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By Josephine Matyas

There has been much media coverage about the drop in the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate, making holidays south of the border potentially more expensive for Canadian travellers. States and attractions have stepped forward with special deals to entice Canadians heading south for the March break – every little bit helps to even the playing field! Let’s do a little March break shopping.


Florida’s SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa offer Canadian residents an irresistible offer: a free all day dining deal with the purchase of any single-day park admission. The “3 Days for the price of 2” offer includes unlimited admission for 14 days to three parks for the price of two (featured properties are SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ Orlando). Ticket includes free bus transportation to Busch Gardens Tampa from SeaWorld Orlando. Redemption by December 31 and is available for a limited time to Canadian residents only at


Canadians can purchase Denver’s Mile High Culture Pass that offers seven attractions for the price of US $52.80 (a savings of 50 per cent). Included in the pass are seven of the city’s most popular attractions – the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, History Colorado Center, Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Holders of the pass also get a 50 per cent discount on Denver B-Cycle, and discounts to the Molly Brown House Museum and other attractions. The pass must be used within five consecutive days.

Also in Colorado’s ski country, Aspen Snowmass is offering a Kids Ski Free offer valid most of March and all of April. Kids Ski, Stay and Eat free in March and April with the purchase of a minimum three-day adult lift ticket, and earn a free ski rental with companion adult rental (includes ski and snowboard items). Kids also eat lunch free with a comparable adult purchase at select on-mountain restaurants. Book by February 28 (for March); March 24 (for April). Valid March 8 to April 20. Package must be booked with lodging through contracted tour operator.

In Vail, boutique hotel The Sebastian is rolling out a deal to celebrate Air Canada’s new non-stop air service from Toronto to Vail. Visitors who book a stay at The Sebastian can present their boarding pass at check-in and receive $500 in hotel credit to spend at the hotel’s Bloom Spa or Leonora Restaurant.


At Oregon’s Sunriver Resort, young guests take centre stage with the Kids Rule offer through March. Kids 12 and under stay free and enjoy a variety of free activities (sledding, skating, pedicure, pool) when staying with a paying adult, with rates starting atUS $135 per night. Offer is available until March 21.

In Eugene the Hilton Eugene offers a special Canadians Explore Eugene Bed & Breakfast Package. Special rates include decadent breakfasts for two and are the perfect way to relax and recharge. Guests also receive two passes to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the University of Oregon campus. This deal is available March 16to 31.

South Carolina

Myrtle Beach celebrates its annual Canadian-American Days Festival during March break (March 8 to 16). The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce introduced Canada Days in 1961 to attract Canadian families during their spring school break. The name was changed to Canadian-American Days in 1963 and it is regarded as the first international festival organized in South Carolina. Can-Am Days is filled with special deals and discounts, as well as a lineup of fun events and concerts taking place along the Grand Strand. Discounts and special offers are also available for area attractions, restaurants, golf and services.Highlights include the St. Patrick’s Day parade, festival and kilt run.