11 things to do on Family Day weekend

February 13, 2020

Family Day

Family Day

Family Day Weekend is the perfect time to create new memories in Cornwall. There’s a tonne of things to see and do, with a focus on fun and, of course, family!

From live theatre and organ recitals to outdoor adventure and indoor experiences, there really is something for everyone.

We’ve put together this handy list to get you and your family started – enjoy!

And… action!

Take in some live theatre with the Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s presentation of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at Aultsville Theatre. The show is playing select dates from February 14th to February 22nd and there’s a special matinee performance at 1:30 pm on Family Day Monday. Bring the whole family and enjoy this hilarious and unforgettable show! For more information and tickets, please click here.

Game on!

Add some Canadian flavour to your Family Day with some live hockey action! The Cornwall Colts will host the Kanata Lasers in a 2 pm matinee game on Family Day Monday. Enjoy some edge-of-your-seat hockey action at an affordable price. For more information, please click here.

A celebration of community

The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall will be celebrating its 87th birthday on Family Day – and you’re invited to join in the fun! The club is hosting a free community pancake breakfast from 9 am to 11 am in Salons A, B and C of the Cornwall Civic Complex. That will be followed by a free public skate at the Ed Lumley Arena from 10 am to 12 pm and a free swim at the Aquatic Centre from 1 pm to 2 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Catch some big air

Cool jumps, affordable lift tickets and tonnes of family fun – you can find that and more at Big Ben Ski Centre. The local ski and snowboard facility will be open on Family Day from 10 am to 4 pm and lift tickets are just $5! Big Ben provides a wire cable lift with tow handle, snowmaking and grooming, a terrain park, night skiing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, a heated chalet, change trailer, washrooms and a snack bar. For more info, please click here.

Find a new trail

Enjoy some amazing trails and other fun outdoor activities this Family Day at Summerstown Trails. The Friends of the Summerstown Trails will be hosting their annual Family Day festivities from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be free cross-country and snowshoe rentals throughout the day along with a fat bike demo and other free activities. The trails are located on Summerstown Road, roughly 2 kilometres north of exit 804 on Highway 401. For more information, please click here.

Indoor fun

Celebrate family and create some memories indoors this Family Day! Enjoy Disney’s Frozen 2 on the big screen at the Port Theatre on Family Day (1:30 pm in English and 4 pm in French), with admission just $5!

Or book your lanes and bowl away the day at Nativity Bowling. Nativity will be open on Family Day from 9 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. And on Wednesday, February 19th, Kelsey Lindsay Photography will be on hand at Nativity for family photo shoots from 4 pm to 9 pm. For $50, you can get one game of bowling for your group (up to 6 people), a photo session with a professional photographer and 5 digital images. Pets can also be included from 4 pm to 6 pm! To secure a spot, call 613-933-0590.

Your search for indoor fun should also include Lazer Ops. The lazer tag and virtual reality game centre will be open from 1 pm to 6 pm on Family. For more info, click here.

Adventure in the countryside

Get lost in the countryside this Family Day weekend with a visit to Countryside Adventures. The outdoor recreational park in Moose Creek features a magical outdoor skating trail through the forest, snowshoeing, hot chocolate and so much more. Countryside Adventures will be open from 10 am to 8 pm on Family Day (weather permitting) as well as 10 am to 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please click here.

Take the plunge

Dive in at the Aquatic Centre on Family Day! There’s a leisure swim planned from 2 pm to 3:25 pm and the Kinsmen Club is also sponsoring a free swim from 1 pm to 2 pm. For rates and more information, please click here.


While it may be an annoyance to some, the recent snowfall is certainly good for at least one thing – tobogganing! Grab the sleds and head outside with the family for some old-fashion fun in the snow! The hill near the splashpad in Lamoureux Park is a popular tobogganing stop for locals, and there’s plenty of parking nearby at the Cornwall Community Museum.

Discover nature

Bundle up and explore the great outdoors on one of the many outdoor trails in the area. Guindon Park’s cross-country and snowshoe trails are always a popular spot to enjoy nature’s beauty – and they’re free to use! Gray’s Creek, Cooper Marsh and Charlottenburgh Park are also open for snowshoe enthusiasts in search of a new trail to conquer.

A divine musical experience

Enjoy classical organ music in a divine setting with Nativité Recitals, held at the historic Nativité Co-Cathedral on Montreal Road. The next performance will be held on Sunday, February 16th at 2:30 pm featuring the talented Jocelyn Lafond. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10, and it’s open to all!

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@cornwalltourism.com to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 933-0074. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office inside the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street East. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie