Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.
- 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.
- Hell of the North - Stouffville - April 20 Test your early season fitness with 75 or 125 km of riding on challenging gravel and dirt roads. Starting and ending at Musselmans Lake, the shorter course is suitable for a road bike. 200 rider limit.
- 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.
- Greater Sudbury Earth Day Festival - Sudbury - April 26 Join reThink Green to celebrate Earth Day and kick off a month of celebrations including live entertainment, workshops, art exhibits, children's activities and more.
- Pedal the Pinery - Grand Bend - April 27 There will be a 20km bike route (fun ride, not a race) and a walk route. A great event for the whole family to participate in. Funds raised will go to accessibility projects and ecopassages in Pinery.
- 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.
- Festival of Birds - Point Pelee - May 1-19 Be 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.
- Salomon Giants Rib Raid - Kilbride - May 4 The Salomon Dontgetlost Giant's Rib Raid takes place on the Niagara Escarpment so teams can expect lots of technical running and some interesting navigational challenges as they Raid the Rib.
- CN Cycle for CHEO - Ottawa - May 4 This charity event encourages everyone to cycle, walk, and roll, in support of children with cancer and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Events take place at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa, and the adjacent grounds at LeBreton Flats. The cycle routes are fun, non-competitive rides, offering a range of distances (15 km, 35 km & 70 km), all starting and ending at LeBreton Flats Park.
- Wooden Canoe Building Workshop - Peterborough - May 4-10 Join 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.
- Opus Spring 8 hour Relay - Mansfield - May 10 Come celebrate spring with the Epic 8 at Mansfield! Mansfield Outdoor Centre is an ideal racing venue providing an amazing course, friendly atmosphere and unparalleled atmosphere. An action-packed day of fun for friends and riding buddies awaits at the Opus Spring Epic 8!
- Introduction to Backcountry Camping - Sydenham - May 10 For 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.
- Spring Nature Walk - Sydenham - May 17 Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office at 10am; the hike will start at 10:30. Please, no dogs.
- Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend - Presque'ile Provincial Park - May 17-18 This special event celebrates the spring migration of the 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.
- Palmer River Fest- Palmer Rapids - May 17-18 Kick off the paddling season once again with Palmer River Fest. Clinics include: solo and tandem canoeing; intro to kayaking; refining your kayak strokes; a kids program; and river rescue and first aid.
- Spring Tyme on the Farm at Bronte Creek - Oakville - May 19 Join the hands-on-fun at the farmhouse to celebrate Spring the way Victorians did! Fun activities for all ages. Visitors to the farmhouse will get a chance to participate in traditional activities, like baking on our antique wood stove.
- Huron Fringe Birding Festival - Port Elgin - May 23 - June 1 The Bruce is known for diverse and unique botany, landforms and shoreline habitats. It provides an ideal backdrop for our birding festival. Guided hikes, tours, workshops & evening presentations are designed for both novice and experienced birders.
- 9th Annual Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour - Huntsville - May 24 Come 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.
- Dorion's Canyon Birding Festival - Dorion - May 24-25 Join 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.
- Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival - Tobermory - May 30-31 Discover over 40 species of the colourful wild flowers found on the Niagara Escarpment's Bruce Peninsula. The Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival is your chance to get up close to rare and common species, talk to expert naturalists, hike with experience orchid photographers, and more!
- Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass, Level 1 - Sydenham - May 31 Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS.
- Capital Vélo Fest - Ottawa - May 31 The mission of this annual bicycle festival is to "Inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more often." It takes place at Ottawa City Hall Saturday and in various neighborhoods on Sunday. The event includes a bicycle rodeo, bicycle rally and lots of cycling information.
- Lilac & Lavender Festival - Sault Ste. Marie - May 31 & June 1 An afternoon Victorian Garden party showcasing the culinary uses of lilacs and lavender. Also participate in Victorian games and crafts and high tea.