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Family Day Weekend Activities

Family Day 2015 North of Toronto

Family Day in Ontario falls on the 3rd Monday in February and is an official public holiday (holiday long weekend) set out by the Province of Ontario on Monday February 16, 2015. Family Day coincides with Canada Heritage Day, and Ontario Heritage week. BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta join Ontario and celebrate Family Day as a public holiday. Pick events and activities Ontario wide, by a town, city or familiar resort destination or by winter ski area destinations for outdoor sports.

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Winter Fun in Towns, Cities or Resort Destinations 

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Ontario Wide | Algonquin Highlands | Barrie Area | Barry's Bay Area
Blue Mountain / Collingwood Area | Ontario's Lake Country | Eastern Ontario | Haliburton Area | Midland Area | Muskoka Area | Northern Ontario | Wasaga Beach Area

Last Minute Activities and Ideas are listed by area and region below:

Ontario 2015 Ontario Family Ice Fishing Weekend

This year Family Fishing Weekend is February 14-16, 2015 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday) is designated as OFFW license-free fishing days. During all other periods, most Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase an OUTDOORS card and a fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.See Ice fishing Getaways for overnight accommodation packages. See Ice fishing tournaments and derbies.

Backyard Bird Count Family Day Weekend

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up on the February 13 - 16 long weekend on Canada Heritage Day and Family Day Weekend in Ontario. The four-day event is free and is open to bird watchers of all ages and skill levels. Participants watch birds for any length of time on one or more days of the count and enter their tallies. The GBBC is a joint North American project of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

Winter Ski Areas and Destinations

Algonquin Highlands Trails
Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails
20130 Hwy 35  12km south of the Town of Dorset.
Cross country Ski or Snowshoe on 26km of groomed and track set trails .
~ $30/person + tx includes skis, boots, poles, snowshoes and trail passes for the day (A $53 value!)

Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountains
There’s no better way to spend amily Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village!  Gather the family for a weekend of active adventure and entertainment.  Skate under the stars, tour the Village by Horse & Wagon, head off on a scavenger hunt and much more!

Hardwood Ski & Bike, Oro Station
Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 40 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for cross-country skiing. The trail network consists of 8 different loops ranging from 3 km to 22 km.  There is a trail for every level of ability, from beginner to elite racer on terrain that ranges from gently rolling to challenging.

Horseshoe Resort, Horseshoe Valley
There's 4 seasons of family adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. 

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, Blue Mountains - Collingwood
Cross country ski  and snowshoe trails meandering through a quiet forest of sugar maples, beaches and oaks high atop the Niagara Escarpment.

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike, Haliburton
Family Day Weekend including Monday February 16th.  Make Sir Sam's your family playground for the weekend or a day on the slopes . For decades, family traditions have been made at Sir Sam's & this weekend has already become an annual tradition for many , Deck barbeques, tasty treats & maybe even a sighting of Sammy the St Bernard, the  famous mascot.

Snow Valley Resort, Barrie
Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing fun for families. At Snow Valley, our goal is to be the best resort in Ontario for families to learn to ski or snowboard. To this end we provide lift tickets and ski & snowboard lessons for every age and skill level.
Barrie Ski & Snowtube Packages. Plan a Family Getaway! "stay & play" packages available through a number of local hotels.

Wye MarshMidland
Have Fun Outdoors this Family Day with Wye Marsh.
There will be fun and interactive activities all day, from 10am to 4pm. Explore the trails by ski or snowshoe and stop to hand feed chickadees. Warm up by an open fire while roasting bannock and sipping cedar or wintergreen tea. Experience the best of winter fun by taking on the Wye Marsh Winter Olympic Challenge and see some our native reptiles and amphibians up close and learn what makes them unique. Family day pass is just $30 and includes the chance to win a Family Membership to Wye Marsh.

Family Day, Monday February 16th, 2015

Algonquin Highlands

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trail Department
Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Family Day Weekend 
Ever wonder how animals cope with winter? What those tracks are in the snow? Or how snowshoes are made? Join expert guides, naturalists and historians on themed, guided snowshoe adventures. Offered on 6 consecutive weekends starting January 17, 2015, with a special FAMILY DAY fun on snowshoes, February 15th. Bookings: Advanced registration is required and can be done by calling 705-766-9968. Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Algonquin area.

