A dog smelling lilacs

Spring

As the snows starts to melt and the lakes and rivers thaw it's time for Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny in Port Hope!  Watch participants race down the frigid and swift-moving Ganaraska River in canoes, kayaks and crazy crafts. This time of year also has the sap running in the maple trees, so a visit to our maple sugar bushes is a must. 

Crazy crafts at Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny

The Warkworth Lilac Festival at the end of May allows you to view over 50 varieties of lilacs, tour the Millennium Lilac Trail and enjoy live music.  Use our Northumberland Lilac driving tour as your pathway to the festival!

Celebrate spring blossoms at the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival in Colborne. View a collection of local vendors, sample food and view motorcycles, vintage cars and tractors on display.  There's a soap box derby race, a midway, baking contests and local apple pie.

Go birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park over the Victoria Day long weekend to view warblers and whimbrels as they migrate to their summer nesting grounds at Warblers & Whimbrels Weekend. The event is aimed at those just starting out as birders or for those who would like to learn more. Naturalist-led bird hikes take place at 6:30 am, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday. 

Northumberland is well known for live performances including musicals, dramatic and comedic plays.  The Capitol Theatre brings Willy Wonka to life on stage in April and the Northumberland Players present Waiting for the Parade at the Firehall Theatre. Be sure to check our calendar of events for more live theatre, music and dance performances.