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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 6th & 7th, 2016!

Winterfest 2016 Programming

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Memorial Square
General Activities

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides - Sponsored by PowerStream
  • Dog sled rides ($2 per person, weather permitting)
    Due to ice conditions, the dog sled rides have been cancelled. We look forward to their return in 2017, weather permitting!
  • Dog cart rides (10am-3pm Saturday only, minimum $2 donation to Lions Foundation assist dog training)
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Simcoe County Museum's Fact or Fiction
  • BodyZorbs
  • Helicopter rides ($50 per person, weather permitting)
  • Cabela's S.A.F.E. Archery Range
  • Warm up in Cabela's Heating Stations and enjoy some homemade fudge
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food and merchandise vendors ($) - including BeaverTails, Mi Taco Taqueria, Tiny Tom Donuts, Ontario's Best Buttertart Festival, Captain Cook de Fries, Lalonde's Maple Syrup, Elmvale Lions Club Truck Draw, Moose Creek Hats, and much more
  • Midway ($)

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

  • Bonfire warming zone
  • Ice maze
  • Mini golf & curling
  • Roaming performers

Saturday 5pm-8pm

  • Heritage Park winter light displays by Rotary Club of Barrie
  • Spirit Catcher in colourful lights
Fire & Light Performers (Saturday only)

Saturday 4pm–8pm

You'll be amazed as Dispatch Talent's performers, including Rope d'Artist, Lucy Loop, and FireGuy, wow the crowd with a variety of fire and glow displays.

Ice Sculptures

Saturday 10am–8pm, 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 turn Winterfest into a magical woodland. 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.

Kids' Snowboarding Demos

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

Little ones can discover the sensation of riding on their own with the help of trained staff, a tow cable, and a few mellow snow features like rollers and berms. Presented by Tropical North and Burton.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Kids' Snowboarding Demos have been cancelled. We look forward to their return in 2017.

Kites on Ice

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm (weather permitting)

Enjoy kites of all shapes, sizes, and colours as they take to the sky over Kempenfelt Bay. Kites on Ice features kite fliers from all over Ontario and as far as New York and Montreal. Presented by the Toronto Kite Fliers.

Maple Taffy

Saturday 10am–8pm, 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

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Winterfest turns into a magical woodland featuring three giant sculptures created out of snow by a professional carver. After the sun goes down, the sculptures will be beautifully lit - a perfect photo op!

Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Demos

Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm (weather permitting)

Try out these traditional winter sports with assistance from Hardwood Ski & Bike! Although free to try, a credit card is required.

Due to weather conditions, the cross country ski and snowshoe demos have been cancelled. We look forward to their return in 2017, weather permitting!

Speaking of Wildlife

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Get up close and learn about some of our wild 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.

Guided Walking Tour  (Saturday only)

Saturday, 7pm

Join Barrie's Town Crier for a guided walking tour highlighting the city's history with stories of fire, ice, sailors, and wrecks! Meet Barrie's Town Crier in Memorial Square.

 
Family Entertainment
Doo Doo the Clown

Saturday, 12:30pm - Holly Community Centre (171 Mapleton Ave.)
Saturday, 1:30pm & 2:30pm - 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 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.

Pandora's Sox presents Puppets & Songs

Saturday, 11:30pm - Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley Street)
Saturday, 2:00pm - Holly Community Centre (171 Mapleton Ave.)

Join Lionel, Valerie, Boo, Petunia, Prometheus, Pandora and Jay as they take you on a puppet roller coaster ride of skits, songs and poetry. Don’t miss this exciting and interactive performance full of wild antics and silly jokes. Pandora’s Sox is suitable for all ages.

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 grownups! With Jake leading the way on guitar, ukulele, flute and voice, everyone ends up singing, dancing, playing instruments and laughing the whole way through. See you at the show… and don’t forget your hula skirt!

Please and Thanks

Sunday, 12:30pm - Allandale Recreation Centre (190 Bayview Drive)
Sunday, 2:30pm - Heritage Park Gazebo

Please and Thanks provides playful, rhythmic beats being complimented by fun and educational lyrics. It is music that children can enjoy, while parents enjoy them listening. Please and Thanks music gives children the opportunity to learn from a man who has learned from his mistakes.

 
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 (Children's Floor), 60 Worsley Street
Saturday:
10:30am - Storytime
11:30am - Pandora's Sox performance (see Family Entertainment)
11:15am to 4pm - Drop-in Valentine's Day crafts
Sunday:
12pm to 4pm - Drop-in Valentine's Day crafts
2:00pm - Music by Jake performance (see 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.

Saturday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Share a fun afternoon of snow painting in the Massie Family Courtyard. Materials provided, just bring your imagination!

Sunday, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Families are invited to join Ojibway artist Will Morin for an engaging and interactive story time exploring Anishinaabe/First Nations myths. This program is presented in conjunction with current exhibitions.

Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Celebrate all things winter in this special family workshop for Winterfest! Regional artist Meghan Thorpe will guide you in the creation of a unique snow globe design using paper-marbling, collage, and printmaking techniques. Admission is $5 per child and materials are provided.

Sunday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Join the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an afternoon dance performance exploring aspects of voice with guest performances by local youth dancers and professional musicians. Free admission.

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, 7:00pm to 8:50pm ($2 per person)

Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive
Sunday, 11:00am to 12:50pm ($2 per person)

Eastview Arena, 453 Grove Street East
Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:20pm ($2 per person)

Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue
Sunday, 6:30pm to 8:20pm ($2 per person)

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.

