Looking for getaway inspiration—for this weekend or months down the road? Check out these festivals, tournaments, studio tours and other special events within a reasonable drive of Ottawa. (All distances are measured from Parliament Hill unless noted otherwise.)

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February 2017

“My Story, My Tattoo” at the Arnprior and District Museum

February 14 @ 11:00 am - April 25 @ 4:00 pm
Arnprior and District Museum, 35 Madawaska Street
Arnprior, Ontario K7S 1R6 Canada
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What do you think of when you think of tattoos? "My Story, My Tattoo," a travelling exhibit at the Arnprior and District Museum, presents the idea that tattoos reveal important stories about people and communities. The show, which features 32 photographs of people and their tattoos, is on loan from the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Note that the museum is open Monday to Saturday for this exhibition (closed Sundays).

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Butterflies Go Free

February 23 - April 30
Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke Street East
Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2 Canada
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The name of this popular event at the Montreal Botanical Garden is pretty self-explanatory: You wander through the garden's main greenhouse as hundreds of butterflies flit about. Nature interpreters are on hand to tell you anything you want to know about caterpillars, cocoons and more. It's a lovely break from winter. Closed on Mondays except March 6 and April 17. Hours vary.

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March 2017

Maple in the County

March 25 - March 26
Bloomfield, Bloomfield, Ontario K0K 1G0 Canada + Google Map

Revel in all things maple during this self-driving tour weekend. Make maple taffy on snow, indulge in fresh maple syrup at one of the many pancake breakfasts, visit a petting zoo, take in a lumberjack show, and sample other local foods and wines (many wineries and restaurants are offering special events and menus). 270km from Ottawa  

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June 2017

The 416 Art Kruze

June 10 @ 11:00 am - June 11 @ 4:00 pm

Looking for a good reason for a country drive? Check out this self-drive tour along Highway 416 between Kemptville and Cardinal (see map on the event's website). Stops include galleries, farms and gardens, many of which will be running special events and offering deals that day. Shop for jewellery, paintings, yarn and more, and stop for lunch at one of the participating venues: the Brigadoon Restaurant in Oxford Mills, or the Village Pantry, Spencerville Mill or Aubin Farm in Spencerville.…

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June 14 - June 25
Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Canada + Google Map
Matthew Pidgeon and Malin Crépin in James III: The True Mirror at a previous Luminato festival. Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken.

This 10-day festival of creativity presents theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts and more. The full lineup is usually released in May. 450km from Ottawa  Save

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