March Break is a time for travel, relaxation, rest, and some family fun. After the pandemic this will be the first time kids and parents can enjoy a normal March Break. While you might not be heading to a tropical island with white sand beaches and turquoise waters this year, that doesn’t mean you should be staying home for March Break. There are some awesome travel destinations for everyone, so whether you are a luxury or mid-range traveler or an avid backpacker, now is the time to travel and enjoy sightseeing attractions, nature, some amazing activities, and festivals. Here are some travel ideas and advice for a memorable, low-budget March Break holiday.
March Break Ideas
Ice Hotel in Quebec
Hodel de Glace is a gem in the town of Valcartier and a worthwhile experience. Open from January to March, the hotel is made out of snow, ice, and frozen water, including sculptures, furniture, walls and the décor. With 44 suites and rooms, Hotel de Glace features a chapel, Grand Hall, bar, and an outdoor pool and spa baths. Themes change every season to keep visitors delighted, with plenty of attractions and things to do around, like snowboarding and skiing, ziplines, and more.
Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
Found between Ottawa River and Georgian Bay, Algonquin Provincial Park is just the right location for nature lovers and adventure-minded travelers. It is the home to many streams and lakes for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in the summer, along with cross-country skiing, during the cold months.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
A city with plenty to offer, this can be a starting point for a few days trip to enjoy local museums, historic architecture, and serene fishing villages. Halifax itself is the home to attractions and landmarks such as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and plenty more.
Budget Travel Advice
Travel within Your Province
Travelling within your province is a great way to enjoy a relaxed and pocket-friendly vacation on March Break. Naturally, accommodation makes for a big chunk of your travel budget but there are plenty of budget options to look into. If you are travelling by car, for instance, staying at provincial parks can help keep costs down. Alternatively, you can try couchsurfing, cheap hotels, hostels, or guesthouses in your province.
Living in Ontario? You can claim 20% tax credit if you travel in Ontario this year. The credit to support local tourism applies to overnight stays between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022
Rent a Camper Van
Renting a camper van or taking a train trip can be inexpensive travel options for March Break when done right. Renting a camper van not only allows you to create your own itinerary and travel plan but is also a great way to explore Canada on a tight budget. Costs to plan for include vehicle insurance and maintenance, gas, living, and activity and attraction costs. Taking a train trip is also a great way to travel across Canada and take advantage of the well-connected train network, making commuting inexpensive and comfortable. Keep in mind that only fully vaccinated travelers are currently allowed on interprovincial VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.
Whatever your preferred mode of travel, consider covering one region only, like the Maritime Provinces, the Toronto/Niagara region, or the West Coast. Because of Canada’s size and vast territory, transportation costs can be expensive if travelling across the country.
Last Minute Deals
Airfare can be expensive in Canada, so why not check last minute deals on search engines like Itravel2000 or Expedia? Expedia, for example, features last minute vacation deals to help you save on flights and all-inclusive packages, especially if you book a bundle of services for your spring vacation. Additionally, Expedia offers travelers the opportunity to make monthly payments as well as use book now, pay later plans. And if you want to purchase travel insurance, there are plenty of options to choose from, including package, hotel booking, and flight protection plans.
Itravel200 also features last minute deals and the option to collect points for additional savings. You can choose from hundreds of vacation deals from cities such as Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto, with a selection of travel destinations, standard and superior rooms, and all-inclusive packages. You will find great promotions and discounts on car rentals, tours, hotels, and flights operated by major airlines such as WestJet, Air Canada, Sunwing, and Porter.
Join in at Festivals and Local Events
Art, food, and music festivals and diverse events are happening here all year round. The best part is that most local festivities in spring time have free entry. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about local traditions, cultures, and artistic works, try amazing food, and mingle with locals. Depending on your travel destination, you will find events, carnivals, and festivals showcasing rodeos, music, local cuisines, contests, native craftsmanship, and plenty more. To find out when and where events take place, pick up local newspapers at restaurants or cafes or Google to plan your stay in advance.
Visiting Big Cities
If you plan to stop in some of Canada’s biggest cities, you want to join the self-guided or historical guided tours they offer. Use an attraction pass if you are heading to Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver and visit some of the remote communities and small towns around big cities.
Visiting local museums is also a way to save on travel costs and find more about Canada’s history and wildlife. Canada’s museums feature a wealth of stories, photos, and artifacts, from Indigenous contemporary and past experiences to the country’s Gold Rush of the late 19th century.
With the high inflation we have in Canada March break may not be possible for many Canadian families.
I’d say that renting a camper will be more affordable than spending a couple of days in an ice hotel!