March Break at Ontario Parks

Every March these parks hold extraordinary events:

Maple Syrup Festival
Costumed staff treat visitors to a traditional ‘sugaring-off’ party every March Break at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Enjoy a heaping plate of hot pancakes and freshly-made maple syrup or fresh taffy in the snow. The Children’s Farm and Play Barn are open and so is the massive outdoor skating rink (weather-permitting). Skate rentals are available. Bronte Creek has plenty of trails to roam too.  More information on this festival is included in this blog article.

Migration celebrations
In March, Ontario Parks along the Great Lakes welcome tens of thousands of ducks, geese and swans heading north. Two lakeside provincial parks, one on Lake Ontario and one on Lake Erie, celebrate this annual migration with these special events:

Since 1977, the Waterfowl Weekend has been an annual tradition at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. The big advantage of visiting Presqu’ile during this festival is that you get to try spotting scopes which let you see birds close-up. Knowledgeable volunteers are also on hand to help identify some of the 25 different species that arrive in the park every March before moving on to nesting areas further north. Daily children activities take place during the festival and the park’s Lighthouse Interpretive Centre is open from 10am-4pm with snacks and warm drinks for sale.

Rondeau Provincial Park’s Wings of Spring Migration Festival is a chance to see thousands of Tundra Swans. The swans stop in this Lake Erie park during every March Break on their way to Canada’s Arctic. The park visitor centre is open and fun family activities include birdhouse building, bird feeder-making, children’s crafts, guided hikes, and waterfowl viewing.

One of Canada’s coolest adventures
Quetico Provincial Park, a pristine setting in Northern Ontario hosts a remarkable ski event every year. Explore Magazine describes it as one of Canada’s coolest adventures. The annual Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour attracts hundreds of cross-country skiers every March weather-permitting. The all-day ski event on ungroomed trails includes breakfast, coffee breaks, and a warm up shelter. Tour participants choose from a 35km, 45km or 55km tour and ski, mush or skijor across Quetico’s beautiful lakes.

Update: This event has been postponed until April 12th (conditions pending).


More March Break ideas from Ontario Parks are included in this Park Blog post. And be sure to check the events listings pages at  for regular updates.