Family Day Weekend fun in Orangeville

February 16, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Wondering how to spend Family Day weekend with the family? Island Lake Conservation Area and Orangeville’s Alder Recreation Centre have various events throughout the long weekend that the whole family can enjoy.

During the weekend, Island Lake CA is hosting its annual ice fishing derby, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and Family Day going from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rod rentals, live bait and ice holes are available, and a fishing licence is not required. Tickets are $15 for adults 12 and up, children under 12 are $5. There will be catch prizes for the longest pike, perch, and crappie. Visit Credit Valley Conservation’s website ( to see the prizes available and their rules for the derby.

If you’re looking to do something else at Island Lake, on Family Day they are having a Family Fun Day, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Various outdoor activities to enjoy include learning to ice fish (free rods and bait provided), using the golfing range (tennis balls will substitute golf balls), their skating rink, or try free snowshoe rentals. Finish off the day with hot dogs and marshmallows around the fire (additional purchase onsite).

Yasmine Slater, the Conservation Area’s superintendent, confirmed in an interview that  both events will be weather-permitting, meaning a severe ice or snowstorm, a lack of snow from warm temperatures, and the ice being too soft could be problems, although she doubts the weather will be too severe for families to attend.

If you’re looking for a different family activity, Alder Recreation Centre hosts the popular Family Day event on Monday, February 20. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the event features free skating, swimming and the new family “try-it” fitness demonstration. Some of the demonstrations include Kids Getting Fit, Family Creative Dance, and Family Yoga.

Those interested in going are required to sign up to participate, either online or at the recreation centre. For more information about the event and times for free swimming and skating, call 519-940-9092.

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