2018 March Break in Canada

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Most Canadian public school students grades JK through 12 enjoy a week or two off for March break each year at some point between the end of February and the beginning of April. You may also hear March break in Canada referred to as spring break or mid-winter break. Universities and colleges tend to call their spring holiday "reading week."

March break dates differ in public school districts across Canada, though in 2018 many incorporate the public holidays on the Friday and Monday surrounding Easter on April 1. Dates listed here for one-week breaks do not include the pre- and post-weekends days, which extend the holiday period.

British Columbia

  • Vancouver and Surrey: Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Richmond: Friday, March 16 through Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Victoria, Okanagan, Whistler, and Fernie: Monday, March 19 through Monday, April 2, 2018


  • Calgary: Friday, March 23 through Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Edmonton: Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 2, 2018


  • Friday, March 30 through Friday, April 6, 2018


  • Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 2, 2018


Ontario has two official school boards, the Catholic and the public, but their March break holidays coincide.

  • Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018


  • Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9, 2018

Newfoundland/Labrador English School District

  • Friday, March 30 through Friday, April 6, 2018

Prince Edward Island 

  • Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 2, 2018

Nova Scotia

  • Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018

New Brunswick 

  • Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9, 2018


Yukon and Northwest Territories school districts follow individual schedules for their spring break periods. Schools in Nunavut also set different March break schedules, but they generally fall between Monday, March 19 and Friday, April 6. Likewise, individual school schedules within any district as well as at private schools in any of the provinces may differ. Check specific locations or school websites to confirm vacation dates.

Make the Most of Your March Break

Most families with school-age kids make special plans of some kind for the March break. Many parents take time off from work and head for sunnier climates during the March break, with the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean as top-choice destinations. Others plan special getaways closer to home, such as to nearby ski resorts in British Columbia or enroll kids in local camps and special programs, which are offered in abundance during this period. Roads, resorts, and family-friendly attractions throughout Canada can see a surge in traffic during the spring break weeks.

Schools throughout North America take spring breaks near Easter, so warm-weather vacation spots can draw especially large crowds.

Plan your family's next spring vacation with these March break getaway ideas at home in Canada and further afield: