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Winterfest 2015

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario!  Grab your mittens and celebrate winter with us on February 7th & 8th, 2015.

Vendor Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2015

Are you a food vendor with a unique menu, a merchandise vendor with an interesting product, or an arts and crafts vendor with one-of-a-kind creations?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Please send an email with a description of your products, as well as pictures if possible, to  Limited vendor spaces available - only selected vendors will be contacted.

Winterfest 2014

On February 1st and 2nd, 2014 the community came together to celebrate the season at Barrie Winterfest.  With beautiful winter weather, exciting new programming, and plenty of adventure seekers in attendance, Winterfest 2014 was an incredible weekend of fun and festivities.

The City of Barrie would like to thank everyone who contributed...generous sponsors, local media, community partners, staff and volunteers, and all those who attended the event.  We look forward to celebrating winter with you in 2015!

2014 Programming

Outdoor Fun @ Heritage Park and Memorial Square

Saturday & Sunday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ice maze - Sponsored by Stonemanor Woods by Yorkwood Homes and Tribute Communities
Horse-drawn wagon rides - Sponsored by HGS
Snow sculpture & slides - Sponsored by PowerStream
Dog sled rides ($2 per person, weather permitting) - Sponsored by Napoleon
Snow Valley's mini tube slide
Simcoe County Museum
Mini golf
Warming zone bonfire - Sponsored by Fran's Restaurant
Helicopter rides ($50 per person)
Dog cart rides (Saturday only, 10:00am to 3:00pm)
Scouts winter cookout ($)
Winter midway ($)
Variety of food vendors ($)

Ice Sculptures - Heritage Park
Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Marvel at artistic masterpieces sculpted out of three hundred pound blocks of ice by professional carvers.  This year's icy wonderland theme is Fire & Ice.  Check out the cool creations spectacularly lit on Saturday evening.  The Festival of Ice is sponsored by Downtown Barrie.

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe at Winterfest - Heritage Park
Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Tour Barrie's beautiful waterfront by cross country ski or snowshoe!  Bring your own or borrow a pair from on-site providers.  Presented by Hardwood Ski and Bike, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Rossignol.

Maple Taffy Sampling - Heritage Park
Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Try a sample of this traditional French-Canadian treat!  Presented by Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud - École élémentaire catholique Frère-André & École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance

Lumberjack Show - Heritage Park
Saturday & Sunday - 12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm
Watch expert lumberjacks demonstrate their incredible skills - speed sawing, axe throwing, and chainsaw carving.

Festival of Fire & Ice - Saturday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Explore Barrie's scenic waterfront like never before!  From Heritage Park to Centennial Park, experience visually stunning displays of fire, ice, snow, and light.  Travel by foot, snowshoe, or cross country ski along a programmed trail on our scenic waterfront.  Check out the activities at Heritage Park and Centennial Park.

Heritage Park
Featuring an illuminated snow sculpture and stunning ice carvings, maple taffy sampling, horse-drawn wagon rides (6:30pm to 9:00pm), fire performers, food vendors, warming zone bonfire, and more.

Centennial Park
Featuring musical entertainment with Lyric Dubee, warming zone bonfire, curling, and fire performers including a very special performance at 8:30pm.

Spirit Catcher Light Show - Saturday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Barrie's iconic Spirit Catcher like you've never seen it before!

Skating Party @ Heritage Park - Saturday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
The Rotary Club of Barrie invites you to bring your skates for a skating party on the Heritage Park pond.  Hot chocolate available with a donation!  (Weather permitting)

Battle of the Chainsaws @ Heritage Park - Saturday, 6:00pm
Two talented ice carvers go head-to-head and demonstrate their skills in a carve-off!

Guided Waterfront Walking Tour - Saturday, 7:30pm
Join Barrie's Town Crier for a guided walking tour hightlighting the city's history with fire and ice!  The walk will start at the Winterfest information booth in Heritage Park and travel along the Winterfest Fire & Ice Trail to Centennial Park.

Fireworks - Saturday, 9:00pm
Gather along Barrie's scenic waterfront for a special winter fireworks spectacular!  Viewing ideal from Centennial Park, Heritage Park, and Allandale Station Park.  Fireworks sponsored by Laurentian University.

Outdoor Fun @ Centennial Park

Saturday & Sunday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Spectacular kites by Toronto Kite Flyers (weather permitting)
Warming zone bonfire
Children's activities hosted by the Barrie YMCA
Hockey shoot-out (Sunday only)

Musical Entertainment - Saturday, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Stop by Centennial Park during Winterfest and warm-up to the sounds of Shawn Steinhart at 12:00pm and Matt Reichenbacher at 1:00pm. 

Polar Bear Swim - Sunday, 12:00pm
Centennial Beach, near washroom building
Are you brave enough to take a frosty dip in Kempenfelt Bay?  There's no pre-registration required and no fee to participate, just show up at Centennial Beach ready to take the plunge!  Spectators welcome - a sight not to be missed.  Presented by the City of Barrie Aquatics Staff and the Barrie Fire Department.

Other Locations - Saturday & Sunday

Handmade Market at the Mady!
Mady Centre for the Performing Arts - 1 Dunlop Street West
Purchase unique, handmade gifts from a variety of artisan vendors at this very special Winterfest art market at the Mady.

Family Entertainment at the Mady!
Mady Centre for the Performing Arts - 1 Dunlop Street West
Warm up with live and interactive entertainment for the whole family at Barrie's downtown theatre, just a short walk from Heritage Park.

12:30pm DooDoo the Clown  12:30pm Music by Jake
1:00pm Paddling Puppeteers  1:30pm Pandora's Sox
2:30pm DooDoo the Clown  2:40pm Please and Thanks
3:25pm Barrie's Youth Talent Showcase featuring Lyric Dubee, Tori Hathaway, and Kasey Kohring  3:25pm Barrie's Youth Talent Showcase featuring Lyric Dubee, Tori Hathaway, and Kasey Kohring
Schedule subject to change.


Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum - 36 Mulcaster Street
Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm
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, Children's Floor - 60 Worsley Street
Celebrate Winterfest and warm up with some creative fun at Barrie's Downtown Library!
Saturday - storytime at 10:30am, drop-in crafts from 11:15am to 4:00pm, and creative drawing with cartoonist Bob Kain from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday - drop-in crafts from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Please note - activities are for children of all ages and there is no registration required.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Easter Seals Chili Fest
Sea Cadet Boathouse - at the foot of Bayfield Street at Simcoe Street  
Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Warm-up with a variety of chili and vote for your favourite!  All proceeds to Easter Seals.

Let’s Go Skating!
Enjoy skating at one of Barrie’s arenas for only $1 per person.
Allandale Recreation Centre – 190 Bayview Drive
Sunday 11:00am to 12:50pm
Eastview Arena – 453 Grove Street East
Sunday 2:30 to 4:20pm
Holly Community Centre – 171 Mapleton Avenue
Sunday 6:30 to 8:20pm

Other Locations - Saturday Only

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale - Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Central United Church - 54 Ross Street
Start your day with the 22nd annual pancake breakfast at Winterfest - $7 for adults, $3 for children under 11, and preschoolers are free. Yummy!

Barrie Farmers' Market - Saturday, 8:00am to 12:00pm
City Hall Rotunda - 70 Collier Street
Get an early start to Winterfest with a great variety of produce, artistry, and baking at Barrie's Farmers' Market!  For more information, visit

Canadian Ski Patrol Advance First Aid and Rescue Competition
Saturday, 9:30am to 2:00pm
Bayview Park - 157 Dunlop Street East
See the CSP test their first aid skills on a variety of scenarios.  The CSP provides Advanced First Aid treatment and rescue services at over 20 local ski resorts and more than 200 across Canada.  The Simcoe Ambulance Service will be working with Patrollers on one of the skills stations.  For more information about CSP, visit

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - Saturday, 11:30am to 2:30pm
47 Owen Street - Corner of Owen and Worsley Streets, across from the Library
Warm-up at the 10th annual HOT, HOT, HOT event!  HOTdogs, HOT chocolate, and HOT soup for sale.  Family activities include free face painting, crafts, and cookie decorating.

Other Locations - Sunday Only

MacLarenArtCentre - 37 Mulcaster Street
Gallery hours - 10:00am to 4:00pm
(suggested admission $5)
Explore contemporary art with your family!  Take a guided tour of the Gallery and our winter exhibitions, warm-up by the fire, and enjoy a hot chocolate from the Radio Cafe. 
Sunday - 1:30pm to 3:00pm - Parents and children are invited to join in Winterfest the MacLaren way, with a special artist-led Family Sunday workshop. Families can create a snowy silhouette artwork celebrating all things winter with drawing and collage! Admission is $5 per child or free for Friends of the MacLaren (Family holders).  Materials provided.
Sunday - 2:30pm - Enjoy an exclusive Winterfest-themed performance by the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in the Carnegie Room. Admission free.  Check it out at!

Soup’s On! – Sunday, 11:00am to 2:00pm
City Hall Rotunda – 70 Collier Street
Mmmm…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 $5 and all proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  For more information, contact Fiona at or call (705) 737-1020.

Huronia Symphony Children's Concert - Sunday, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Collier Street United Church - 112 Collier Street
Take a Mozart adventure with the HSO and enjoy a free hot chocolate during Winterfest.  Ask questions and visit the musicians and their instruments up close.  Starring young musicians from our Youth Program performing with the HSO!  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children under 13.  For more information, visit

Weekend Events

February Blues
January 30 - February 2
Shake off cabin fever at the 17th 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.  For more information, visit

Reel Stories Film Series - Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West
January 31 - February 2

In its 10th year, Reel Stories returns for a thought-provoking weekend festival of award-winning documentaries from Canada and around the world featuring:
Friday, 7:00pm - Watermark
Friday, 9:30pm - Dallas Buyers Club
Saturday, 1:00pm - The Crash Reel
Saturday, 4:00pm - Dallas Buyers Club
Saturday, 7:00pm - Our Man in Tehran
Saturday, 9:30pm - Muscle Shoals
Sunday, 1:00pm - Which Way is the Front Line From Here?
Sunday, 4:00pm - Finding Vivian Maier
Sunday, 7:00pm - Muscle Shoals
Sunday, 9:15pm - Watermark
Tickets are $10.  For more information, visit

Barrie Winterfest 2014 was Generously Supported By






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