Happy BC Family Day! On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, I wish you an enjoyable Family Day weekend with loved ones.
BC Family Day is a celebration of family life, and a reminder of the importance of spending time with family.
I’m very pleased that my Ministry has funded family-friendly events and activities throughout the province, which you and your loved ones can enjoy for free. I hope you will take this opportunity to discover areas of British Columbia that are new to you, or to rediscover familiar places.
The B.C. Government is proud to support these special community celebrations. We want to ensure Family Day events are accessible to everyone. I’d like to thank the organizations for their dedication and hard work in planning free community events.
I wish you all a safe, enjoyable BC Family Day.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
In parts of Canada, Family Day (French: Jour de la famille) is a statutory holiday occurring on a Monday in February. In the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Saskatchewan, it is observed on the third Monday of February; in the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the holiday is instead termed Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day and Islander Day respectively. British Columbia (BC) observes Family Day on the second Monday of February. Two-thirds of Canadians live in a province that observes a February statutory holiday. Except in British Columbia, Family Day coincides with Presidents’ Day in the United States.
The second and third Mondays in February are regular working days in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the territories. As Family Day is not recognized in the federal sphere, federal employees in all provinces (such as public servants and postal workers) work on this day. In Yukon, one Friday in February is deemed Yukon Heritage Day.
Safe travel reminder for Family Day long weekend
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure would like to remind travelers that storm and heavy snowfall warnings have been issued in the Cariboo, northern B.C., Kootenays and Columbia regions, and it is important to plan ahead, drive to the conditions and arrive safely.
Over the Family Day long weekend, many British Columbians will be travelling to visit friends and family. It is important that everyone stays safe, as heavy snowfall, freezing rain, poor visibility and icy conditions are expected to continue.
Road conditions can change quickly in British Columbia, and while maintenance crews strive to keep routes safe and in the best possible condition, people must use caution and slow down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility. Driving to current conditions will improve safety for everyone on the road.
Drivers are also encouraged to get the best tires they can for their vehicles. Winter tire regulations are in effect until March 31, and motorists should ensure their vehicle has tires with the mountain/snowflake or mud and snow (M + S) symbol when travelling on designated routes. For extreme winter weather conditions, tires with the mountain/snowflake symbol provide the best traction and handling.
Crashes can be prevented when motorists are prepared. Here are some helpful tips for traveling in winter driving conditions this long weekend:
- Check the weather forecast and adjust travel times to more favourable conditions, or choose alternate routes.
- For current road conditions, check DriveBC before you leave, as well as the nearly 700 highway webcam views available at more than 380 locations throughout B.C.
- Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement while driving, but bring warm clothing (winter boots, coat, gloves and hat) in case you need to get out of your vehicle.
- Have an emergency plan, and ensure your vehicle is equipped with a windshield scraper and snow brush, food and water, a first aid kit and other emergency supplies.
- If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic. Stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth, and if you have a cell phone, call for roadside assistance. If there is an emergency, call 911.
Heavy snowfall can increase the risk of avalanches in some areas. This can cause temporary highway closures, while ministry avalanche experts ensure safe conditions. During these times, please obey all traffic control personnel.
For more tips on planning ahead during winter driving conditions, go to: https://shiftintowinter.ca/
For travel information, available 24/7, go to: www.DriveBC.ca
Mobile-friendly site: www.DriveBC.ca/mobile