March Break Activities in Ontario's Provincial Parks
Ontario's provincial parks are alive with March break family activities this year. Take some time to enjoy outdoor programs that celebrate the beginning of spring in southern Ontario and catch the last of winter in northern Ontario. March break is March 13 through March 21.
Maple Syrup Festival
Bronte Creek Provincial Park hosts maple syrup festivities every weekend in March and daily through March break. A wagon takes visitors to a heated pancake house to enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, served up throughout the festival hours. Guided hikes demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. Interpreters are dressed in costumes from Victorian times as they talk about historical methods for making maple syrup.
Presqu'ile Provincial Park is a mecca for birdwatchers every spring as migrating birds return to the peninsula. Join volunteer naturalists to view and identify over 25 different species of ducks, geese and swans at the Waterfowl Festival on March 20 and 21. Children's activities will be held at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
Rondeau Provincial Park is the rest stop for thousands of ducks and swans on their way up north to their breeding grounds. Come with your friends and family for the Wings of Spring Festival on March 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include bird viewing, birdhouse building, a barbecue and more.
Cross Country Ski Off The Beaten Path
Quetico Provincial Park is the site of The Beaten Path's Cross Quetico Lakes Tour on March 20, 2010. Dog teams, skijorers and skiers cross the park in 35, 45 or 55 kilometre all-day ski trips. Accommodation is available at the yurts at Dawson campground in the park.
Ski Provincial Park trails
There are 20 different provincial parks in Ontario that maintain groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Ontario Parks Ski Report website will tell you which trails are in the best shape.
- Visit Ontario Parks to find out about park opening and closing dates, winter camping accommodations, park fees, winter activities and special events in provincial parks.
- Pick up the 2010 Ontario Parks Guide, available from any provincial park office, tourism agency, ServiceOntario/Government Information Centre, local chamber of commerce, or by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
- There are 330 provincial parks in Ontario; with more than 100 providing visitor facilities.