Ontario Government Encourages Families to Have Fun, be Active: Whether you like to bundle up in parkas and mittens or stay inside where it’s toasty warm, Ontario has lots to offer this Family Day.
Ontario’s provincial parks offer a number of fun winter activities for families to get outside and discover the wonders of nature. Parks are also a great place to complete many of the activities in the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter.
Check out these great outdoor adventures:
- Lace up your skates and glide around the skating trails at MacGregor Point and Arrowhead provincial parks.
- Visit the animals at the Children’s Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
- Check out Winter in the Wild in Algonquin Provincial Park for guided walks and talks, skating, marshmallow roasting and winter camping demonstrations.
- Join a wintery walk at Presqu’ile Provincial Park with bird watching, animal tracking and the possibility of ice volcanoes!
- Marvel at the beauty of Killarney Provincial Park in winter and check out guest speakers and star-gazing at the park observatory.
Remove your outerwear to enjoy these great indoor activities:
- You don’t have to travel far to experience the delights of Eastern Canada. Enjoy folk music performances, storytelling and art at the Exploring Newfoundland Art exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery.
- Be amazed by bizarre plants that eat their prey and meet animals with wild defense strategies that help to keep them alive at the Savage Gardens, Nature’s Ninjas exhibits at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
- Bust a move at the all-day dance party and find out “whodunit” as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s gallery-wide game of Clue.
- Stay warm in a snow fort or sugar shack at the Fort William Historical Park winter carnival.
- Celebrate heritage week in Ontario from Feb. 17- 23 at participating museums and heritage sites that are open on Family Day across the province.
With so much to do in Ontario for Family Day, the possibilities for family fun are endless.
- The Ontario government passed legislation to create Family Day in 2007. The first Family Day was observed on Feb. 18, 2008.
- Tourism in Ontario generates over $23 billion in economic activity and supports over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 providing visitor facilities.
Ministry of Natural Resources, February 14, 2014