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During the long winter months, many of us receive less “vitamin N” than usual. However, contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, help prevent illness, and reduce stress levels.

Do you want to spend time in nature with your family this March break? Here is a list of fun events across the province:

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Maple Syrup Festival

“Sweeting up” is a tradition in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The park’s annual Maple Syrup Festival begins the first weekend in March and is held every weekend of the month, plus March Break week.

children gathered outside

Festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and immerse visitors in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: Pancake House, Fresh Maple Treats, Fresh Maple Candy, Maple Lane Tours, Gift Shop, Hayrides, Farm Animals, History Tours, Family Activities and more.

Find festival schedules and details here.

Quetico Provincial Park — Quetico Lakes Tour

This world-class paddling destination turns into a winter wonderland. Sign up for a day-long ski tour of the frozen lakes and transports of pristine Quetico Provincial Park, on the Trans-Canada Trail and the Path of the Paddle.

Cross Quetico Tour skiers

On March 21, participants will ski on varied terrain, much of it in an untended natural park. Participants have all day to finish the route.

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The Cross Quetico Lakes tour is organized by Beaten Path Nordic Trails in collaboration with the park. Participants must register prior to the event by contacting Chris Stromberg ([email protected]) and attend a mandatory safety briefing at Atikokan the night before.

For more information and to register, click here.

Algonquin Provincial Park

March Break is perfect for early spring camping. Algonquin’s Mew Lake Campground still has many electric sites available in the reservation system (as well as several first-come, first-served sites).

Skating and Hockey at the Mew Lake Camp Rink

The ice rink will be open all week, weather permitting (and if the ice melts, the park will open a road hockey area). A cheerful bonfire will be kept at the rink for skaters to warm up.

Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center and chat with our naturalists!

Check out Mew Lake’s trails and winter attractions here.

Pinery Provincial Park – Memories in March

Park staff offer a variety of scavenger hunts, guided hikes, trivia-the-naturalist talks, and chickadee programs during March Break. If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to celebrate the annual migration of thousands of tundra swans and join a park naturalist to watch swans and other migratory waterfowl at Thedford Bog.

tundra swans

Pinery’s trails are perfect for a healthy hike or quiet solitude. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch, art supplies, family and friends and work on that rosy glow on your cheeks. Consider spending the night in a tent, trailer, or one of our covered accommodation options!

Call the Visitor Center at 519-243-8574 for more details or visit the park website for more details.

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Rondeau Provincial Park

Rondeau Provincial Park is an incredible place to enjoy all the wonders of migration as thousands of ducks, geese and swans move through the area.

Two bird watchers with telescope on snowy beach

Attend some bird-themed events, as well as some new activities the whole family is sure to love, like traditional dancing and storytelling, and how to make your own birdhouse!

Find the full schedule here.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Don’t hibernate this winter. Grab your friends and family and join the fun at MacGregor Point!

family skating on ice rink

Have you discovered MacGregor Point’s best kept secret? Your ice trail is open and ready to go! The 400m skating rink offers an unforgettable outdoor experience. We turn on the trail lights to skate under the stars until 10:00 pm every weekday, and that’s when things get really magical.

Remember to check the Ski Report before you head out.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop!

Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Waterfowl Weekend

Don’t miss the 44th Annual Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend March 21-22, 2020! 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 to nesting areas further north and west.

A small selection of the many Presqu'ile ducks.

Scheduled activities and telescopes with volunteer birders are available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The Nature Center will feature activities and crafts for children, as well as duck exhibits.

Find more details here.

Are you in the mood for an excursion during March Break?

Use our park locator to find the provincial park closest to you.