When the weather starts to warm up, it’s the perfect time for some fun and a change of scenery. And if you want to enjoy it with a large group, a spring bus trip is the perfect solution, while keeping in mind ease of planning and safety considerations. Here are some tips for organizing the best possible outing for your group.
Unless your group is particularly hardy, avoid overnight camping trips in spring
Since the weather at this time of year can be unpredictable (particularly early in the season), overnight camping trips are usually not the best idea for most groups. For example, March has seen temperatures that range from record highs approaching 27C all the way to record lows near -27C. April can be similarly volatile when it comes to temperature. Let’s face it, very few people will be interested in an overnight camping trip when the mercury drops below zero. And since group trips need to be planned well in advance, it’s risky to plan a trip that absolutely requires warm weather since long term weather forecasts are far less accurate than the ones you’ll see the day before your trip.
Including outdoor activities is usually a winning choice for spring bus trips
After feeling cooped up all winter, most people are itching to get outside and enjoy some time in nature. Everyone can check the expected weather the night before and dress accordingly.
Consider outings that involve hiking. Southern Ontario is packed full of excellent options. The White Water Walk at Niagara Falls is a classic choice (particularly in late spring when the snow is pretty much certain to have melted away), and suitable for the average person. Heading in the opposite direction, Lookout Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park is another enormously popular route.
For groups of kids in your GTA daycare or elementary school, a trip to Jamie Bell Adventure Park is always a hit with restless children who need to burn off some energy.
Hedge your bets by adding some indoor activities to your day
It tends to rain more than usual at this time of year, so it’s not a bad idea to add some indoor destinations to your spring bus trip. This helps ensure that no matter what the weather decides to do that day, your group is still pretty much guaranteed to have fun things to look forward to.
Toronto is a popular destination for such things since it’s a relatively short drive from most places in southern Ontario, and offers a plethora of great choices to suit all types of groups. Examples of popular indoor destinations for spring include Ripley’s Aquarium, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Start planning your spring bus trip today
It’s never too early to start planning for your group’s spring outing. The first step is to plan where you want to go and when. Once you have that figure out, it’s time to book your bus so you won’t have to worry about how everyone will get there.