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:
Night of Fire and Ice – Arrowhead Provincial Park
More than 200 torches light your way as you skate around Arrowhead’s 1.3 km ice rink. Two bonfires are lit to roast marshmallows and hot dogs! You can buy hot chocolate.
The trail is open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Rentals are available starting at 5:30 pm and must be returned by 8:30 pm Weather permitting.
Winter Weekend: Killarney Provincial Park
The Friends of Killarney Park host their annual winter weekend with fun activities for the whole family!
On Saturday evening one of Killarney’s resident astronomers will lead a stargazing program at the park’s observatory.
Activities scheduled for Sunday include a guided snowshoe hike, children’s programs led by park staff, sledding and traditional maple syrup candy.
The Friends will host a dinner at Killarney Mountain Lodge on Sunday evening with a presentation by Heather Gauthier. Heather is a native of Sudbury and is an international bestselling author on self-help, spirituality, and travel. Heather has walked the Camino (Santiago’s 800km Compostela trail) in northern Spain twice since 2012 and will share her experiences as a guest presenter.
Killarney has 30km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on trails like Granite Ridge, providing a whole new way to see the park!
Family Day Weekend: Pinery Provincial Park
No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get outside and explore nature in winter. Be sure to visit the Visitor Center and enjoy a fun nature program with your friends and family!
Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, sled and/or skates and enjoy winter! Skis and snowshoes can also be rented. Check out our ski report to make sure Pinery gets plenty of snow!
Winter in the Wild – Algonquin Provincial Park
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.
Family Day Weekend: MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Come have fun with your family in the snow!
Outdoor skating will be available from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, weather permitting. Don’t forget to explore the park’s cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.
Family Day Weekend – Rondeau Provincial Park
Bring your family to Rondeau for winter fun! The Visitor Center will be open Saturday through Monday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Experience traditional dancing and storytelling with Herb Snake on Saturday at 11:00 am. Learn the meaning of these dances and even get the chance to try out some steps!
Come meet Rondeau’s resident eastern fox snake on Sunday at 1:00 pm and watch him eat lunch.
Family Day – Bronte Creek Provincial Park
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!
Family fishing weekend
Did you know that Canadians will be able to fish without a license from February 15 to 17, 2020? What a great time to introduce your family to ice fishing! Find an event near you.
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!