Going to work Monday morning is tough enough; some days you’d rather just stay home and spend time with your family. Now you don’t have to make an excuse. The third Monday in February, folks in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario observe a public holiday known as Family Day. Alberta was the first Canadian provenience to celebrate this holiday in 1990 before others caught on. British Columbia celebrates Family Day on the second Monday in February while Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia don’t yet recognize the statutory holiday.
Overall, more than two-thirds of Canadians will honor the day by spending time with their families, partaking in fun-filled activities and contests. Here is an overview of how you can create memories with your family on the special day:
- Visit Fort Calgary’s Winter Carnival for a day filled with treasure hunts, carnival games, arts and crafts, theatre plays and a chance to make Canada’s own maple syrup candy.
- In the Cochrane area, head to Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre for a variety of indoor fun, including skating, soccer, volleyball and gymnastics.
- Visit Regina’s Saskatchewan Science Centre for wall-climbing adventures and family-fun stage shows. Also enjoy the rest of the permanent exhibits at the science centre, like the Titanic artifact exhibit and the IMAX Theatre.
- Enjoy a free day of family fun at the new TIFF Bell Lightbox. The five-story building features five theatres for movie and cartoon watching, three learning studios that will be filled with arts and crafts, as well as pop-up magic stands for everyone in the family to enjoy.
- For outdoor family fun visit the Tiffin Centre for Conservation in Barrie and enjoy a day filled with nature walks, bird watching and snow shoeing. Once the sun goes down, gather around the bonfire and enjoy a glass of hot chocolate before heading home.