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Family Day is the perfect opportunity for your loved ones to experience an outdoor winter adventure.

Here are some interesting happenings in Ontario parks this Family Day weekend:

Snowman Mania – Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Snowman and skiers

Come celebrate winter with the family at Wasaga Beach! There will be a ski treasure hunt in which the whole family can compete.

While you’re there, why not hit some trails on your own and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the Blueberry Trails Nordic Center? Please note that a daily ski pass is required and ski rentals are available. Snacks will be available for purchase.

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Winter Weekend: Killarney Provincial Park

Man skiing past granite

Glide down the 30 km of groomed cross-country ski trails or join one of the guided snowshoe hikes. Evening activities include presentations by guest speakers, an owl walk, and stargazing at the park’s observatory. BBQ lunch courtesy of Friends of Killarney Park.

Winter in the Wild – Algonquin Provincial Park

family skating

Winter in Algonquin is unforgettable and Winter in the Wild highlights the best the season has to offer the whole family! Join Ontario Parks and Friends of Algonquin Park for indoor and outdoor events including guided bird walks, guest speakers, guided snowshoe hikes, skating, winter camping demonstrations, marshmallow roasting and a special program by the night. Chili Lunch and BBQ Dinner will be available for purchase.

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Snow Festival – MacGregor Point Provincial Park

MacGregor Yurt

Come have fun with your family in the snow! Enjoy a challenge with MacGregor Point Survivor on Saturday. Or, catch a live raptor show from Wild Ontario on Sunday at 2:00 pm Lastly, don’t miss the dog sledding demonstration on Monday in the Skating Oval parking lot.

Outdoor skating will be available from 9am to 10pm daily, weather permitting. Don’t forget to explore the park’s cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.

Family Day Weekend: Pinery Provincial Park

Pinery Snowshoes

No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get outside and explore nature in winter. Stop by the Visitor Center to take part in some fantastic nature programs. Come and learn how Pinery’s winter residents survive in winter, from small predators that live under the snow to winter songbirds and large, impressive nocturnal predators like great horned owls.

Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, sled and/or skates and enjoy winter! Skis and snowshoes can also be rented. Don’t miss the Family Day bonfire!

Family Day – Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Sledding in Brontë

Tour the various barns and outbuildings at Children’s Farm (open 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.) to see your favorite farm animals. Pellet feeding stations available (funds support Friends of Bronte Creek Park). At Children’s Playbarn, kids 10 and under can climb, jump, and explore tunnels to their heart’s content.

At the Nature Center (open from 10:00 to 4:00 pm), live animals and hands-on exhibits showcase the natural world of Bronte Creek. Don’t forget to stop by the craft station!

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Family Day Weekend – Rondeau Provincial Park

craft table

Bring your family to Rondeau for an educational adventure! Even in winter, signs of animal activity are all around us. This weekend, Rondeau Naturalists are hosting events like DIY bird feeders, owl pellet dissections, and animal feedings!

Family fishing weekend

PicMonkey Collage - ice fishing

Did you know that Canadians will be able to fish without a license from February 17 to 19, 2018? What a great time to introduce your family to ice fishing! Find an event near you.

Security First! Safety should always come first. Remember: ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness. Always dress for the weather and layer up.

Make sure you also obey the rules and regulations of the body of water you are fishing in!

Wherever you spend it, our Ontario Parks family hopes your weekend is filled with love and laughter.