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There's No Place Like Ontario for Family Day

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There's No Place Like Ontario for Family Day

Ontario Government Encourages Families to Have Fun, be Active

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Whether you like to bundle up in parkas and mittens or stay inside where it's toasty warm, Ontario has lots to offer this Family Day.

Ontario's provincial parks offer a number of fun winter activities for families to get outside and discover the wonders of nature. Parks are also a great place to complete many of the activities in the Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter.

Check out these great outdoor adventures:

Remove your outerwear to enjoy these great indoor activities:

  • You don't have to travel far to experience the delights of Eastern Canada. Enjoy folk music performances, storytelling and art at the Exploring Newfoundland Art exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery.
  • Be amazed by bizarre plants that eat their prey and meet animals with wild defense strategies that help to keep them alive at the Savage Gardens, Nature's Ninjas exhibits at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Bust a move at the all-day dance party and find out "whodunit" as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario's gallery-wide game of Clue. 
  • Stay warm in a snow fort or sugar shack at the Fort William Historical Park winter carnival.
  • Celebrate heritage week in Ontario from Feb. 17- 23 at participating museums and heritage sites that are open on Family Day across the province.

With so much to do in Ontario for Family Day, the possibilities for family fun are endless.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario government passed legislation to create Family Day in 2007. The first Family Day was observed on Feb. 18, 2008.
  • Tourism in Ontario generates over $23 billion in economic activity and supports over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 providing visitor facilities.

Additional Resources


“Family Day offers a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy winter activities. It gives young people a chance to explore a wonderful adventure in one of Ontario’s provincial parks. Our Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter highlights 12 exciting activities that encourage children to go outside and learn about the natural environment in this province.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“There’s no better way to explore our province than with family and friends. Whether you want to get active, learn about history, discover the artist within or simply be entertained, sharing these Ontario experiences together will make Family Day more fun and memorable.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Jasmine Gill

    Minister’s Office, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


  • Christy Arnold

    Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


  • Diana Alpeza

    Minister’s Office, Ministry of Natural Resources


  • Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch, Ministry of Natural Resources




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