9 Earth Day events happening across Ontario cottage country

Planting a tree

This Earth Day, show your appreciation for Mother Earth by planting trees, cleaning-up the roads, learning how to compost, and most fun of all–getting outside!

Greater Sudbury Earth Day Festival 

This year, the festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with plenty of family fun events, local food vendors, multicultural entertainment, and free yoga classes.  On April 25th, take part in an electric car demonstration and brush up on your gardening skills at one of the many how-to workshops. If the festival is too far for you to bike to, ride the local busses for free with special Earth Day tickets. More info:

Earth Week in Huntsville

From April 16 to 22, Huntsville will host a different eco-friendly event every day. Attend a free screening of Water on the Table, a documentary exploring Canada’s relationship with fresh water, get your bike tuned up for spring riding, and pick up some free nutrient-rich soil at the annual compost giveaway. On Sunday, April 19, join the masses for a community-wide roadside clean up. More info:

New Forest in the City Tree Planting in Brantford 

This Earth Day, leave your own eco-mark in Brantford. On Sunday, April 19, plant trees in the New Forest, a five-year project to create a 26.7-hectare park in the city with an accessible walking path. Now in its fourth year, the goal is to plant 10,000 native trees and shrubs this spring. So far, more than 37,000 trees have been planted! More info:

Earth Week in Meaford

From April 18 to 26, take part in Meaford’s Memorial Park clean up, get garden-ready at the seedling sale, and celebrate John Muir’s birthday, the father of National Parks and the inspiration for Earth Day. Also check out the Re-Use Fair, a one-day community event where “unwanted but reusable household items are collected and passed on to local charities, non-profits, artisans, and schools that need them,” and the Eco-Fair, which will feature various vendors selling environmentally friendly goods. More info:

Jackson Creek Clean Up in Peterborough

On April 25, head to Jackson Park for the 17th annual Jackson Creek Clean Up. Volunteers will be cleaning up the park as well as the Trans Canada Trail. Bring comfy, closed-toe shoes. Bags, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. More info:

Earth Day Compost Giveaway and Roadside Clean Up in Muskoka 

Help keep the beautiful Muskoka region clean for generations of cottagers at the annual roadside clean up. Groups can register online to clean up a public park or roadway to celebrate Earth Day. Afterward, pick up some free compost at one of several locations throughout Muskoka during the seventh annual giveaway. More info:

Earth Day Tree Planting Festival in Hamilton

On Saturday, April 18, head to Churchill Park and help plant 1,000 trees to restore the natural border between the forest and Cootes Paradise, one of Canada’s most significant wetlands. The festival will also feature food vendors, live entertainment, birds of prey shows, and plenty of other activities for the family. More info:

Birds, Bees and Butterflies with the Toronto Bruce Trail Club in Limehouse

At this activity-packed day in Limehouse, Ont., learn about the importance of protecting the pollinators of the Niagara Escarpment, identify birds with hike leaders of the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, plant milkweed seedlings, and install bird and bumblebee boxes. Finish off the day with a free barbecue. More info:

Community Tree Planting in Barrie 

Bring your gloves and closed-toe footwear, and help plant trees at the headwaters of Dyment Creek in Barrie. This event is rain or shine, so dress appropriately! More info: