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Family Day in Ontario

No or Near-No-Cost Events & Activities This Family Day in Ontario

Family Day in Ontario is all about spending time together as a family and not necessarily about spending money. Fun events and activities north in Ontario await anyone who has a big or small budget. If you’re a little kid or a big kid and love to play in the snow, then heading north in Ontario is your best place to find it.

Is any event or activity truly free? Not always, there’s transportation, incidental (er accidental?) shopping, food and other ‘wants’ expenses along the way that come up. Finding something to do, especially if you’re a big family group, that has free admission or is an activity you can do in a free public place, well, that’s a wise thrifty place to start.

Here are a few suggestions to have a no-cost or near-no-cost this Family Day.

Ontario Family Ice Fishing Weekend

This year Family Fishing Weekend is February 16-18, 2019  and 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. We do not encourage you at all to go out and do this by yourself. The season has been up and down and large pressure cracks have been reports on Lake Simcoe, Penetanguishene etc. If you are going to consider ice fishing on the holiday weekend, be safe not sorry, and leave the hard stuff to the professionals who have organized and made safe all these great events for everyone.

Ontario Family Fishing Events

Winterama Family Ice Fishing


Beaverton Legion Ice Fishing Derby


OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day


Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area


If you’re looking to level up aand spend more quality time ice fishing, you should check out

Ice Fishing Getaway Packages

Blue Mountain Village

There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village.  Free parking and lots of free activities and entertainment in the village, all you need to pay for is your food, drinks and your own shopping. 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.

Check Out Abbey Gardens

Our trails, Food Hub, educational displays and local business partners (including a craft brewery) are all located on site in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, Ontario overlooking Grass Lake. Visitors are welcome to tour the gardens, visit our heritage breed ponies and chickens, shop for local food at the Food Hub, enjoy lunch on our new restaurant patio, book a tour of the grounds, hike the trails or participate in one of our programming options.

Backyard Bird Count Family Day Weekend

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up on the February 15-18 2019. It is a long weekend celebrating 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 Carnivals

Kirkland Lake, Gravenhurst, Dorset, Baysville, Muskoka Hullabaloo, find a weekend winter carnival just for you on our Winter Carnivals page.

These are all wonderful family friendly events that have no entry free or are free to do. There is some give and take in that you may need to create your own schedules and activity details.

We also have a ton of other great family day events and activities that have associated costs, and at all price points. There is literally something to do for all types of families. You can check out our full family day page at:

Family Day Weekend Activities & Events

Happy Family Day!