Join us on the Carden Alvar

Your backstage pass to one of Ontario’s natural wonders.

Explore, discover and learn about this globally rare ecosystem from skilled naturalists on guided events. We have activities for kids, amateurs, experts and everyone in between. Get up close and personal with nature!

Latest Festival News


Thanks for attending the Festival!

To everyone that registered, came out, enjoyed that beautiful sunshine and all that the Carden Alvar has to offer – thank you! It was a great day! To the leaders, marshals and volunteers – we really appreciate you sharing your knowledge, skills and time with people interested in learning more about this incredibly unique landscape. To the kids and families...

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Festival

There are SO many reasons to attend the Festival. Read a list that the Festival Planning Committee has come up with. 1. Escape to a relaxed and gentle place where cattle still roam the rangeland, wildflowers fill the meadows and sweet bird songs are in the air. 2. Explore a globally rare ecosystem. Alvar properties are under the stewardship of local and national Land...

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Saturday Dinner and Guest Speaker, Susan Chan

Learn about Pollinator Conservation with Susan Chan and enjoy a great dinner after a day on the Carden Alvar. Susan  Chan manages the Native Pollinator Program at Farms at Work, which promotes sustainable farming in central Ontario. She holds degrees in agriculture, environmental biology, and education and is dedicated to  integrating principles of environmental sustainability and respect for the natural...

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Carden Alvar Nature Festival: explore nature…close to home!

Birding, Botanizing, Paddling, Hiking, Biking and much more…“It’s a weekend I look forward to every year.”

Now in its 9th year, the Festival is a great opportunity to explore nature close to home.  Just 30 minutes from Orillia, Ontario and 50 minutes from Lindsay, Ontario, the Festival is open to nature lovers of all ages. This area is familiar to many naturalists across Ontario for its variety of bird species and has been designated by Birdlife International as an “Important Bird Area.”

Events: There are many new and returning events this year led by our group of enthusiastic, experienced experts. Topics range from reptiles, birding and paddling to insects, ferns and GPS usage. There is lots to choose from!

Register: This year we are offering Festival Passes, which gives you access to at least three events over the weekend. This means that you don’t have to pay for individual events which makes registering easy and quick. So, take a look at the List of Activities, make your selections and then Register for the Festival! If you have any questions about registering, please phone: 705-326-1620.

Returning for the second year is the Family Fun Fest. Taking place all day Saturday, June 6th, it’s a great opportunity to get your family out and enjoy nature. There will be horse drawn wagon rides, bird house building, interactive exhibits on animals and much more. There will also be vendors, good food and displays in the Recreation Centre.

A very special thank you to the Carden Alvar Nature Festival Planning Committee.