If you want to stay close to home for March break, Canada has a variety of exciting events and festivals that you can enjoy when spring comes. Instead of jet-setting to tropical beaches and foreign cities, stay in Canada and travel to destinations like Toronto, Banff, and Tofino to experience the best of local festivities. Perfect for all ages, these events and experiences ensure a fun and memorable trip for the whole family. From whale-watching cruises to maple festivals to authentic dude ranch experiences, get inspiration for your trip with fun spring destinations for a March break in Canada.
Tofino, British Columbia for whale watching
Tofino is exciting for outdoor experiences in any season, but March starts the Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival. The festival marks the return of the migrating grey whales to the region, which you can see on a boat tour. The lively festival features educational experiences for kids, family activities, cultural presentations, and food. Along with grey whales, you’re likely to see humpback whales, orcas, and other whales on your cruise. Kids will also like Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, which has a beach and outdoor activities.
Banff, Alberta for outdoor fun
A popular winter destination, Banff is beautiful when the weather breaks and spring begins. With the warmer temperatures, you can enjoy outdoor fun in Banff like water sports at Lake Louise and hiking and biking in the Banff National Park landscape. One of the best sites to visit is the Johnson Canyon. You’ll find many historic sites in Banff as well, such as the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, a natural spring with a cave and pool, and the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, both of which have interesting local exhibits.
Winnipeg, Manitoba for foodie delights with the kids
Winnipeg’s massive Forks Market takes place in the spring, so there’s no better time to visit. The market hosts over 300 vendors that offer artisan foods and treats from global cuisines, perfect for a foodie experience after the long winter. You’ll even find some packaged goods to take home with you to enjoy at another time. Winnipeg has a lot of other fun experiences for families, such as outdoor activities in Arctic Glacier Winter Park and learning about civil history at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Kids will also like Assiniboine Park, which is home to the Assiniboine Park Zoo and a performance theatre, and the Children’s Museum, a museum for young children with hands-on exhibits.
Kyle, Saskatchewan for family trips
Kyle, Saskatchewan is home to the La Reata Ranch, an exciting dude ranch that opens for the spring, summer, and fall for all kinds of frontier activities. You can take the kids horseback riding, steer roping, fishing, and more, for a memorable experience on a real, working ranch. Kyle has a lot of other attractions and events, such as Wally the Woolly Mammoth in Wally Park, the Kyle & District Museum, and the Kyle Community Rodeo. There’s also the Clearwater Lake Regional Park and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, which offer lake beaches, golf, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
Whitehorse, Yukon for northern lights tours
If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the kids on spring break, Whitehorse offers a chance to see the incredible aurora borealis. The Boreal Ranch offers packages to experience the northern lights in all their glory, which can include accommodation, meals, late-night viewings, offsite viewings, and hot tubs, depending on which you choose. While Whitehorse is cold this time of year, there’s nothing quite like seeing those lights dance across the sky. There’s plenty more for families with kids to enjoy, such as exploring the sternwheeler S.S. Klondike National Historic Site and seeing native wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. You could also take the kids to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History.
Ontario for sweet treats with the family
Spring marks the beginning of the maple syrup season, which means you should head to Ontario to experience it at its fullest during March break. Ontario cities and towns all offer something unique for the occasion, such as taking a wagon ride, watching the harvesting and creation of maple syrup, and sampling maple syrup desserts and treats. Ontario also hosts the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival, which celebrates all things maple syrup for a fun-filled trip. You’ll find a lot more to see and do in Ontario during the vacation, such as visiting the Toronto Zoo, seeing Niagara Falls, or exploring historic landmarks in Ottawa.