Winterfest 2019

So Canadian Eh?

Another successful Winterfest is in the books. The weather warmed up and allowed us all to come out of hiding for some classic Canadian fun.

Simcoe St. was blocked off for the 2-day event, transforming Heritage Park and Meridian place into the perfect place to explore with family and friends.

The festival featured many beautiful sights including ice sculptures, snow sculptures and winter kites filling the skies above Lake Simcoe.

Food trucks were busy all day as people lined up for some classic Canadian goodies. Two words…Beaver. Tail.

Some people even said they only came out because of the treats!

A little sweet & savoury.
Right image courtesy of Beavertails_Official via Instagram
Home-made maple syrup lollies.

The days were filled with activities including street performances, lumberjack shows, winter mini games and of course the annual polar dip.

FireGuy was a crowd favourite.
Team Canada went head-to-head with Team USA in the Lumberjack show.
Team Canada using a handsaw vs. Team USA’s electric saw.
Team Canada practicing their aim with axe throwing.
Cutting into the ice on Lake Simcoe for the Polar Dip.
There was no shortage of willing volunteers in this year’s Polar Dip.
These participants did the jump more than once.
Barrie Fire and Emergency Service were on-site to make sure the event ran safely.

What a great weekend in downtown Barrie! We are already looking forward to next year.