by Andrew Chapados | It’s been a long, white winter and Friday, March 7 marks the welcomed beginning of March break for most school boards in Ontario. Indoors or out, fun family-friendly activities can be found all across the province.
For animal lovers, there is no better trip than a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. With galleries such as Canadian Waters (featuring giant octopi) and the Dangerous Lagoon (includes tiger sharks, sea turtles and stingrays) Ripley’s combines the majesty of the water world with the informative presentation of a world-class museum.
More friendly creatures await at the Toronto Zoo. The zoo is currently featuring a special March break exhibit, which includes a brand new polar bear cub, as well as the dynamic-panda duo of Er Shun and Da Mao. The zoo also has an activity centre where guests can find information, games, and memorabilia.
Fresh off the Winter Olympics, Canadians are more excited about skiing and snowboarding than ever. Winter getaways are available at wondrous resorts such as Blue Mountain (Collingwood), Sandy Lane Resort (Algonquin Highlands), and Horseshoe Resort (Barrie). Many resorts offer March break special offers to go along with the amazing scenery, hot tubs and ski hills that will have the family embracing wintery conditions.
If romance is on the forefront, resorts catering to adults also offer discount prices for the season. The Couples Resort (Algonquin) and The Briars Resort & Spa (Jacksons Point) offer lodgings at under $150 per person, with the opportunities to spa, dine, and ski while there.
March break is not only for the travelling family but for the city-goers as well. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts March Break Camp for children ages 5-15 with hands-on activities in the galleries, studio and labs. The Ontario Science Centre provides it’s own March break activities including the Medieval Science Quest, where kids get a chance to make stained glass, build a drawbridge, and participate in the knights’ tournament.
Lastly, after watching Team Canada at the Winter Olympics, you’ll want to try your hand at goaltending, shooting and play-by-play at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Yonge Street.
Inside or outside, there is so much to do in Ontario during March break 2014 that the family will already be planning next year’s trip before the break is over.