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.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
“Sugaring off” is a tradition at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The park’s annual Maple Syrup Festival begins the first weekend in March and runs every weekend in the month plus the week of March Break.
The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and immerse visitors in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shop, wagon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more.
Find the festival’s hours and details here.
Algonquin Provincial Park
March Break is perfect for early spring camping. Algonquin’s Mew Lake Campground still has lots of electrical sites available on the reservation system (as well as a number of first-come, first-served sites).
The ice rink will be open all week, weather permitting (and if the ice melts, the park will set up a road hockey area). A cheery campfire will be maintained at the rink for skaters to warm up.
Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor’s Centre and chat with our naturalists!
Check out Mew Lake’s trails and winter attractions here.
Pinery Provincial Park
The Visitor Centre will be open daily, offering exhibits, an indoor theatre (featuring programming and nature documentaries), park naturalists, washrooms and the Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Visitor Centre, and set out on an adventure of discovery throughout the park!
In milder weather, Pinery’s many trails are perfect for a healthy walk or quiet solitude. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch, art supplies, family and friends and work on that rosy glow on your cheeks. Consider an overnight stay in a tent, trailer or one of our roofed accommodation options!
On weekends in March, celebrate the annual migration of thousands of Tundra Swans by joining a park naturalist to view swans and other migratory waterfowl in the Thedford Bog.
Call the visitor centre at 519-243-8574 for details or visit the park’s webpage for details.
Quetico Provincial Park
Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.
Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour. This year’s Cross Quetico Tour is scheduled for March 17, 2018.
Find more details and registration information here.
Rondeau Provincial Park
From snake talks to owl prowls to DIY birdfeeders, Wings of Spring features different nature-themed activities every day! This bird-themed spring series runs March 10-18, 2018.
The grand finale is on Saturday, when the Friends hold a bbq and the park welcomes some live animal ambassadors!
Find the full schedule here.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
MacGregor Point kicks off March Break with a Live Birds of Prey Show from Wild Ontario at 2 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Come get an up close and personal view of hawks, falcons, and owls!
There’s tons to look forward too throughout March Break, too! Enjoy a pond explorers hike, and learn how to build your own bird feeder.
Stay tuned for more details, or call the Visitor’s Centre at 519-389-9056.
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Don’t miss the 42nd Annual Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend on March 17-18, 2018! Presqu’ile offers easy access to viewing stations for up to 25 different species of waterfowl that arrive each spring to rest and feed, before moving on to nesting areas further north and west.
Scheduled activities and spotting scopes with volunteer birders are available from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Nature Centre will feature children’s activities and crafts, duck displays, and a taxidermy display.
Find more details here.
Just in the mood for a March Break ramble?
Use our park locator to find the provincial park closest to you.