Things to do in Ottawa over the Victoria Day long weekend


Related: What’s open and closed in Ottawa on Victoria Day weekend

Looking for something to do in or around Ottawa this Victoria Day long weekend? has you covered!

Got a suggestion? Tweet them at us @OttawaStart or comment below. This list is constantly updated.

All weekend — Canadian Tulip Festival!

At four locations:

Related: Great photos of the Tulip Festival

At the Canadian Tulip Festival. (Devyn Barrie/


If you know of any other fireworks scheduled, leave a comment below.

For the family

Go for a bike ride!

  • The weather on Saturday (18 and sunny) make for good biking. But Sunday and Monday may be rainy, per Environment Canada.
  • The 47th season of Nokia Sunday Bikedays launches at 9 a.m. on Sunday. “To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Confederation Boulevard will be car-free for the first time ever for this first day of the season,” a news release from the National Capital Commission said.
  • The launch will feature events for the whole family at Major’s Hill including buskers, a DJ, face painting, bike repairs, et al.

Season open for Watson’s Mill in Manotick

  • Used Book Store open
  • First milling demonstration of the year will take place Sunday, May 21
  • New exhibit “A Walk Through the Decades” at the Dickinson House.
  • Free guided tours of Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House
  • Children’s crafts, games, and activities all weekend.
  • Plus spring craft show featuring local artists.

More details…

For hockey lovers — Saturday through Monday

The sweat-soaked smell of the dressing room. The flick of the wrist-shot. The roar of the fans. For millions of Canadians, winter means hockey and hockey means everything. Be there when the puck drops on Hockey. Trace the sport’s evolution through historic highlight reels, interactive components and one-of-a-kind artifacts. Explore the places where Canadians live and breathe hockey: from dressing room to press-box, rink to corporate boardroom, players’ bench to the backyard game. Find out why hockey holds pride of place in the hearts of Canadians.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History and presented in partnership with Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex.


OttawaStart Staff


2 Responses

  1. @sandradeet says:

    I believe the ottawa champions are having fireworks tonight as well as little league night. Kids wearing a little league shirt/jersey get in free

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