It’s a Family Day weekend, and while it isn’t considered a stat holiday in Ontario, holiday hours are in effect.

All retail outlets like the Timmins Square, the Beer Store and LCBO are closed and Timmins Transit isn’t running either. As well, garbage and recycling pick up is pushed from Monday to Tuesday.

As for activities, the weekend is once again providing a full schedule of events sure to please the young and young at heart.

“Our community is fortunate to have many public and private organizations and volunteers who are hosting a myriad of events on February 17, 18, 19 and 20,” said Marnie Lapierre, Coordinator of Festivals, Events and Special Projects for the Tourism department.

“We encourage our residents and visitors to venture out and enjoy this holiday with friends and family.”

The Family Day Weekend Activities for 2017:

  • The 41st Annual South Porcupine Winter Carnival 2017 takes place Friday, February 17-19. For more information visit
  • On Saturday, February 18 experience “Midwinter Night” with Geoff McCausland, Josh Wood, and the 5th Avenue Strings – A Midwinter Concert featuring Haydn’s 2nd French Horn Concerto, and Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto. 7:30pm at St. Matthew’s Cathedral located at 331 Fifth Avenue, Timmins. Phone (705) 626-6022 for more details.
  • Also on Saturday, cheer on the Timmins Rock during their home game vs. the Elliot Lake Wildcats. Visit for ticket information.
  • On Saturday support a great cause. Attend the Kinsmen Annual Spaghetti Dinner AND sauce “cook-off”! TICKETS are $ 10 each, kids 6 and under are free. Enter your best spaghetti sauce before 4 p.m. on the day of the event, one liter containers only. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as bragging rights and a trophy! Entry fee for this contest is simply you buying a dinner ticket! For more info, message Tim Trevenna or call (705) 262-9665. Tickets are available at Altered Reality (Formerly the Book Bin) and Alfie’s (both are located on 3rd Avenue in Timmins), or at Berendsen Fluid Power 1355 Riverside Drive. Tickets are also available from any Timmins Kinsmen member, or at the door.
  • Visit the Timmins Museum NEC Friday, Saturday and Sunday for “Kids Celebrate!” Everyone loves a special occasion — be it India’s Diwali, the New Year in China, the Jewish celebration Hanukkah, Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit or Canada Day — what better way to appreciate the diversity of celebrations in Canada than through “Kids Celebrate!” – a new travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History. “Kids Celebrate!” invites children ages 5 to 12 to learn about the many celebrations that are practiced in their own communities. Young visitors will engage in hands-on activities, discover new games, make crafts, and take on new roles that will stimulate their curiosity and motivate them to explore the many aspects of celebrations in Canada.

On Monday, February 20 the following will take place:

  • Porcupine Ski Runners Family Day Event will be running from 9am to 6pm. All day fees and equipment rentals will be half price. (4-hour time limit on rentals and must be returned by 6pm)
  • Free Family Day Swim—Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex
  • Free Family Skate— Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4pm-5pm at the McIntyre Arena
  • Support a great cause on Family Day. The Diabetes Association has partnered with Mid Town Bowl to host our Annual Rock & Glow Bowl for Cause to help raise money locally for diabetes. For every $5 game of Rock & Glow Bowl – which includes shoe rental – $1 will be donated to the Diabetes Association. There is a $25 Family Bowl Deal (one game) for 2 Adults and up to 4 kids which includes shoe rental ($2 will go to the Diabetes Association). Enjoy the free giveaways, draws and prizes! There will also be kids games, colouring contests and face painting! Bring a canned food item for a free ballot to enter our draw! For more information please call Julie at (705) 267-1191.
  • Head out to Kamiskotia and join them on Family Day from 10am-4pm! There will be live entertainment all afternoon; Le Bec Sucre will be making Maple Toffee on Snow and lots of other fun things happening.

Also, visit these locations for great activities throughout the whole weekend:

  • Mid-town Bowl: 70 Algonquin Blvd W, Timmins, (705) 267-3500
  • Neo Laser Tag: 440 Algonquin Blvd East, Unit 5 (705) 531-4824
  • Kamiskotia Snow Resort:
  • Timmins Cinema 6: offering regular times and matinees
  • Timmins Science Centre: 225 Fifth Ave— open 10am to 4pm February 18, 19 & 20!

Lapierre also reminds residents and visitors to visit the community calendar located at to assist with planning your Family Day activities and review the up-to-date information on events listed above.

“If you are a group or organization planning to host an event for Family Day, we remind you to upload your event details to and select the “Submit” link to share with our community.”

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