It’s the long weekend!! This four-day weekend is mostly marked by Easter celebrations. If you are wondering what else to do, perhaps it’s time to plan a road trip. I’ve included in this weekend’s roundup an event in Brockville, (one hour 10 minutes drive from Ottawa) where there will be an interesting event. Check it out!
Remember also that it’s the last weekend of the Sugar Shacks in many places if you haven’t been to one yet.
1. SoapLadz Easter Market
A three-day family friendly shopping experience with the Easter Bunny, Princess Tiana and Tinkerbell. Free face painting, Easter Egg Hunt, Professional photo sessions. FREE admission and free parking.
When: April 7-9 from 11am to 8pm.
Where: Nepean Sportsplex, entrance 3. 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean.
2. Ottawa Senators Games
The Senators have two games this long weekend:
Vs Tampa Bay Lightning. Apr 8, 7pm
Vs Carolina Hurricanes. Apr 10, 7pm
At Canadian Tire Centre,1000 Palladium Drive, Kanata
3. Ukrainian Easter Market
Shop locally made artisanal products and imported Ukrainian handcrafts. Also traditional foods and Ukrainian Easter Egg making kits and supplies.
When: April 8 from 10 am to 2pm.
Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue.
4. The World Men`s Curling Championship 2023
Teams from Switzerland, Italy, United States, Japan, Korean, Canada, and other countries compete until April 9.
Where: At TD Place, 1015 Bank St.
5. Brockville Railway Tunnel Opening 2023
This was Canada’s first railway tunnel. It was completed in 1860 for the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. It has a colourful light show and a soundtrack. It will open to visitors for the 2023 season. FREE but donations are appreciated.
When: April 6 at 2pm. Following this, the tunnel will be open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm including all Easter weekend.
Where: Armagh Sifton Price Park, 1 Block House Island Road. Brockville.
6. Easter at the Farm
Visit Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and celebrate the arrival of spring. Newborn animals like lambs, bunnies, and chicks have arrived as well! April 7-10. From 9:30am to 4pm. Advanced tickets required.
7. Easter Egg Hunt in Perth
Children`s music, Perth Fire Truck, Free Easter Treat (while supplies last) and more. April 8. The hunt starts at 11 am (Sharp!) At Stewart Park behind the bandshell. For children 8 years and under.
8. Easter at the Estate
Hands-on family activities. Decorate pre-dyed eggs, plant carrots, see how wool is dyed. Scavenger hunt and petting zoo. Puppet show (11am to 2pm). April 8 from 10am to 12:30pm, and from 1:30pm to 4pm. Tickets: $18.90 per group (max 6 people). At Billings Estate National Historic Site, 2100 Cabot Street.
9. Hop Into Spring
A day of fun family activities. See how wool is transformed into thread, plant your own seeds, make a craft, go on a scavenger hunt and more. Tickets: $25 per group (max 6 people). April 8 from 10am to 4pm (last entry at 2:30pm). At Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road. Cumberland.
10. Metcalfe Easter Market 2023
Saturday April 8 from 9am to 2pm. At Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely.
11. Easter Alpacas and Mini Putt
Visit this Alpaca farm and explore it while searching for Easter eggs hidden all around at 11am and 3pm. Tickets: $8.99 + HST per person. Admission include Mini putt. April 8 from 10am to 5pm. At 647 Rosetta Rd, Lanark. Details on Facebook.
12. Sugar Bush at the Log Farm
Take a wagon ride or take a stroll around the sugar bush and see how maple syrup is made. See and feed the animals around the farm. From March 4 to April 10. Tickets: $12.50 at Eventbrite.
13. Maple Fest
Enjoy the outdoors to do some snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just walking on 4 nature trails. Fire pits, play structures, wagon rides. Visit the sugar shack to learn how maple syrup is made. From Mar 5 to April 10. At Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, 1865 O`Toole Rd. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Sugar Bush at Stanley`s Olde Maple Lane Farm
Enjoy Taffy on the snow, tractor-drawn rides, and a barn full of animals. See how maple syrup is made. Tickets: $10. From March 4 to April 16 from 10am to 3pm. At 2452 York`s Corners Rd, Edwards, ON.
15. Wheelers pancake house, sugar camps and museum
Enjoy a meal, tour the Maple Heritage Museum and Forest & Farm Museum, stroll around the sugar camp, do some hiking/snowshoeing/cross country skiing on the nature trails, and buy delicious organic maple syrup. Walk-in but registration is recommended.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm
Where: 1001 Highland Line, McDonalds Corners (Lanark Highlands).
Details: wheelersmaple.com or @wheelersmaple
16. Musical Evenings at Casino Lac Leamy
Bar 7 at Casino Lac Leamy is launching its musical evenings with a multimedia screen, and live performances, from Thursdays to Saturdays. FREE.
When: Thursday April 6 (Latin Fiesta) ‘Andy Rubal’ at 8:30pm. Friday April 7 at 10:30pm, and Saturday Apr 8 at 9:30pm ‘Just Do Hits’.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.
17. Arboretum Hill Club Snowshoeing Workout
Join the AHC for a snowshoeing workout at the Arboretum. All ages, all levels. Friday April 7 at 6:29 am. FREE. Dogs welcome. Lots of free parking. Meet them at Fletcher Wildlife Garden parking lot (entrance is 100m south of Prince of Wales roundabout).
18. Farmers’ Winter Market
The Farmers’ market is back for the winter season every Sunday until April 30. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, baked goods, spirits, crafts and more. FREE.
When: Sundays from 10am to 3pm.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 1000 Exhibition Way.
19. Wolves: Shapeshifters in a changing world
Learn about the evolution of these fascinating animals through videos, museum specimens, cultural stories, and vivid photographs by Canadian photographer Michelle Valberg, a recent recipient of the Order of Canada. Activities for kids. March 3 to March 2024. At the Canadian Museum of Nature
20. Owl Rendez-Vous
Watch live owls in a special outdoor exhibition. At the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St, from Dec 14 to April 3, 2024.
21. Exhibition: Uramado AR, the awakening of the Tanukis
Uramado is a treasure hunt route in augmented reality. It tells the story of Tanukis which are spirits of the forest from Japanese mythology. The participants are invited to download the free app Uramado AR, Tanukis awake ( on IOS and Android ) to start this treasure hunt. FREE.
When: Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm; and 2pm-4pm until April 30.
Where: Alliance Française Ottawa, 352 MacLaren St.