Just because you aren’t heading south for spring break, doesn’t mean you have to sit around doing nothing. In fact, Ontario Parks is hosting tons of great events that make the most of what this region has to offer in early spring. And believe it or not, that’s a lot. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening at parks across the province.
Quetico Provincial Park
If you’re not sick of winter yet, head north for the 11th Annual Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour, which takes place in one of Canada’s most pristine wilderness parks, and attracts tons of cross-country skiers each year. This is an all-day ski on ungroomed trails that also provides breakfast, coffee breaks, a warm-up shelter, and more!
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
The Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup Festival takes place every weekend in March and every day during March Break. Head west of Toronto to enjoy some pancakes with real maple syrup, a maple taffy station, and some great hiking trails.
Rondeau Provincial Park
The park’s Wings of Spring Migration Festival celebrates the return of the Tundra swans and other waterfowl to Rondeau Provincial Park, located in Southwestern Ontario. The birding festival, which takes place during March Break, is the perfect opportunity to see one of the first signs on spring. While there, you can also participate in a birdhouse building workshop, view local artisans’ work, and enjoy a barbecue.
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
The 37th Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weeekend also takes place the first weekend of March Break. It’s the perfect time to witness tens of thousands of ducks, geese, and swans return north, resting in the park’s bay before moving further. Along with this natural wonder, the park’s Lighthouse Centre will be open, children’s activities are planned, and The Friends of Presqu’ile Park will be hosting a barbecue.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
This provincial park, located on Lake Huron, northwest of London, Ontario, has both guided day and night hikes taking place during March Break. Weather permitting, there will also be a cool ice skating trail through the woods.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
Located just north of Huntsville, Ontario, Arrowhead Provincial Park is offering endless outdoor activities throughout the month of March. It has a top-of-the-line cross-country ski trial network, designated snowshoe trails, ice skating through the woods, and snow tubing.
Do you know of other great festivals and events happening in cottage country over March Break? Share them in the comments below!