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Looking for something to do on February 18th?

February 18 is a holiday in many provinces across the country with events happening in cities, bases and wings. There is all sorts of fun activities planned for families to take part in. Below is a highlight of events we found happening from coast to coast this year. Be sure to check out what’s going on local to you!

New Brunswick:

There are plenty of fun events happening in New Brunswick for Family Day weekend. Starting in the capital city, Fredericton, why not head over to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and check out their amazing art collection. There will be free admission on February 17, from 12-5 pm, for a Family Art Day. They will have tours, art demonstrations, workshops, and more. For more details visit their website.

For a glimpse into history, why not try out the Kings Landing Sugar Bush? Start out with a pancake breakfast, then head out into the village (a living museum), for sleigh rides, demonstrations, and – best of all – the 19th Century sugaring demonstrations, where you get to have maple candy on the snow. For details on admission costs and timings, check out their website.

For a bit more adventure, why not a family ski trip to Crabbe Mountain? For Family Day, Crabbe Mountain is offering a deal – $125 + taxes for a family pass, which includes rentals and lift tickets (2 adults and 2 children). For more information, check out their website.

Ontario:

If you are in Petawawa, then you may want to head over to Dundonald Hall Grounds for Winter Family Festival. It will take place on Feb. 18, 4pm – 6:30 pm, and there will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, bonfire with marshmallows, an axe-throwing competition, snowshoeing, sledding, fireworks, and more. For more information, check out their website.

Kingston, as part of their Feb Fest Festivities, will be offering lots of family day fun. There will be opportunities to curl – both to watch and to play, horse-drawn sleigh rides, theatrical events, skating, snowman building events, marshmallow roasting, and much, much more. Events will take place throughout the weekend, from Feb. 15-18. For more information, including dates, times, and any costs, check out their website.

Ottawa will be having a festival as well – Winterlude! From February 1-18, you can enjoy skating, ice carving competitions, music and more. Be sure to check out the Snowflake Kingdom, a winter playground surrounded by snow sculptures. For more information, check out their website.

British Columbia:

If you are in Vancouver, be sure to head over to the Vancouver Aquarium on Feb. 18 – admission will be free for children under the age of 13. Pose for photos with Ollie the Otter, catch a puppet show, and more. For more information, check out our website.

There will be plenty of fun and adventure to be had in Victoria on Family Day weekend. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre will be hosting their Family Arts Festival on Feb. 18 from 11am-3 pm. It’s free, and families will be able to experience arts, dance, and theatre through hands-on stations and performances. Esquimalt Recreation Centre will also be having a Family Day event on Feb. 18, from 11am-2pm. It is also free, and there will be a kinder gym, skating, games, and activities. The Sidney Museum will be hosting a 2 day Lego Brick Festival on Feb. 17-18, from 10 am- 4 pm. Admission is by donation. For more information on these events, and the many more happening around town, check out this tourism website.

Alberta:

There are many events happening across the province, but one that really stands out is the Kids Can Catch, which is hosted by the Alberta Conservation Association. At locations all across Alberta, kids are given the opportunity to try out ice fishing. For more information on dates and locations, check out their facebook page.

Edmonton will be hosting their Silver Skates Festival, which runs from February 8-18. It includes a snow garden, skating, music events, the Dead Cold Run, Family fun zones, and lots more. To find out more, check out their website. Be sure to keep an eye on the website’s schedule, as events can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions.

If you are in Cold Lake, then you should check out Snow Fever, happening on Feb. 17 at the Cold Lake Marina. There will be ice crokinole, skating, a hockey tournament, sleigh rides, sledding, axe-throwing, and even fireworks. For more information, check out their website.

Manitoba:

Monday is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba where you will find family fun on Feb. 18, from 4pm-7pm. The event will take place at Archambault Park. There will be sleigh rides, bonfires and more. Follow the event on their Facebook page for more information.

The Arctic Glacier Winter Park in Winnipeg will also be hosting some fun winter activities on Feb. 17, from 9:30 am – 4 pm. There will be skating including skating tips, wagon rides, Indigenous Storytelling and bannock making session, snow sculptures, and more. This event is free. For more information, check out their website.

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Deborah van der Linde

Deborah is a librarian who is passionate about books, storytelling, and writing. Thanks to her husband Adam’s military career, they have had the great fortune of living all across Canada. Deborah and Adam have two delightful children and a dog that thinks he’s one of the kids.

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