Staying close to home this March Break? If so check out these ideas for an entertaining and educational staycation in Elgin County!
Palmer's Maple Syrup Festival
Weekends in March
9 am - 3 pm
Palmer's Maple Syrup
34308 Lake Line, RR # 1, Port Stanley
Enjoy a shanty tour, self-guided woods excursion, pioneer storyteller, log-sawing, and maple leaf branding! Taste some maple syrup and take a jog home to eat with pancakes!
Springwater Maple Syrup Festival
Weekends in March and everyday during March Break
Springwater Conservation Area
8079 Springwater Rd., Aylmer
Enjoy wagon rides through the Springwater Forest. Tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for demonstrations on maple syrup production. Maple products are available for sale. Dine at the pancake house which is operated by local community organizations.
Tundra Swan Line Open
March 12th - April 6th
Aylmer Wildlife Management Area
10594 Hacienda Road, Aylmer (beside Ontario Police College)
Between 10-16 thousand swans use the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area to refuel on their migration to the high Arctic Region between Alaska and Baffin Island. Birdwatchers from all over the province come to Aylmer to see this beautiful bird and wonder of nature that is right here in our backyard! The Aylmer Wildlife Management Area features trails, wildlife viewing stands, interpretative signs, brochures, and plenty of parking. Call the hotline for daily updates on the migration.
The Great Winter Thaw Adventure Passport
March 7 - April 15
Springwater Maple Syrup Festival, Tundra Swan Migration
Say goodbye to winter in true Canadian style as Springwater Conservation Area hosts it’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival and the Tundra Swans stop over at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area! To win one of our Great Winter Thaw Adventure Prize Packs you must visit the Maple Syrup Festival and the Tundra Swans, punch your passport at each location, fill out the form fully (to qualify), and drop it off at either location! It’s that simple! So bring your friends, family, your appetite and your binoculars! This is the perfect way to celebrate a big part of Canadian history and view one of nature’s wonders!
Click here to download a copy of the passport. You can also pick up your copy at the Maple Syrup Festival, the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area, Mainstreet Aylmer Businesses, Aylmer Town Hall, or the Township of Malahide office.
Winter Tours of the HMCS Ojibwa in Port Burwell
March Break, Sat March 29 & Sun March 30
$18.50 - ages 13+, $11 - children 6-12
Savour the Flavour Culinary Boot Camp
March 10th - March 14th
The Arts & Cookery Bank
242 Graham Road, West Lorne
$100 (limited to 12 students)
WEDS March Break Kids Camp
March 10th - March 14th
9am-4pm (before and after care available
$200 per child (ages 7-12) includes week session and souvenir t-shirt
199 Main Street, Dutton
At the West Elgin Dramatics Society’s March Break Kids Camp, participants will create a production from page to stage. Students will learn about all aspects of theatre including technical theatre, set design and construction, costume design, make-up technique, and acting. Week concludes with a performance on the WEDS stage. Registration closes Mar 1st; register by Feb 14th and receive a $50 discount.
March Break Public Skating Sponsored by Eastlink
March 10, 12 & 14—9:00am to 11:00am
March 11 & 13—11:30am to 1:30pm
East Elgin Community Complex
531 Talbot St. W, Aylmer
Meet the Art Emporium's Featured Artists
2nd Sunday of every month
The Art Emporium
177 Main Street, Port Stanley
Each month a few members of the Art Emporium Boathouse Gallery are selected as "Featured Artists". Each month, you can have the opportunity to meet them and view their work.
STEPAC Exhibition: Great Beginnings
February 22nd - April 26th
Great Beginnings Elementary - Sat Feb 22nd to Sat Mar 22nd - Reception Feb 22nd, 1-3pm
Great Beginnings Secondary - Sat Mar 29th to Sat Apr 26th - Reception Mar 29th, 1-3pm
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
Every other year the Art Centre hosts Great Beginnings, an exhibition comprised of work created by students in St. Thomas and Elgin County. This exhibition allows hundreds of students the opportunity to share their talent and accomplishments with family, friends, teachers and the entire community.
Elgin County Museum Exhibition: Treasures from the Vault
Jan 6th - Aug 30th
Elgin County Museum
450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas
The Elgin County Museum highlights some of its best-known artifacts with a new show entitled Treasures from the Vault. The exhibit has something for everyone from kitchen gadgets to sports memorabilia. Among the “Treasures” is an 1898 Port Stanley life saving metal, the blue dress worn by Susan Paul to the Prince of Wales ball in 1860, an 1885 high wheel bicycle, trophies and ribbons from sportsmen Robert Emslie and Billy Devine and Col. Talbot’s chair.
STEPAC Winter Art Classes & Workshops
March 10 - March 14
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot St, St. Thomas
$35/day or $160/week
Ray's Reptiles for March Break
10 a.m. Belmont Library
11:30 a.m. Aylmer Old Town Hall Library
1:30 p.m. Port Stanley Library
3:30 p.m. John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library, Dutton
Ray's Reptiles will be bringing an assortment of arachnids, amphibians, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes for a close encounter over March Break.
March Break Fashion Week
March 10, 11, 13 & 14
48 John St. S., Aylmer
Monday - Hair (Curls & Braids) 10+
Tuesday - Fashion (Catwalk) 7+
Thursday - Jewellery/Makeup 7+
Friday - Nails 10+
All Day Lego
38 John St. S., Aylmer
We supply the Lego!
Circuits, Electronics & Robotics
Ages 12 - 14.
Elgin County Trails
(519) 631-1460 ext. 168
Elgin County boasts over 100 km of trails winding through conservation areas and the countryside, and is well connected to the Trans Canada Trail. Welcome spring with a high through the County and take in the scenic beauty of "Carolinian Canada". Visit www.elgintourist.com/tourism/adventure to download a variety of hiking maps.