March break travel ideas near Montreal

Montreal Families' readers share their ideas for fun family vacations that are a short drive from home



Stuck for ideas on what to do in March while the kids are on spring break? Why not take a little road trip? Here are some suggested itineraries from Montreal Families’ readers on their favourite family-friendly getaways.

Ottawa

The nation’s capital is a favourite March break vacation spot for many readers, thanks to its top-tier museums and attractions like Parliament Hill, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Children’s Museum and the National Gallery. Museum-loving families will definitely want to include a stop at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, which recently reopened after four years of renovations.

“With our big family, we buy a membership so we can go to three museums (the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Canada Agriculture and Food Museum) as many times as we want for a whole year.” - Tanya Bagshaw

“Last year, we discovered the Diefenbunker Museum for the first time. It’s an old bunker that has been preserved in time. The kids loved playing with the old rotary phones and the typewriters. And, of course, no stop in Ottawa would be complete without a visit to the Nature Museum (pictured right). Great for kids and adults.” - Caroline Doré

The Laurentians

For active families who love the outdoors, it’s hard to beat the Laurentians. Go skiing at Mont Tremblant or one of the many smaller hills, tubing at Saint-Sauveur, or snowshoeing in Saint-Adèle, and enjoy some ‘me’ time afterwards at the spa.

“Ski Montcalm in Rawdon is our go-to every March Break. While the kids usually ski throughout the winter at other hills, we like this one especially because it has a wicked tubing section with four different slides (one extreme one.). Mama’s favourite part is sitting on a tube to ride up the hill … super relaxing and a great time to take lots of pics (and selfies!) - Yvette Salinas

“Saint-Adèle is only an hour away but full of adventure and fun with great nature hikes.” - Alex De Sua

Eastern Townships

The townships are like a box of chocolates — each little village has its own unique flavour, and you just have to try them all to know which you like best. Taste Coaticook’s famous ice cream and visit the suspension bridge (tranformed at night into the unforgettable Foresta Lumina experience), or make a pilgrimage to the dark sky preserve at Mont Mégantic National Park, where you can sign up to snowshoe by torchlight and learn about the stars at the Astrolab Astronomy Centre. Or, just enjoy poking around the picturesque historic towns of Knowlton, Stanstead or Stanbridge-East.

“The beach at Orford has many activities. You can skate around the lake. There’s the Orford Express Train. Hiking paths. Mountains to ski. Plus you’ll never get tired of the amazing sights. A lot of the little towns beside it have fun activities and festivals too.” - Cindy Elston

Vermont and New York

Many families also recommended heading south to Vermont or New York State to experience snow sports and stunning scenery in the Adirondacks. In New York, fave attractions include Santa’s Village in Lake Placid, Burke Mountain and Albany’s many candy stores. In Vermont, Montrealers adore skiing at Jay Peak and the indoor water park at The Great Escape Lodge.

“Stowe, VT (pictured right) has that old-town feel. Little family-run shops and restaurants make it homey, especially when the snow is falling. It’s a ski town, so March break is the perfect time to go. We don’t ski, but there are plenty of other things to do: hiking, sledding and visiting the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music Fame) is a must. My girls sang, ‘The Hills Are Alive,’ all the way there.” - Suzy Aldous

 “We love the water park at Jay Peak for the kids, and there’s usually still enough snow for the parents to get some good runs in while the kids hang out at the daycare or are on the slopes with their ski/snowboard school.” - Rali Raloobaloo 

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