For those of you who don’t live in Ontario, you are probably thinking, what the heck is she talking about, every day is family day. However, where I live we actually have a statutory holiday this Monday February 16th called Family Day.
Ah Family Day, Ontario’s favourite fake holiday. It’s only been around since 2008, but the statutory holiday in 2015 gives many in Canada’s most populous province a long weekend right in the heart of winter.
To quote the Ontario government’s own FAQ on Family Day, “The time between New Year’s Day and Easter is long and people need a rest.”
In 2015, Family Day will fall on Feb. 16 and like last year the holiday means that many businesses will be closed. It is actually an extra long weekend around here because in Toronto February 13, 2015 is a PA day for public schools and then of course Saturday February 14, 2015 is Valentines Day.
Government offices, banks and most grocery stores will be closed this Family Day. Large malls, like Toronto’s Eaton Centre will be open.
Look for special deals and events for attractions such as the Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and many others. It may be winter but there is lots to do indoors.
If outdoor activities are more your style, Ontario’s provincial parks are also hosting Family Day events. Go looking for owls at the Pinery on Lake Huron or get away from city lights and see the night sky the way it was meant to be seen in Killarney Park.
If you have friends or relatives in Alberta or Saskatchewan they’ll be celebrating the ‘holiday’ with you. While those in Manitoba celebrate Louis Riel Day and those on Prince Edward Island celebrate Islander Day.
It’s important to note that British Columbians celebrate their Family Day a week earlier.
I Hope Everyone Has Great Day (holiday or not).