The kids have a week off from school. You could scramble to find a sitter or you could choose to spend the week having fun with them. No matter where you decide to go, there is outdoor fun awaiting.

1. Skiing. Even in March, there is still plenty of snow to enjoy in some parts of Canada. Take the whole family and spend the week exploring the slopes. Banff in Alberta is the triple treat of ski-lovers. Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Valley welcome visitors with deep snow, high peaks and great runs. British Columbia holds the world-famous Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort. Here, jagged mountain peaks, beautiful vistas, large amounts of snow and twin mountains are an intoxicating combination for a beginning bunny-sloper or an expert shredder. This place also has the Peak-2-Peak gondola that connects the two mountains. The views are absolutely exquisite from the air. Many people visit just to ride in the gondolas.

2. School-aged kids need to burn off a lot of energy. Snowshoeing is the perfect way to do that. Whether your family just straps on the snowshoes and heads out the back door, you go to a local park or you even trek into the woods – this is an active way to enjoy time with the children. For an adventure with wildlife and deep snow, choose the Old Railway Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park. In Gatineau Park (Québec) there are 60 km of trails that pass frozen streams and give views of the Ottawa and Gatineau rivers. You can rent snowshoes here. Children get their snowshoes free.

3. Bundle up the family and find a maple syrup festival. Learn how the sweet amber liquid is taken from tree to table. Watch as maple toffee is made in the snow. Of course the kids can sample it! So many places make the celebration a week-long event with log-sawing competitions, square dancing, three-person plank races and more. Crinklaw Maple Products in London is just one of the places that offer annual festivals during March Break. Come and take a sleigh ride, see the boil-down process, taste maple butter tarts and maple ham. There are many different activities at the different farms.

4. Visiting a zoo with your family is always entertaining. Use the March Break to visit the zoo. See the giant panda cubs, the first in Canada, at the Toronto Zoo. If polar bears are more your style, Manitoba has the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Here 80 acres of exhibits showcase animals in their natural environments. The polar bears are the stars of the show. The zoo is home to the comprehensive Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Orphaned polar bear cubs are brought to the zoo to be rehabilitated before being transferred to the Journey to Churchill. Reindeer, Pronghorn, Red Panda and almost 200 other animal species make this place a great way to spend the day.

5. If you want to combine recycling efforts with vacation fun, enter the Cardboard Toboggan Races. Gather your family and use cardboard, shower curtains, garbage bags and other household items to make a sled or toboggan, then enter it into the competition. You can find these fun competitions all over. Try the ROC at Keswick, located in Georgina, for the annual free event. Pick up to three family members to ride the sled. You can enter up to two events with your creation. Prizes are given. Costumes and decorated toboggans are encouraged. Fun is guaranteed, whether you are an onlooker or a participant.

March Break family fun awaits in the Canadian great outdoors. CanadaStays can help you find the perfect Banff chalet rental or even try a renting a cottage in Algonquin Park to best suit the needs for your family. Plan your march break vacation today and even browse through tons of top ski destinations in Canada.

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