1) BRING OUT THE FOODIE IN THE FAMILY!
If you don’t often get the chance to check out local restaurants, March Break is the perfect time to take a bite out of some handmade goodness. There are a handful of brand new spots to try this spring: Downtown Belleville has welcomed Gourmet Diem, where you’ll find sandwiches crafted with locally sourced meats and a crazy selection of cheeses; Downtown Trenton welcomes the second outpost of L’Auberge de France, with fresh Saturday croissants guaranteed to transport you to springtime in Paris; and Brighton’s End of the Thread is the new home of Trade Craft Food‘s inspired breakfast, lunch, and sweet treats.
2) BIRD’S THE WORD.
March Break kicks off at Presqu’ile with Waterfowl Weekend, a staple in Brighton since 1977. As the ice melts, Presqu’ile Bay is filled with waterfowl making their way north for the spring. Over 20 species can be spotted per day, with over 20,000 birds taking over the waters. Children’s activities and scavenger hunts round out the weekend, and volunteer naturalists can be located around the park, set up with telescopes and guides to help identify the various species.
3) EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF THE BAY OF QUINTE AND THE WORLD.
While city museums are sure to be packed all week, you’ll find local museums hosting their own unique brands of historical engagement across the Bay of Quinte Region. The National Air Force Museum of Canada in Quinte West boasts an outdoor airpark as well as indoor displays of restored aircraft like the Yale, the Chipmunk, and the Halifax Bomber. Glanmore National Historic Site hosts the “Egypt: Gift of the Nile” exhibit until April 12, where you’ll be able to experience the customs of the Ancient Egyptians within the spectacular settings of Glanmore’s own heritage home.
4) LET DRAKE TAKE CARE OF IT.
“March Break Anti-Madness” is the name of the game at the new Drake Devonshire, which will host it’s grand opening this spring. For the past few months, the #DrakeDev has been showing The County it’s own brand of hospitality, and they want to invite your family into the Glass Box for special screenings of classic family films, campfire sing-alongs on the deck, and of course, marshmallows… If you’re in The County mid-week, be sure to drop by Memphis Tuesdays at the Drake, where local and regional musicians show their chops on the open mic.
5) ENJOY THE LAST OF THE SNOW!
Winter might have felt never-ending, but now that March has arrived, it’s time to take advantage of the last few chilly days. Try indoor Public Skating in Quinte West, Belleville, Brighton, and Hastings County. Outdoor rinks are up to mother nature! Sunshine makes for perfect Snowshoeing and Fatbiking conditions, whether the cold remains or not.
6) EXPERIENCE THE ICE VOLCANOES AT PRESQU’ILE!
Even as the ice begins to melt, the natural Ice Volcanoes formed near Presqu’ile are a sight to behold. A winter isn’t complete without witnessing the formations created as ice and snow harden on the water to form a cone that “erupts” as the waves come crashing in. The Great Lakes are one of the only areas to experience this phenomenon – and they’ll be even more incredible as the waterfowl flock around!
7) USE UP THE LAST OF THAT LOCAL MAPLE SYRUP!
The maple harvest will come once again at the end of March, so feel free to stop hoarding last year’s supply (or are we the only ones who do that?) and get cooking! As you polish off your pancakes, we suggest mapping out how you plan to spend the last weekends of March. There will be plenty of opportunity to stock up on Bay of Quinte maple later in the month: Maple in the County will take place from the 28-29th in Prince Edward County, and many Hastings County sugar shacks will be offer for tours, wagon rides, and of course, maple candy on the snow!
8) AND ON THE SUBJECT OF SNOW… GO HAVE SOME FUN!
Batawa Ski Hill offers extended hours during March Break, as well as a five-day ski/snowboard camp with 20 hours of instruction! If you haven’t been out on the slopes this winter and want to get some activity in before you get rusty, group lessons are also available during the break. Soon enough, the mountain bikes will take over the hill – take advantage while the snow lasts!
9) JOIN THE YOUNG COMPANY’S QUEST…
Each year, Stirling Festival Theatre’s Young Company presents March Break shows at $10 per seat. This season, join Sir Plus, Sir Real, Sir Cumference and friends as they get a “Sir Prize” in A Tale of Knights! This show is performed by local students, hailing from Deseronto to Bowmanville, and will certainly have your family in stitches.
10) SNAP SHOTS OF IT ALL!
We want to see how you spend your March Break in the Bay of Quinte. Each week, we round up the best shots tagging #bayofquinte on Instagram, and showcase them through the Bay of Quinstagram! From sugar shacks in Hastings County to wood ducks in Brighton, there are so many moments to capture over the week. We’re looking forward to seeing your favourite photos!