Enjoy winter now, before it's gone. No, we're not crazy but those hoping for spring should hold on just a little bit yet. Areas north of Toronto still look and feel like winter and include fun seasonal transition activities. Seasonal transition activities include enjoying outdoor winter sports with longer days, warmer temps and more sunshine! They also include spring fun with maple festivals and celebrations. Basically, it's the best of best worlds offering parents a variety of activities thatkids of all ages should love.
Family looking to get away after the flurry of March Break, can still find really fun getaway packages are your kids' favorite resort destinations.
This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA:
These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be within proximity or close to many of Ontario's 'cottage country'.
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
March 1 - May 31
Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products.
March 23-23 - McLean Berry Farm
At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it's going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone!!
TASTE THE COUNTY
March 21-23 - Prince Edward County
It's time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County – MAPLE SYRUP! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos, live music, and more.
SNOW VALLEY RESORT
Celebrate winter with your family at Snow Valley. Choose from a great variety of outdoor recreation activities. There is truly something for every member of the family. Fun for all ages activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing and they also offer lessons, as well as racing and school programs.
Rediscover winter fun in Ontario this season at Horseshoe Resort. With 26 runs, a terrain park and 35 km of groomed Nordic ski trails, Horseshoe has your ski and snowboard needs covered! A variety of activities await you this Winter season at Horseshoe Resort's Adventure Park such as snow tubing and fat biking!
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Hardwood is a full service nordic ski centre providing trails for all levels of skiers or snowshoers. They are open seven days a week and offer rentals, retail nordic ski, lessons, cafe and children's programs.
* SATURDAY SPRING FLING & SALOMON RACES *
Skiers of all ages and abilities can participate. The morning consists of more serious events (only slightly serious), but the afternoon is dedicated to just having a good time. Mixed relays, lunch, costume contest, poker ski, and mini-poker ski. Bring the family and enjoy these fantastic March trail conditions.
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~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
SCENIC CAVES NORDIC CENTRE
Winter activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge. See natural Ontario forrest as a beautiful winter wonderland!
* Spring Fever Specials at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre *
March 18 – April 6, 2014 (weather permitting) March into spring on cross-country skis or snowshoes with discount rates for trail passes and equipment rentals. Children under six are FREE. Trail passes are just $10 on weekdays and $15 for weekends (weather-permitting). Check out our end of season sale of gently used skis and snowshoes. Don’t be ‘fooled by April’…there’s still plenty of snow to enjoy!
* Sunset Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre *
March 22, 29 and April 5, 2014 (weather permitting) As the sun sinks below the horizon and the afterglow of daylight slowly fades into twilight, sunset is a magical time of day to strap on your snowshoes. Enjoy a quiet early evening tour to witness the daily spectacle of the spring sky ablaze in a stunning array of colours. Catch a glimpse of wildlife busy with their evening feeding routines. Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through a shimmering landscape beginning at 6pm. Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, magnificent views of the countryside from the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. No experience is required and the pace is moderate. Recommended for ages 8-10 and older.
SKIING & ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Click here for the latest snow conditions. Be a part of our biggest winter ever with new terrain in the Orchard – six new trails to be exact – and a brand new high-speed chairlift. The increased terrain brings the total skiable acres to 364 with a grand total of 42 trails – the most at any resort in Ontario.
* Check out the Kids at Blue Programs including the Burton Riglet Park! *
BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - ACTIVITY CENTRAL
Activity Central is your source for the region’s and the resort’s best year-round activities! Pure adrenaline or simple serenity, we have activities to suit every interest and budget! Currently selling Scandinave Spa packages, Wine tasting, Caving tours and gearing up for winter with Snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and the list goes on.
SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE
Sir Sam’s hosts twelve main runs and a view from the top that is only matched by the view of the slopes from the chalets panoramic windows and outdoor sun deck. Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere. Sir Sam's Super Savings Sunday : Ski/Board every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 for only $25.00! (Rentals only $15.00). Excellent opportunity to try out the sport . Breakfast served from 9:00-2:00.
* Saturday, March 22 SPRING SPLASH *
Undeniably one of the most entertainment filled days of the winter season is happening this Saturday March 22, 2014 when participants (many in creative costumes) attempt to cross Lake Sir Sam's on skis, boards & even in boats! Event starts at 2:00 p.m. followed by dinner & dance, featuring Stephanie Gregg Band at 5:00 p.m . Must be 19 yrs of age to attend evening events. *Please note menu change : Now serving steak-on-a-bun & salads.Prizes for costumes . Ducky race: Purchase a rubber ducky for a 50/50 cash prize.
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre and behind Campbell's Tobaggan hill. Fun exhibits for the whole families and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.
MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe on Saturday at 2pm.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Situated on approximately 3,000 acres of natural property in the beautiful Wye Valley (Georgian Bay), it is that perfect place for a family or group outing. With over 25 km of snowshoeing/skiing trails, an observation tower and boardwalks, visitors can get closer to nature.
* SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS * Live Animal and Reptile Shows
HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.
The Town of Midland is a dynamic community situated on Georgian Bay and based in the heart of one of our nation's most beautiful recreational areas. It's perfect for a family fun day trip or overnight getaway.
~ ORILLIA | SPRINGWATER ~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone.
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