What's on the Outaouais May 17-23
For many of us, it’s a long weekend. Are you celebrating Victoria Day, Journée des Patriotes or Dollard Day? Here in the Outaouais, we’re celebrating spring!
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
In Old Hull
Celebrate the end of term with the fine young people of the Outaouais. This is the time when Laval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and the street belongs to pedestrians and (especially) dancers. See three shows for the price of one. The price? Nada! Come and applaud local talent: Les 3 de Pick and Naked Dreams, two bands composed entirely of students from Cégep de l’Outaouais. They’ll set the stage for Alaclair Ensemble and their lively modern take on traditional Quebec folk music. It’s going to be epic.
Friday, May 17 starting at 8 p.m.
At the Bytown Museum
There’s a lot going on at the oldest stone building in Ottawa. You’re invited to the Bytown Museum for the official opening of the Rideau Canal locks and a celebration of International Museum Day. You can also tour two new exhibitions, one about the Boer War and one featuring the works of a photographer fascinated by Canada’s Far North. All this on the same weekend!
Bytown Museum – 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa
May 18–20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During the canal opening, 30-minute guided tours will be available every half hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tulips and money
The tulips are blooming at last! During the Canadian Tulip Festival, spring into the Bank of Canada Museum for some special activities. Guided tours on unusual money, an interactive presentation on e-money and crypto assets, kids’ self-discovery adventures and lots of crafts (including paper tulips) will be on the menu.
Bank of Canada Museum – 30 Bank Street, Ottawa
Until May 20
Meditation Monday on Parliament Hill
We need you. Your positive attitude. Your peace of mind. If you’re up for sharing a zen experience with hundreds of people, join the crowd on Parliament Hill for a one-hour meditation session and help spread peace, love and good vibrations.
Parliament Hill – Wellington Street, Ottawa
May 20 at 12 noon
Quebec Camping Week
May 20 to 26 is Quebec Camping Week, when we officially launch camping season, participate in various activities throughout Quebec (demonstrations, open houses, clinics, etc.), but most important, take the opportunity to discover new places to go camping! For those eager to pitch their tent, there’s a great promotion: book a site for the weekend of May 24 and 25 and pay only $50 for both nights! Valid throughout the province, but we can tell you there are some really sweet spots in the Outaouais …
Looking for even more things to do with family and friends? Check our Facebook calendar regularly!