Winter's in full swing and it's time to plan your activities for the Spring Break in Canada. Whether it's a visit to a museum, a fun day skiing, or a local winter hike, the 2024 Spring Break week is a good opportunity to make lasting family memories.

This school break is also the perfect time to get away and create unforgettable family memories in a new destination.

But where do you go during the Spring Break in Canada when you haven't planned anything yet? Discover our favorite destinations in Canada and outside the country for a fun March Break.

And for your accommodation, why not try home swapping? With HomeExchange, discover a new way of traveling and choose a responsible, authentic, and friendly type of accommodation.

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What Are the Spring Break Dates in Canada for 2024?

A family enjoying a winter walk. The dates for Spring break vary across Canada

The dates for the 2024 Spring Break in Canada vary depending on the province you live in. Here's a summary of the dates for each province:

  • Ontario: from March 11 to 15, 2024
  • Nova Scotia: from March 11 to 15, 2024
  • British Columbia: from March 18 to April 2, 2024
  • Alberta: from March 25 to 29, 2024
  • Prince Edward Island: from March 25 to 29, 2024
  • Manitoba: from March 25 to 29, 2024
  • Saskatchewan: from April 1 to 5, 2024
  • New Brunswick: from March 4 to 8, 2024
  • Quebec: from March 4 to 8, 2024
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: from April 1 to 5, 2024

Where to Go for the March Break in Canada

1. Quebec City

View of Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec from the Citadel.

Quebec City has a unique European atmosphere you can't find anywhere else in North America. Discover the charm of Old Quebec, the fairy-tale cobblestone streets of the Quartier Petit Champlain, and the beautiful Plains of Abraham.

March is the perfect month to stroll through Quartier Petit Champlain. It's a beautiful place all year round, but there's an additional charm when there is snow.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Village Vacances Valcartier is a must-visit. It's North America's largest winter sliding center, with more than 24 snow tube slides.

Then, there are two ski resorts less than thirty minutes away from downtown, both offering night skiing:

  • Le Relais in Lac-Beauport and
  • Station Touristique Stoneham in Stoneham.

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2. Montreal

View of the Montreal Biodome in winter. It's the perfect activity for the March break

The March Break is the ideal time to rediscover the dynamic city of Montreal.

Kids will love visiting the Montreal Biodome. They will be amazed by the diversity of wildlife and flora from different America's ecosystems.

The Grande Roue de Montréal (Montreal Ferris Wheel) is another must-visit. Located in the Old Port of Montreal, it offers stunning views of the Saint Lawrence River, the city, and the surrounding mountains. It's an experience not to be missed, especially at sunset. Plus, the ice rink at the base of the Ferris Wheel might still be open in March.

Mont-Royal Park is the perfect place for a nature getaway. And it's free. There is also snow tubing near Beaver Lake or skating on the lake.

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3. Ottawa

Skating on the Rideau Canal is one of the 2024 school break activities not to be missed

Canada's capital, Ottawa, offers various interactive museums for families.

The Canadian Children's Museum allows kids to learn the importance of history and the environment. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum offers a fascinating immersion into aviation and space. The Canadian Museum of Nature is dedicated to the Canadian biodiversity and nature.

The Rideau Canal is another must-visit in Ottawa. The canal transforms into the world's largest ice rink in winter. It's truly a unique experience. Parc de la Gatineau, near Ottawa, is a natural wonder for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. The park has one of the largest trail networks in North America.

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4. Toronto

Toronto in winter. View of the city with the CN Tower

Toronto is one of the top destinations in Canada, making it an exciting destination for a March Break in Canada.

The Allan Gardens Conservatory is a must-see. It houses a magnificent greenhouse filled with exotic plants and colorful flowers.

The CN Tower is the iconic symbol of Toronto. With its observation deck offering breathtaking views of the city and Lake Ontario, it's a Spring Break activity not to be missed. For the more daring, the EdgeWalk allows you to walk on an outer tower ledge over 350 meters high!

Located in the city's heart, Riverdale Farm houses farm animals and reproduces the life of an early 20th-century Canadian farm. Finally, the Toronto Zoo is one of the world's largest zoos, with over 5,000 animals from over 500 species.

