Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

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.

Time outdoors is believed to contribute significantly to children’s cognitive, emotional, social and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature increases, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-esteem increases.

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

Brontë Creek Provincial Park

boy looking into a bucket of sap

“Sweeting up” is a tradition in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. park annual Maple Syrup Festival begins the first weekend in March and runs every weekend of the month plus the March holiday week.

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.

Algonquin Provincial Park

hockey player

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).

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.

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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

tundra swans

The Visitor Center will be open daily and will offer exhibits, an indoor theater (with nature programming and documentaries), park naturalists, restrooms, and the Friends of Pinery Park nature store. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Visitor Center and go on an adventure of discovery throughout the park!

When the weather is milder, Pinery’s many 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!

On weekends in March, celebrate the annual migration of thousands of tundra swans by joining a park naturalist to observe swans and other migratory waterfowl at Thedford Bog.

Call the visitor center at 519-243-8574 for more details or visit the park website for more details.

Quetico Provincial Park

Cross Quetico Tour skiers

Typically known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways make for a winter location for a ski adventure like no other.

Every March, cross-country skiers of all levels 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

Rondeau Wings of Spring

From snake talks to owls to DIY bird feeders, Wings of Spring features different nature-themed activities every day! This bird-themed spring series will run March 10-18, 2018.

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The grand finale is on Saturday, when the Friends host a barbecue and the park welcomes some live animal ambassadors!

Find the full schedule here.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

girl with bird on her head

MacGregor Point kicks off March Break with a live Wild Ontario raptor show at 2 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Come enjoy an up-close and personal view of hawks, hawks and owls!

There’s a lot to look forward to during March Break, too! Enjoy a walk to explore ponds and learn how to build your own bird feeder.

Stay tuned for more details or call the Visitor Center at 519-389-9056.

Peninsula Provincial Park

A small selection of the many Presqu'ile ducks.

Don’t miss the 42nd Annual Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekend 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 telescopes with volunteer birders are available from 10am to 4pm daily. The Nature Center will feature children’s activities and crafts, duck exhibits and a taxidermy exhibit.

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.