One of the Best Festivals in Ontario Takes Over Downtown Barrie This Weekend : “Winterfest”

The Best Reason to Get Out & Brave the Cold

Barrie’s Winterfest will take place this weekend, February 2nd and 3rd, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

After a couple weeks of some harsh Canadian weather, it’s time for some true Canadian fun!



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The event will take place from 10 am-5 pm February 2nd and 10 am-4 pm February 3rd with activities happening all day long. General activities include: Horse-drawn wagon rides, mini tube slide, helicopter rides ($60/person weather permitting), games lounge, skating and more!

The Heritage Pond will be open for free public skating.
Image courtesy of Selena Mills of ROAR Creative & Consulting.

Bonfire warming zones and food vendors will be available to help keep you toasty and comfortable throughout the day. The weekend just wouldn’t be complete without sweet Canadian treats such as BeaverTails, maple taffy and butter tarts.

Keep in mind the Downtown Hot Chocolate Trail will also be running all weekend. There are a number of nearby locations you can stop in to warm up with a delicious cup of hot cocoa.



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Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of shows taking place throughout the weekend including fire stunts, children’s musical entertainment, battle of the chainsaws, and lumberjack shows.

Theland & Elaine Kicknosway will also be sharing a number of culturally significant First Nations performances including song, dance and hoop dance- a form of storytelling using hoops to create shapes representing animals, symbols, and designs as they move to music. These performances will be held at East Bayfield Community Centre and the Downtown Public Library.

Don’t forget to checkout the Polar Dip taking place Sunday at 12 pm. What’s a Canadian winter festival without a few wild participants taking the plunge into ice cold water?



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For more info on shows and event times, click here. It’s going to be a great weekend, so don’t waste it by hiding away indoors!

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