12 Free Things You Need to Checkout This March

March is also a month of change. With the snow melting away and seasons finally showing signs of changing, March is a perfect time to make some life changes. Whether you want to do a massive spring cleaning or you want to try out a new haircut, the change of seasons can really motivate you. Why not take that motivated energy and put it towards saving your money for the summer time! We all know we go out way more when it’s warmer, so why not save your money now in preparation for the upcoming patio season. There are so many free things you can do in March and save your money.

12. Visit Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm for a fun filled day

If you have never visited the Sugarbush before this is the perfect time to do it. At Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane, you can go for a sleigh ride, check out the sugar shack, and watch how syrup is created from tree sap. There is also a petting farm so if you love animals you will definitely enjoy your time here.

11. Admire the art at Karsh-Masson Gallery

Going to an art gallery allows you to completely escape from reality and enter another world full of art. The artwork in the gallery is by local, national and international professional artists working in various styles and mediums.

10. Visit the new Canada Science and Technology Museum

Take a blast to the past and visit the iconic Crazy Kitchen. The Science and Technology Museum has had a major makeover, from colourful walls to stunning lights it is definitely worth visiting. There are 11 new exhibits and the museum is free every day of the week from 4 pm to 5 pm!

9. Take a tour of the stunning Parliament of Canada

The inside of the Parliament Buildings are so beautiful and if you haven’t taken a tour yet now’s your chance. The architecture is timeless, from the unbelievable library to the extravagant front entrance you will not be disappointed by this tour.

8. Visit the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is a great place to visit if you love art. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm there is free admission to national galleries. Special exhibits this year include Canadian and Indigenous Art, Our Masterpieces Our Stories, Photography in Canada, and PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art.

7. Attend Ottawa’s Irish Festival

The annual Irish festival will be back this March. The Proclamation of Ottawa Irish Festival is completely free and will be held at Ottawa City Hall. On March 10th the St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue West, and then continue south on Bank Street to Lansdowne Park.

6. Take a stroll through Mer Bleue Conservation Area

Breath in the fresh spring air at the Mer Bleue Bog. With the peaceful sounds of the melting snow and the birds all singing their songs this will put you in a wonderful mood. If you’re a lover of nature then you will for sure enjoy taking a walk through the Mer Bleue Conservation Area.

5. Enjoy exploring the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

If you want to see an insane amount of unique planes, then head to this museum. Admission is free every day between 4 pm and 5 pm. Some exhibits include Life in Orbit: The International Space Station, the Legacy of the Canadarm, and Air Canada: People, Places, and Planes.

4. Check out the Bank of Canada Museum

If you’re looking for a museum that is always free, then you have to head to the Bank of Canada Museum. Unlike most Ottawa museums that are only free after 5pm, this museum is free all the time.

3. Take a nighttime walk with your BFF or your bae

With the weather finally warming up it means that the nights aren’t AS cold anymore. You can finally take strolls at night without feeling your fingers and toes completely freeze up. Plus on March 11th the time finally changes meaning by 6 pm it’ll still be pretty light outside (bless).

2. Walk through the Dominion Arboretum

The Dominion Arboretum is a part of the Central Experimental Farm and has around 1,700 different species of plants during the summer months. With spring upon us, by late March you can head here and finally see the grass get a little green and the trees have budding leaves.

1. Check out the Dreamworks Animation Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History

If you love animated movies then you have to check out this incredible exhibition. The exhibit features so many movies including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon! Every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm the museum is free to visit. Don’t miss this unique exhibit which closes on April 8th.

Get out and enjoy the fresh air.

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