Spending time together as a family means different things in different cultures. With people from so many cultures living in Canada, Family Day can take on incredibly different meanings.
For some, it could be sharing a big meal or visiting with family members we don’t see very often. For others, it could mean trying something new and bonding as a group.
Our country offers lots of adventurous options for Family Day, especially during Canada’s 150th birthday including everything from hiking and cross-country skiing to ice fishing and even dogsledding!
Here are just some of the most Canadian of possibilities:
Winter camping – It may be February, but that’s no reason not to stay indoors! And it’s especially true this year since admission for all visitors to National Parks is free in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Canada’s National Parks are set in some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and can be enjoyed even in the heart of winter including Banff National Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Fundy National Park and Gros Morne National Park.
To the dogs – There are lots of opportunities to take the family on a wild adventure this Family Day with dogsledding. The kids will love the idea of speeding through the countryside on a sled pulled by a team of dogs, and the snow and fresh air will bring a rosy glow to everyone’s cheeks. Family members can even race each other or team up and work together as they glide their way along the snow the way many first nations peoples and new Canadians did 150 years ago.
Hit the ice – For many communities throughout northern Canada, winter means setting up fishing huts and breaking out the winter tackle – giving new meaning to the phrase, ‘spending time on the lake’. Ice fishing is a popular and age-old sport practiced all over the world, but especially in Canada during the deepest parts of our winter. What better way to unplug and spend quality time with family than in a warm hut on the lake, waiting for the fish to bite?
Take a hike – In every province that celebrates Family Day, you’ll find activities in provincial parks to enjoy the best on offer in February. With lots of layers, warm jackets, pants and mittens, there’s no reason why everyone in your group won’t enjoy a hike in Canada’s winter wonderland. Spot animals active in winter like foxes, owls and hares, walk through quiet forests half asleep in the snow like the voyageurs of old, and bring along a thermos of hot chocolate for the whole family to enjoy.
Become ski bunnies – Ski destinations in BC, Alberta and Ontario hold special events for kids and families on Family Day weekend. Enjoy races, scavenger hunts, horse and wagon rides, and more as the ski bunnies in your family bask in their alpine or cross-country dreams. And for those in your group who don’t want to hit the slopes or the trails, most hills also offer tobogganing and tubing for more family fun.