Family Day getaways are still an option for an out-of-town, overnight family getaway. Ontario family friendly resorts are offering some hard-to-turn-down promotions that combine some really neat and fun winter activities and cozy winter accommodations.
Family Day events specific to the holiday on Monday, February 18, include fireworks, winter sports, story telling, bird counting and more.
On the hills and trails...
This long weekend presents an opportunity to experience ice fishing, license-free! Across Ontario, from February 15 to 18, it's Family Fishing weekend. Dress the kids warmly, fill a thermos and pack some snacks - it's more than you really need to peak your kids interest in fishing.
It was another good week for ski hills and trails. Skiing, snowshoeing and snowtubing are all fun winter activities that encourage kids be active, breathe fresh air and of course, have fun. Several of Ontario ski operators have some special fun and promotions in honour of the holiday. See their websites for details.
Be sure to use our handy Ontario ski and snowboard list with direct links to updated conditions, webcams, rates, ski schools and more.
Try Ice Fishing - License Free!
Ice Fishing Tournament: The Canadian Home Builders' Association of Simcoe County presents its annual ice fishing tournament on Kempenfelt Bay with over $50,000 in prizes! Come feel the excitement!
Timberfest: A weekend of family fun celebrating the timbering heritage of Barry's Bay and the Madawaska Valley.
FAMILY FUN All Weeekend Long!
Blue Mountains | Collingwood
Family Day Weekend Activities: There's no better way to spend the Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village! With lots of free events and activities – there's something to do for everyone!
Snowball Winter Carnival: Come and join the fun at the 23rd annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival!
Muskoka Carving Event: Twenty Ontario Carvers, both men and women, will showcase their artistic abilities by creating yard art with a chainsaw.
Midland | Penetanguishene
Easy as 1-2-3!
Backyard Bird Count: 411ontariokids.com and Wye Marsh will participate again in the 2013 Great Backyard Birdcount this Family Day weekend. This will be second year the organizations have teamed up to help in the North America-wide annual bird count.
Farmers' Market: Midland's Indoor Farmers' & Artisans' Market is held every Saturday from November 3, 2012 to March 30, 2013, at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre.
Winterama Carnival: Traditional winter festival family fun. Parade on Friday at 7 p.m.
Come Try Hockey: Boys and girls, ages 5-13, come try hockey free on Sundays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Port Carling Arena.
Snow Fest: The Friends of MacGregor and Park Staff will host a variety of family-oriented programs including: a night hike, a snowshoe hike, a scavenger hunt and family challenges, such as a campfire cookout.
Snowman Mania: Tons of winter family fun activities like skating, snowshoeing, fireworks, hockey and more!