British Columbia has joined Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Ontario in the Canadian battle against the February blahs by declaring a provincial holiday during the long stretch between New Year's and Easter. Today, Monday, February 11, 2013, marks the first Family Day in Canada's most westerly province. In 1990, Alberta initiated this holiday that encourages families to spend time together and was later joined by Saskatchewan and Ontario. The provincial holiday is known as Louis Riel Day in Manitoba and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island. Family Day is not a federal holiday.
Instead of holding Family Day on the third Monday of February in line with the rest of the provinces, B.C. opted to mark the holiday on the second Monday in February - a week before the flood of Canadians and Americans arrive at ski resorts and other attractions for Family Day and Presidents Day, respectively.