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Winterfest

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. Grab your mittens and celebrate with us on February 4th & 5th, 2017!

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Memorial Square
General Activities

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Bonfire warming zone
  • Ice maze
  • Dog cart rides (10am-3pm Saturday only, minimum $2 donation to Lions Foundation assist dog training)
  • Simcoe County Museum Only In Canada?! exhibit
  • BodyZorbs
  • Mini golf and curling
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food and merchandise vendors ($)
  • Roaming performers
Ice Sculptures

Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Marvel at artistic masterpieces sculpted out of three hundred pound blocks of ice by professional carvers. This year's icy wonderland theme will celebrate Canada150 with sculptures that are Distinctly Canadian. Sponsored by Downtown Barrie.

Lumberjack Shows

Saturday & Sunday: 12pm, 1:30pm, & 3pm

Watch expert lumberjacks demonstrate their incredible skills - speed sawing, axe throwing, and chainsaw carving.

Maple Taffy

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Try a sample of this traditional French-Canadian treat! Available while quantities last. Presented in partnership with Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud - École élémentaire catholique Frère-André & École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance.

Snow Sculptures

Winterfest features three giant sculptures created out of snow by a professional carver. This year's theme will celebrate Canada150 with sculptures that are Distinctly Canadian.

Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe, and Fat Bike Demos

Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Try out these traditional winter sports with Hardwood Ski & Bike and MEC Barrie! Although free to try, a credit card is required. Weather permitting.

Speaking of Wildlife

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Get up close and learn about some of Canada's most popular furry friends! Be sure to stop by Speaking of Wildlife to find out if a porcupine can shoot it’s quills and discover what the fox really does say.

Family Entertainment
Doo Doo the Clown

Saturday, 11:00am - Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Saturday, 1:30pm - Heritage Park Gazebo

Doo Doo the Clown has been performing for over 30 years at events throughout the world and we are excited to welcome him back to Barrie Winterfest! Doo Doo is well known as the clown from the Daniel Cooke Show on Treehouse TV and adults may remember him from the hit movie Billy Madison.

Music by Jake

Sunday, 12:30pm - Heritage Park Gazebo
Sunday, 2:00pm - Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street

You know you're at a Music By Jake show when you find yourself riding in a square-wheeled truck, following the adventures of a brave flea, and then trying out a little hula dancing....and that's just the grown-ups! With Jake leading the way on guitar, ukulele, flute, and voice, everyone ends up singing, dancing, playing instruments, and laughing the whole way through. Don't forget your hula skirt!

Winter Characters

Saturday, 3:00pm - Heritage Park Gazebo
Sunday, 1:30pm - Heritage Park Gazebo

Stop by the Heritage Park Gazebo for a special appearance from some of your favourite winter princesses! Sing along, take photos, and meet them during their visit to Barrie.

Activities at Other Locations
Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum Tour

36 Mulcaster Street
Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm

Bring the whole family, warm-up with a hot chocolate, and check out the exhibits in Barrie's only downtown museum. Listen to Sgt. Murray, dressed in full 1880s period uniform, as he relates the history of Barrie's own Militiamen and provides insight into Barrie's military heritage.

Fun for Kids @ Your Library!

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Saturday:
10:00am - Storytime
10:00am to 4pm - Drop-in crafts
11:00am - Doo Doo the Clown (see listing under Family Entertainment)
Sunday:
12:00pm to 4:00pm - Drop-in crafts
2:00pm - Music by Jake (see listing under Family Entertainment)

Celebrate Winterfest and warm up with some creative fun and entertainment at Barrie's Downtown Library! Please note: Activities are for children of all ages and there is no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren!

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street

Gallery
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Explore contemporary art with your family and enjoy current exhibitions! Suggested admission $5.

Winterfest Family Workshop: ArtLAB
Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

This is where art and science meet! Led by regional artist Christyn Grampola and the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council, families will be fascinated by the surprising effects produced by combining various traditional and non-traditional media on paper, canvas, and more. Join us for an afternoon of art experimentation and fun!

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
Sunday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an afternoon dance performance showcasing some of their most recent choreography.

Let’s Go Skating!