Barrie Area

Hardwood Ski & Bike
Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 40 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for cross-country skiing. The trail network consists of 8 different loops ranging from 3 km to 22 km.  There is a trail for every level of ability, from beginner to elite racer on terrain that ranges from gently rolling to challenging.

Horseshoe Adventure Park
A variety of activities await you this Winter season at Horseshoe Resort's Adventure Park. Snow Tubing, fat biking, Yamaha Adventures, Snowshoeing & Skating.

Snow Valley Resort
Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing fun for families. At Snow Valley, our goal is to be the best resort in Ontario for families to learn to ski or snowboard. To this end we provide lift tickets and ski & snowboard lessons for every age and skill level.
Barrie Ski & Snowtube Packages. Plan a Family Getaway! "stay & play" packages available through a number of local hotels.

MacLaren Art Centre
Celebrate with your family! Take a tour of our current exhibitions and curl up near the fire with lunch from the Radio Cafe. 
Family Day Workshop - The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
1:30 to 3:00 pm, $5 per child/ free for Friends of the MacLaren (family category). Materials included. Join Meghan Thorpe from 1:30 to 3:00 pm as she guides you to create a framed family tree using a variety of media. Please sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited. Exhibition tours are available upon request at the Greeter`s Desk before and after the workshop.

Ice Fishing Tournament
Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Simcoe County presents the Annual Ice Fishing Tournament. Over $50,000 in prizes! Kempenfelt Bay - Southshore Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive. Free for spectators.

Family Day Winter Fun
Utopia
Enjoy the great outdoors with snowshoeing, kicksledding skating on the pond and more. Location: Tiffin Conservation Area, 8195 8th Line.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Barrie, ON

Barry's Bay Area

Barry's Bay Timberfest 
Barry's Bay 
TBA

A fun filled family weekend celebrating logging and the timbering heritage of the Madawaska Valley in Barry's Bay, Wilno and Combermere.  Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Barry’s Bay, ON

Ottawa Valley Tourism

Blue Mountain / Collingwood Area

Blue Mountain Village - Family Day Weekend
There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village! With something for everyone including Skating on the Mill Pond, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Horse & Wagon rides, Do-it-Yourself Pottery Making, Wood carving shows, Birds in Flight Shows, Guided Snowshoeing Tours, Scavenger Hunts & Fireworks!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood, ON

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Ski 3 Nordic Centres
Cross country ski  and snowshoe trails meandering through a quiet forest of sugar maples, beaches and oaks high atop the Niagara Escarpment.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood, ON

Plunge! Aquatic Centre

Ontario's Lake Country

Orillia Farmers' Market
Saturday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Orillia Public Library

Orilla Fairgrounds Farmers' Market
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fairgrounds Road

Ontario's Lake Country Tourism

Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, Tweed, Ontario's Highlands)

Winterlude
Ottawa 
January 30-February 16, 2015

Come to Winterlude, where three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From glittering ice carvings and majestic snow sculptures to the world’s largest skating rink, a gigantic snow playground and explosive shows under the winter sky, Winterlude is a great way to celebrate and enjoy the winter season.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in the  Ottawa area

Ottawa Valley Tourism
Municipality of Tweed

 Haliburton Highlands Area - Ontario's Highlands

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Family Day Weekend including Monday February 16th
.  Make Sir Sam's your family playground for the weekend or a day on the slopes . For decades, family traditions have been made at Sir Sam's & this weekend has already become an annual tradition for many , Deck barbeques, tasty treats & maybe even a sighting of Sammy the St Bernard, the  famous mascot.

Red & White Flagfest
February 15, 2015
Brockville
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our flag with family fun! Organized by the 50 Years Of Our Flag Committee, Red and White FlagFest is a winter carnival and festival aimed at all ages as we celebrate the 50th year of our Canadian Flag. Including great activities like fireworks, a team scavenger hunt, comedy show, and sledding races, there's something for everyone here. So grab your flags, sport your red and white, and come join us for an amazing time!

Winterfest
Minden Hills
The Township of Minden Hills is hosting their annual Winterfest event. This is a chance to get the family together and have some fun while trying something new! The activities for the day include a pancake breakfast (sponsored by the fair board), broomball, adults vs kids shinny, public skating, marshmallow roasting, snow soccer baseball, curling and cardboard sled races. All events happen in and around the SG Nesbitt arena and are free unless otherwise indicated. Check out www.mindenhills.ca for more information on these activities.

