March Break 2018

During the long winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual.

Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.

Outdoor time is thought to have important contributions to children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature rises, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-worth increases.

Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break? Here’s a list of fun happenings across the province.

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6 reasons to visit the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival this March

Ontario Parks has some pretty cool events every year and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s legendary maple syrup festival is right up there on the cool-o-meter.

Yes, folks: fresh Ontario maple syrup will be flowing over pancakes, bacon and more as visitors get set to celebrate one of Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.

Fresh air, maple taffy, and loads of fun await visitors of all ages!

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The Cross Quetico Tour: a true winter adventure

Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.

Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.

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Trails set for Sleeping Giant Loppet

Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet.

Ready, set, ski!

Recent heavy snowfalls and warmer temperatures in the Thunder Bay area have combined to create fantastic conditions for cross-country skiing.

The full 50 km loop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is ready and machine-groomed for both classic and skate techniques.

With the 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018, skiers will be preparing to race in this iconic event.

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2018 is Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary!

That’s 125 years of pitching tents, crackling campfires, mouth-watering s’mores, breathtaking sunsets, star-strewn nights, and unforgettable adventures.

It all started in 1893 with the creation of Canada’s first provincial park, Algonquin. Today, Ontario Parks protects 340 provincial parks, which encompass just under 8% of Ontario, an area larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined!

We invite you to celebrate our anniversary all year with special events, cultural heritage programs, stewardship activities, a concert series, and a series of legacy projects. Make 2018 the year to visit the stunningly beautiful landscapes of our province, carry on traditions, and make new memories.

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Fun for all at the Sleeping Giant Loppet

Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet.

Looking to ski your winter blues away?

Why not attend the largest event in any Ontario provincial park?

The annual Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation cross-country skiing festival on the spectacular trail system of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

The Loppet is a longstanding winter tradition for many northwestern Ontario families. Mark your calendars: the 41st edition of the event is on March 3, 2018!

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**SOLD OUT** Introducing the OP125 anniversary calendar!

Our limited supply of OP125 calendars have been given away. We are now out of stock. Thank you for your interest.

Want to invite a piece of Ontario’s natural world into your home?

In honour of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we’ve transformed the 2018 parks guide into a free calendar!

Each month features a beauty shot of a different provincial park, as well as some black-and-white photos of our past.

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