Brink your skates and enjoy skating at one of the following locations:

Outdoor Rink @ Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 10:00pm
Weather permitting. Pleasure skating only. On-site heated change rooms and washrooms.

Outdoor Rink @ Centennial Park, 61 Lakeshore Drive
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 10:00pm
Weather permitting. Pleasure skating and shinny hockey at designated times. Washrooms located nearby.

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale (Saturday only)

Central United Church - 54 Ross Street
Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Start your day with the 25th annual pancake breakfast at Winterfest - $7 for adults, $3 for children under 11, and preschoolers are free. Yummy!

Barrie Farmers' Market (Saturday only)

City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street
Saturday, 8:00am to 12:00pm
www.barriefarmersmarket.com

Get an early start to Winterfest with a great variety of produce, artistry, and baking at Barrie's Farmers' Market!

Polar Plunge (Sunday only)

Centennial Beach (near washroom building)
Sunday, 12pm

Are you brave enough to take a frosty dip in Kempenfelt Bay? Take the plunge, raise funds for Special Olympics Ontario and The Barrie Trojan Swim Club, and win prizes. Spectators welcome - a sight not to be missed! To register or for more information, visit the 2017 Polar Plunge online.

Presented with assistance from Barrie Police Service, City of Barrie Aquatics, and Barrie Fire & Emergency Service.

Soup’s On! (Sunday only)

City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street
Sunday, 11am–3pm

Mmmmm…there’s nothing more satisfying at this time of year than a bowl of heart-warming soup. Tempt your taste buds with a stop by City Hall to enjoy a variety of soups from local restaurants and vote for your favorites. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 for a family (including 2 adults and 2 kids). With a ticket purchase you get a chance to win a prize and all proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. For more information, call (705) 737-1020.

 
Partner Events
February Blues (Feb. 2–5)

www.barriejazzbluesfest.com

Shake off cabin fever at the 20th annual February Blues Festival. Visit many great restaurants, bars, bistros, libraries and concert venues in Barrie and area to enjoy Blues and Jazz music performed by some of Canada's most brilliant artists.

Reel Stories Film Series (Feb. 3–5)

Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West
Tickets: $10 
www.barriefilmfestival.ca

In its 13th year, Reel Stories returns for a thought-provoking weekend festival of award-winning documentaries from Canada and around the world. Featuring:

  • Friday, February 3 at 4:00pm - The Apology
  • Friday, February 3 at 7:00pm - The Eagle Huntress
  • Saturday, February 4 at 1:30pm - The Tower
  • Saturday, February 4 at 4:00pm - Fire at Sea
  • Saturday, February 4 at 7:00pm - The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
  • Sunday, February 5 at 12:30pm - The Eagle Huntress
  • Sunday, February 5 at 3:00pm - The Apology
  • Sunday, February 5 at 6:00pm - How To Build a Time Machine
  • Sunday, February 5 at 8:00pm - My Scientology Movie
Downtown Barrie's February #HotCocoaTrail 

Explore downtown cafes and eateries, which will be crafting unique hot chocolate creations for Winterfest weekend and every other Saturday and Sunday in February! Stop in for a warm-up or try them all - 2017 locations to be announced soon.

Getting Around - Shuttle & Downtown Parking

Winterfest Park 'n Ride Shuttle
Saturday 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday 9:30am to 4:00pm

Park at the Bayfield Mall, easily accessed off of Highway 400, and take a warm and comfortable FREE ride to Barrie Winterfest!  The shuttle will pick-up on Coulter Street behind the Bayfield Mall at Barrie Transit stop #203 and will drop-off at the Downtown Transit Terminal along Maple Avenue where you can cross the street to Heritage Park and enjoy all of the festivities. See the Shuttle Schedule for pick-up and drop-off times.

Downtown Parking

If you're driving to the event, there's plenty of downtown parking available within close walking distance.

Road Closures

When making your way around downtown, the following roads will be closed from 6:00am February 4th to 6pm February 5th:

  • Simcoe Street from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street
  • Fred Grant Street from Dunlop Street to Chase McEachern Way and
  • Chase McEachern Way from Fred Grant Street to Dunlop Street 

Barrie Winterfest 2017 Is Generously Supported By:

            

                   

                   

    

 
 
 

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