What to do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview April 10-12

What to do in Ottawa: Weekend Preview April 10-12

You wouldn’t believe it looking out the window this morning, but nice weather really is just around the corner. With an expected temperature of 19ºC on Sunday, there’s no better time to get out and start enjoying spring. While you’re at it, here are some of the great events happening around Ottawa this weekend:

The Wildlife Festival

If you have a child who loves animals, the Wildlife Festival at Nepean Sportsplex is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. Come see some of your favourite reptiles like alligators and iguanas. Tarantulas, eagles, owls, hawks, zebras, camels, yaks, kangaroos, lemurs, baby lions, and more. There is something for every animal and nature lover, with animals from all across the globe. The festival runs from 9-5:30, and admission is $12.50 per person.

The National Women’s Show

The spring edition of the National Women’s Show comes to the Shaw Centre on Saturday and Sunday. With over 250 exhibits showcasing great brands and products, there’s plenty to see. Fashion, food, beauty, health, wellness,  the National Women’s Show has it all.  Celebrity guest appearances include actor and reality TV star Dean McDermott, fashion designer Amanda Beaubien,  clairvoyant Marc Jade, and juicer Glynis E. Devine. Admission is $12, with children twelve and under able to attend for free.


From babies to teens, Kidsfest covers it all. The whole family will enjoy the great guests and exhibits at the show. Special guest appearances by Juno Nominees Splash n Boots,  Peppa Pig, the Puppet Tamper, and comedy percussion group Junkyard Symphony will keep you entertained all weekend.  Kidsfest runs Saturday and Sunday at the EY Centre. Admission is $14 for adults, while kids admission varies based on age.

Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers

The Ottawa Senators will be on the road for their final game of the regular season, but local fans won’t be left out in the cold. Canadian Tire Centre will be open to home fans as the two teams face off on Saturday afternoon at 12:30. You can come and watch the game on CTC’s massive HD big screen. Parking is free, and there will be special deals on food and Sens merchandise. Expect the building to be wild if the Sens clinch a playoff spot!

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm

This weekend is your last chance to visit the Sugarbush at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. Watch the old-fashioned way that Canada’s favourite sweet treat is made, from tapping the trees with spile and buckets to turning the sap into syrup. Taffy on the snow is an age-old Canadian tradition, but it’s all over once the snow melts! General admission is free, while tickets for taffy on the snow or a sleigh ride are very affordable.

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