Spring break is quickly descending. The kids are off school which means they need something to do. It is the perfect opportunity to take a few vacation days and plan a family vacation. But before you begin searching for cheap flights to head down south, consider staying within the boundaries of Manitoba.
Manitoba has so much to offer people of every age. Use this time to explore those opportunities. From children festivals to polar bears to ski hills, there is something available that will make this spring break the one your kids will remember for a lifetime.
See Top Things to Do in Manitoba for more ideas.
Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Head on out to Brandon to attend the 111th annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. This week-long event is something for all ages and agriculture fanatics and workers. There’s horse shows, live music, agricultural education, a petting zoo and of course, fair food.
There is a variety of accommodations available in Brandon. While you are there, take in the city. Enjoy the shopping mall, catch a movie, or relax in your hotel before heading back to the fair. There is something available for each person in the family at the fair, and in the city.
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort
Spend spring break like a true Canadian and go on a ski trip. Luckily you won’t even need to leave Manitoba to have an excellent family ski trip. Asessippi is your skiing destination in your backyard. If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your favourites, then hit the slopes with a tube.
During spring break, children 12 and under can ski for free, so you will even save a few bucks that week. There is also a draw going on that could win you a trip to Lake Louise Ski Area to hit up the mountains.
Spring Break in Winnipeg
There is always plenty to do in Winnipeg! Have big fun exploring the Science of the Small with your family at the Manitoba Museum, explore language rights in Canada at Canadian Museum for Human Rights, enjoy the tale of The Pied Piper, or a humorous adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale live at the theatre and more in Winnipeg.
Pisew Falls Provincial Park
Take the week to visit somewhere unique in Manitoba – Pisew Falls Provincial Park. This park is all the way up north near Thompson, so visiting for more than a weekend is needed, but so worth it. Grass River flows through the park, but it is the drop that makes it so unique. The 13-meter drop turns the river into a beautiful waterfall. There is an observation platform that visitors can access for an incredible view of the falls, as well as a short swinging bridge.
The park is about 75 km from Thompson, making it the perfect spot to rest your head. .
Visit the town that is home to the historic swinging bridge. Souris is a town full of history that is interesting for the whole family. The Souris Swinging Bridge is a Manitoba Star Attraction that is not for the faint of heart. The bridge is 184 meters long. It even lights up at night for the courageous souls.
Souris has many small accommodations available to fit every need. Relax and enjoy the small town feel and visit The Plum Museum and Visitor Centre to learn about the history of the town and the history of the bridge. Since its almost Spring, you might see migratory birds around town.
Head up north to visit a part of the province that will amaze you. Churchill is home to things you would never imagine a prairie province to have – beluga whales and polar bears to name a few. Churchill is near the banks of Hudson Bay and Churchill River. Although a small town, Churchill is a highly sought tourist destination.
Make it by March 27 to attend the final days of the Aurora Winter Festival which is held to celebrate the culture and heritage of the north. Stay at the Tundra Inn for beluga packages and family deals.
Inverness Falls Resort
Inverness Falls has luxury cottages with a hot tube, lakeview suites and chalets with HydroTherm massage tubs. During the day, explore the beauty and everything Whiteshell has to offer. The park is within the Canadian Shield and has scenery you won’t want to miss.
Oak Hammock Marsh
If you and your family are bird and wildlife fanatics, then visiting the Oak Hammock Marsh is your destination. The marsh is not far north of Winnipeg, located at Stonewall. It is a destination that is sure to be a hit for all ages. The wetland houses about 25 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and various other fish, reptiles and amphibians.
During spring break, the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has events going on for all ages. The Camp for Kids is a day camp filled with fun activities. The Wild Wetland Week showcases different activities each day to highlight different animals.
Lakeview Hecla Resort
Visit Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park and stay at the beautiful Lakeview Hecla Resort. This resort has something for everyone in the family. If the weather is cold, stay at the resort. The kids can play in the pool while mom and dad relax in the adults-only pool area. If the weather cooperates, go and explore what Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park has to offer.
Take the kids tobogganing and skating right on the resort. Take another day to do some tours throughout the park. There is a lot of history to explore, starting with Hecla Village.
Riding Mountain National Park
Spend spring break at Riding Mountain National Park. Whether it is warm or cold, there is always something to do and see at Riding Mountain. It could be the trip of a lifetime your family has been waiting for.
There are many accommodations available from cottages to bed and breakfast to a resort, all suiting your family’s needs. Or stay in something unique like an oTENTik for a tent and cabin combination. Rent some snowshoes and go out exploring. See how many different animals you can spot. Or make some hot chocolate and hang out by the fire together.