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Finalizing plans for March Break


Click on the photo for a look at where Canadians are travelling to and some tips for safe sunning
Click on the photo for a look at where Canadians are travelling to and some tips for safe sunning

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

March 14, 2011 — Families across the country are gearing up for March Break. Are you heading south, or staying closer to home?

Cross country skiing can be a fun family activity in the wintery weather
Cross country skiing can be a fun family activity in the wintery weather

The month of March has most students across the country gearing up for a much needed break. And while the winter season is nearly behind us, some families can't help but escape the frosty weather all together.

“Students in University and College have their reading weeks come up in February and then you've got March Break so a lot of families book their vacation throughout the month of March as well,” says Lisa Vincent, Manager of Travelpath in Burlington, Ontario.

Vincent adds that by the end of March, the spike in sales to warmer destinations start to slow down.

“Once March Break is over, residents begin to look forward to summer weekends at the cottage,” she says.

Vacation spots down south are popular, but not everyone chooses to spend the winter break at a beach. After polling The Weather Network Facebook page, several fans say British Columbia would be their destination of choice if they wanted to stay closer to 'home.'

Be sure to check your list of 'things to do' before boarding the plane
Be sure to check your list of 'things to do' before boarding the plane

No matter where you go to spend the break, the weather in Canada can be unpredictable at this time of year as we transition into the spring season. Temperatures are fluctuating as the cold and warm air battle it out and that could make planning outdoor activities tricky.

“This winter has been a huge contrast versus last winter across much of the country. We've seen a more typical Canadian winter,” says Chris Scott a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

He says although the likelihood for a significant snowstorm decreases as we move through the month of March, it's not until mid-April when most places can say they've cleared the threat of snow and mixed precipitation.

“There's no question however, that the light is at the end of the tunnel and spring is just around the corner across all of the country,” says Scott.

When planning for March Break, you can check the Canadian Cities Index for up-to-date information on the weather in your area. And for those set to do some travelling, here's a list of helpful tips before venturing out:

  • Research your destination
  • Carry a valid passport
  • Share your travel details with close family or friends
  • Make sure you have health and travel insurance
  • Check weather conditions before your departure
  • Limit your luggage
  • Reconfirm your flight details
  • Leave plenty of extra time for check-in at the airport
  • Plan activities for the entire family

For a more detailed look, head to the Travel Tips page. You can also track your flight and find forecast details for your destination.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) says the top five driving destinations for March Break this year, are Orlando, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa Bay area and Daytona Beach Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Recent stormy weather stateside could put a wrench in your travel plans, so be sure to check the Highway Conditions before planning your route.

Wondering when March Break falls across the country?

  • Quebec: February 25- March 7
  • New Brunswick: March 4- 14
  • Ontario and Nova Scotia: March 11- 21
  • British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories: March 18- April 4
  • Prince Edward Island: March 18- 28
  • Alberta and Manitoba: March 25- April 4
  • Saskatchewan and Newfoundland: April 21- May 2

**Schools in Nova Scotia are off for the break in March except for the Halifax Regional Municipality. Halifax was off during the Winter Games and will remain in school through March.

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