After a delayed arrival and a few false starts, spring is here to stay, so most festivals will come fast and furious with a lot of noise and fanfare—except for the York Regional Forest Festival which appeals because of its offer of peace, quiet and serenity.

That’s right. No cotton candy, no sticky shoes or carnival rides that make you sick. Just nature at its best, experienced through a 3.6 km guided walk through the hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Spring is a magical time in the forest, complete with bird calls and spring flowers, all explained by the on-site forestry professionals, who can also teach about tree planting on the wagon tour.

That might be better done with some bug repellant and tall socks in case poison ivy rears its pointy green leaves in your direction. You’ll learn about that too.

The event runs May 28 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Hollidge Tract at 16389 Hwy #48. Register online at or 1-877-464-9675.

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