3 events in Ontario Parks among Top 100 in the Province

Hundreds of regional and community events are hosted annually across Ontario and each year Festivals and Events Ontario honours the top 100. Selected as the “best of the best”, the awards acknowledge the dedication it takes to successfully organize and execute some of the top festivals and events in the world.

This year, thanks to the hard work of our Friends Organizations and Staff, Ontario Parks is delighted to announce that three of our events made it on to this prestigious list. If you are looking to spend some time with friends or family, check out why these three events were singled out as “best-in-class”.

Bronte Creek’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival

It might feel like winter simply won’t go away this year, but in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, the maple trees have been tapped and the sap is flowing – a sure sign that spring is beginning to make an appearance.

Travel back through time as you and your family begin your journey with a tour of the Maple Lane. Your hosts, dressed in the clothing of 1890, will   re-enact life as it might have been 100 years ago. Watch them demonstrate how to tap a maple tree, make maple syrup and maple sugar. Visitors will have an opportunity to participate in each step along the way – tapping, drilling, hanging buckets and of course tasting the fresh maple sugar and taffy.

A uniquely Canadian tradition, this festival educates you in the traditions of our past while enabling a fun day outside. The setting includes a century farm complete with old buildings, a museum and farm animals. Explore the natural environment, dress up in vintage clothing for a memorable photo. Enjoy a wagon ride to a heated pancake house where a meal of hot pancakes and fresh maple syrup are waiting for you.

For more information including detailed driving directions, visit the Festival Website here.


MacGregor Point’s Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Calling all nature enthusiasts, this is the festival for you! You need not be an expert or even a birder to participate in this event. With over 80 unique programs offered – there truly is something for everyone.

Recognized as one of North America’s premier birding events, the Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival is more than just a birding festival. In addition to birding, participants can explore a wide variety of topics including insects, botany, photography, geology, and more. Offering a unique learning experience, programs are delivered in a variety of formats including guided hikes, field trips, workshops and presentations, all of which are designed for participants of all levels of interest and skill.

The Festival is based at MacGregor Point Provincial Park which is located along the Lake Huron bird migration corridor; a region known for its diverse number of nesting bird species and the perfect place to discover the unique botanical and landform features of the park and nearby Bruce Peninsula.

To learn more about this unique way to discover nature in early spring and how you can get involved visit the Festival Website here.


Murphys Point Heritage Mica Days

Experience first-hand what life was like as a miner in the early 20th century at the Silver Queen Mine during Murphys Point Heritage Mica Days.

What started as a one-day event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of mica mining in Tay Valley (formerly, North Burgess Township) has grown to a season long event packed with activities for the whole family.

The Silver Queen Mine was one of numerous small mines operating in the area from 1903-1920, producing primarily mica which was used for lantern glass, insulation and axle grease, among other things. There are several ways to experience the Silver Queen mine, including a guided hike with costumed interpreters, self-guided tours or evening spirit walks. Hike the Silver Queen Trail, visit the ore wagon and miners’ bunkhouse, and finish off by venturing underground into the mine itself.

If music is more your thing, take in traditional fiddle, whistle, piano, guitar, voice and more at the ever popular Music Night where history comes alive through stories, songs and skits.

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For more information on Heritage Mica Days events visit the Festival Website here.