By Christina Kaniewski, Build ON Program Coordinator
Ontario comes alive with color and excitement during spring! As winter finally departs, the province transforms into a vibrant canvas of blossoming flowers and outdoor wonders.  Let us dive into some fantastic activities perfect for exploring this new season of rebirth after a long cold Winter.
Cherry Blossoms at High Park:
In late April and early May, High Park in Toronto turns into a dreamy landscape filled with pink and white cherry blossoms. It's like stepping into another world! Take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the sweet fragrance, and capture the beautiful scenery in photographs.
Ottawa's Tulip Festival:
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, hosts a dazzling Tulip Festival in May to celebrate Spring, In recognition of the gift of tulips from the Dutch Royal Family. Millions of tulips bloom in a burst of colors across the city, especially at Commissioners Park. Take a scenic walk, have a family picnic, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the tulip beds.
Algonquin Provincial Park Adventures:
For nature enthusiasts, Algonquin Park is a springtime haven. As the snow melts, hiking trails open up, offering opportunities to explore the park's serene lakes and rivers by foot or paddle. It is a springtime paradise full of diverse wildlife like moose, beavers, wolves, to a variety of bird species.
Niagara Falls Awakening:
Spring marks the rejuvenation of Niagara Falls, surrounded by lush greenery and blooming flowers. Take a boat tour, such as the iconic Maid of the Mist, to experience the falls up close and feel the mist on your face.  
Cycling Along the Waterfront Trail:
As temperatures rise, cycling becomes a popular activity. Ontario's Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario provides stunning views and a network of trails suitable for cyclists of all levels. Rent a bike, pedal through waterfront towns, and make pit stops at local cafes along the way.
Apple Blossoms in the Niagara Region:
Late spring brings a delightful sight to the Niagara Region – apple orchards adorned with beautiful blossoms. Some orchards open their doors to visitors, allowing you to enjoy guided tours, tastings, and the picturesque view of blooming apple trees.
Festivals and Events:
Ontario springs to life with various festivals and events during this lively season. From music and arts festivals to cultural celebrations, there's something for everyone. Check out local event calendars to join in the festive atmosphere and make the most of spring in your corner of Ontario.
Ontario's spring is a time of renewal and adventure. Whether you're captivated by the beauty of cherry blossoms, the excitement of waterfalls, or the tranquility of provincial parks, there's a diverse range of activities waiting for you. Go ahead and put away your winter coat and boots; celebrate warmer weather and longer days with the coming of Spring!