27 road trip ideas for this week: Easter fun, guys’ night out, waterfalls, fashion and the Dixie Chicks!

Has this mild weather turned your thoughts toward hiking, farmers’ markets and other spring fun? Then you’re in luck, because there’s an Easter market in Carp and a waterfall hike in Prince Edward County happening this weekend. Families can choose from a brimming basket of Easter egg hunts across Eastern Ontario and West Quebec, while music fans can try everything from a classic hits dance in Arnprior to a PJ Harvey show in Montreal. Pancakes, ballet, a fashion sale and a men’s night out are just a few of the other events that might just inspire a road trip this weekend. Wherever you go, have fun!

Eat some pancakes in Delta or Maberly

National Historic Site, Delta, Old Stone Mill, Maple Syrup Festival

Activities at the Delta Maple Syrup Festival will include tours and milling demonstrations at the village’s National Historic Site, the Old Stone Mill.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Delta Maple Syrup Festival, which takes over the village of Delta (tucked between Upper and Lower Beverley lakes, partway between Smiths Falls and Gananoque) on April 15 and 16. The fun includes a ball hockey tournament, a craft sale, a petting zoo, wagon rides, face painting, blacksmithing and milling demonstrations, tours of the Old Stone Mill, and (of course), all-you-can-eat pancakes with maple syrup (gluten-free pancakes available). The link takes you to the main website for the Delta Fair; scroll down a little bit for details on the maple syrup festival.

Also for pancake fans: The Maberly Fair is hosting its Pancake Brunch at the Maberly Community Hall from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, April 15.

Kick off the farmers’ market season in Carp

The ever-popular Carp Farmers’ Market launches its season with an Easter Market on Saturday, April 15, featuring some 60 vendors, an international food court and a gift-basket draw. (The next Carp Farmers’ Market will take place on May 13.)

Enjoy cutting-edge ballet in Kingston

Ballet BC presents a program featuring works by three contemporary female choreographers—Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite and Ballet BC’s artistic director Emily Molnar—at the Grand Theatre in Kingston on Thursday, April 13.

See Little Shop of Horrors in Ottawa

A production of one of the most successful musicals of all time comes to the Gladstone Theatre this month, when Little Shop of Horrors takes to the stage (April 13 to 23). Find out how florist Seymour achieves the life of his dreams—or perhaps nightmares—with the help of a mysterious plant.

Easter fun from Chelsea to Chesterville…and beyond

Easter eggs

Flickr/Creative Commons photo by RichardBH.

First off, a general note about Easter egg hunts: Most organizers urge you to BYOB (that’s bring your own basket/bag).

The Camp Fortune ski hill in Chelsea is hosting an Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 14, from 11am to 11:30am.

At Maple Ridge Centre in Chesterville, the Good Friday Family Fun Day on April 14 features a pancake breakfast, giant inflatables, an Easter egg hunt, a petting zoo and more.

In Ottawa, Easter at the Farm lets kids pet lambs and bunnies, hunt for eggs, and make chocolate or carrot cake at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum at the Central Experimental Farm (April 14 to 17). At the Billings Estate National Historic Site, kids can dye eggs and try other crafts while watching for the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 15. The same day, at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, kids can try Easter crafts, get their photo taken with Curious Cottontail and fly kites.

There are two family events in Perth on Saturday, April 15. The Easter egg hunt in Stewart Park (11am to 1pm) is open to children aged 8 and under. Every child gets a treat, and you can enjoy live entertainment and check out some fire trucks. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. You can also try your luck on a scavenger hunt (11:15am to 4pm)—search for bunny posters in participating stores, then enter to win a brimming Easter basket of goodies donated by Perth retailers.

Also on Saturday, April 15, the 10th annual Carleton Place Bunny Run (11am to 2:30pm) is a free hunt for Easter treats throughout the streets of downtown Carleton Place. There will be live music by Matt Vlasblom, Stephen Mayne and Arlene Quinn, too.

In Smiths Falls on Saturday, the Easter egg hunt (11am to 2pm) involves looking for critters who have gotten “lost” in local stores, then submitting a ballot for a grand prize draw (there will be Easter candy and other goodies along the way, too).

Here are two more Easter egg hunts on Saturday: The free Easter egg hunt in Cobden, sponsored by Grace United Church, will take place at the Cobden Municipal Park, starting at 11am; and the Easter egg hunt at the Horton Community Centre on the outskirts of Renfrew starts at 1pm (doors open at noon) and costs $5 per person.

The Ecomuseum Zoo in the Montreal suburb of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has lots of kid-friendly activities planned for Saturday and Sunday, including an Easter egg hunt, face painting, animal encounters and visits from a chocolate-distributing Easter Bunny.

At Mont Tremblant, there’s an egg hunt, a petting zoo and face painting for the kids, and live music for parents, on Sunday, April 16.

Finally, for late sleepers, the Easter Sunday brunch at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York, runs from 11am to 6pm.

Hike to waterfalls in Prince Edward County

If you’re going to be in the Picton area this weekend, the local Rotary club is running Waterfalls of Prince Edward County hikes on Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16. Bring your camera, hiking gear and clothes suitable for a possibly blustery spring day. (The video above comes from the 2011 tour.)

Give your spring wardrobe some zing in Gatineau

The Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers brings dozens of fashion and jewellery designers to the Hotel Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau this weekend (April 13 to 15).

Enjoy 75 years of pop music in Brockville

This weekend, the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program is presenting Superstars, a musical revue of the last eight decades or so of pop music—as they put it, “from the Andrews Sisters to Adele.” It’s at the Brockville Arts Centre from April 14 to 16.

Catch a concert in Montreal or Ottawa

Music lovers are spoiled for choice in Montreal this weekend, with shows by PJ Harvey (April 14 and 15), the Dixie Chicks (April 15) and Jackson Browne (April 15). The Dixie Chicks are also playing the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Friday, April 14.

Have a guys’ night out in Carp

Looking for some fun with the guys? The Carp Agricultural Society’s Men’s Night on Thursday, April 13, features cocktails, dinner and “vocal illusionist” Mark Crocker. It’s a fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Neurological Disease Clinic.

Dance to classic tunes in Arnprior

Feeling nostalgic for tunes from the 1980s through the 2000s (the first decade of the 2000s, I mean)? Then the Blast from the Past Dance at the John Street Pub in Arnprior on Friday, April 14, may be right up your alley. Doors open at 9pm and there’s a $5 cover.

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