Discover the Best of Canada’s Western Mountains over March Break.
Canada’s Western playground is one of the best destinations to visit during March Break. Thanks to the variety of activities and unmatched scenery offered, there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Whether Western Canada is already on your family’s March Break destination list or you’re looking for more mountain inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 7 activities to do in Canada’s Western Mountain region in March. In addition, we’ve added tips from local experts to help make the most out of each activity.
1. Spring Ski and Ride season
Home to some of the world’s best skiing and riding, Canada’s Western Mountains cater to every style and skill level. With an extra-long ski season that stretches into May, March break is a great time to explore renowned ski resorts in the Rockies. For example, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Sunshine Village in Banff. With chutes & glades & gullies (oh my!) the varied terrain of the Rockies is great for the avid skiers and beginners alike. Meanwhile in the West Coast Mountains, Whistler Blackcomb boasts 200+ trails, generous annual snowfall, and endless breathtaking British Columbia scenery. These are the perfect conditions for a memorable week of skiing and riding with the family. Ski-in Ski-out at Fairmont Chateau Whistler to catch first tracks.
Tip: Avoid the crowds and ski or ride with the locals at these hidden gems: Mount Norquay in Banff, and Marmot Basin in Jasper.
2. Alpine Fondue
Nothing brings people closer together than the warmth of melted cheese (or chocolate) fondue. Outside of Switzerland, the best fondues can be found in Canada’s Western Mountains. Swap stories of the day’s mountain adventures at The Walliser Stube in Lake Louise, or head to the Waldhaus Restaurant in Banff or The Chalet out West in Whistler for an après fondue.
Tip: For the chocolate-lovers, the Toblerone Chocolate Fondue at the Walliser Stube won’t disappoint!
3. DinE under the Stars
There’s something dreamy about dining under the stars, nestled in complete privacy between the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The Fairmont Banff Springs brings this dream to life with their luxurious dining Dome, offering 360° views of Banff National Park and Canada’s Castle in the Rockies. This private venue can be reserved year-round for 2-6 guests, making it the perfect setting to spend quality family time or escape for a romantic dinner with your loved one.
Tip: Enjoy brunch and après in addition to dinner in the dome.
4. Wandering Canyons
The canyons in Western Canada’s national parks can be explored year-round for hikers for all ages and abilities. Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park reaching depths of 50 metres at certain points. Crossing bridges, marveling at waterfalls and spotting wildlife are all part of this hiking experience located down the winding road from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Located in Banff National Park, Johnston Canyon is another popular destination for hikers, especially in winter and summer months. Choose your hiking destiny along the main trail, which leads to the Lower Falls, Upper Falls and Ink Pots sites for shorter or longer hikes.
Tip: Mid-week spring and fall are certainly the best times to visit the canyons for a more peaceful experience.
5. Roasting Marshmallows
Roasting marshmallows around the campfire is a wholesome Canadian tradition to end a day of adventuring in the Mountains. Toast marshmallows by the crackling fire at Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to capture a true sense of each iconic Canadian destination.
Tip: Upgrade your marshmallow game with a s’mores kit paired with a bottle of bubbly at the Fairmont Banff Springs private campfire pits.
6. Twilight Expeditions
Experience the great outdoors in a whole new light when the sun sets over the mountains. Using digital art installations and multimedia effects, Nightrise transforms the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff into an illuminating experience. Discover the crossroads of nature, art and heritage of the Îyârhe Îethka, the Stoney Nakoda People. Your journey begins the moment you embark on the gondola ride up to the summit.
Vallea Lumina illuminates Whistler’s forests, heightening the natural landscape into a world of enchantment and adventure waiting to be discovered after sunset. The story unfolds as you progress through its chapters with each step. Above all, both magical night experiences welcome visitors of all ages.
Tip: Don’t explore on an empty stomach! Embark on each journey before or after dinner, or opt for one of Nightrise’s dining packages.
7. Ultimate Mountain Spa Day
As exciting as Canada’s Mountains are for thrill-seeking adventurers, they are equally serene and calming for those looking to relax and rejuvenate during March Break. For some much-needed hydrotherapy out in the West Coast Mountains, discover Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Spa and Health Club facilities. An indoor/outdoor heated leisure pool, outdoor whirlpools, eucalyptus steam rooms and other facilities are at your fingertips as part of their wellness programs. Nearby you will also find the traditional Scandinavian baths at Scandinave Spa Whistler, immersed in a naturally peaceful environment. This silent, technology-free spa is the digital detox you are looking for to help escape from daily stress.
Pamper yourself in the Rockies and unwind in the spa at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (the only spa located on the shores of the iconic Lake Louise), at the Willow Stream Spa in Banff, or the award-winning spa at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Tip: Spa like the locals and inquire about seasonal treatments and specials when making your reservation.