Every February, select Ontario Parks across the province host Family Day events. Here is what is planned for Family Day 2015:
Winter in the Wild at Algonquin
Winter in the Wild at Algonquin Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s best Family Day events. Check out this zippy little video of the fest produced by the Friends of Algonquin a few years back. If you’ve never experienced Algonquin in winter, this is your chance to get introduced. In 2015, it will be held February 15. On Saturday, families can choose skating at Mew Lake Campground’s outdoor rink (remember to pack your skates!) or join a guided snowshoe hike or birdwatching walk. Algonquin’s groomed ski trails are there for anyone who wants to cross-country ski. The Visitor Centre plans a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s Collection Room. Staff have amazing stories to share about the collection which holds park artifacts and oddities dating back 80 years. The cafe and park store at the Visitor Centre will also be open. Family Day festivities end on Saturday night with a Mew Lake bonfire, barbecue and a guided evening night hike and wolf howl. Admission to the Winter in the Wild is free with a park daily vehicle permit. The barbecue is moderately priced.
Killarney’s Activity Days
Discover the beauty of winter at Killarney Provincial Park this Family Day Weekend. The Friends of Killarney are hosting two action-packed days, February 14-15, 2015. Join them for guided hikes, art workshops, and star gazing at Killarney’s amazing observatory donated by an avid astronomer and Friend of Killarney. There are winter yurt rentals in the park’s George Lake Campground or try the Killarney Bay Inn which is near the park and open in winter. Check out the “Cool Things in Killarney Provincial Park” video for just a few of the many fun things to do in winter in the park.
Pinery Family Day Weekend
Pack your cross-country skis, snowshoes, toboggan and/or skates and enjoy a Family Day weekend at Pinery Provincial Park , February 14-16. Skis and snowshoes are also available for rent from the Park Store. Weekend activities will focus on park wildlife- from tiny predators living under the snow, to winter songbirds and night-time predators like great horned owls and others. The Pinery located on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, rents comfortable cabins and yurts year-round. For more information on the Pinery Family Day weekend, visit www.pinerypark.on.ca.
Several more Ontario Parks have groomed cross country ski trails. For the latest trail conditions, check the Ontario Parks Ski Report . You can skate cool ice trails through the woods at MacGregor Point and Arrowhead Provincial Parks. Arrowhead also has a tubing hill and tubes can be borrowed with a park permit. Bronte Creek has a massive outdoor skating rink, skate rentals and trails for winter walks. There are parks with designated snowshoe trails too, and parks on the Great Lakes are fantastic for winter storm watching. Best of all 9 of 18 Ontario Parks open in winter offer heated roofed accommodation .