Ministry of Natural Resources
If you are looking to get outside and into nature for your family’s spring break this year, Ontario’s provincial parks have many great affordable outings for you to enjoy.
WHAT’S GOING ON IN MARCH
- Savour fresh-made maple taffy, tap maple trees, go for a wagon ride or take a guided tour of Maple Lane at the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival each weekend in March and during the March break.
- Go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in 18 provincial parks that have either groomed, marked trails or rugged backcountry trails.
- At Quetico Provincial Park’s annual “Cross Quetico Lakes Tour” in late March, you can ski, mush or skijor (skiing cross-country pulled by dogs) across the park’s beautiful lakes.
- Try winter tent camping in many provincial parks, or enjoy the comfort of a yurt (tent-like structures that are insulated and mounted on a wooden floor) at Algonquin, Killarney, MacGregor Point, Pinery, Quetico and Silent Lake.
- Presqu’ile’s Annual Waterfowl Festival, March 14, 15, 21 and 22, is an educational event exploring the exciting world of migrating ducks, geese and swans at the park.
- Rondeau Provincial Park’s Wings of Spring Festival on March 21-22 celebrates the return of thousands of waterfowl. The two day festival includes live animal displays, a telescope station, wagon rides, bird house building, and an artisan show.
ABOUT ONTARIO’S PROVINCIAL PARKS
- There are 330 provincial parks in Ontario; 111 of these are operating parks (with visitor facilities) and 25 are open in the winter.
- Ontario’s parks and protected areas cover over nine million hectares, or about nine per cent of the province’s area. Each year, people make over 10 million visits to Ontario’s provincial parks.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
â€¢ Visit the Ontario Parks website at www.OntarioParks.com to find out about park opening and closing dates, winter camping accommodations, park fees, winter activities and special events in provincial parks.
â€¢ Pick up the 2009 Ontario Parks Guide, available from any provincial park office, tourism agency, ServiceOntario/Government Information Centre and local chamber of commerce, or by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
â€¢ To check campsite availability and make reservations, visit www.OntarioParks.com or call 1-888-ONT-PARK (668-7275).