Crawford Lake Longhouse, photo courtesy of Conservation Halton

Plan your Spring Outdoor Adventure in Ontario

April 8, 2024

Looking to enjoy Ontario’s spring weather? Plan an outdoor adventure and explore the province while you take in arts, culture and history. From hiking trails with carved sculptures, to enjoying live music outdoors while sipping an Ontario craft beer, here are some must-see locations this spring!

Courtesy of GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co. 

GoodLot Farm & Farmstead Brewing | Alton

Did you know that GoodLot Farm’s 30 acres of farmland is used to sustainably grow 8 different varieties of hops for their craft beer? Visit their outdoor stage at the Hop Bin venue where live performances are hosted Thursdays through Sundays. GoodLot’s upcoming events include a comedy night, trivia night, maker sesh, and much more!

Read more about things to do in our Caledon ON Culture Guide.

Donald Forster Sculpture Park, photo courtesy of Kirsten Clarke

Art Gallery of Guelph Donald Forster Sculpture Park | Guelph

If you’re planning on visiting the Art Gallery of Guelph, take a walk through the Donald Forster Sculpture Park! In two and a half acres outside the AGG, 41 permanent pieces are showcased. This makes it the largest sculpture park outside of a gallery in Canada.

Discover more in our Guelph ON Culture Guide.

Wood Sculptures on the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail, Photo credit Peter Baumgarten, Creative Island Photography

Bebamikawe Memorial Trail | Manitoulin Island

Bebamikawe Memorial Trail features 14km of trails varying from easy to difficult. Look for the scenic outlook points of the North Channel and Georgian Bay with signage that teaches about Anishinaabek history. Then admire the wooden sculptures along the trail.

See more in our Manitoulin Island ON Culture Guide.

Oeno Outdoor Gallery, Photo Courtesy of Meaghan Froh Metcalfe

Oeno Outdoor Gallery | Prince Edward County

If you find yourself in Prince Edward County, Oeno Outdoor Gallery is waiting for you! The gallery collectively represents over 60 artists from Canada and the US who vary in mediums such as glass, bronze, steel, granite, wood, fibreglass and resin. Oeno Outdoor Gallery sees over 30,000 people visit their contemporary abstract and figurative works of art each year – and you could be one of them!

Look for more places to visit in our Prince Edward County ON Culture Guide.

Welland Canals Centre, photo courtesy of City of St. Catharines

St Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre | Welland

The St Catharines and Welland Canals Centre feature over 800,000 artifacts that tell the history of both cities. The permanent and temporary exhibits invite visitors to visit time and again. Outside the museum, you can stand on a platform over Lock 3, where you can watch real ships dock every 20 minutes (check the museum lobby for daily schedules).

Discover more spots to visit in our St. Catharines ON Culture Guide.

Windsor Sculpture Park, photo courtesy of Tourism Windsor-Essex

Sculpture Park | Windsor

Windsor’s Sculpture Park showcases over 31 permanent contemporary sculptures from world renowned artists. The park is a fully outdoor public park, and is open every day of the year, free of charge.

Learn more about things to do in our Windsor ON Culture Guide.

Celebration Circle at Prince Arthurs Landing, photo courtesy of Tourism Thunder Bay

Spirit Garden | Thunder Bay

The Spirit Garden, created as part of Thunder Bay’s waterfront redevelopment project, incorporates Indigenous art and native vegetation. Visit the Celebration Circle, which hosts teaching, performance, celebration, and contemplation under a traditionally-made bentwood structure. It’s the perfect vantage point to see the Sleeping Giant across the lake from the Honouring Circle.

Read more about the area in our Thunder Bay ON Culture Guide.

Alexander Bacon 21 Rebecca St, photo Courtesy of Tourism Hamilton

Hamilton Street Art | Hamilton

As Hamilton’s Art scene continues to grow, as does its collection of larger-than-life murals. Create your own tour and visit as many as you can across the city. Or, wander around Hamilton and see how many you can find!

Discover more in our Hamilton ON Culture Guide.

Crawford Lake Conservation Area, photo courtesy of Conservation Halton

Crawford Lake | Milton

At Crawford Lake, you can hike multiple different trails and see some larger-than-life wood carvings of species at risk. The conservation area features three historic longhouses from a Wendat or Attawandaron village, rebuilt on the archaeological footprint of the originals. The longhouses teach visitors about programs, exhibits, gardens, and workshops at Crawford Lake.

Explore more locations in our Milton ON Culture Guide.