March Break is looming, so what’ll it be? Sun or snow? Action or chillaxin’? Pick the activities that best suit your clan for your best mid-year vacation yet.


My family is into: SKIING/PLAYING

 Smuggler Notch Resort, Vermont
Check out: Smuggler Notch Resort, Vermont

Smuggler Notch Resort in Vermont has been voted the best eastern family ski resort for the past 15 years. Three mountains, 75-plus trails, three terrain parks and a high-energy vibe appeal to all ages.
Older kids love the ‘no parents’ allowed clubs for both younger (Teen Alley) and older teens (Outer Limits), as well as lessons and programs geared specifically to their age group, like the Winter Adventure Program for 16 to 20 year-olds.

Check out: Valcartier Village, PQ

Located just 20 minutes from Quebec City, vacationing families can enjoy the capital city known for its European charm, food and winter activities. Check out the new outdoor skating rink on the Plains of Abraham and the classic slide on the Dufferin Terrace. And then play at the snow-tubing park. Grab one of the 5,000 inner tubes and whiz down runs that range from the relatively tame to The Everest, with a gravity-defying 110-degree incline and speeds up to 80 km/hour. Hang on!
 Valcartier Village, PQ
 Okanagan Valley, BC
Check out: Okanagan Valley, BC

The largest ski-in, ski-out resort in Canada, your crew can literally step right out onto the slopes from any of the accommodation options at Big White Ski Resort, located less than an hour from Kelowna. And sure, there’s the incredible views and fantastic fare, but it’s the night skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, snow biking and “snowghosts” (what happens when you ski through snowcaked trees) that’ll keep the adventurous set wound up. (The village’s many coffee shops, lounges, pubs and bars will help wind them – or maybe just you – down.)


Check out: Costa Rica

Zip-lining, mountain biking, canyoneering, kayaking, hiking hidden waterfalls, white river rafting… Choose
your jungle thrill in this Central American country known for its luscious landscapes and eco-tourism.
Wildland Adventure Company has a selection of tours designed especially for families with older kids. Or stay at an
eco-lodge like the Lapa Rios. Located in a rainforest reserve in the Osa Peninsula, adventure is literally right outside your door.
 Check out: Costa Rica
 Check out: Cuba
Check out: Cuba

White sand, warm turquoise seas, reasonable all-inclusive rates and some of the friendliest people around is why this island continues to be such a popular destination for Canadian families. If you’re vacationing with teenagers and/or 20-somethings, choose one of the bigger resorts like Iberostar Laguna Azul in Varadero, which offers plenty of entertainment options, allowing them (and you!) more independence.

Check out: Cruising

Grandma wants to hit the night club, Mom wants to sit by the pool, one kid wants to ice skate and the other wants to ride the waves. On a cruise ship like Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, everybody can do what they want and meet up over dinner to fill each other in. Itineraries are well-suited for multi-generational travel with ports of call at palm-treed Caribbean islands, a partnership with Universal Studios, and a full roster of entertainment and activities.
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 Check out: Los Angeles
Check out: Los Angeles

LA ranks high on the teenage cool gage. Watch a film at the Arclight Cinerama Dome or the Chinese Theatre, a preserved movie palace from Hollywood’s golden era. Shop at the Grove Shopping Mall and their Farmer’s Market. Rent some skates and join the beautiful people at Venice Beach. And there’s always the theme parks, too.

Check out: Chicago

Chicago has one of the best food scenes going, and its unpretentious feel makes bringing the kids a breeze. Hit Hot Dougs for the classic Chicago dog or dine at the hipster fave, Au Cheval.
A fun way to check out some of the neighbourhoods and their culinary hotspots is to join a tour from Chicago Food Planet. Don’t forget the deep-dish pizza (served with sausage, not pepperoni in this city).
 Check out: Chicago
 Universal Studios, Orlando
Check out: Universal Studios, Orlando

Kids may grow out of princesses and pirates, but movies continue to capture their imagination. Rides like the Forbidden Journey in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Transformers 3D make you feel like you’ve jumped right through the big screen and joined the action. New this spring is the 1800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort, located on-site and featuring value-priced family suites for six with early park admission included.