It’s a holiday for many, but not everything in Toronto is closed on Family Day. Here’s a look at what’s open and what isn’t, plus some activities and events to make the most of the day.
- The TTC is operating on Holiday Service, meaning all routes will operate on their Sunday service schedules, but will start earlier, at about 6 a.m. Routes that don’t normally operate on Sundays won’t be running.
- GO Transit is operating on a Saturday schedule.
Government and city services
- Provincial and municipal government offices will be closed.
- Toronto Public Library branches will be closed.
- For the most part, City of Toronto waste collection will not be affected.
- Many Service Canada centres will be open, since it’s not a federal holiday. Check out the hours for your nearest office.
- Mail will be delivered and collected by Canada Post as usual, but post offices within retail businesses — like drug stores — will likely be closed.
Shopping and retail
- Banks and many retail businesses will be closed.
- The Eaton Centre ( 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m to 6 p.m.) and Toronto Premium Outlets (9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) will be open on Family Day. Pacific Mall is open 365 days a year.
- LCBO and Beer Store locations will be closed.
- Most grocery stores will be closed. Call your local store or check their website. Select grocery stores, like the Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws at 60 Carlton St. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Sobeys Urban Fresh stores at 777 Bay St. (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.), 22 Fort York Blvd. (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and 207 Queen’s Quay W. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The 24-hour Metro at Yonge and College Sts. will be also be open. All Rabba Fine Foods locations are open 24/7.
Entertainment and events
Many of Toronto’s family attractions are offering special programming for the holiday — and there are lots of free events among the listings. Here’s a small sampling of what’s happening around the city.
- The city’s 52 outdoor skating rinks and many of its indoor rinks will be open, along with many city swimming pools, the High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm and the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories.
- Many city museums will also be open.
- Community centres throughout the city are offering free activities for children accompanied by adults. Check out the City of Toronto website for more details.
- As with other holidays, movie theatres are open.
- From Feb. 17 to 20, costumes from the upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast will be featured in a special exhibit at Casa Loma.
- Harbourfront Centre is hosting an event called Harbourkids NORTH. There will be art-making, performances and interactive activities, as well as skating at the Natrel Rink, snowshoe lessons and much more.
- Thinking about a trip to the Toronto islands? The Ward’s Island ferry is running, but it’s on a holiday schedule.
- The Art Gallery of Ontario is transforming into the KGO for the day, with lots of activities including crafts and a performance by a competitive jump rope team.
- The Royal Ontario Museum is also offering special family day programming throughout the long weekend, including musical performances, based on a “One World” multiculturalism theme.
- The Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium are open.
- Go fishing for free. From Feb. 18 to 20, families are allowed to catch fish in Ontario without buying a licence. See more details here.
- Skating and skate rentals are free at Evergreen Brickworks. There’s also fat bike rides, nordic pole walks and craft beer for mom and dad.
- Family Fun Fest is taking place indoors at Downsview Park from Feb. 18 to 20. This 30,000 sq. ft. carnival-type event features amusement rides, bouncy castles and more. Kids Fest, a similar event at an even larger space, is being held in Mississauga on the same dates.