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March in Canada: A Month Full of Vibrant Celebrations and Events

As winter's chill begins to thaw, March in Canada emerges as a month brimming with diverse and vibrant activities, reflecting the country's rich tapestry of cultures and communities. From coast to coast, Canadians and visitors alike can immerse themselves in an array of events, festivals, and gatherings that celebrate the arts, culture, culinary delights, and the great outdoors. Whether you're drawn to the bustling cities or the serene landscapes, March offers an abundance of experiences that showcase the spirit and heritage of Canada.



Highlights of March Celebrations in Canada:


Irish Heritage Month: Across Canada, Irish heritage is celebrated throughout March, culminating in the lively festivities of St. Patrick's Day. Parades, music, dance, and the wearing of green symbolize this tribute to Irish culture and history.


International Women's Day (March 8): Events and initiatives across the country honour the achievements and contributions of women, with various community gatherings, conferences, and cultural events.


Francophonie Month: Celebrating French language and culture, Francophonie Month features numerous events that highlight the diversity and richness of the Francophone community in Canada.


Nutrition Month: A nationwide initiative that focuses on healthy eating and nutrition awareness, with workshops, seminars, and activities aimed at promoting good health and well-being.


First Day of Spring, March 19 (Spring Equinox): Various cultural and community events mark the arrival of spring, a time of renewal and celebration in many traditions.

 

As March unfolds across Canada, each province and territory offers its unique flavour of celebration, ensuring that no matter where you find yourself in this vast country, you'll be greeted with warmth, enthusiasm, and an invitation to join in the festivities. From the maple syrup festivals in the east to the music and film festivals in the west, every event is an opportunity to connect, learn, and celebrate the exciting mosaic that is Canada.


March in Canada is a vibrant month, full of diverse events reflecting the country's rich cultural tapestry and the transition from winter to spring. Here's a sample of what each province and territory has to offer during this lively month.

 

British Columbia


Ignite Community Week in Penticton

Running from March 24th to 30th, this week brings together over 40 local community partners, businesses and creators to provide exciting events for the whole community. Don’t miss the unveiling of the Penticton Art Gallery’s Mini Mural project or a Lake to Lake Walk or enrol the kids in art camps, or a song writing camp or simply enjoy a “Parade for No Reason!”


Alberta


Exciting Activities and Sights Await

March in Alberta features a wide range of music, art and cultural events. Hood’s Up is the opportunity to peek at the engines of vintage vehicles in the Gasoline Alley Museum (Calgary). Or perhaps you’d like to experience Walter Phillips Gallery’s new exhibition “Cassils: Movement” at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Want something a little more experiential? The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival is the premier beer, spirit and food festival with over 400+beers and 100+ breweries taking part, not to mention the great stories you can listen to in the BrewMaster Seminars.


Looking for some outdoor entertainment? Then take in the Alberta Pond Hockey Championships in Grimshaw. Held under clear winter skies on top of natural ice, hockey enthusiasts will be able to gather from all corners of the country for this unforgettable event.


Last in our sample of events, but certainly not least, is the YYC Food & Drink Experience (Calgary). This event runs for 17 days and features delectable prix fixe menus and culinary events to explore around the city. March in Alberta brimming with an abundance of exciting activities and sights to explore!


Saskatchewan


HomeStyles Home Show

The HomeStyles Home Show from March 15-17, 2024, in Saskatoon, is the go-to event for spring home improvement projects. It's a hub where homeowners can connect with a variety of experts, from renovation specialists to interior designers, all under one roof. The show offers a blend of inspiration and practical advice, with special events like Date Night and Family Day, featuring presentations and activities for all ages. Whether you're planning a significant renovation or looking for home improvement tips, HomeStyles provides a comprehensive and convenient solution for your home and renovation needs.

 

Manitoba


Cultural Heritage At Its Best In March

2024 in Manitoba will be a hub of activities and events that capture the hearts of locals and tourists alike. The province, known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, will host a variety of events that will cater to diverse interests. March will bring such events as the Falcon Lake Winter Fish Off, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon, A Collective Celebration of Cole Porter musical celebration in Winnipeg, and other musical and theatrical events. These, and others, will serve as a testament to Manitoba's dynamic spirit and its commitment to fostering community engagement and cultural exchange.

 

New Brunswick


Fredericton Craft Beer Festival

Beer aficionados can explore a world of flavours at the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival. This event gathers a multitude of breweries, offering tastings of hundreds of beers and ciders. Attendees can meet the brewers, learn about the brewing process, and discover the nuances of different beer styles. It's a festive atmosphere where one can enjoy the best of local and regional craft beers.


Newfoundland and Labrador


Tikigiaksaugusik Festival

Tikigiaksaugusik is the Inukitut word for ‘gathering place’. This annual festival runs from March 14th to 19th in Rigolet and brings people together for an early spring event. The festival is known for events like the Francis Campbell Memorial shoot out and other shooting matches on the cove, the Levi Pottle Dog Team Race on Double Mer and family games at the cove. A community feast and closing ceremonies are the culmination of a fun week of games and friendly competition.

 

Nova Scotia


The 2024 Juno Awards

The JUNOS, awarded to recognize outstanding achievements in Canada’s music industry, are coming to Halifax on March 24th. The 53rd celebration will feature show-stopping performances from some of Canada’s hottest acts including Toronto rock sensations, The Beaches, Montreal-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin and the host of the JUNOS herself, Nelly Furtado. It’s Canada’s biggest night in music and it’s happening this month!

 

Ontario


Toronto Comicon

Toronto Comicon is a haven for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. This event features an impressive array of guests, including artists, writers, and actors from various genres and media. Attendees can participate in Q&A sessions, autograph signings, and photo ops, or explore a vast marketplace of comics, collectibles, and memorabilia.


Prince Edward Island


Atlantic Entertainment Expo

A family-friendly comic-con event featuring gaming, music, movies, TV, books dealers and trading is happening in Charlottetown on March 23 and 24th. Listen to interviews with special guests, attend Q&A panel discussions on meaningful topics from across the industry. Experience ‘hands-on’ activities and workshops that have you learning new things. There are interactive quests for kids, board games, acoustic stage performances and so much more!

 

Quebec


Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM)

FIFEM is a delightful event for families and film enthusiasts, showcasing a selection of international children's films that inspire and entertain. The festival offers a platform for young audiences to experience storytelling from various cultures and perspectives, fostering a love for cinema and an appreciation for global narratives.


Nunavut


Spring is Coming

March is an ideal time to experience the unique winter activities in Iqaluit, Nunavut's vibrant capital. As the sun returns, bringing longer daylight hours, and temperatures start to rise, it's the perfect setting for adventurous visitors. Imagine snowmobiling across the expansive tundra, feeling the vastness and untouched beauty of the landscape, or dogsledding on the frozen Arctic Ocean, an exhilarating way to connect with traditional Inuit culture. This time of year in Iqaluit not only offers a chance to engage in these exciting activities but also to witness the remarkable transition from the Arctic winter to spring, making it a truly memorable visit to Canada's northernmost territory.


Yukon


Thaw di Gras Spring Carnival

March in Dawson City is enlivened by the Thaw di Gras Spring Carnival, a community event that marks the coming of spring. This carnival features a variety of outdoor activities, including dog sled races, snow sculpting, and traditional games. It's a festive weekend that brings together the community and visitors to celebrate the thawing of winter.


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