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5. Canadian Rockies

The iconic Lake Louise is frozen in the winter.

Western Canada is perfect for nature and adventure lovers. With many flights from most major airports across Canada, planning a trip to Banff for March Break is quite easy.

And for those with a season pass at Stoneham and Mont Ste-Anne ski resorts, there are discounts for skiing at Nakiska near Canmore, at Kicking Horse in Golden, at Fernie and Kimberley in British Columbia.

But Banff offers more than just skiing. Many hiking trails are accessible in March, like Johnston Canyon, the Lakeshore trail along Lake Louise, and the Tunnel Mountain trail. If the days are very cold, head to the Upper Banff hot springs.

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6. Vancouver

The view of the snow-caped mountains from downtown Vancouver

Vancouver is a vibrant city located between the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore mountains. It's a great place to escape the cold Canadian winters while still staying in the country.

Explore Stanley Park, take the Aqua bus to Granville Island, and admire the Gastown Steam Clock. A little outside the downtown area, in North Vancouver, the suspension bridges at Lynn Canyon and Capilano are must-sees. And why not ride the Grouse Mountain gondola for a stunning view of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean?

If time allows, a road trip along the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler can't be missed. It's one of the most scenic drives in Canada.

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Where to Go for Spring Break Outside Canada

The weather can still be chilly across Canada for the March Break, so why not venture outside the country and explore a new destination.

7. New York

Walking in Central Park in winter. The bridge is all snowy

New York is a must-visit destination to spend the Spring Break outside Canada. The New York Public Library is a paradise for book lovers and history enthusiasts. The reading rooms are majestic.

Central Park is an oasis of peace in the heart of the city. Walk along its paths and discover the lake, Belvedere Castle, or Strawberry Fields, a tribute to John Lennon.

Then, dive into the excitement of Times Square. With its bright billboards, Broadway theaters, and electric atmosphere, Times Square is a unique experience. Otherwise, kids will love Camp x Trolls, where they'll discover the magic inspired by the movie Trolls.

For a different perspective on the city, board the Staten Island Ferry. This free crossing offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan.

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8. Florida

Chilling on a quiet Florida beach is perfect for the 2024 March break

Florida means sunshine, fine sandy beaches, and fun. This state has a mix of experiences that all families looking for warmth during the March Break will love.

Known for its gorgeous beaches and unique safari, Palm Beach is the go-to for a relaxing vacation. Kids will love the Lion Country Safari. It's the only park in Florida you can drive through safari-style. There are over 900 animals.

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Near Palm Beach, West Palm Beach has a more laid-back vibe. This city is known for its lively markets, artsy areas, and the beautiful Mounts Botanical Garden. Families will also enjoy visiting the Palm Beach Zoo or the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

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Orlando is a dream destination for families. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld are just a few attractions this city is known for. Besides the parks, explore downtown Orlando with its lush gardens, museums, and shopping districts.

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9. Mexico

Don’t miss a photo opportunity at the Cancun sign

Mexico is a top choice for a warm March break outside Canada. Discover Mayan archaeological sites, relax on the beaches of Playa del Carmen or Acapulco, and enjoy authentic tacos and refreshing margaritas.

Playa del Carmen is a tropical paradise on the Riviera Maya. It's the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun with the white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Don't miss visiting the nearby cenotes for a unique experience.

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Acapulco has stunning bay, golden beaches, and festive atmosphere. Discover Quebrada, where divers jump into the ocean from the high cliffs. The walk along the bay also offers spectacular views.

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How to Find a Vacation Home during Spring Break?

Now that you know where to go for the 2024 break week, what about your accommodation? With HomeExchange, try house swapping. It's an economical and friendly way to stay during your holidays.

HomeExchange lets you make unlimited exchanges all year round. Whether you want to go for a long weekend or plan summer vacations, our vast network of members opens the door to varied destinations around the world.

Moreover, HomeExchange allows you to stay longer and truly immerse yourself in your chosen destination. It lets you live like a local, take your time exploring, and connect with the community.

Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural discovery, these destinations offer an amazing variety for an unforgettable break week in March 2024.

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