British Columbia observes Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time in 2013.
It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families.
Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008.
As Family Day falls on the same date as National Heritage Day (except in British Columbia), some people use the day to explore their personal heritage and family history.
In the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia many people have a day off work and schools are generally closed on Family Day.
As the weather is usually very cold in February, hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies are popular snacks.
Other people use the long weekend as an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends.
In South Africa, the day after Easter Sunday is Family Day.
The Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia celebrate the importance of families on Family Day.
Holidays to celebrate families are also held in other places around the globe.
In the Australian Capital Territory, the first Tuesday of November is known as Family and Community Day.
These include visiting art exhibitions, watching movies, skating on outdoor ice rinks, playing board games and taking part in craft activities.