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Spend Family Day weekend by the water

Family Day is coming up on Monday February 18th, and the Great Lakes region is filled with destinations for you to visit with your family. There are plenty of events and activities happening by the water for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Here is our list of the top five Family Day activities in the GTA

1
Go Fishing

Family day marks one of only four times a year that Canadian residents can go fishing without a license, so why not take part in an Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Simcoe or The Lake of Bays? If you don’t want to leave the city, you can always fish in one of the various urban areas that accommodate the activity throughout the GTA. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with Ontario’s Fishing Regulations before heading out!

2
Explore Toronto’s Waterfront Art Exhibitions

Discover the Ice Breakers Art Installation Exhibition, which runs from January 19th to February 24th. These five free, interactive art installations can be experienced along the stunning shores of the Queens Quay West. Grab some hot chocolate, take in Toronto’s beautiful waterfront, and contemplate the exhibition’s theme of “Signal Transmission”: how we communicate with each other and with the world around us. Or, on February 18th, investigate the opening day of the fifth annual Winter Stations exhibition at Woodbine Beach. This international design competition features six installations under the theme of “Migration,” and runs from February 18th to April 1st.

3
Light Up Your Life

Allow yourself to be dazzled by the radiant displays at Toronto’s light showcases. Check out the Toronto Light Festival, running from January 18th until March 3rd at the historic Distillery District, and warm up with some Mexican delicacies at El Catrin or grab some grub at the Mill St. Brew Pub. Alternatively, the Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario place presents natural ice sculptures and light installations by a variety of artists giving their take on the theme “Disruptive Engagement.” The Winter Light Exhibition runs until March 17th.

4
Journey to the Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands may not be the obvious choice for a winter’s day destination, but they supply just as much fun in frigid February as they do in balmy July (and they have far fewer crowds!). Take the ferry to Ward Island, and traverse the cross country ski trails, skate on the lagoon, or simply walk around and enjoy a different perspective of the city and its famous skyline.

5
Walk or Cycle the Martin Goodman Trail

Bundle up and get some exercise on the Martin Goodman Trail. This scenic path runs alongside Lake Ontario, from the Humber Bay Arch Bridge to the Rouge River, passing through picturesque spots. Take in unmatched views of spots like Cherry Beach and Marilyn Bell Park. The trail is accessible throughout all seasons, welcomes all skill levels, and is both child and stroller friendly.


This Family day Weekend, take pleasure in the many winter wonders that Toronto’s Waterfront has to offer. Whether you decide to try your luck at ice fishing, get some fresh air on the islands, or soak up the culture of Toronto’s Waterfront exhibitions, make sure that you take a moment to appreciate the magnificent Great Lakes alongside the people that you call family.


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