Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.
- Nordic Waxing 101 - Barrie - March 1 Let an experienced ski wax tech teach you how to properly care for your Nordic Skis. Learn the difference between waxes, how to apply them, and how to tailor your waxing to the weather outside and the activity you are doing - and much more!
- The Annual Wabos Loppet - Goulais River - March 1 The Wabos Loppet takes place in March and begins with a scenic hour-long train ride from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to the lumbering village of Wabos. Finish your day with a festive celebratory barbecue and live entertainment.
- Sleeping Giant Loppet - Thunder Bay - March 1 The Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation ski festival that offers fun for the whole family and challenges competitive athletes. The Loppet takes place in the beautiful wilderness setting of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It features multiple events with distances for skiers of all levels and abilities.
- Haliburton Dogsled Derby - Haliburton - March 1-2 Featuring purebred and Alaskan classes, youth race and the adorable kid & mutt class. Food is available on-site with an outdoor BBQ or choose from the 2 restaurants inside. Programs will be available at the race!
- Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes - Collingwood - March 1, 8 & 15 Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Our professional guides lead you on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Beautiful trails wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees and spectacular lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment.
- Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek - Oakville - weekends starting March 1 plus March Break Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.
- Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival - Woodbridge - March 1 - April 6 Take in this annual tradition at the Kortright Centre and Bruce's Mill Conservation Area. Enjoy wagon rides, pancakes, live kids entertainment, fun crafts and family activities and free samples of maple syrup.
- Kenora's Winter Carnival - Kenora - March 7-9 Winter carnival events for the whole family including; free skating, funspiel, wagon rides, ice fishing, pancake breakfast and more.
- Mountainview Nordic Ski Cross - Midland - March 8 Sprint races with a twist – climb up, race down, all out, elbows out, full throttle! The course will include features such as jumps, banked turns and rollers. There will also be a beginner division where you’ll ski a toned down course.
- Stargazers Workshop - Midland - March 8 Join astronomers Bill & Vicki Sherwood in looking up at the night sky, and learning how it effects everything from bird migration to maple sap production. A family friendly activity.
- Animal Tracks and Signs - Tillsonburg - March 8 Through this engaging program you will be introduced to the tracks and signs of local wildlife, make a track cast to take home, and hit the trail to look for evidence. Dress for the weather.
- Fischer Swix Loppet - Barrie - March 8 The annual Hardwood Fischer Loppet features new courses for the 15km and 30km Skate and Classic events rolled into one amazing day of racing, with children's races in the afternoon. There will also be Fischer ski-tuning, waxing and equipment demos.
- March Break at Blue - Collingwood - March 8-16 March Break at Blue will be full of free fun and activity all week! Enjoy skating on the pond, horse & wagon rides, live music, snowshoe hikes and much more to come!
- 13th Annual Cross Quetico Lakes Tour - Atikokan - March 15 Experience the beauty of Quetico's winter wilderness with a friendly ski tour. Choose from a 35km, 45km or 55km tour and ski, mush or skijor across Quetico's beautiful lakes. The tour is organized by the Beaten Path Nordic Ski Club in cooperation with Quetico Provincial Park.
- Backcountry 101: Intro to map and compass navigation - Burlington - March 15 This clinic will familiarize you with topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for backcountry navigation. Understanding concepts and symbols on a topographic map and understanding the features basic to all compasses, as well as additional features that may be desirable in a compass intended for backcountry navigation.
- Outdoor Adventure Travel Show - Ottawa - March 15-16 Get inspired to take your outdoor experiences to new heights.This show willy present you with exciting new gear, interesting travel destinations, and memorable show attractions.
- Pole, Pedal and Pound - Barrie - March 16 Talk about multi-disciplined fun! Hardwood has an event for you; cross country ski, snowshoe and mountain biking. Sign up for this event on your own or in a team of 3. Lots of age categories and all this fun includes lunch.
- Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey - London - March 20 A talk presented by Kevin Callan, the author of fifteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper” and the incredibly popular series of paddling guides.
- The Reel Paddling Film Festival - Parry Sound - March 22 This Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.
- Owl Prowl - Port Rowan - March 22 Children’s crafts start at 7:00 pm, followed by a family-friendly indoor presentation at 7:30 pm, then a guided hike outdoors to call and look for owls. Bring your flashlight and dress for the weather.
- Maple in the County - Prince Edward County - March 22-23 Bring the whole family to celebrate the labour of maple producers with family friendly programming. Enjoy the end of winter and the beginning of warmer days ahead by celebrating our sweetest tradition... Maple in the County.
- Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival - Paisley - March 29-30 Come out and enjoy the largest outdoor Maple Syrup Festival in Grey and Bruce Counties.
- Float Your Fanny - Port Hope - April 5 Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny is a 10km race along the Ganaraska River to commemorate the 1980 flood that crippled Port Hope's downtown area.
- Backcountry 101: How To Pack A Pack - Burlington - April 5 This program is an overview of the equipment needed for an overnight hiking/backpacking trip. It's intended for novice backpackers, but should be of value to more experienced hikers who haven't updated their gear in a while as well.
- Lake Front Fun Run - Ajax - April 5 Kid's run, 5km run, 5km walk, 10km run, 10km walk. Get the whole family involved in this fun run.
- YMCA Sweat for Strong Kids Charity Cycling Event - London - April 5 Participants will sign up for one of five 45-minute fun cycling classes, collect a minimum of $100 in pledges and join us for our exciting YMCA Sweat for Strong Kids Charity Cycling Event!
- Homage to Ice - Mansfield - April 12 Dust the cobwebs off your bike and get out to the Mansfield Outdoor Centre for this unofficial start to the mountain bike season. The course will be up to 25k of great single track weather depending.
- Monarch Friendly Habitat Workshop - Port Rowan - April 12 The monarch butterfly population is in trouble, and you can help! Come out and learn to create a monarch friendly habitat from the ground up. This workshop will give you the skills and confidence to create your own monarch friendly habitat and allow you to dig in and plant wildflowers at Backus Heritage Conservation Area.
- Raisin River Canoe Race - Cornwall - April 13 Challenge yourself in one of several race classes down the Raisin River from St. Andrew's West to Williamstown. Navigate rapids and the always thrilling Martintown dam. Register through the Raisin River Conservation Authority.
- Purple Valley Maple Syrup Festival - Purple Valley - April 19 Enjoy live musical entertainment and dance, kid's corner (face painting, games and crafts), turkey shoot, craft fair, bake table, and animal petting zoo. And of course, plenty of locally produced maple syrup served on delicious fresh made pancakes.
- Canadian Wilderness Women's Network Spring Workshop Weekend - Lakefield - April 25-27 A weekend for sharing, learning, meeting, dreaming, playing, beginning, building, writing, creating.
- Mudd, Sweat & Tears - Niagara - April 26 The Mudd, Sweat & Tears Niagara obstacle course mudd run is available in a 5k and 10k format, set in the beautiful Niagara region on a stunning farm & vineyard that backs onto the Bruce Trail. Expect to reconnect with nature, heart breaking single track, tons of mud and obstacles, and whether you select the 5k or 10km course, prepare to push your limits and have a ton of fun with family and friends!
- Historical Walk - Sydenham - April 26 Join our history enthusiast, Jérôme McDuff for a leisurely, interpretive walk along Big Salmon Lake Road to learn about the early homesteaders in the Park. Bring your lunch, water and comfortable walking shoes.
- Earth Day - Port Rowan - April 26 Family-friendly activities with an environmental theme include pond dipping, bird banding demonstrations, waste reduction games and guided nature walks.
- Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race - Ancaster - April 27 This bike race features the roughest roads, farm lanes, rail trails and singletrack between Paris and Ancaster. 70km and 40km routes. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians.