March Break 2017

During the 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?

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Get outdoors for March Break 2016

Give your kids a sensory treat on March Break. Getting outside and exploring the natural world is a chance for kids to balance virtual with real.

According to research, that’s a good thing for a child’s overall health, development, creativity and joy.

Join one of our special events or create your own exciting park adventure.

Below are five March Break ideas to get you started:

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March Break 2015 at Ontario Parks

Here’s what’s on during March Break and on March weekends at Ontario Parks in 2015.

Check the Ontario Parks Ski Report for the latest snow conditions. http://www.ontarioparks.com/skireport

For more information on March Break events check here: www.ontarioparks.com/events

At The Pinery, the Visitor Centre will be open and Natural Heritage Education programs offered daily during March Break and on March weekends. On March 21 from 10:30 – 12:00, a special workshop for parents and grandparents will give new strategies for exploring the natural world with children. Hands-on kids activities will also be available. More park event information including the return of the Tundra swans is on the Friends of Pinery website www.pinerypark.on.ca/

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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. http://www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/waterfowlviewingweekendsp57.php

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. http://www.rondeauprovincialpark.ca/events/

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. http://atikokancanoe.tripod.com/beatenpath/id3.html

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 www.OntarioParks.com/events  for regular updates.

 

 

Cool March Break ideas at Ontario Parks

Kids love to hang with their friends on March Break so why not take them to Ontario Parks where they can burn off a bit of energy outdoors and have a good time. A little pre-planning in the comfort of your home can make for an extraordinary day or overnight park adventure. Park staff suggest involving your kids in the planning as much as possible.  This helps build excitement for your excursion. Continue reading Cool March Break ideas at Ontario Parks

2013 March Break events at Ontario Parks

Every March, the sap flows from trees and birds begin their journey north making pit stops at parks along the lower Great Lakes.  The weather is milder allowing for more outdoor play. Special March Break events for 2013 are planned in many Ontario Parks including a maple syrup festival, a fun cross-country ski touring event and two big birding festivals. Guided hikes and natural heritage activities are planned for March weekends in select Ontario Parks across the province. Continue reading 2013 March Break events at Ontario Parks