going on.
What: Since 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival has been celebrating the legacy of the tulip, Ottawa’s flower, which symbolizes the strong bonds of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, forged in Canada’s role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. Ranked the world’s largest tulip festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore the colourful tulips in bloom, Dutch culture, an International Pavilion, Ikebana workshops, and be entertained by a diversity of music artists as well as captivating fireworks.
Where: Throughout Ottawa and Gatineau
When: Now until May 18, 205
Cost: Free and ticketed events
What: Family activities start at 5pm. Last year, this event attracted more than 2,000 people, so you are encouraged to arrive early, bring a blanket and enjoy the whole evening at Mooney’s Bay Park. Refreshments will be available for purchase from The Beach House Bistro, and washrooms will be available onsite. Boom 99.7 will be providing music for the event, which will be hosted by Dylan Black. In the event of rain, the fireworks will still go ahead, however if there is lightning or high wind the event will take place on Monday, May 18th at 9:30pm.
Where: Mooney's Bay Park - 2960 Riverside Dr
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: Free; parking is available on-site and in the Parks Canada parking lot at Hog’s Back for a $10 fee. Proceeds go to support the fireworks and other RPCRA community activities.
What: Celebrate Victoria Day with us at Queen Juliana Park, at the corner of Carling Avenue and Preston Street. Make a day of it, incorporating Ottawa’s beautiful Tulip Festival, in neighbouring Commissioner’s Park. This is a family event with something for everyone: midway rides, petting zoo, food and drink concessions
Where: 870 Carling Avenue (Dow's Lake)
When: Mon, May 18, 2015