Witness nature’s awakening: 3 spring activities

Buds sprouting on tree branches, large V formations of migratory birds can be heard in the sky, not to mention the thawing of rivers. Here are 3 activities that allow us to fully enjoy this unique time of year, that is spring.

Migratory Bird Watching:

You don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate birdwatching this spring. Large migratory birds return to our northern provinces and gather in parts of Quebec and Ontario.

Several well-known places to explore for your first outing are:

  • Cap Tourmente (Quebec)
  • Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve (Quebec)
  • Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area (Ontario)
  • Bruce Peninsula (Ontario)

Equip yourself with good binoculars and a good harness.

Bushnell natureview binoculars    Bushnell deluxe binocular harness


Don’t feel guilty! Combine hiking with sugar shacking

The hypercaloric meals of the sugar shack can be difficult to swallow. A nature hike with the entire family, cross-country skiing or fat biking could help you digest, or simply justify the extra maple syrup on your omelette.

In addition to an exceptional meal, many sugar shacks also offer a variety of activities:

  • Le Baluchon Sugar Shack (Mauricie, Quebec) – www.baluchon.ca
    • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic walking, dog sledding and more.
  • Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush (Pakenham, Ontario) – www.fultons.ca
    • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
  • Haut Bois Normand Sugar Shack (Orford, Quebec) – www.hautboisnormand.ca
    • Tube sliding, treetop adventure & not to mention the sliding activities of Mont-Orford.

The rivers are the first to thaw in the spring!

So, the ice on your favourite lake has now melted and ice fishing season is now over? Don’t let this get you down, river trout fishing is a great alternative.

If you’re well equipped, fly fishing is very accessible for both beginners and experienced anglers. Here are some places to try this spring:

  • Yamaska River (Quebec)
  • Châteauguay River (Quebec)

We recommend that you check the fishing season open dates in your area. The state of Vermont and New York are both good alternatives when trout fishing is closed in Quebec.

If all you’re missing are ideas to play in the outdoors this spring, you no longer have an excuse!