It seems that spring is finally here! Lots to do this weekend for FREE….or almost free….in our beautiful city.

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival begins this weekend and runs until May 22nd with many tours and events. Events include  swing dancing, fireworks and more throughout the two weeks the festival will run. Don’t miss out!

Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club – This walk, set up by the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club, celebrates the Canadian Tulip Festival with 11 km of walking through the Tulip Festival gardens.

Kanata March Plant Sale – Taking place this weekend is the Kanata March Horticultural Society’s 45th annual plant sale at St. Isadore’s Church on Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. Visit to enjoy this year’s crop of plants and support the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice.

Almonte Gardening and Outdoor Living Show – Taking place on Saturday May 20 this show will feature seminars on outdoor living, gardening, bird feeding and watching, and much more! There will also be vendor tables, prizes and a silent auction. Don’t miss out!

Lilac Walk Guided Tour – Head to the arboretum at the Experimental Farm on Saturday at 2:00 pm to enjoy a guided tour of over 200 lilac varieties that are in full bloom. Tour begins at the Macoun Garden in the Ornamental Gardens.