Toronto’s top picks from Family Day this past weekend
The third Monday of February marks a statutory holiday in Canada every year. Family day is the one day during the year where every working individual can take the day off for the sole purpose of spending time with their families. It is an opportunity for families to get together and enjoy some quality time, before they get back to their busy routines again.
Family day is observed in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, which include two-thirds of the Canadian Population. This holiday is a chance for hard-working individuals to connect and celebrate the importance of family with their loved ones. The holiday was made official in 1990, when the then Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Helen Hunley, passed the Family Day Act. Other provinces followed suit over the next two decades. The provinces that don’t celebrate Family Day today have similar holidays under different names, but the rising popularity of this festivity may make it a National holiday soon.
In the spirit of Family Day, we decided to list some of the best Family Day destinations that you could’ve visited over the weekend. If you missed out on any of these, don’t fret! Most of these events continue through out the winter seasons so you can still enjoy them with your family.
- Bentway Skating Trail
The Bentway is a public space under the Gardiner Expressway that serves as a skating rink during most of the winters. It is the perfect place to have a nice night out with your family, especially if you have kids. The skating rink is well-decorated with colorful lights all around the trail, and even features a patio that serves hot chocolate, hot ciders, and beer, with warm sit-in areas. Good music compliments the relaxing atmosphere. It is a must visit for families who love skating!
- Woodbine Beach, Winter Stations
Every year during the winter season, the empty life-guard stations on Woodbine beach are converted into wintery art pieces. The exhibition features artwork from all around the world and there are always some eye-catching pieces of art that are definitely worth your time. This year Winter Station featured an interactive machine called the LOOP, which lights up with different images when activated.
- The Distillery District
The Distillery District is without a doubt, one of the most entertaining places in Downtown Toronto. Whatever the occasion, there is always something going on at the Distillery District and this year, large numbers of people were amazed by the captivating Lights Fest being held from the 17th of January to the 1st of March. If you still haven’t been, and you’re looking for a fun night out with your family, the Distillery District is the place to go.
- Toronto Zoo
Who doesn’t love going to the zoo? Whether you’re interested in wildlife or plants, or if you’re trying to plan a fun day out for your kids, the Toronto Zoo is your next destination. With a phenomenal variety of wildlife and plants to keep you interested for hours, the Zoo offers a family friendly atmosphere, complete with restaurants and gift shops. The Zoo also has its own light show now called the Terra Lumina, and believe us when we tell you that it is absolutely mesmerizing, so be sure to check that out as well!
- Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
A showcase of the best animated shorts from around the world, and that too for an entire weekend. Unfortunately, if you missed out on this last weekend, you’ll have to wait till next year for TAAFI. But this is just one of the many amazing film/art festivals held in Toronto during the year. The Pendance Film Festival is just around the corner, and right in the middle of summer we have the Toronto International Film Festival, which features every Hollywood celebrity ever. So, if you and your family are big fans of arts and film, your schedule should be pretty much booked for the rest of the year.
And there you have it. Our list for places you could have gone to, or rather should still go to for a fun family outing. If you feel like we missed out on any places, or if you have any recommendations, please let us know in the comments section below! Happy Family Day!