Hoping to get away this March without having to renew your passport? Here are some fun getaways on domestic soil. Just be sure to book hotels soon — or get a head start for next year. March Break dates fill up fast. (And pack your snowsuit.)
Here are our picks for best March Break getaways in Canada.
Whistler, British Columbia
Live out those Olympic dreams this March in Whistler, B.C., and challenge yourself on the same courses run by Olympic and Paralympic skiers in 2010. (Another bonus to Whistler having hosted the Games: better snowmaking capabilities. Regardless of March temperatures, there will be snow.)
Highlights at Whistler this March: the Robert Mondavi Mountain Wine Tour, the GoPro Junior Freeski Challenge, and the BC Championships for Luge, Bobsleigh and Skeleton.
Be sure to check out the Fire and Ice Show, a free family event that takes place every Sunday evening.
Lake Louise, Alberta
You don’t have to love winter sports to love Lake Louise. (Although if you love — or have always wanted to try — skiing, skating, dogsledding or snowshoeing, this is the place for you.) Pack your camera and capture the breathtaking scene on a self-guiding walking tour. Don’t feel like walking? Bundle up in a blanket and see the sights via sleigh ride. End the day by warming up in the rooftop hot tub at the nearby Deer Lodge which overlooks the Victoria Glacier.
Falcon Trails Resort, Manitoba
This little forest resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park is a great family-friendly vacation option: each multi-room lakefront cabin is equipped with a full-service kitchen and an outdoor hot tub. After a day of snowshoeing or skiing — cross-country or downhill — curl up in front of the wood burning fireplace and watch a movie. (Each cabin also has a TV and DVD player.)
Cedar Grove Lodge, Ontario
Cottage country isn’t just for the summer holidays. Spend a night or two in a log cabin with a wood-burning fireplace in the Muskokas, and spend your days cross-country skiing in Algonquin Park, tobogganing with the kids, or challenging your partner to a game of Ping-Pong in the on-site games room.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec
Not all hotels are created equal. In fact, this hotel is rebuilt (and redesigned) every single year. The only one of its kind in North America, the Hotel de Glace, located outside of Quebec City, is constructed of ice and snow and closes — before it melts — at the end of March each year.
If you’re in the mood to splurge, check out the Premium Deluxe Arctic Spas suite, complete with fireplace and private spa.
For the most comfortable experience, be sure to follow the hotel’s packing recommendations.
King’s Landing, New Brunswick
Hoping to unplug this March? Located on the banks of the St. John River just 20 minutes west of Fredericton, King’s Landing Historical Settlement lets you go back in time — to the 19th century. Lean to churn butter, dip candles and spin wool. Visit the barn to see how New Brunswick farmers cared for their livestock in the 1800s. Time your visit right this March — March 12th, 13th, 19th or 20th — and you can enjoy one of the village’s two annual Sugarbush weekends. (Book early so you can enjoy a breakfast of maple syrup-drenched pancakes and all the fixings benefiting the York Sunbury Search and Rescue.)
Where to stay? The Riverside Resort & Conference Centre is nearby, offering standard hotel rooms, spacious suites and private two-room cottages.
Brookvale Winter Activity Park, Prince Edward Island
This provincial ski park caters to “winter enthusiasts of all ages” and offers both alpine and cross-country skiing — at special rates during March Break (March 19-28). End the week on the water: Aquaneige 2016, a downhill competition in which skiers attempt to skim the surface of a body of water, helps end the ski season with a splash. (Biggest splash gets an award. As does best costume, so compete in style.)
Since Brookvale doesn’t offer on-site accommodations, we recommend you stay in nearby Charlottetown where you can cheer on the Charlottetown Islanders, dine on fresh Maritime cuisine, tour historical buildings, and snowshoe on designated trails in the city.
What’s your favourite Canadian March Break destination?
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