What's happening in Ottawa this weekend: May 21-24
A man paddles across Dow's Lake, Tuesday May 18, 2021 in Ottawa. Summer temperatures were forecast in the region with an expected high of 25C. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
OTTAWA -- The May long weekend is the unofficial start of summer in the national capital region.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at things to do in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec during the weekend of May 21 to 24.
The Ontario government says during the stay-at-home order, you should only go out for necessities, including "outdoor exercise or walking pets in your community."
CANADIAN TULIP FESTIVAL
It's the final weekend of the Canadian Tulip Festival, being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Visit tulipfestival.net for a virtual walking tour of the tulips, an interactive garden map and more.
Close to one million tulips are blooming in 120 designated flower beds across the national capital.
For a list of tulip bed locations, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/tulips-in-the-capital
The National Capital Commission encouraged you to be safe while admiring the tulips
- Be COVID-safe: Follow directives from local and provincial public health authorities.
- Avoid crowds: Find your way to less-visited destinations, and visit popular sites at off-peak times. Use our interactive map to help you find hidden gems tucked away from the crowds.
The locks on the Rideau Canal will remain closed for the May long weekend.
Parks Canada says due to the Ontario government's stay-at-home order, the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will remain closed to visitors until at least June 2.
NCC WEEKEND BIKEDAYS
Cyclists, runners, walkers and other active transportation users can hit the parkways for some physical activity this weekend.
The National Capital Commission is closing the parkways to vehicle traffic on Saturdays and Sundays until October 11.
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, from Vimy Place to Carling Avenue.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.
GATINEAU PARK PARKWAYS
The National Capital Commission is reserving parkways in Gatineau Park for active use most of the time in 2021. Motor vehicle access will be allowed on Gatineau Park parkways on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 p.m.
HIKING IN OTTAWA AND GATINEAU
You can go for a physically-distancing hike in the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park this weekend.
For a list of trails in the Greenbelt, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/hiking-and-walking-greenbelt
For a list of recommended trails in Gatineau Park, visit https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park-trails-in-spring
Health officials in Ontario and Quebec recommend residents avoid non-essential interprovincial travel.
PARKWAYS FOR PEOPLE
The National Capital Commission is opening up Queen Elizabeth Driveway for active transportation this spring and summer.
A 2.4 km stretch of the parkway from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street will be closed to vehicles daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
TAMARACK OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
The 2021 edition of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is being held virtually this year.
You are invited to participate in your race virtually until May 31.
For more information, visit https://www.runottawa.ca/
BYWARD MARKET AND PARKDALE MARKET
The ByWard Market and Parkdale Public Market are open this weekend.
For more information, visit www.ottawamarkets.ca
The 31st season of the Carp Farmers' Market is underway.
The market is located at the fair grounds in Carp.
It's open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
METCALFE FARMERS' MARKET
The 2021 season is underway at the Metcalfe Farmers Market.
The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds on 8th Line Road.
OTTAWA FARMERS MARKET
The Ottawa Farmers Market is open every Sunday at Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parc Omega is open in Montebello, Que.
Discover Canada's wildlife along a 12 kilometre long safari, seeing elk, bison, wolves, bears and foxes. Parc Omega also has a wolf observatory.
For more information, visit parcomega.ca
CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM
The Canadian War Museum invites you to enjoy the Museum at Home.
The museum offers resources online during these challenging times.
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY
When you can't go to the museum, let the Canadian Museum of History come to you.
Explore the Canadian Museum of History online at https://www.historymuseum.ca/museum-at-home/
Ingenium is hosting online exhibitions for you to enjoy during the stay-at-home order.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents Food for Health
The Canada Science and Technology Museum presents Hidden Worlds: Online Exhibition