Family Day, More Than Just a Day Off….

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Throughout the North West, “family day volunteers” have been frantically planning and creating activities so you and your family are able to have a “Family fun day” off . Please check out your local newspaper, community website, Facebook or your local bulletin board to see what each community has to offer through the Family Day weekend.

Family Day is on the third Monday of February (observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan). This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

Did you know? Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.

As the weather is usually very cold in February (we are spoiled for unseasonal good weather this year), so what a better time to take a break and spend it with friends and family. Popular snacks of choices for the day may include (but not limited to) hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. The long weekend is an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends.

So what do you do on Family Day Weekend?

  • fishing licenses are FREE for the weekend, so register for your local ice fishing derby – You could win some cool prizes
  • go pond skating with the family
  • participate in winter festival activities (Grande Prairie, or Edmonton)
  • backyard BBQ with roasted marshmallows
  • snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
  • build a snowman or an ice sculpture
  • walk “fido”
  • indoor family board games

Whatever you decide to do, get out and enjoy a winter day with family and friends and have a great day off. Happy Holiday!

My hat goes off to the many volunteers who make this weekend fun and enjoyable for all of us!!!

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 |

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