birds flying, fish jumping and maple syrup running…
This time of year gather the entire family and head outdoors and enjoy the early spring activities to change your routine of hibernating.
Each year the Return of the Tundra Swans stop at the old Thedford bog, as it was once known, located behind the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend, Ontario. The story of their journey by flight is an interesting one to share. They use the fields as a staging area, which means a spot to feed and rest en route to the great North. During a good year visitors will be amazed to see from 10,000 to 15,000 birds at one time. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera to view one of the last great wildlife migrations. From the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland to the high Canadian Arctic, their journey accounts for close to a 6,000 km roundtrip each year. To find out how many swans are in the area, please visit www.returnoftheswans.com.
While at the Lambton Heritage Museum be sure to take time for the 18th annual Paint Ontario Art Exhibition and Sale. This juried competition and show will celebrate the artists work from March 7 th– 30th, 2014. This competition presents the spirit and beauty of the Province of Ontario, including the Great Lakes as portrayed by some of our finest artists, with all submitted works for sale.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of one of the oldest industries in Canada, running the sap from maple trees. Sarnia Lambton plays host to many Maple Syrup festivals and make plans to visit one at Alvinston, Watford and Ipperwash.
The annual Ipperwash Maple Syrup Festival at the Williamson Farms on highway 21 north of Forest is a short drive from the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend. Spend a fun day of activities including hayrides, bush tours and visits to the Sugar Shanty to see how the syrup is produced. The A. W. Campbell Conservation Area in Alvinston will be the site of the 42nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival. Visitors to the Conservation Area will be able to witness the First Nations method of boiling maple syrup by placing hot stones into the cold sap. Early and Late Pioneer methods of making syrup and demonstrations of Modern Syrup Production will also be highlighted.
Sarnia-Lambton’s location in the heart of the Great Lakes region allows for the opportunity to do some great sport fishing. Across the region anglers gravitate to the blue waters of Lake Huron. Many a fishing line has been cast to catch some Chinook Salmon, Rainbow and Brown Trout. The annual Bluewater Anglers Salmon Derby operates from May 2 – May 11, 2014. The derby is a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the water and catch the big one for a prize!