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Celebrate 30 Years of Family Day Fun

Set out on an affordable, fun-filled adventure this Family Day weekend at Alberta’s parks and heritage facilities.

Take the whole family to a provincial historic site or museum to take advantage of free admission on Family Day, and enjoy special programming over the weekend. Explore the great outdoors with free winter activities in provincial parks.

“Family Day is about spending quality time with the people you love. Alberta families will be able to make memories through activities and events for all ages taking place throughout the weekend. Free or low-cost activities at our heritage facilities across the province gives everyone this opportunity.”Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“Albertans treasure and enjoy their long weekends, and many enjoy outdoor adventures with friends and family. Every year, Alberta Environment celebrates Family Day by offering free, family-friendly activities to help Albertans create long-lasting memories on the unique landscapes inside and outside of our provincial parks.”Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

Historic sites and museums

Free admission is available on Feb.17 at eight provincial heritage facilities, including the Royal Alberta Museum, Remington Carriage Museum and Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Visit for information and hours.

Some sites have special activities, for example:

Rutherford House — Edmonton

Explore this elegant brick mansion and join in traditional games with costumed interpreters, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.

Royal Tyrrell Museum  — Drumheller

Enjoy special programming all weekend. Dino-enthusiasts will enjoy free presentations in the auditorium. Make your own cast of a fossil or uncover a real fossil for yourself.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site — Fort Macleod

Celebrate the “Full Moon of the Eagle” on Family Day with live Alberta birds of prey, a simulated archaeological dig, guided building tours, “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations and storytelling.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum — Wetaskiwin

Take a white glove tour to get up-close and personal with the 1912 HuppYeats electric car and the 1916 Buick Hearse. Play family-friendly games and make a craft to take home.

Alberta Parks

Enjoy the great outdoors with winter sports, activities and festivals at Alberta parks. A full list of upcoming events is available at (All activities are weather-permitting.) Featured activities include:

Crimson Lake Provincial Park – Rocky Mountain House

Join us for a fun-filled Family Day weekend tradition at Winterfest. Snowshoeing demonstrations, a local vendor market at Pioneer Ranch Camp and Freezin’ for a Reason are just a few of the activities. First-come, first-served winter camping spots are available at a reduced rate of $20.

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park — Slave Lake

Join us Feb. 15, starting at the Boreal Centre, for an indoor presentation on astronomy, constellations, and night sky navigation. Take a late-night snowshoe hike to the lake and finish with snacks around the campfire at the Nest.

Family Fishing Weekend

Get hooked on ice fishing! The Family Day weekend is one of two annual family fishing weekends where you can tackle fishing without a licence. All regulations still apply. Visit Family Fishing. Albertans can also practice casting, learn about fishing safety, try snowshoeing or tour the fish hatchery at FISHtival on Feb. 15. Visit Bow Habitat Station.

Family Day at the Legislature

Celebrate 30 years of Family Day in Alberta in the place where it all started! History and art, crafts and games, magic shows and live music: the Alberta legislature will have it all and more on Feb. 17. Come discover free family fun with indoor activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information at

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