While the weather is uncertain in March, one thing is for sure: March Break is coming up! It’s a great time to get the whole family together for an adventure, and the businesses of Nova Scotia know it, particularly the hospitality industry. Whether you want to go further afield or stay close to home, there are options for everyone and lots of fun to be had. These options were chosen with kids of all ages in mind, so it’s easy to customize your March Break getaway to your family’s greatest enjoyment.
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Situated on the edge of downtown and Quinpool, the Atlantica hotel is ready to give you a fantastic Halifax-based getaway. Recently renovated, it’s a sleek and modern hotel with all the comforts required for a great family vacation. You’re within easy walking, bus, or taxi rides from nearly every major Halifax landmark, including the Museum of Natural History, the Commons, Citadel Hill and downtown Halifax. With family studio rooms for a larger family (or just more privacy), there are several restaurants right on your doorstep all the way down Quinpool. And here’s a useful feature: there’s a Superstore and a Shoppers Drug Mart only about six minutes’ walk from the hotel, which as anyone who’s travelled with kids before knows is a valuable asset indeed. You never know when you might need bananas, Gravol, or cookies after all.
Address: 1980 Robie Street, Halifax
Best Western Liverpool
Liverpool is a lovely town to visit, with lots of neat stores, parks and beaches all around, and don’t worry, there isn’t actually a pool of liver. The Best Western in Liverpool is ready to welcome you with their March Break package…all March long, because why not? The deal includes a dining voucher, breakfast, and you can bring your pet along. I have to say the coolest part for me is that you also get 10-pin bowling for four, so you’ve already got one activity figured out!
Address: 63 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resorts
Cabot Shores is ready to make any time of winter fun, and since March Break is before the equinox, it is still technically winter. The winter family packages let you choose where you want to stay—you can stay in a chalet with an outdoor hot tub, or you stay in a YURT, which also has access to an outdoor hot tub. Whichever you decide, the rest of the package is the same. You get dinners for four, all you can eat breakfasts, a smores kit, and snowshoe rentals…making it the perfect getaway.
If you’re looking to stay downtown in Halifax for March Break, the Cambridge Suites Hotel is ready to welcome you. You can stay one night and get high speed internet, free breakfast, and a 50$ gift card to the Halifax Shopping Centre. If you’re looking to do more shopping, you’re only a few minutes and a bridge away from Dartmouth Crossing and the Mic Mac Mall. Explore downtown, hang out in the hotel, and get some awesome pictures of the Harbour.
Address: 1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Phone: 1-800-565-1263 or 902-420-0555
Watching the Annapolis Valley change from winter to spring is special, and the Clockmaker’s Inn got some special treatment for families. This Victorian Inn sits in the heart of Windsor, and comes with all the charm of a 125-year-old building and every modern convenience. The suites are each designed with their own themes, and children under 12 stay for free, making this a great deal all year round. There’s plenty to do in Windsor, and having a lowkey and cozy place to come back to will make this trip memorable and stress-free.
Address: 1399 King Street, Windsor
Phone: 1-902-792-3600 or 1-866-778-3600
The city of Dartmouth has so much to offer, so staying at the Delta Dartmouth assures you of fun for the whole family right on your doorstep. And to make it even better, they’ve got a Staycation package that includes pizza and breakfast (it doesn’t seem like it’s a breakfast pizza), a special rate on the rooms, and a rate for Get Air Dartmouth, a trampoline activity park. They’ve also got a fitness area, pool, waterslide, and splash pad, so whether you go out or stay in you can stay active as a family and have an awesome getaway.
Address: 240 Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth
Phone:1-800-561-3733 or 1-902-468-8888
Four Seasons Retreat
Sometimes you need to get away from it all—go back to nature, and reset as a family. If that sounds like your family this March Break, the Four Seasons Retreat is a great option. There are ten cottages on the property, each given privacy by the trees between them. The cottages look over the Cobequid Bay, and with full amenities and a grill and fire pit to boot, you’re all set to curl up together and enjoy the quiet and peace of the forest and sea.
