Discover Ontario On Family Day

    McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Explore Their Province

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -


    Ontario attractions play an important role in the province's economic and
social prosperity. With a variety of special programs and events being held
across the province, the McGuinty government is encouraging families to
rediscover Ontario this Family Day weekend.

    Family Day festivities include:
    -   Winterlude, Ottawa: Be dazzled by the Ottawa annual winter
        celebration's new sound and light show called "Ukiuk".
    -   Voyageur Winter Carnival, Thunder Bay: Have fun at the Fort William
        Historical Park carnival, which includes sleigh and dog sled rides,
        snow sculpting and pond hockey.
    -   Science North, Sudbury: Enjoy a full day of activities including an
        astronomy workshop, a chance to try your skills on a Nintendo Wii
        game and hourly Parents vs. Kids Super Speedway Races.
    -   Fort Henry, Kingston: Take part in the Fort's Cardboard Sled Derby.
        Admission is free and prizes will be awarded for the fastest, most
        creative and most colourfully designed sleds.
    -   Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto: Take advantage of the AGO's great
        value family pass on Saturday and Sunday and explore "Off the Wall,"
        a hands-on activity centre for children and families that promotes
    -   Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto: Explore the ROM's new Tech Suite of
        Galleries: Earth's Treasures that include one of the world's greatest
        private gem collections.
    -   Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington: Check out "Backyard Monsters,"
        an exhibit of world bugs that includes six giant animatronic bugs and
        an amazing collection of exotic insects and invertebrates.
    -   Central Library, Windsor: Join ROCK N' READ's story time, including
        music and crafts.
    -   Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: Use your imagination and discover
        basic building principles while you try your hand at building
        structures in the Science Centre's K'NEX Build-Zone.


    "Cultural attractions are an important economic driver in this province
and contribute significantly to the creation of vibrant communities. Family
Day offers a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and
experience the incredible offerings of Ontario's cultural attractions," said
Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.
    "Festivals and events invigorate local economies," said the Honourable
Monique Smith, Minister of Tourism. "Ontario attractions offer plenty of
choices for families to be together, experience something new, and have fun on
Family Day. I encourage families to explore Ontario and to enjoy all the
exciting attractions this province has to offer."


    -   On October 12, 2007 Ontario added a new provincial public holiday on
        the third Monday in February called Family Day.
    -   Adding Family Day to the calendar gives Ontario workers and families
        a total of nine statutory holidays per year, putting the province on
        par with Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.


    For more ideas on what to do on Family Day, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Lisa Marie DiLollo, Tourism Minister's Office,
(416) 325-4543; Sarah Petrevan, Culture Minister's Office, (416) 325-1676;
Jane Greer, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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