8 fun Family Day events to participate in across Ontario

Skating on a pond

From tobogganing to skating, to snowmen-making contests and icy polar dips, Family Day is all about spending time in the great wintery outdoors with family and friends. Here are eight Ontario-based events worth checking out this year.

Snowmania in Wasaga Beach
Do you want to build a snowman? Over Family Day weekend in Wasaga Beach, throngs of snow lovers will be making their best snowmen for the annual Snowmania snowman-making contest. The weekend kicks off with an opening parade—where it’s rumoured that two very special Frozen princesses will be in attendance—followed by two more days of skating, tobogganing, and horse drawn carriage rides. More info: www.snowmania.com

Pinery Family Day Weekend in the Pinery Provincial Park in Grand Bend
The beach dunes of the Pinery Provincial Park look incredible in the summer, but they’re also fun to explore in the dead of winter, too. Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, skates, and sleds to the park from February 14 through to the 16 for two days of winter activities. In the Visitor Centre, learn about how the Pinery’s animal residents hibernate in the winter. Skis and snowshoes are available to rent. More info: www.gotparks.ca

Dwight Winter Carnival in Muskoka
The 45th annual Dwight Winter Carnival is chock-full of all types of wintery goodness. Skate with your family, join a drumming circle, ride a pony or a helicopter, and watch the Fleming College Loggersports team compete in log chopping and sawing contests. More info: www.facebook.com/dwightwintercarnival 

Snowfest at MacGregor Point in Port Elgin
MacGregor Point Provincial Park has planned the ultimate Family Day weekend for sporty types. On Sunday, February 15, rally your family for the winter triathlon, a fun competition of snowshoeing, skating, and cross-country skiing. Then on Monday, February 16, get a closer look at the winter wildlife while snowshoeing the park’s oldest hiking trail. Outdoor skating will be happening every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., too. More info: www.facebook.com

Get Outdoors on Maclean Lake in Severn Township

Family Day is the perfect time for the youngsters in your family to learn how to ice fish. From February 14 to 16, Canadian residents can fish the Ontario waters without a licence. Minnows and jigging sticks will be available at this family fishing event, along with hot chocolate and cookies. More info: www.familyfishing.com

Winterloo in Waterloo
From February 14 to 16, the city of Waterloo will be transforming into a winter wonderland. The Winterloo festival hosts plenty of family activities like dog sled rides, sledge hockey tournaments, ice sculpting, skating, free family movies, and outdoor snow painting. After you’ve built up an appetite from all the fun, head over to the great chili cook-off and sample some delicious entries. More info: www.winterloo.ca

Family Day in Cobourg
The city of Cobourg is pulling out all of the stops this Family Day. You can play an ice xylophone and explore the interactive ice sculptures, then take a polar bear dip at the Cobourg Beach. Then get cozy at the maple candy station before checking out the Battle of the Chainsaws. On February 16, watch the annual Docs vs Cops hockey game at the Cobourg Community Centre Bowl—Beavertails will be on-hand. More info: www.cobourgtourism.ca

Family Day at Blue Mountain in Collingwood
One of the best skiing spots in Ontario will also be offering a dizzying amount of fun, snow-filled events on February 16. Start the day off competing in the village scavenger hunt, then take an exhilarating ride on the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, which twists and turns 1,085-meters down the mountain at up to 42 km/hour. Finish off the day skating on Mill Pond for a round of shinny. More info: www.bluemountain.ca