Written by Denise Deby.

Ottawa tulips - D. Deby

There are plenty of reasons to get outdoors this weekend:

The Canadian Tulip Festival (May 12-23, 2016) has gorgeous floral displays as well as plenty of art, music and other activities;

The Ottawa Children’s Festival (May 10-15) offers fun live performances, theatre, music and activities–including a 100 Watt Earth Stage–for all ages;

Nature Canada’s Bird Day Ottawa (May 14) at Brewer Park hosts guided bird walks, birds-of-prey demonstrations, and information about International Migratory Bird Day;

The MacSkimming Centre NatureBlitz (May 13-14) has a program of nature walks and activities;

MEC’s Bikefest (May 14) hosts bike workshops, group rides, a gear swap and more;

apt613’s #Grow613 Day (May 15) brings you together with local farmers, makers and brewers to discover and celebrate local food;

The 100% renewable energy paddle with Greenpeace volunteers (May 15) invites you to bring your canoe or kayak out to Dow’s Lake;

Sunday Bikedays (starting May 15) open up more than 50 km of car-free parkways every Sunday morning;

Many Farmers’ Markets are open.

Don’t forget May is also the 30×30 Nature Challenge and Bike to Work Month–two more good reasons to get outside.

While you’re out this weekend, consider snapping a few photos for EnviroCentre’s Spirit of Sustainability photo contest. The contest closes Sunday, May 15, 2016.

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