6 Ideas for March Break Getaway in Canada
Most families with school-aged kids plan for some well-deserved fun during spring break, which falls anytime between March and April in Canada, depending on the province. If you and your family prefer an active, adventurous vacation and don’t mind exploring Canada in the winter, discover these favourite destinations with Canadian Tire Roadside Assistance under your belt.
1. Whistler, British Columbia
There are lots of winter activities for a family getaway in Whistler. Try skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or ice skating. March break is a perfect time for a visit with young kids since there’s still plenty of snow with warmer temperatures and less crowd near the end of the ski season. If you are traveling by car, winter tires are required for your safety to drive on the Sea to Sky Highway from October 1 to March 31. Also known as BC Highway 99, it’s one of the most scenic roads with Shannon and Brandywine Falls, Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, Panorama Trail, and more on the way!
2. Québec City, Quebec
If you prefer an urban vacation and favor historic attractions, visit Old Québec. It is the UNESCO World Heritage site and the only city in North America that preserved its fortifications, ramparts, bastions, and defensive works. While wandering through the narrow streets of Old Québec, discover all the variety of charming cafes, antique shops, and some of the best Canadian restaurants.
3. Banff, Alberta
If beautiful mountain scenery is your idea of a perfect vacation, welcome to Banff! No matter what week your spring break falls, there is a good chance you'll still be able to hit the snowy slopes of the three biggest ski resorts in Alberta: Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay. Take an 8-minute ride to the top of the Banff Gondola and experience epic views of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies from 698m (2,292 feet) above. Layer up to enjoy the views from the mountaintop and explore multiple scenic trails. Banff Gondola Summit offers interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre, and new restaurants for a fun-filled family day.
4. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Is seeing Northern Lights in your bucket list? If the answer is "yes", pack up for a trip to Yellowknife, the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, and ideal location for auroral observation. Some of the best places to view Northern Lights in Yellowknife include Dettah Ice Road, Parker Park, Pilots Monument, Tin Can Hill, Prelude, and Tibbitt Lakes. Be sure to check the aurora forecast before your visit at Astronomy North's website
5. Halifax, Nova Scotia
March is the season of maple syrup festivals in Nova Scotia. Collecting and preparing delicious maple sugar is the 200-year-old Canadian tradition that guarantees fun for both kids and adults. There are plenty of events, camp tours, and sugar-on-snow happening around this time of the year in Nova Scotia. Most of the camp tours offer great hiking trails and snowshoes for rent if you are up for a little adventure. Among other must-visit places in Halifax with kids are Discovery Centre and Museum of Natural History.
6. Niagara Falls, Ontario
While Niagara Falls is known for its attractions during the warmer months of the year, most travellers agree that it is majestic in all the seasons, including winter. Being one of the most visited places in the world, coming here in March means fewer crowds and more peacefulness to enjoy stunning views of frozen power. If you are looking for more family adventures indoors, have fun at Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory, Bird Kingdom, or the waterparks at Great Wolf Lodge and Niagara Fallsview. In case you decide to extend your road trip to the American side of waterfalls, Canadian Tire Roadside Assistance has got you covered 24/7 both in Canada and the USA. For assistance dial #TOW or call 1-888-727-7478. Even if you are not a current member, we won’t leave you stranded.