This Monday- February 17th, is Family Day! In honour of this special holiday, our IESC Blog Volunteers have put together a our first-ever video blog!. In it, international students from around the world share a little bit about their families back home and their new ”family” here in Canada.  We hope that you enjoy the video and take a minute to share your own reflections about family in comments below! Special thanks to everyone who participated

This holiday was first observed in Alberta in 1990, followed by Saskatchewan in 2007, and Ontario in 2008. It is traditionally celebrated with a day off on the second Monday in February each year and provides an opportunity to reflect on the values of family and home. Importantly, Family Day is the only official holiday between New Years Day and Good Friday which are approximately three months apart. During Family Day weekend, many people plan and take part in group activities with their loved ones including skating on outdoor ice rinks, playing hockey, playing board games, or watching movies. Many workers and students also take the opportunity to travel during this special long weekend. Though it may be cold outside, the warmth of family and friends makes this winter holiday and extra-special one! Have a hot chocolate and some freshly baked cookies with your friends and be sure to plan a special Skype session with family back home!

Need more inspiration? See below for ideas on what to do in London this weekend and over the break.

On Campus

Drop in Gym Schedule
Swim Schedule
Western Mustangs Sports Games

Arts & Culture

Local Theater

Jet Aircraft Museum
Domestic Arrivals Canadian Documentary Series
Museum London
Tree Trunk Tour


City of London Outdoor Skating Areas
London Lightning Game Schedule
London Knights Game Schedule
Rock climbing, Mini Golf, Billiards & Bowling
Billiards & Bowling
Indoor Beach Volleyball
Ski, Snowboard, & Snow Tubing


Cineplex London

Video and Post by: Sherry Ma, Gloria Zhu, & Carol Cao