2019 March and Spring Break in Canada

Toronto Skyline in March

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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 2019 many incorporate the public holidays on Friday and Monday surrounding Easter on April 21. 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 18 through Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Richmond: Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Victoria, Okanagan, Whistler, and Fernie: Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 29, 2019


  • Calgary: Friday, March 22 through Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Edmonton: Monday, March 25 through Friday, April 29, 2019


  • Friday, March 29 through Friday, April 5, 2019


  • Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29, 2019


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

  • Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 10, 2019


  • Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8, 2019

Newfoundland/Labrador English School District

  • Friday, April 19 through Friday, April 26, 2019

Prince Edward Island 

  • Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2019

Nova Scotia

  • Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2019

New Brunswick 

  • Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8, 2019


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 will fall between Monday, March 18 and Friday, April 5 for 2019. 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 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.

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