Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.
- Festival of Birds - Point Pelee - May 3-20Be part of the spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Take part in a variety of guided activities and social gatherings.
- Climb On Board to Support On-Trac - Port Hope - May 4Come climb on fun and challenging treetop games and zip lines in support of On-Trac and Rebound Child and Youth Services. Call 1-855-280-0900 to register.
- Wildflowers of the Niagara Escarpment Photography Workshop - Bronte Creek - May 4Join renowned landscape and nature photography Rob Stimpson for this one day workshop in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Search for spring wildflowers while learning new photography skills.
- Handcraft a Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle - Peterborough - May 4-5Come to the Canadian Canoe Museum and carve your own Greenland-style kayak paddle out of beautiful White Ash. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the museum's Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of supportive, expert instructors. Create a custom carved and sanded paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. No experience needed.
- Get to Know Your Digital Camera - Kakabeka Falls - May 9Come for the weekend and spend one evening at this interesting workshop at Kakakbeka Falls Provincial Park. Join professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski as he walks you through what all the buttons and functions on your camera do. This is great as a refresher or for a first-timer. Time: 5:30-9:30pm.
- Opus Spring 8 Hour Relay - Mansfield - May 11Come celebrate spring with the Epic 8 at Mansfield! Mansfield Outdoor Centre is an ideal mountain bike racing venue providing excellent riding, a friendly atmosphere and unparalleled camping facilities. An action-packed day of fun awaits at the Epic 8!
- Introduction to Backcountry Camping - Sydenham - May 11For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long workshop is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation
- ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 2 - Cambridge - May 11-12 This course is designed to review and build upon the fundament paddling skills learned in the Basic Canoeing Level 1 course. You will further refine your skills and employ them in a series of basic maneuvers that are applicable to your average paddling adventure. You will also practice and refine your canoe rescues and build upon your knowledge of safe paddling practices and the rich history and heritage of canoeing.
- Single Burner Gourmet Cooking - Kingston - May 12Join Barry Irish from Paddle Away Adventures at Frontenac Provincial Park and learn how to make delicious and interesting food while in the bush. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils and more. Cost: $25 plus park fee. Time: 10am to 1pm.
- Mother's Day Wildflower Walk - Port Rowan- May 12Celebrate Mom's special day with a guided nature walk in Backus Woods. View the variety of wildflowers blooming and learn some tips to help identify these spring ephemerals. This is a partnership event with the Norfolk Field Naturalists. Time: 2pm. Cost: $2.
- Wooden Canoe Building Workshop - Peterborough - May 12-18Join Bear Mountain Boats' acclaimed boat builder Ted Moores, and learn fine woodstrip/epoxy construction while building an elegant canoe. The pace will allow everybody time to confidently develop new skills and enjoy the comfortable satisfaction of doing good work. The course will also look at sharpening and maintaining tools, steam bending, laminating and a variety of building tricks and techniques.
- Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend - Presqu'ile Provincial Park - May 18-19 Held on the May Long Weekend, this special event celebrates the spring migration of smaller birds, such as warblers, and the shorebirds like the Whimbrel, that annually stop down at Presqu'ile on their way north. Presqu'ile's position as a peninsula sticking out into the lake, and its varied habitats, makes it a migration hot spot.
- Weekend Whitewater Kayak Program - Barrie's Bay - May 18-19 Learn the basics or refine your skills during this MKC kayak weekend. Learn from the skilled instructors at the renowned Madawaska Kanu Centre. Accommodation and equipment rentals available.
- Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour - Huntsville - May 24-25Come to the beautiful Muskoka region for this fun recreational event. This is not a race and is geared for everyone from the race enthusiast to the first time rider. The event is fully supported with vehicles, food and water stations. Lengths: 170km, 110km & 50km.
- Huron Fringe Birding Festival - Port Elgin - May 24 - June 2This eight-day Birding and Nature Festival is uniquely placed to explore the Huron Fringe coastline of Lake Huron and the Bruce Peninsula. Mornings are filled with guided hikes both in and outside the Park concentrating on not only birds, but wildflowers, butterflies and insects. Afternoons are filled with additional hikes, workshops covering bird identification, nature photography, and various natural interests to please everyone. Evenings are highlighted by illustrated programs featuring excellent speakers, night hikes and "Owl Prowls".
- Dorion's Canyon Country Birding Festival - Dorion - May 25-26Join other birders in one of the provinces most beautiful areas for two days of guided birding hikes and social activities. Organized transportation takes participants to various locations including Hurkett Cove and Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park.
- ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1 - Algonquin Park - May 25-27This is an all inclusive 3 day wilderness canoe trip into the Algonquin Park interior where we will be teaching and certifying ORCKA Basic Canoe Skills Level 1 & 2. All equipment, camping gear and food is included. Simply show up with your clothes and sleeping bag and you are ready to go.
- Kite Festival - Thunder Bay - May 26First held in 1981, the Kite Festival is one of Thunder Bay's favourite events. Take part in kite workshops, demonstrations and activities. Members of various kite clubs will wow the audience with spectacular demonstrations with their high flying colourful kites.