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The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! Special thanks to all who celebrated with us in 2017 - sponsors, partners, local media, and everyone who attended the event. Grab your mittens and celebrate with us on February 3rd & 4th, 2018!

Partnership Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2018

As an event partner, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign, including radio and print advertising, social media, website, and printed materials. Engage an audience of over 20,000 through on-site recognition and brand activation opportunities. Our partners are valued and contribute directly towards providing exciting, free programming for the community. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1000 and a limited number of brand activation spaces are available starting at $500 for a 10'x10' space. If you are interested in becoming a Winterfest partner, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

Winterfest 2017 Programming

Watch for exciting details to come for Winterfest 2018! In the meantime, check out the activities that were featured at Winterfest 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 ($)
  • Helicopter rides ($50/person)
  • Cabela's kids ice fishing pond (Saturday only)
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.

Leafs Community Tour

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Check out the Rogers Fan Hub at Winterfest - helping fans be fans by bringing them closer to the game! Enjoy interactive games, giveaways, and virtual photos with some of your favourite players. On Sunday from 12–2pm, stop by to meet Toronto Maple Leafs alum Shayne Corson!

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.

Try Snowshoeing! 

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

With help from MEC Barrie, you can try out this traditional winter sport.

Speaking of Wildlife

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm
Shows at 12pm and 2:30pm daily

Get up close and learn about some of Canada's most popular furry friends! Stop by throughout the day or join them at 12:00pm and 2:30pm for special insights into the life of the wild. 

Walking Tour with Barrie's Town Crier (Sunday only)
The walking tour has been cancelled.

Sunday, 1pm

Meet Barrie's Town Crier in Memorial Square for a 1 hour guided walking tour highlighting the city's history. He will entertain you with the true stories of Barrie's Victorian heroes, harlots, saints, and sinners!

Toronto Kite Fliers

Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm (wind permitting)

The Toronto Kite Fliers will showcase kites of all sizes in a special winter aerial display.

Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (Saturday only)

Saturday, 11am to 2:30pm
Demos at 11am and 2pm

Barrie Fire will join us on Saturday with some special winter safety tips! Stop by the docks at Heritage Park for ice rescue demonstrations at 11:00am and 2:00pm. In between demonstrations, firefighters will be on hand to show you how to rescue yourself if you fall through the ice. The Fire Prevention team will be there as well with tips on smoke alarms and home escape planning.

Enbridge #smellfie Booth

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

Stop by the Enbridge booth to learn about natural gas safety, try out a natural gas scratch 'n sniff, and take a #smellfie for a chance to win a prize!

Family Entertainment
Doo Doo the Clown

Saturday, 11am - 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, 2pm - 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, 3pm - 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
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!

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
10am - Storytime
10am to 4pm - Drop-in crafts
11am - Doo Doo the Clown (see listing under Family Entertainment)
12pm to 4pm - Drop-in crafts
2pm - 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

Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm

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

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

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:

East Bayfield Community Centre
80 Livingstone Street East
Saturday, 7pm to 8:50pm

Allandale Recreation Centre
190 Bayview Drive
Sunday, 11am to 12:50pm

Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue
Sunday, 6:30pm to 8:20pm

Circle at The Centre Outdoor Rink @ Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street
Saturday & Sunday, 10am–10pm
Weather-permitting. Pleasure skating only. On-site heated change rooms and washrooms. Free!

  • On Sunday at 1pm, Mariposa School of Skating is pleased to present a special showcase of performances from Beginner to World level skaters at the City Hall skating rink. Following the show, join them on the ice for a Learn to Skate session led by Mariposa and Barrie SC professional coaches and program assistants.

Centennial Park Outdoor Rink, 61 Lakeshore Drive
Saturday & Sunday, 10am–10pm
Weather-permitting. Pleasure skating and shinny hockey at designated times. Free!

Barrie Farmers' Market (Saturday only)

City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street
Saturday, 8am to 12pm

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–2pm

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.

Eduskate Barrie Show & Learn to Skate (Sunday only)

City Hall Skating Rink, 70 Collier Street
Sunday, 1pm

Mariposa School of Skating is pleased to present a special showcase of  performances from Beginner to World level skaters at the City Hall skating rink. Following the show, join them on the ice for a Learn to Skate session led by Mariposa and Barrie SC professional coaches and program assistants.

Partner Events
February Blues (Feb. 2–5)

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

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 - with signatures from more than half of the trail locations, you can enter for a chance to win one of four #HotCocoaTrail prize vouchers. Visit

2017 Locations:

  • The Barrie Bean Counter (49 Dunlop St. E.)
    Avalanche Hot Chocolate (white chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallows)
  • J'Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate (123 Dunlop St. E.)
    Oo La La (hot chocolate on a spoon)
  • Ripe Juicery (118 Dunlop St. E.)
    Raw Peppermint Hot Cocoa (dairy free and vegan)
  • Gallery Café at the MacLaren Art Centre (37 Mulcaster St.)
    Black Forest Hot Cocoa (chocolate and cherry flavour)
  • NOURISH Brew + Blend (42 Maple Ave.) Saturdays only
    Vegan hot chocolate topped with coconut cream
  • TLC Bistro (41 Maple Ave.)
    Old Fashioned TLC (hot cocoa served with mini marshmallows and whipped cream)
  • Lazy Tulip Café (29 Maple Ave.)
    Mexican Spicy Mocha
  • Canvas & Cabernet (72 Dunlop St. E.)
    Spicy Hot Cocoa (hot chocolate with chili pepper)
  • Homestead Artisan Bakery + Café (43 Owen St.)
    Campfire Hot Chocolate (homemade marshmallow with graham crackers and organic milk chocolate)
  • Bohemia (125 Dunlop St. E.)
    Tonka Bean Cocoa with whipped tonka cream and a nutty little cookie
  • Casa Cappuccino (91 Dunlop St. E.)
    Snowball Hot Chocolate (chocolate with vanilla, marshmallows, and graham crackers)
  • Barrie Public Library Café (60 Worsley St.)
    Minter Wonderland (minty hot coco)

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 Was Generously Supported By:






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