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Late winter and early spring are a magical time of year in Ontario. Scroll down to discover the magic, or browse using the categories above.

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Sandy Flat Sugar Bush

Spring is maple syrup season, and Kawarthas Northumberland has ample opportunities for you to soak up the sap-to-syrup magic. Enjoy demonstrations, live music, games, crafts and more at Buckhorn Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm. Or consider The Roost Farm or Clancey and Gale’s Maple Syrup Farm in Kawartha Lakes, both of which earn rave reviews every year. Curle’s Sugar Shack in Northumberland County is a fantastic repository of maple history, and the Warkworth Maple Syrup festival featuring Sandy Flats Sugar Bush is another perennial favourite.

Wherever you go, savour the unique flavours of the season. You might also try visiting two or three sugar bushes to experience the subtle differences geography, weather, and other factors have on the taste of maple syrup.

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If warm weather inspires your wanderlust, the open and uncrowded roads of Kawarthas Northumberland await you. See green returning to the forests and fields as you wind your way along carefully curated routes.

Beer lovers and foodies alike will enjoy the Brews, Bites, and Barns tour, which leads through some of Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ most scenic regions en route to craft breweries. In late May the Lilac Tours of Northumberland County are an ideal choice, or you can explore the fertile landscape between Lake Ontario and Rice Lake by choosing from this list of top five road trips. History buff? Experience the dozens of unique local legends and artisan studios along the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail or try one of four other recommended routes.

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Kawarthas Northumberland is home to some of Ontario’s best birdwatching destinations. Carden Alvar Provincial Park and Presqu’ile Provincial Park are internationally recognized Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, and both of these parks rank among the Top 5 spots for birdwatching in Ontario. Over 338 species have been spotted at Presqu’ile Provincial Park alone. The staff and volunteers at Presqu’ile Provincial Park offer annual events geared towards birders, and there’s a new multi-day nature photography experience being offered at the Carden Alvar Provincial Park. Peterborough and the Kawarthas offer a chance to see a huge variety as well, thanks to its “transition zone” geography. Encompassing the rugged Canadian Shield to the north and gentler agricultural lands to the south means the region houses an impressive diversity of species. Curious? Get more info here.

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PKT SPRING – Spotlight 2 – Group Cycling

Hiking, biking, paddling, spelunking – the warmer weather opens up a whole range of options for anyone inclined to explore.

Check out this list of trails in Peterborough & the Kawarthas to start exploring on foot or by bike, or strap the canoe on the roof and choose from ten signature paddling routes. The combination of rolling drumlin hills, scenic lake vistas and winding rural roads makes Northumberland County a cyclist’s paradise. Kawartha Lakes is home to numerous hidden gems and stunning views, from the Fleetwood Creek lookout to Omemee’s Windy Ridge.

The best part? Before the May long weekend, chances are you’ll have no bugs to contend with as you take in the fresh air.

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Connect with authentic cultural traditions. Discover your inner artisan. Immerse yourself in traditional tools and knowledge that few people have the chance to experience firsthand. Get hands-on guidance from the talented craftspeople and artisans throughout Kawarthas Northumberland.

Don’t miss the excitement of Port Hope’s Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny in April, an unorthodox boating event that brings all kinds of improvised watercraft down the Ganaraska River. Make a Mother’s Day weekend to remember with the Rolling Hills Studio Tour in Kawartha Lakes, or check the event calendar at the ever-happening South Pond Farms. Book a workshop with an artisan in paddle-carving, pyrography, beading, leather-working, snow-shoe making and more at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. In nearby Keene, Hiawatha First Nation hosts their annual pow wow on the Saturday and Sunday of Victoria Day weekend, featuring crafts, singing, drumming, and dancing. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy the heart-warming hilarity of baby goats with unique farm experiences at Haute Goat in Port Hope.

Whatever inspires you, we hope you’ll head home with a renewed sense of creativity and connection.

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