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As the weather starts to warm up in Ottawa, it’s time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for the summer. But that’s not the only thing to do in the city during April! Here are a few ideas for things to do in Ottawa this month!

Visit the Canadian Museum of Nature If you’re looking for a fun and educational experience, the Canadian Museum of Nature is a great place to visit. The museum is home to a wide variety of exhibits, including displays on dinosaurs, mammals, and marine life. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Canada’s natural history while having a fun time with friends and family.

Go for a bike ride
As the weather starts to warm up, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Ottawa has some great bike trails that are perfect for a leisurely ride. You can explore the city and take in the beautiful scenery along the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal. You can rent a bike or bring your own for an adventure.

Visit a farmers market April is a great time to visit a farmers market in Ottawa. You can find fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts at markets like the Lansdowne Farmers Market or the Ottawa Farmers Market. This is a great way to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying a fun day out with family and friends.

Attend the Ottawa International Writers Festival For book lovers, the Ottawa International Writers Festival is a must-visit event. The festival brings together writers from around the world for a series of readings, discussions, and workshops. The festival is held in April and is a great opportunity to meet your favourite authors, discover new writers, and celebrate the written word.

Take a nature walk With the arrival of spring, Ottawa’s parks and trails come to life with beautiful blooms and wildlife. This is the perfect time to take a nature walk and explore the natural beauty of the city. You can take a stroll along the Ottawa River or explore the hiking trails at Gatineau Park.

To get your garden up and going, there are a few key steps you should take. First, choose a suitable location with plenty of sunlight and good soil drainage. Next, decide on what you want to grow and select appropriate seeds or plants for your climate and soil type. Prepare the soil by adding compost or other organic matter to improve its fertility. Then, plant your seeds or seedlings according to their specific requirements for depth and spacing. Water your garden regularly, being careful not to overwater or underwater. Finally, keep an eye out for pests and diseases and take appropriate measures to prevent or control them. With a little effort and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful and beautiful garden.

In conclusion, April in Ottawa offers many exciting activities for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re getting your garden ready for the summer, exploring the city by bike, or attending a literary festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So why not plan a visit to the capital city this April and experience all that it has to offer?

A RECIPE FOR YOU TO ENJOY

WARM POTATO SALAD

Ingredients
2 lb (1kg) baby red peppers
2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
1 tbsp (15ml) confit garlic oil
1/2 cup (125ml) corn kernels
1/2 cup (125ml) 1/2-inch chopped cooked bacon
2 tbsp (30ml) finely chopped chives

Salad dressing:
2/3 cup (160ml) mayonnaise
1/3 cup (80ml) sour cream
3/4 tsp (3.75ml) lemon juice
3/4 (3.75ml) finely chopped chives
1/4tsp (1.25ml) fine salt

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Halve the red potatoes and toss with the olive oil until thoroughly coated. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking tray, arranging the pieces cut side down in a single layer.
3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a
fork.
4. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with the confit garlic oil. Allow cooling slightly.
5. Using the same baking tray and oven setting, heat the cert and bacon in the oven for 5 minutes or until slightly roasted. The objective is ft give the corn some colour and heat the ingredients thoroughly. Remove from the oven.
6. Toss the potatoes, corn, bacon, and dressing until well coated and all ingredients are mixed evenly.
7. Garnish with the chives and serve immediately.

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