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March Break 2019: Cheapest Vacation Ideas

We’ve rounded up the cheapest flight deals and compiled our top 10 March break destinations while there’s still time to book your flights. Hot, cold, family-friendly, or budget-friendly, we picked spots that will appeal to Canadians across the country.

With so many amazing places to enjoy your vacation in March, how are you going to decide where to go? If your number one priority is price, then we have some great tips on how to find a flight deal for your dream destination. Interested in knowing your vacation dates for March Break 2019? We have that covered for you. Or if you’re after inspiration, we’ve got a list of the top March Break destinations below – along with great flight and hotel deals.

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When to book March Break flights

Knowing when to book March Break flights is just as important as picking your final destination. And we’ve got the best deals for you right here! Search our March Break vacation deals page for the best March Break flight deals for major cities in Canada. Obviously, you want to save as much money as possible so you can spend that money during the vacation period. Based on our historical data, we’ve come up with the best time to book your flights for this March Break 2019.

Top March Break
Destinations
Best Time to Book
*Based on average prices from
March 1st – April 30 2018
Cancun12 weeks in advance (38% savings)
Honolulu12 weeks in advance (36% savings)
Bangkok12 weeks in advance (30% savings)
Orlando12 weeks in advance (25% savings)
Montreal10 weeks in advance (30% savings)
Las Vegas10 weeks in advance (36% savings)
Miami9 weeks in advance (21% savings)
Punta Cana9 weeks in advance (63% savings)
Seoul9 weeks in advance (12% savings)
San Francisco9 weeks in advance (34% savings)
Los Angeles9 weeks in advance (26% savings)
Puerto Vallarta8 weeks in advance (21% savings)
San Diego8 weeks in advance (32% savings)
Banff/Calgary5 weeks in advance (29% savings)
Toronto5 weeks in advance (27% savings)
Reykjavik4 weeks in advance (26% savings)
New York4 weeks in advance (20% savings)

You can also explore deals for your March Break on our Skyscanner app. Once you have downloaded the app, you can see the cheapest destinations from your nearby airport – either for your specific March Break dates or for any time of the year!

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When is March Break 2019 in Canada?

Because March Break dates differ depending on the province and school district, we’ve outlined the March Break 2019 dates below. Subsequently, we have listed the best and cheapest places to travel during March Break 2019. Therefore, you can make the most of your March Break this year!

Is Easter Monday a holiday?

Easter Monday falls on April 22, 2019 this year. Sometimes Easter Weekend coincides with March Break so it is nice to know if you might be able to squeeze in an extra day of travel.

The Canadian government lists Easter Monday as a Statutory Holiday, but this isn’t always observed by Quebec and Alberta specifically. Schools, businesses, and organizations are generally closed in places where Easter Monday is a holiday, and in other cases, it is at the employer’s discretion.

*Individual schools and companies in any of the provinces/territories may differ in their dates. Always check specific locations or websites to confirm your vacation dates.

Provinces March Break Dates
British ColumbiaVancouver and Surrey:
Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 29, 2019
Richmond: Monday, March 18 –
Friday, March 29, 2019
Victoria, Okanagan Whistler, and Fernie:
Monday, March 18 – Friday March 29, 2019
AlbertaCalgary: Friday, March 22 –
Friday, April 8, 2019
Edmonton: Monday, March 25 –
Friday, March 29, 2019
SaskatchewanFriday, March 29 –
Friday, April 5, 2019
ManitobaMonday, March 25 to
Friday, March 29, 2019
OntarioAll school boards: Monday, March 11 –
Friday, March 15, 2019
QuebecMonday, March 4 –
Friday, March 8, 2019
New BrunswickMonday, March 4 –
Friday, March 8, 2019
Nova ScotiaMonday, March 18 –
Friday, March 22, 2019
Prince Edward IslandMonday, March 18 –
Friday, March 22, 2019
Newfoundland & LabradorEnglish School District:
Friday, April 19 – Friday, April 26, 2019
Yukon, Northwest Territories
& Nunavut
Yukon and Northwest Territories follow
individual schedules for their March Break.
While Nunavut’s will most likely occur
around Monday, March 18 –
Friday, April 5, 2019.

