How to do Family Day Weekend 2020 in Prince Edward County ⛄ 🥂
The secret’s out – Prince Edward County is the place to be this February and Family Day weekend, that most wonderfully-timed midwinter reset, is no exception. This February 14th-17th, emerge from your restorative seasonal slumber and meander among cozy tasting rooms, sleeping orchards, and historical cultural venues.
As always, The County offers something for everyone – gourmands, music lovers, winter sports enthusiasts, we’ve got you covered.
By Andrea Dawes, pecparents.ca
Vinter is coming, and it will be delicious
Family Day weekend happily coincides with Vinterfest, a Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association event. Beverage tastings, sweet and savoury treats, roaring fires, and even some open air exercise opportunities (conditions and weather permitting) await visitors at select wineries. Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for emerging details! Here are a few sneak peeks:
Three Dog Winery has stuffed maple waffle cones – need I say more? Meat-forward and vegetarian cone options will be available, in addition to wine tastings, a marshmallow roast, and live music. Take advantage of Three Dog’s free snowshoe rentals and traipse through the wintry vines (adult and youth sizes available). Saturday Feb 15, Sunday Feb 16, Monday Feb 17 – 11-5 p.m. (music on Saturday and Sunday only).
The yum continues at Trail Estate Winery – enjoy an ice wine-drenched French toast brunch and help celebrate the launch of their 2019 Pet Nat Red (complimentary samples or by the glass for $7). Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased here. Saturday Feb 15 and Sunday Feb 16, 10-2 p.m.
Sandbanks Winery is offering “Enhanced” tasting sessions pairing four reserve wines with local pastries and truffles. Buy tickets ($15 per person / $7 for wine club members) and reserve your spot here. Saturday Feb 15 and Sunday Feb 16 – 11-4 p.m.. Channel your inner artiste at a Sip and Paint Party – materials, snacks, and a glass of wine (for those 19 years and older) are included. Buy tickets ($40 per adult / $33 per child) and reserve your spot here. Saturday Feb 15 – 10 a.m. (youth-friendly session – kids 6 and up welcome!) and 12 p.m.
Sugarbush Vineyards – Snowshoe through a 2.5 km sugarbush forest loop as visions of maple taffies dance in your head. Reward yourself with a warm bowl of chili and a cuppa mulled wine. Snowshoe rentals are $15/person and include poles, and (perhaps more importantly) a wine tasting, hot chocolate, and cookies. Adult and youth sizes are available. Saturday Feb 15, Sunday Feb 16, Monday Feb 17 – 10:30-5 p.m.
Where do dinosaurs, ciphers, and a pipe organ rendition of Mission: Impossible come together?
At Flashback February, of course! The County’s heritage week festivities kick off on Family Day weekend; read on for a selection of events that are sure to please kids from age 5 to 105.
Dinosaur tracks, stories, and games, oh my! Join the Dinosaur Lady (a.k.a. amateur paleontologist Betsy Cotton) at Milford Town Hall to learn more about these ancient giants. This event is suitable for kids aged 5-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($8/child), and will be $10/child at the door. Adults are welcome and free! Saturday Feb 15th – 1-3 p.m.
This Family Day weekend, in addition to their two history-inspired 1-hour escape room experiences, Escape Camp Picton will host special Flashback February activities: visitors can sample Canadian war ration cake and make their own skytale cipher! Find more information and reserve an escape room experience here. Kiddo tips – The escape room experience is designed to challenge adults, but all ages are welcome to join, and kids under 6 are free. It is an indoor experience but dress warmly, and please note that there is no running water and only a portapotty. Times available Friday Feb 14, Saturday Feb 15, Sunday Feb 16, Monday Feb 17.
On Saturday the 15th, singer-songwriter Jeremie Albino will be rocking Picton’s Regent Theatre with his often sweet, always soulful, Americana tunes. Tickets can be purchased here . Saturday Feb 15 – doors at 7 p.m.
Let the majestic sounds of Picton United Church’s historic pipe organ transport you to Hollywood and beyond on Sunday the 16th at Afternoon at the Movies. Organist Murray Baer and vocalist Craig McRae will perform film music classics. Afterwards, stick around to meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments and Church tours. Tickets can be purchased here. Sunday Feb 16 – 2:30 p.m.
Sandbanks Provincial Park isn’t just a summer destination! Join the Friends of Sandbanks Park for their Family Day 2020 with the Friends event at Maple Rest Heritage House on West Lake near Dunes Beach. BYO cross-country skis, snowshoes (there will be some children and adults sizes available to rent), toboggans, and musical instruments. Join the jam session or just sit back and enjoy the bonfire, homemade chili, and hot chocolate. This is a free event but donations are welcome. Monday Feb 17 – 12-4.
Campbell’s Orchards invites apple lovers to walk or snowshoe their sleeping orchard. Seven pairs of snowshoes (mostly adult sizes) can be borrowed for free. Bookend your excursion with a store visit to fill your thermos with cider, enjoy a hot soup, and stock up on yummy baked goods, Apple Falls hard cider and, of course, apples! Saturday Feb 15 – 9-5 p.m.; Sunday Feb 16 – 10-5 p.m.
Find a full day of free events at the Wellington & District Community Centre, which is offering a scavenger hunt, photo booth, games and crafts, bird watching, a magic show and free soup and hot chocolate to keep you warm! Thanks to some local business sponsors, there will also be free Family Day public skating. Kiddo tip – helmets are mandatory for kids 5 and under, and there are no skate rentals available.Monday Feb 17, 9-3.30 p.m.
And, if you are looking to glide under an open sky, visit the outdoor rinks in Sophiasburgh or behind the Drake Motor Inn or at Parsons Brewing. Keep an eye on social media accounts for details on whether the weather is right!
February Fondue, yes cheese! Beacon Bike & Brew is pairing up with Kaleidoscope Kitchen for an afternoon of cheesy good times at this welcoming Main Street Picton cafe. Fondue meal is $15/per person. Kiddo tip – there is a wonderful play area with books, games and artificial turf! Saturday Feb 15 – 2-6.
Sufferers of severe chamber music festival withdrawal, take note! On Sunday the 16th, Wellington’s Studio Theatre will resound with a selection of violin, viola, and cello music performed by recipients of the Rebanks Foundation Residency program in the 16th Shooting Stars program. Ticket prices range from $30-40 and can be purchased here. Sunday Feb 16 – 3 p.m.