Sledge Skating Demo - Saturday, 11am-2pm
All Sports All People and the City of Barrie Inclusive Recreation Section invite the public to try sledge skating at the City Hall rink. Sledges will be available to try at no cost. Join us for this accessible skating experience.

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.

  • 10am - 12 noon: pleasure skating
  • 12 noon - 2pm: shinny hockey
  • 2pm - 4pm: pleasure skating
  • 4pm - 6pm: shinny hockey
  • 6pm - 8pm: pleasure skating
Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale (Saturday only)

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

Start your day with the 24th 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.barriefarmermarket.com

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

Polar Bear Dip (Sunday only)

Centennial Beach (near washroom building)
Sunday, 12pm

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 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. 4–7)

www.barriejazzbluesfest.com

Shake off cabin fever at the 19th 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.

Huronia Symphony's Family Concert Tales & Legends (Feb. 7)

Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street
Sunday Feb 7th. 3:30pm
Tickets: Adults $25, Students $10, Children $5, Family $50
www.huroniasymphony.ca

Warm up from the cold at Huronia Symphony’s annual family concert. ‘Tales & Legends’ is under the direction of Oliver Balaburski and will feature such popular children’s favourites as ‘Peter & The Wolf’ and ‘William Tell Overture’. The Symphony’s Youth Program members will perform with the HSO as featured guests. Refreshments available.

Reel Stories Film Series (Feb. 5–7)

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

In its 12th year, Reel Stories returns for a thought-provoking weekend festival of award-winning documentaries from Canada and around the world. This year's line-up features:

Friday, February 5th

  • 4:00pm - He Named Me Malala
  • 7:00pm - Al Purdy Was Here

Saturday, February 6th

  • 2:00pm - He Named Me Malala
  • 4:00pm - Life
  • 7:00pm - Mavis!
  • 9:00pm - Al Purdy Was Here

Sunday, February 7th

  • 2:00pm - Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
  • 4:00pm - Trumbo
  • 7:00pm - Unbranded
Downtown Barrie's Winterfest Hot Chocolate Trail (Feb. 6 & 7) 

Explore 14 downtown cafes and eateries, which will be crafting unique hot chocolate creations for Winterfest weekend. Stop in for a warm-up or try them all! You'll also be entered to win $75 in hot drinks.

While enjoying your delicious drink, spread the warmth: participating venues will be accepting donations in support of Youth Haven. Download the Trail Map or see full details via Downtown Barrie. Summary of participating destinations:

  1. Radio Café at the MacLaren Art Centre: Toffee Nut Hot Cocoa
  2. Ripe Juicery: Raw Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  3. Bohemia: Earl Gray Hot Cocoa
  4. Local Foods Mart: Champurrado Hot Cocoa (traditional Mexican style)
  5. J'Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
  6. Casa Cappuccino: Snowball Hot Cocoa
  7. English & Miller: Flaking Hot Cocoa
  8. Swirleez Frozen Yogurt: S'More Hot Cocoa
  9. Canvas & Cabernet: Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  10. Lazy Tulip Café: Mexican Spicy Mocha
  11. TLC Bistro: Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa
  12.  Unity Market: Matcha White Hot Cocoa
  13. Warwick Hughes Food Market: S'Mores Hot Cocoa
  14. Barrie Public Library Café: Pink Hot Cocoa

 

Winter Fun at Holly Community Centre (Saturday Only)

171 Mapleton Avenue

Saturday, 11am–4pm
Let’s Talk Science! University of Toronto’s Scarborough chapter of Let’s Talk Science will light a spark of curiosity with hands-on science activities.

Saturday, 12:30pm
Meet
Doo Doo the Clown
Doo Doo the Clown has been performing for over 30 years at events throughout the world and we are excited to welcome him 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.

Saturday, 2pm
Pandora's Sox presents Puppets & Songs

Join Lionel, Valerie, Boo, Petunia, Prometheus, Pandora and Jay as they take you on a puppet roller coaster ride of skits, songs and poetry. Don’t miss this exciting and interactive performance full of wild antics and silly jokes. Pandora’s Sox is suitable for all ages.

Winter Fun at Allandale Recreation Centre (Sunday Only)

190 Bayview Avenue

Sunday, 11am–4pm
Get ready to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 8th! The Taipei Economic & Cultural Office Toronto is joining Winterfest to share Chinese and Taiwanese culture with the community. There will be fun crafts for children of all ages!

Sunday, 11am
Eduskate Enrichment at the Mariposa School of Skating will kick-off the Winterfest Family Skate with a short group routine as well as feature solo performances by a few competitive and elite skaters.

Sunday, 11:20am–12:50pm
Bring your skates and enjoy skating with the family for only $2/person.

Sunday, 12:30pm
Performance by Please & Thanks

Please and Thanks provides playful, rhythmic beats being complimented by fun and educational lyrics. It is music that children can enjoy, while parents enjoy them listening. Please and Thanks music gives children the opportunity to learn from a man who has learned from his mistakes.

 

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. Download the Shuttle Schedule for all of the details.

Downtown Parking

If you're driving to the event, there's plenty of downtown parking available within close walking distance. For more information, download the Downtown Parking Map.

Road Closures

When making your way around downtown, road closures for the event will include:

  • Simcoe Street from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street 
    7am February 6 to 6pm February 7
  • Fred Grant Street from Dunlop Street to Chase McEachern Way and Chase McEachern Way from Fred Grant Street to Dunlop Street
    6am February 6 to 6pm February 7

Barrie Winterfest 2016 Is Generously Supported By:

                     

logos: Winterfest event sponsors  

 
 
 

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