Make the most of March Break 2019

Whether you stay in Canada or travel abroad, you can easily make the most of your March Break with any of the above destinations. Because it is usually the kids who get time off school, plan to take your ultimate family vacation. While many opt for choosing a sunny destination, these also tend to draw larger crowds.

Luckily, you can also still do plenty closer to home with great March Break Deals within North America. As the weather starts to warm up a bit, it might be a good idea to take that Canadian road trip you have always wanted to take. And if you don’t find a good deal that coincides exactly with your March Break, try playing around with your dates and seeing if you can leave a day earlier or arrive a day later.

Top March Break destinations for 2019

Our top March Break destinations are based on the trends we’ve been seeing in our search traffic. We’ve included domestic and international spots to help you narrow down your March Break locations. Some of the best and cheapest March Break destinations for 2019 include New York City, Cancun, Havana, London, Cartagena, and more below.

Havana

classic chevy car in Havana, Cuba

Get out of the resort this March Break and into the sunny streets of Cuba’s capital city of Havana. Stay in a casa particulares and explore the streets of Havana Vieja, taking in the colourful architecture, museums, and galleries, before relaxing in one of the many bars and cafés that offer live music. Head to the neighbourhood of Centro Havana to one of Havana’s best jazz clubs and take a stroll along the Malecon by sunset.

If you are needing some beach time, some excellent spots are only a short bus ride away. Pay 5 CUC (6 CAD) for the bus that leaves from Jose Marti Square to Playa Santa Maria and you’ll be at the beach in half an hour. Be sure to bring some extra CUCs for a pina colada (or two), served to you in a pineapple.

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London

London by day

Some of the best flight deals to Europe this March Break are to London. The city comes alive in the spring and there’s a lot to explore. Head just south of the London Bridge to Borough Market for some of London’s best street food. Originally opened in 1276, you might know this iconic London spot from films like Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’ Diary.

The popular sight of Hyde Park and London’s many parks have plenty to keep the entire family entertained for the day. For free things to do in London, head to the National Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, located right next door. The Science Museum has plenty of activities if you’re travelling with kids. If you have a week in England, consider renting a car and heading for an adventure to the English countryside. 

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Chicago

Looking for March Break vacation ideas to the U.S.? Head to the American Midwest and consider visiting the city of Chicago, Illinois. Go to an improv show at the iO Theater or the Second City. Walk the Millenium Mile by Lake Michigan and take pictures of the city’s most beautiful architecture, followed by a boat ride along the Chicago River. Chicago is home to world-class museums like the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Chicago History Museum.

If you’re on a vacation with the kids, take the family to the Shedd Aquarium and pay a visit to the Bean in Millenium Park. Does all of this sightseeing make you hungry? Make sure to indulge in some of the city’s best foods on your trip! Some staple foods include the Chicago-style deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, Greek-style chicken and fries at the Athenian Room, and of course, a Chicago dog: a hot dog dressed to perfection with seven toppings (but no ketchup, ever!).

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Vancouver

With the weather starting to heat up after the colder winter months, March is a great time to explore the wonders of western Canada! Head to the city of Vancouver and start your adventure there. After exploring downtown, head to North Vancouver and spend the day at the popular Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Up for more adventures in nature? There are other excellent hiking opportunities at nearby Lynn Canyon as well.

If you have some extra time on your March Break trip, consider spending a few days in Victoria, British Columbia’s beautiful capital city. And make sure to save some time for a day at Vancouver’s Stanley Park, which has something for the whole family any time of year! If the weather permits, lucky travellers will get to see the cherry blossoms in bloom! For more information on things to do in Vancouver, we have a guide for you here.

