Published on February 22nd, 2018 | by Miriam Porter
Make March Break Memories in Ontario.
March Break in Ontario is March 12-16 and kids across the province are out of school for a weeklong vacation. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you can bundle up and get outside for maple syrup festivities in Woodbridge or Toronto, a family hike through the woods in nature at Albion Hills learning about wildlife or a guided tour through the city streets of Ottawa enjoying classic ghost stories on a ‘haunted walk.’ For those wanting to stay indoors, many Ontario museums are open with unique displays including a brand new Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford!
Get more details below on some of our top picks for making new March break memories this year.
Kortright Centre for Conservation – Woodbridge.
For a sweet and sugary March Break, check out an Ontario maple syrup festival. Sugar bush fun comes to life in March and there are lots of Ontario destinations to visit for your sweet fix, such as at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Located in Woodbridge, you can tap into some serious sugar during the festival, which runs March 10 to April 8. Visit their sugar shack, learn about the old-fashioned ways of syrup production and sit around their cozy campfire with friends and family. Maple syrup demonstrations take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the week. Save time for carnival-style games, a fun maze and maple syrup infused snow cones. There is also a cafe and gift shop on site for your maple syrup needs beyond your day at Kortright.
Stratford Perth Museum – Stratford.
For all the Justin Bieber fans in your family, you can celebrate March Break at a new exhibit dedicated to the famous pop star at Stratford Perth Museum. The Steps to Stardom exhibit showcases the story of this celebrated Canadian superstar and his rise to fame. Browse through hundreds of unique items, such as his awards, clothing, letters, photos, drum sets and personal items that were his before he become an international sensation. This exhibit was created with the help of his family and will be on display until the end of the year. Needless to say, tickets are being sold at a rapid pace with national and international interest from fans. Bieber was born in the Ontario town of Stratford and still visits his friends there. On the drive to Stratford you will need to blast all of your favourite Bieber tunes, of course.
Albion Hills Field Centre – Palgrave.
There is nothing like a crisp winter family hike to get everyone in shape and ready for spring. Pack up the car for a day trip to Albion Hills Field Centre in Palgrave, which is about an hour drive from Toronto towards Caledon. The Albion Hills Conservation Area is perfect for a walk through the woods and they have a hiking program running on March 16 (10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.). The kids will be excited to learn how to identify trees, wildlife and how to use binoculars correctly. It’s a great destination to be among nature on a break from school. This organized hike is recommended for families with kids over six years old and there is no charge to register or park your vehicle.
Haunted Walk – Ottawa.
Make it a March Break getaway with a road trip to Ottawa and captivate the kids with a spooky and historical haunted walking tour. The dramatic, cloaked guides at Haunted Walk of Ottawa will enthrall you with stories of past legends. Choose The Ghost and the Gallows tour and venture inside the old Carleton County Jail to learn if it’s truly haunted. While the Crime and Punishment tour concentrates on the history and living conditions of the jail. For specific dates and tour times go to their website. If you are staying in Ottawa overnight, the family-friendly Ottawa Marriott on Kent Street is centrally located so you can walk to many other major attractions, including the famous Byward Market for a fresh healthy meal.
Sugar Beach – Toronto.
Who says you can’t go to the beach in Toronto over March Break? In sticking with the maple syrup theme, head towards the water for a weekend of sweetness. On March 10-11 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sugar Shack TO will be offering Ontario’s delicious maple taffy, fun ice activities and games, live entertainment, a winter marketplace with maple-inspired foods, hot apple cider and a warming station if you get chilly. This event for all ages is free to attend and located at the corner of Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay. Make it a staycation and stay downtown at the family-friendly Chelsea Hotel Toronto. Their popular family fun zone has exciting activities for younger ones in their Kid Center, as well as a teen lounge, an indoor pool and their famous corkscrew waterslide that loops around the hotel – even the adults will want to zoom down.
For more March Break ideas in Toronto, check out Tourism Toronto for their helpful list of local activities.
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