This weekend kicks off the Wye Marsh summer season with new family-oriented outdoor adventures.

On Monday — Victoria Day — visitors to the Wye Marsh will be able to participate in a variety of outdoor activities and shows including Swans & Cygnets, Spring Strides, snakes and turtles, birds of prey and GPS Animal trivia.

Starting Saturday you can participate in guided Spring Ecotours. These outings include a three to four hour canoe or kayak trip into the far reaches of Wye Marsh. You’ll learn about waterfowl habitat, indigenous plant species, and the many benefits of wetlands. Pre-registration is required — make reservations at 705-526-7809 ext. 207 or email

Kayak eco tours happen every Saturday evening, based on sunset times. Canoe eco tours occur every Sunday morning, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost is $50 per person.

But that’s not all that’s new — starting next week, Wye Marsh will be open late on Thursday nights, until 9 p.m. You can climb the observation tower and watch the sunset, and nature photographers will have a unique opportunity to utilize the perfect light of dusk to photograph the landscape and wildlife that can be seen only at this time of day. Thursday evening activities include a 5:30 p.m. guided canoe tour and a 7 p.m. guided kayak tour. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is located in Midland, Ont., in the Wye Valley. For more information on Wye Marsh, visit

Last-minute plans
If you don’t have an invite to cottage country this weekend, you can still find Victoria Day weekend deals on the web. Plenty of resorts also have special activities on this weekend to celebrate the official launch of their summer seasons. A great resource to check out is, which provides links to a wide variety of resorts up north.

Another good place to start is; members of the Georgian Bay Tourism Group are planning a variety of spring getaway packages, events, cruises, and festivals kick off the tourist season along Southern Georgian Bay.

Fly away
Birding season is in full swing around the province as oodles of winged creatures make their way north for the warm months. Presqu’ile provincial park’s Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend is among the bird-related events taking place this weekend. Go to friendsof, and under Education, Programs and Events click on Calendar of Events. Alternately, you could head to Point Pelee for the final weekend of its Festival of Birds 2009. you can book activities such as hikes through