Family Day is coming up (finally), meaning a full day off to spend doing basically whatever you want – if you’re not working, of course.
There are a few things you might not be able to do, or places you might not be able to visit during this February holiday, however, but thankfully the City has supplied us (and, by extension, you) with a list of everything that will be open, closed, or operating on slightly different hours this Family Day.
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First things first: You’re not getting anywhere unless you’ve got some transportation – who in their right mind would be walking in temperatures like this? – and the good news is that Calgary transit will still be running this Monday.
Bad news: It will be operating on a Sunday level of service, meaning that trains and busses will be running fewer and further between.
Who needs a bus when you have a car! Drivers in the city will be happy to learn that all on-street parking is free on Monday, and holiday rates will apply on select Calgary Parking Authority parkades and surface lots.
Though do keep in mind that regular parking rates will apply at the Calgary Zoo, TELUS Spark, and Heritage Park.
Anyone hoping to get a little exercise will be able to drop by some of Calgary’s skating rinks or public pools for free on Monday, as long as they are there between 1 to 2:30 pm for skating, and 1:30 to 4:30 pm for swimming.
A full list of participating pools and rinks can be found here.
Unfortunately for anyone hoping to see some birds or file some forms, the following facilities will be closed on Monday, February 19:
- All City of Calgary Administrative buildings including City Hall
- Wildflower Arts Centre and North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre
- The Nature Centre at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
- The Animal Services Centre
- Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre
- Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Centre
- Foothills Aquatic Centre
- Glenmore Aquatic Centre
- Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre
- Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre
But, to seemingly make up for all that, the City’s landfills will be open on Monday from 7:30 am to 5 pm (yay!) in case that’s where you want to spend your day off.
There are plenty of fun events going on throughout the city on Family Day, including a Family FISHtival at Bow Habitat Station, Family Quest at Heritage Park, a DJ party at Studio Bell, Winterfest at Fort Calgary, and a full-blown carnival (feat. petting zoo) and Calgary’s Eau Claire Market.
…Or you can juat stay in and watch Netflix all day, that’s entirely up to you. It’s your day off, after all!