Family Day 2016

The February long weekend is a triple threat in 2016!

Whether you’re rekindling Valentine romance, planning an epic Family Day adventure, or hitting the ice for Family Fishing Weekend, we’ve got you covered.

For the anglers:Family Fishing Weekend

Did you know Canadians can fish licence-free from February 13-15?

With Family Fishing Weekend around the corner, we’re sharing our top tips about the season’s hottest — or should we say — coldest pastime: ice fishing!

For the romantics:Valentine's 2016 ideas

Whether you’re planning a steamy hot-tenting weekend, or a winter staycation in a cabin or yurt — our reservation team will help you find the perfect park.

Prefer a romantic daytrip? We’ve got lots of ideas, from skiing under the stars to a snowy picnic for two!

For the families:

Near Toronto: 

Bronte Creek skating

Weather-permitting, the giant outdoor skating rink at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be open February 15 with skate rentals available.

Staff at Bronte Creek’s Nature Centre will lead craft-making sessions and at the Play Barn, there’ll be lots of indoor fun. Bronte Creek’s farm animals will also be on hand to greet visitors.

Wasaga Beach family

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park’s thirty kilometres of ski trails are one of Ontario’s best-kept winter secrets! On February 14, bundle up the kids, pack a winter picnic and head to this Georgian Bay park for a day of discovery.

Ski the Blueberry Trail, one of several trails maintained by the Wasaga Nordic Club. The club also rents cross-country skis, serves light refreshments and keeps trail huts warm for picnicking families. A special Family Day ski pass on February 14 is just $6.

In Muskoka:

Kids love Algonquin Provincial Park’s Winter in the Wild event. This day-long Family Day celebration is the perfect introduction to Ontario’s most famous park.

In 2016, Winter in the Wild takes place February 13 with activities planned along the park’s Highway 60 corridor, including a naturalist-led walk or snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, or skating on Mew Lake Campground’s outdoor rink.

The Algonquin Visitor Centre is a great spot to warm up, while exploring the exhibits, bookstore and view from the platform. And don’t miss the evening marshmallow roast at Mew Lake Campground.

In Southwestern Ontario:

Pinery snowshoers

From tiny creatures living under the snow to songbirds and night-time predators, The Pinery Provincial Park is full of winter wildlife. On Family Day weekend, join an Owl Prowl and learn about the great horned owl or make a nature craft to take home. Rent skis or snowshoes and hit The Pinery’s groomed trails. 

MacGregorPoint family

MacGregor Point Provincial Point, near Port Elgin, is the ultimate winter skating party for kids. They love to sleep over in a heated yurt and skate MacGregor Point’s lit 400-metre ice trail through the woods. Each yurt sleeps six comfortably.

From February 13-15, visitors can join the MacGregor Point’s Family Day Challenge and discover all the things that make this Lake Huron park cool.

In Northern Ontario:

Killarney Provincial Park and the Friends of Killarney invite you for a Family Activity Day and a night of stargazing on February 13. Experts will be on hand at Killarney’s observatory to point out winter constellations with the help of a powerful telescope.

Other activities include quinzee-building, cross-country skiing, a guided snowshoe hike and a winter barbeque. A camp cabin or six heated yurts are available for rent all winter long or stay at the nearby Killarney Bay Inn or Pines Inn.

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