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Cancun

Many destinations in Mexico have a little something for everyone, and the popular March Break destination of Cancun is no different. Visitors to Cancun can spend the week relaxing by the beach and staying in a villa or bungalow, or travellers can opt for an all-inclusive resort, appropriate for families or couples. Looking for some outdoor fun in the sun? Take an island getaway to Isla Mujeres just off the coast of Cancun and go snorkelling.

Further down the coast is the uninhabited island called Isla Contoy. It’s a protected national park and known for being a popular nesting site for birds and sea turtles. It’s possible to take a day trip here with a local guide to experience some of nature’s wonders! Be sure to pack eco-friendly sunscreen, because many nature reserve’s prohibit chemical (and coral reef damaging) sunscreens and other products. 

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Cartagena

With more flight deals popping up every week, destinations throughout South America are becoming more accessible. The Caribbean city of Cartagena in Colombia is the gateway to South America. It’s home to a picturesque and charming old town, filled with museums, markets, and culture (think Afro-Caribe meets Latin soul). Day trips to nearby islands are possible and local travel agencies have something to suit any style of traveller.

Cartegena is also an ideal destination for those of you looking for a romantic getaway! There are so many restaurants in the Old Town with a stylish patio and beautiful street views, where you can wine and dine the night away with your special someone. Looking to explore more of Colombia for your March Break vacation? We have a travel guide for you here

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Las Vegas

Whether you’ve never been or it’s your go-to getaway destination, Las Vegas has so much to offer. Beyond what seems like endless rows of casinos, the city is home to nightly world-class entertainment from music to comedy in venues all along the famous Vegas strip. Spend the day by the pool in 30-degree weather and indulge in some much-needed rest and relaxation this year! Any March Break vacation in Las Vegas is bound to be an adventure whether you’re with the kids, on a couples vacation, or on a fun and memorable long weekend getaway with some of your best friends. Find your perfect Las Vegas hotel deal below. 

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Nova Scotia

Explore Canada’s east coast for your next March Break this year. Beat the crowds that flock to Peggy’s Cove and other sights in the summer and have a peaceful getaway in the capital city of Halifax. With the weather warming up and the summer tourists still at home, Nova Scotia can make for an excellent March Break vacation. Rent a car and explore the beauty of Canada’s Maritimes, and eat all the lobster you possibly can. Nova Scotia’s official website has a great list of things to do for your March Break vacation. 

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Beijing

beijing summer palace

Major Canadian cities now have direct flights to Beijing, and the spring is one of the best times to visit China’s cultural capital. With sights galore from the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall, Beijing is ideal for a romantic March Break getaway, a vacation with kids, or even a solo trip. With the Great Wall being the city’s main draw, not many visitors realize that there are so many sections to the Great Wall, located about 90 minutes from Beijing.

Consider booking a tour with a local boutique travel agency if you want to explore some of the lesser-known parts of China’s Great Wall. And when it comes to the question of food, Beijing comes through in every way. Try some famous Peking duck, or head to what’s known as the “Ghost Street” and indulge in some delicious hot pot.

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New York City

Every season in New York is perfect in its own way, and springtime is no exception. With so many cheap and direct flights available to each of the city’s three major airports, New York is consistently a top destination for Canadians to go for March Break. New York City also offers a number of free things to do (not to mention some of the best $1 slices of pizza in the world), making it a good choice if you’re looking for a cheap March Break vacation.

There are also some serious shopping opportunities available for any budget (even window shopping in New York is an adventure!). There are low season hotel deals available, so book your accommodation now and enjoy a fun-filled March Break in New York City.

Find a hotel deal in New York

Read more about the airlines offering flights to popular March Break destinations and the best time to book flights!

Looking for a great March Break hotel deal?

Lastly, you’ll need to book a hotel once you’ve found your March Break destination this year. Use Skyscanner’s hotel search box below and start your savings for your next trip!

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