Feb 18 2012

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Happy Family Day!

Happy Family Day to all of you!

The first long weekend of the year is here..

Family Day is a public holiday in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island and it falls on the third Monday of February every year. Family Day coincides with Canada Heritage Day, and Ontario Heritage week this year.

So, what are the ways to celebrate?

Family Day activities in 2012 take place over the Friday February 17 through until Monday February 20 and is a launch to Ontario Heritage week activities and coincides with Canada’s Heritage Day on Monday 21, 2011.

1. 2012 Ontario Family Ice Fishing Weekend

This year Family Fishing Weekend is February 18-20, 2012 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday) is designated as OFF license-free fishing days. During all other periods, most Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase an OUTDOORS card and a fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.

2. Backyard Bird Count Family Day Weekend

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up on the February 17-20 long weekend on Canada Heritage Day and Family Day Weekend in Ontario. The four-day event is free and is open to bird watchers of all ages and skill levels. Participants watch birds for any length of time on one or more days of the count and enter their tallies at www.birdcount.org. The GBBC is a joint North American project of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. A good place to count birds is the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland Ontario.

3. Township of Algonquin Highlands Trail Department

Family Day Weekend
February 18-20, 2012
Ski and Snowshoe
Rent 2 skis/snowshoes and get 3rd ski/snowshoe daily rental free

4. Blue Mountain Village

Spend Family Day Weekend (February 18-20th) in the Village and celebrate with FREE activities for 3 full days including the free-flying Birds of Prey shows by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Columbia Guided Snowshoeing, Horse & Carriage Rides, Face Painting, Fire Dance Show and FIREWORKS!

5. Cobourg Winter Festival

February 18-20, 20-12
3 fun-filled days for the entire family. Fireworks, ice carving, ice maze, ice-cube treasure hunt, snow shoes, hayrides maze, harbourfront zoo, West Coast Lumberjack Show. http://www.cobourgtourism.ca/

6. Winterlude Ottawa

February 3-20, 20112
Come to Winterlude, where three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From glittering ice carvings and majestic snow sculptures to the world’s largest skating rink, a gigantic snow playground and explosive shows under the winter sky, Winterlude is a great way to celebrate and enjoy the winter season. Winterlude website.

7. Toronto & Hamilton Kidsfest

Kids-Fest is Canada’s Largest Indoor Inflatable Show, Bounce, laugh, play, run and scream in 100,000+ sq. ft. of some of North America’s largest indoor inflatables.Enjoy one of our stage shows, have your face painted or for a little extra you can enjoy a pony ride! Shop in our vendor’s market place! http://www.kids-fest.ca/
8. Family Day Weekend at Ontario Parks
Have fun!
Indira Prabhakaran.






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