Haliburton Frostfest
February 14, 2015

Dress in your most comfortable Haliburton winter attire and come out with family and friends and enjoy a full day of outdoor fun and recreation at Head Lake Park in Haliburton village.
Stay at Resorts, Inn, Hotels Haliburton, ON ,

Haliburton Highlands Destination
Ontario's Highlands Destination

Midland Area

Downtown Midland
There is always something going on downtown Midland! Everyone will enjoy shopping, events and activities, or simply strolling to the waterfront and checking out the boats and a stunning Georgian Bay view.

Wye Marsh
Family Play Day, Monday February 16
Have fun outdoors with your family! Skiing, snowshoeing, animal shows, chickadee feeding, bannock roasting and more! Birds of Prey and Wet n' Scaly shows on Saturdays and Sundays.

Huronia Museum
Huronia Museum is located in Midland, Ontario, Canada. It features a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam and a full-size longhouse.The museum also features an exhibit gallery featuring tens of thousands of historic artifacts ranging from photographs, native archaeology and art by members of the Group of Seven, and others.

Wild T & The Spirit Concert
Midland Cultural Centre

Also on the weekend, open mic Saturdays! Drop to sing, jam or sit and enjoy the sounds.

Karma Marketplace Markets
Penetanguishene Markets on Saturdays at the French Centre on Main Street and the Midland Community Market on Sunday mornings at the Mountainview Mall.

Honey Harbour Winterfest
From 11 to 2 in Honey Harbour Park. A fabulous Georgian Shore lunch: deep-fried fish, French fries, beans, chili, coleslaw, hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot apple cider. (cash donations for food requested). Dog sled rides / Entertainment for the kids / Skating / Raffle and 50/50 draw.

Midland Tourism

Muskoka Area

Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
Decades Live Show
For over 30 years, Deerhurst Resort has presented Canada's longest running musical variety stage production, with a new version every year. For a special occasion, conference wrap-up or memorable date night, book your seats soon for an evening of spectacular live entertainment. 

Dwight Winter Carnival
Get ready for the 45th Annual Dwight Winter Carnival February 13-15, 2015.

Northern Ontario

Voyageur Winter Carnival
Thunder Bay
 
February 14-16, 2015
Join in an exciting celebration of winter! Snow sculpture & snowman making contests! Sleigh & dog sled ride.

Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival
Kirkland Lake
February 12- March 1, 2015

The Winter Carnival is a community event focused on children events. Highlights include the Mush for Gold Dog Sled Races and the Annual National CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championship Event.

Snowarama 2015
Timmins, ON
February 15, 2015
Enjoy a full day of fun with your family and friends on OFSC trails and help kids with physical disabilities succeed! Collect pledges and ride your machine in support of Easter Seals kids. This year’s event will take place at the Cedar Meadows Resort.  A complimentary lunch courtesy of Cedar Meadows will be available from 12 noon – 2:00 p.m. for all participants.
Stay at Cedar Meadows Resort

Wasaga Beach Area

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 12-16, 2015
Affordable family fun. Activities include: Chili Cook-off, Bingo, Live Entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Nordic Skiing, Tobaggaing, and Fireworks
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Wasaga Beach,

Overnight accommodation can be found Ontario Hotels, or by looking at Ontario Resort Family Getaways

Also check out these destinations: Magnetawan | Tweed | Ottawa Valley

Canada Embraces Winter on February Family Day

Family Day coincides with Canada Heritage Day, and Ontario Heritage week.  Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. join Ontario and celebrate Canada Family Day as a public holiday. Get a feeling for the possibilities for a family day outing with Family Day Photo Gallery.




Dog Named Crosby Scores
Ice Rink On Lake Simcoe
Tobogan Pull On Ice
Kids Snowmobile

Family Day Ontario begins "Canada  Heritage Week" 

Heritage Canada The National Trust promotes the third Monday of February each year as Heritage Day and has long advocated adopting this date as a national holiday. On February 16, 2015 Canadians have fun with Heritage by celebrating Historic Places Made for Play.  Certainly winter carnivals are one of many historic outdoor activities deeply rooted in Canadian culture. February is one of the busiest winter carnival and fun festivalevent months in Ontario.

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