March Break 2012 is coming to Ontario Parks. Here’s a look at what’s happening:
The annual Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville begins Saturday, March 3. It will be on every weekend in March and daily through March Break (March 12-16) from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Enjoy pancakes and sausages with fresh maple syrup in the park’s pancake house and guided tours of Maple Lane where you can learn how to tap sugar maples to make syrup and maple taffy. The 100 year old Spruce Lane Farmhouse will be open and plenty of outdoors for playing, hiking.
Adventurous cross-country skiers head to Quetico Provincial Park, south of Atikokan, Ontario, to ski in the annual “Cross Quetico Lakes Tour”. This event is so cool it recently made Explore Magazine’s “Canada’s Cool List”. Organized by The Beaten Path Nordic Trails Club, this year’s event takes place on March 17 (weather permitting). Skiers have three possible routes to choose from; 35 km, 45km, or 55 km. Entry fee is $50. http://atikokancanoe.tripod
Wings of Spring is an annual spring migration celebration and it so happens that this year’s event falls on dates within March Break – March 17-18. Rondeau Provincial Park is smack in the middle of one of North America’s major migratory routes. Thousands of birds including Tundra swans, other waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey, make their way north through this park. Plan to come and enjoy learning more about the spring migration at Rondeau’s viewing stations and Visitor Centre. Special events include birdhouse building, a Birds of Prey show, children’s crafts and a BBQ. http://www.rondeauprovincialpark.ca/the-friends/
If you’re in eastern Ontario or east of Toronto, Presqu’ile Provincial Park has an annual migration celebration. Organized by the Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Waterfowl Weekend (March 17 and 18, 10 am – 4 pm) is a wonderful way to learn more about water birds. Volunteer naturalists help you to view and identify over 25 species of ducks, geese and swans. Young families can enjoy organized kids’ activities at the park’s Lighthouse Interpretive Centre. A BBQ lunch will be served on both days.
Events are always being updated on the park website – so check the event locator for something fun to do in an Ontario Park this spring