Family Day on a budget
One of the good things that occurred when Ontario residents re-elected the Dalton McGuinty Liberals in 2007 (some would argue the only good thing) was the creation of the Family Day holiday, on the third Monday in February.
There are a ton of things for families to get out of the house and enjoy, some can be very expensive. So here are a few ideas for families who are living on a tighter budget.
This year Family Fishing Weekend February 18-20, 2017 is designated as OFFW license-free fishing days. That weekend you don’t need a valid OUTDOORS card or a fishing license.
In Barrie, you can catch fish right off the docks:
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Every community across KICX Country has “the hill” – in Midland it’s known as Campbell’s hill and all the kids know it is the best place to test out a snowboard, toboggan or sno-racer.
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Cross Country Skiing
At Awenda Provincial Park you can snowshoe, hike or Cross Country ski. Starting at the Trail Centre, which features a cozy wood heated log cabin, you can ski 17km of back country trails – sometimes set with a single track. Snowshoeing is popular through the open bush; however there are no designated snowshoe trails. All you have to do is pay for parking, no matter the number in your party.
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The Wye Marsh is a great place to spend Family Day – they are open from 10am to 4pm. Explore the trails by ski or snowshoe (rentals are available and reasonable). You can stop to hand feed chickadees, warm up by an open fire while roasting bannock and sipping cedar or wintergreen tea. You can take on the Wye Marsh Winter Olympic Challenge, and check out native reptiles and amphibians in the learning center.
A Family Day pass is just $30 and includes the chance to win a Family Membership to Wye Marsh.
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If you aren’t the outdoorsy type – consider turning off the TV and disconnecting the game systems in favour of board games. In my house the winner of the game gets to pick the next game. We like games everyone can play like Trouble and UNO.
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After a day of family fun – why not take in a movie. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your living room. You can pop some popcorn, cozy up on the couch and watch a family movie together – a rental or perhaps Netflix.
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However you spend the day – I hope you get to share it making memories with the people you love most. Happy Family Day.