What is Open on Family Day in Toronto 2020

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Family Day is the third Monday of February and observed as a public (or statutory) holiday in the four Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario. It was first held in Alberta, Canada, in 1990 as a day to reflect on the values of home and family that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta. The holiday allows workers the day off to spend more time with their families. Family Day is not a federal holiday, so it is not country-wide and so you'll find federal agencies and services like post offices open. 

Prince Edward Island and Manitoba also have holidays on the third Monday of February; however, the holiday in these provinces is not called "Family Day," but Islander Day and Louis Riel Day, respectively. British Columbia also has Family Day but it is on the second Monday of February. 

This year, Family Day falls on Monday, February 17, 2020. This is a list of some of the places that are open—as well as those that are not—on Family Day in Toronto.

Open on Family Day

Since Family Day is not a federal holiday, many places will be open.

Closed on Family Day

  • Banks
  • Schools
  • Public libraries
  • Shopping malls not designated as tourist attractions
  • LCBO (liquor stores) and beer stores
  • Post offices located in closed retail outlets.
  • Most grocery stores and pharmacies, including Shoppers Drug Mart (Call to be sure.)
  • Toronto Stock Exchange

Things to Do on Family Day

Take advantage of this holiday and spend time with your family. There are plenty of fun activities to do in Toronto on Family Day 2020—from visiting the zoo to ice skating to touring a fort. 

  • Harbourfront Centre usually offers special Family Day activities including free skating lessons and rinkside dance breaks with music by emerging DJs.
  • The Royal Ontario Museum offers special musical performances and hands-on activities for Family Day Weekend.
  • Kids receive VIP status on Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame. There will be a free gift, five interactive zones to explore and they can have their photo taken with Hall of Fame mascot Slapshot and the Stanley Cup.
  • Historic Fort York usually holds a special Family Day event with tours of the fort and hands-on activities and pop-up shows.