Family Day Activities & Events

 

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.

Family Day Getaway Offers

 

 

Winter Fun in Towns, Cities or Resort Destinations 

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

 

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Ontario Family Ice Fishing Weekend

This year Family Fishing Weekend is February 13-15, 2016 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 12 – 15 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 Village, 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 15th, 2016

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

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. 

Creative Snow Day Play
Barry’s Bay
February 13, 2016
Colour Mountain and Snow Family. Use spray bottles to help paint a Snow Mountain and create a replica of your family in snow.

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Barry’s Bay

Ottawa Valley Tourism

Blue Mountain / Collingwood

 

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!

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.

Guided Night Snowshoe Hike
Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood

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

Orillia Winter Carnival
February 12-14, 2016
The Orillia Winter Carnival has been around for many, many years and has evolved with time. No one really knows how long this event has been running but we have seen photographic proof from as far back as the early 1950’s.

Ontario’s Lake Country Tourism

Eastern Ontario

(Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, Tweed, Ontario’s Highlands)

Winterlude
Ottawa 
January 29-February 15, 2016
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

Creative Snow Day Play
Barry’s Bay
February 13, 2016
Colour Mountain and Snow Family. Use spray bottles to help paint a Snow Mountain and create a replica of your family in snow.

Ottawa Valley Tourism

Haliburton 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.

Yours Outdoors Experiences
The following nature and artisan experiences are taking place over the Family Day long weekend: Make Peace with Winter-Into the Dark- Ice Climbing, Some Like it Hot: Glassblowing Workshop, Walk into Winter – A Day Trip.

Haliburton Frostfest
February 13, 2016
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

Haliburton Highlands Destination
Ontario’s Highlands Destination

Midland

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
Have fun outdoors with your family! Skiing, snowshoeing, animal shows, chickadee feeding, bannock roasting and more!

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.

The Beatlemaniacs
Midland Cultural Centre
The Beatlemaniacs turn the page on history, and bring you The Reunion Concert that never was! The Beatlemaniacs turn imagination into reality, bringing The Beatles back together in a fully produced live concert experience! 

Midland Tourism

Muskoka

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. 

Annual Dwight Winter Carnival 
Dwight 
February 12-14, 2016
For a $4 button or 4 buttons for $12 and no additional fees you can enjoy Friday Night Kids Kapers (carnival games for kids 10 & Under with prizes for every child. Saturday a Horse Sleigh Rides, Pony Rides, Body Zorbs, Gyroscope, Archery Demonstration, Fleming Logger Sports, Games and Activities for all ages. Saturday Night Adults only Yuk Yuks comedy show and dance with a free bus to local destinations all for $35 a ticket. Sunday is the Dwight Winter Carnival Snowmobile Radar Run with NBSSR, home of the fastest snowmobiles.  Helicopter Rides * for an additional fee, over Lake of Bays.  
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Dwight area

Muskoka Tourism

Northern Ontario

Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival
Kirkland Lake
February 11- 28, 2016
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 2016
Timmins, ON
February 14, 2016
Come and enjoy a fun-filled day during the 2016 Family Day weekend where Easter Seals will be celebrating the 42nd Snowarama ride in Timmins.

Bon Soo Winter Carnival
Sault Ste. Marie 
February 5-14, 2016
Come to Saul Ste. Marie, Canada and celebrate years of Winter Magic. Family Traditions continue for ten days, while residents and visitors alike will GET OUT and GET ACTIVE, enjoying our “Fifth Season” – BON SOO!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Sault Ste. Marie

Cochrane Winter Carnival
Cochrane 
February 5 -15, 2016
Come Chill With Chimo at Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival! Participate in many tournaments such as hockey and horseshoe, attend the many dances including an outdoor dance on Lake Command.

Wasaga Beach

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 12-15, 2016
Four days of affordable family fun. Activities include: Chili Cook-off, Bingo, Live Entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Nordic Skiing, Tobaggaing, and Fireworks
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland 
More information on Tourism Midland

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

 

 

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.