Address: 230 Cove Road, Upper Economy
Phone:902-647-2628 or 1-888-373-0339
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Having a family hotel vacation often means that you get to customize your experience, and the Halifax Marriott is ready to offer precisely that. Their Hali-Family-Cation deals last the whole of March Break, and both packages include special room rates, the pool, a “family welcome amenity”, and admission to the Hatfield Farm petting pen which is actually set up at the hotel (which is awesome). If you want the “Works” package, you’ll also get a restaurant credit, free parking, and a snack box in the evening. This allows you to choose the ‘aesthetic’ of your vacation, all while enjoying the hotel life.
Address: 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Phone:1-800-943-6760 or 902-421-1700
Speaking of Hatfield Farm, if the cowboy life appeals to your family you should consider staying there. Just outside of Halifax, Hatfield Farm offers all sorts of outdoor activities. That also includes staying at the Farm in Fort Clayton, a set of cabins and bunkhouses set up for sleepovers in all weather. Their March Break package this year offers a ‘Family Round-Up’ Adventure that includes all-you-can-eat snacks, 2 hours on a wagon/sleigh ride (snow dependent), petting pens, and so much more. They even have discounts for families of five or more, which as a member of a family of five I very much appreciate.
Address: 1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
Phone:1-877-835-5676 or 902-835-5676
Baddeck is a beautiful place all year round, and if you want to enjoy it in March, the Inverary Resort is a restful and rejuvenating choice. They have a splendid restaurant, they’re close to several parks and trails nearby, and a spa and indoor pool! There are a few winter packages as well, so you can do everything from a spa trip to snowmobiling. If you’re looking for a getaway with older kids or one that combines outdoor activity with indoor luxury, head for Baddeck!
Address: 368 Shore Road, Baddeck, Cape Breton
Irwin Lake Chalets
The Irwin Lake Chalets provide you with all you could want for a March Break getaway by the lake. Their chalets come with a full kitchen, a barbecue, satellite TV, and an outdoor hot tub (they are also pet friendly. The grounds are gorgeous and perfect for snowshoeing, hiking, and bird watching, and there are other parks and trails nearby. On top of that, it’s also close to Hamilton Sleigh & Wagon Rides, Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, and Sugar Moon maple syrup farm, so you’ve got plenty of outdoor fun for everyone to enjoy!
Address: 680 Lock Haven Lane, Old Barns
Phone:1-866-554-7946 or 902-895-2663
Old Orchard Inn
The Old Orchard Inn is a classic destination for March Break fun. This year they’ve got several different activities throughout the week of March break. You’ve got Bingo, movies, swimming, and more all through the day. Breakfast is included, and there’s also Ski Martock close by if you like skiing. There’s a spa for the grownups, a beautiful restaurant, and a spectacular view of the Valley.
Address: 153 Greenwich Road, South Greenwich
Prince George Hotel
The Prince George Hotel is known for their beautiful rooms and their awesome brunches (especially their Sunday Brunches). For March Break this year, they have special rates on both the Deluxe and Crown Rooms, free internet, and 50$ to the Halifax Shopping Centre. Settled in the heat of downtown, you can enjoy the pool and fitness centre when you’ve had all the fun of Halifax. Time your stay so you can enjoy every brunch you can, and you’ll have a holiday fit for a prince!
Address: 1725 Market Street, Halifax
White Point Resort is a destination for family fun all year round, but they step it up during March Break! They have activities for kids of all ages, all day, and several are supervised so Mom and Dad can have some fun at the pool and spa. Pay the bunnies a visit, do a snow beach walk, and do yoga and crafts…the list is truly endless. Make some memories this March at White Point!
Address:75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point Beach
Phone:1-800-565-5068 or 902-354-7278
By: Adrienne Colborne