spring fling

Where Ottawa - - EDITOR'S LETTER - chris lackner, Ed­i­tor Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @whereot­tawa Face­book.com/whereot­tawa

May wakes up the best in Ot­tawa: song­birds, pol­li­na­tors, flow­ers (es­pe­cially tulips!), and en­chant­ing trees (es­pe­cially pink-and-white crabap­ple blos­soms).

Home to lush green space, ac­ces­si­ble wilder­ness, and a thriv­ing fes­ti­val scene, Ot­tawa is the per­fect place for a spring fling. Our May-June fes­ti­val guide plays cul­tural match­maker — whether you fancy world-class mu­sic, dance, pup­petry or live theatre. It all starts with the cul­tural-and-flo­ral rain­bows found at the Cana­dian Tulip Fes­ti­val (p. 14), and ends with the se­duc­tive, siren sounds of the TD Ot­tawa Jazz Fes­ti­val (p. 15).

Feel­ing nos­tal­gic about the win­ter? Stay cool year-round at the new Canada Goose Arc­tic Gallery (open­ing June 21) at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture (p. 44). Mean­while, Cana­dian art lovers will get pas­sion­ate about the Na­tional Gallery’s re-imag­ined Cana­dian and Indige­nous Galleries (open­ing June 15, see p. 12).

Heed na­ture’s call in our Great Out­doors guide (p. 18), which ex­plores Gatineau Park’s top trails, the city’s un­ex­pected sports (from moun­tain biking to kite surf­ing), and Rideau Canal ad­ven­tures. An ur­ban oa­sis awaits at the Cen­tral Ex­per­i­men­tal Farm and the ad­join­ing splen­dour of The Ar­bore­tum, home to thou­sands of tree species from around the world — not to men­tion crabap­ple trees that cast their sea­sonal spell.

For a na­tional birthday present, the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary Canada Scene show­cases Canada’s best creators in hon­our of the coun­try’s 150th (p. 17). For true pa­triot shop­pers, visit the city’s tried and true shops (p. 22). All that shop­ping and pa­tri­o­tism could make you hun­gry. Eat at one of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s favourite restau­rants (p. 28), or go green with our guide to veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan restau­rants (p. 29). For a neigh­bour­hood with Old World charms, and mod­ern en­ter­tain­ment and bou­tiques, ex­plore Lit­tle Italy’s best-kept se­crets (p. 46).

With a spring in your step, get ready to fall in love with Ot­tawa. Your fling may well turn into a full-blown ro­mance.

Fol­low our own Ot­tawa pas­sions @whereot­tawa on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

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