The trees are starting to bud, large V formations of migratory birds can be seen in the sky, the thawing of rivers…spring MUST be in the air! Here are 3 activities to enjoy this unique time of year to the fullest, without wasting a minute.
Birdwatching: On the Wings of Discovery
You don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate and get into birdwatching this spring. Large migratory birds return to our northern provinces and gather in parts of Quebec and Ontario where you can catch a glimpse of them.
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)
Arm yourself with a good pair of binoculars to observe birds, even at a distance. Select a pair that isn’t too weighty, and that has a style that you like.
A harness for your binoculars will free you from having to carry them during your entire outing, so that you can better enjoy your walk as well as the fresh air.
A book all about bird species can also be quite practical. Before taking on your first birdwatching outing, you can learn more about each different kind of bird, and how to recognize them.Binoculars Books & atlases
Combine your sugar shack visit with other activities
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 you just had to have 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.
- Haut Bois Normand Sugar Shack (Orford, Quebec) – www.hautboisnormand.ca
- Tubing, treetop adventure & sliding activities on Mont-Orford.
- Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush (Pakenham, Ontario) – www.fultons.ca
- Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
- Wheeler’s Maple Products (McDonals Corners, Ontario) – www.wheelersmaple.com
- Hiking trails, ziplining, tubing.
Thawing Rivers mean fishing!
So, the ice on your favourite lake has now melted and ice fishing season is 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 out this spring:
- Yamaska River (Quebec)
- Châteauguay River (Quebec)
- Perth Area (Ontario)
- French River (Ontario)
- Sault-Sainte-Marie (Ontario)
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 were missing were ideas to play in the great outdoors this spring, you no longer have an excuse!