Spring break doesn’t need to be an over priced trip to Cancun. Sun always seems nice in the Winter, but some of Canada’s most beautiful and unique destinations are best experienced in the snow.
1) Quebec city
While summer is the most popular time to visit due to walking everywhere, winter in Quebec provides some of the most unique and memorable experiences, such as the Ice Hotel and the famous Frontenac Ice Slide. The Ice Hotel is just 20 minutes outside of downtown Quebec City, making it easily accessible for a day trip. You have the option to just tour the hotel, which runs late at night, or be brave and actually stay the night. Overnight stays at the Ice Hotel include a hot tub, sauna, a drink at the ice bar and most importantly, equipment to stay the night. The famous Frontenac Slide almost replicates a luge, sitting right next to the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel, the slide is a great activity for individuals, or those in a group of up to 20 people. An individual slide is only $3.00, or you can enjoy a slide and hot chocolate for just $7.00. The slide is sure to be the highlight of your trip as you reach up to 70km in speed! A Perfect activity during March break as the slide usually runs until the end of March, weather permitting.
2) Banff, Alberta
There’s no doubt that Banff national park in Alberta is one of Canada’s most popular destinations, from the endless natural hot springs up mountains or the unique blue colour of Lake Louise, it’s the perfect spring break destination. Banff is home to three different ski resorts giving you the option to choose one, or try all three. Hit the slopes at Sunshine ski resort, Lake Louise Ski Resort, or Mt. Norquay Resort. March is a great time to travel west if you’re looking for a great deal to experience some of Canada’s most beautiful views.
3) Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler, heaven for ski lovers, is a great spring break destination that offers two different mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. Weather in March is not too cold, offering you a true spring skiing experience. Whistler and Blackcomb are brought together by Whistler Village, the perfect spot for great food, Après Ski celebrations and a place to unwind; from great bars, restaurants and shops, you never need to leave! With 11 hotels in Whistler Village, there is a place for you! For the true Whistler experience, the well-known and beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the best way to unwind after a long day on the slopes, with amazing service, the Vida Spa and a Ski Valet to take care of all your equipment for you, you’re sure to have an amazing stay in the beautiful snowy destination.
4) Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is a completely different Canadian experience. While the weather in March is still chilly, it’s not nearly as cold as other Canadian cities. There are many historical and cultural experiences as Halifax is where one million immigrants entered Canada. Halifax is an amazing city for foodies, with amazing restaurants and fresh seafood; there are endless options for indulgence. Exclusive to the province is The Taste of Nova Scotia whose members offer local culinary experiences, from farmers, fishers, winemakers and chefs, restaurants provide the freshest food exclusive to Nova Scotia. Beer lovers can also indulge in brewery tours and several beer tasting opportunities.
5) Toronto, Ontario
Toronto can be a great spring break destination if you’re prepared for winter. March is still winter for the eastern city but it has so much to offer that it makes it all worth it. Toronto is home to some amazing shopping and great tourist attractions. Spend the day enjoying the glass floor and 360 degrees restaurant at the CN tower, seeing unique fish and creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium or learning about history at Toronto’s many museums, there are endless indoor activities to save you from the cold. Spend time walking through Yorkville, a posh neighborhood with luxury shopping, or walk around the Distillery District for art galleries and unique shops. For a taste of Toronto and its diverse culture, the St. Lawrence Market offers different cuisines and food items locally sourced and produced.