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Hello Winter Discover Barrie Map & Schedule
Grab your mittens! In lieu of traditional
Barrie Winterfest festivities, Barrie celebrated the season with tons of winter fun during Hello Winter.
Hello Winter was funded in part by:
One of the most popular features at Barrie Winterfest, enjoy stunning masterpieces carved from 300 lb blocks of ice by professional sculptors from
Iceculture. This year's theme celebrates the wildlife and natural beauty of northern Canada. Sculptures will light up to enjoy at night as well.
Hot Cocoa Trail returns every weekend in February and March. Enjoy deliciously unique hot chocolate inspired beverages and dishes created by downtown coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and bistros or make a donation to a participating retailer's charity of choice and enter to win a DWNTWN E-Gift Card. Each purchase or donation gives you one ballot to enter (1st prize $250, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $50). A full list of Hot Cocoa Trail creations and participating locations will be available soon. Supporting local has never tasted so good!
Downtown Barrie is yours to explore this winter at Open Air Dunlop! On February 5 and March 19, a portion of Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicles and open for you to enjoy on foot....or snowshoe or sled! So bundle up and support one-of-a-kind shops and local restaurants, explore the Hot Cocoa Trail, enjoy Hello Winter activities, and warm up by the fire at Meridian Place.
Explore an enchanted winter experience featuring art installations inspired by Canada's natural environment. These stunning installations
Inspired by Icebergs were created in collaboration between Cobalt Connects and artist Tanis MacArthur.
Bring your showshoes or cross-country skis and continue along the groomed trail to take in the winter lights in the Sunnidale Arboretum.
Parking is available at the
Dorian Parker Community Centre, 227 Sunnidale Rd. Trail is groomed and snow-covered - sleds, winter footwear, snowshoes, or cross-country skis are recommended. Installations are weather/wind dependent.
Share your pictures with us! Tag the City of Barrie on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Learn about furry and feathered friends with
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, and
Speaking of Wildlife. Enjoy a storywalk with the Barrie Public Library and learn about constellations and fire safety with a craft to make your own winter luminary at home courtesy of City of Barrie Parks Planning and Barrie Fire & Emergency Services.
Get out with your family and enjoy winter at a park near you! Kids can explore interactive nature-based activities independently at their own pace. Learn about animals and their tracks, play QR code-activated games, and more.
Bask in the healing benefits of nature. Learn the basics of forest bathing with Beth Foster and decompress while you connect with the forest of Sunnidale Park. Sessions are free, and both in-person and virtual options are available.
Registration is required — email
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Please include the name of each person in your group, phone number, and the date you're hoping to book.
*Masks are required, capacity is limited per session, participants must be at least 14 years old, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join Steve Travers, the City of Barrie's Official Town Crier, for a fabulous 1-hour tour of downtown Barrie where he will tell tales of the amazing Victorian era pioneers who came to our little town before it became a city.
*Masks are required.
Try snowshoeing and experience the true beauty of nature in winter! Learn about our local flora and fauna along with the natural history of Sunnidale Park on a guided tour. Free and all equipment provided by Snow Valley.
Registration is required — email email@example.com to reserve your spot. Please include the name and height of each person in your group, phone number, and the date you're hoping to book.
*Masks are required, capacity is limited per session, participants must be at least 8 years old, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grab your skates and enjoy a skating party featuring a live DJ. Generously supported by
*Dependent on weather and rink conditions. Masks are required.
Bundle up and head outside to build your masterpiece! Get creative with snow and lights, carving, colours, and props to make it unique. Submit your sculpture for a chance to win a prize, including passes for snowtubing at
Click here to submit your photo!
Remember to play safe!
Choose your adventure! Join us for horse-drawn sleigh rides, outdoor skating, play some broomball, try one of our kicksleds, and then try your hand at axe throwing. Warm up by the bonfire and maybe try your hand at a woodland craft. Don't forget to bring your own toboggan! There is no cost to this event, so why not bundle up and enjoy a winter adventure?
Pre-registration not required.
Chimes is an interactive art installation that demonstrates how small actions can create large impact. It will fill Meridian Place with a symphony of sound and light that results from movement of the chimes - whether by wind or human interaction.Chimes was created and executed by Collectif Blackbox, a coproduction of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and MONTREAL EN LUMIERE, creation Fete des Lumieres of Lyon (2017).
The Hello Winter Projection Program features several unique projection-based art installations that bring light to winter nights in downtown Barrie.
Artists from across Canada were invited to submit video or animated artworks that responded to the theme of 'light'. The following are featured:
The installations are featured nightly at locations within walking distance.
Use the online map to guide your experience and to learn more about each artist and the inspiration for their work.
*This project was supported by the
Barrie Public Art Committee.
Barrie Film Festival - your Best Friend for Film - presents year-round programming featuring thought-provoking and entertaining films from Canada and around the world. The
Screen One Film Series features I'm Your Man on February 2nd and Parallel Mothers on March 2nd.
Reel Stories returns March 24-27 with a weekend film festival of documentaries inspired by true events and real people.
Check out a variety of programs offered for all ages, including
Black History 365. Visit the
BPL calendar for a full list of events.
Join BPL staff member Modupe as she shares various stories to commemorate Black History Month.
Online workshops and presentations designed for emerging and established writers, from self-publishing to content creation.
Make a snowman pop-up puppet and enjoy a family puppet show! Drop by the Library in advance (starting February 12) to pick-up your grab-and-go bag of supplies.
Learn to SkateSaturdays, February 26 to March 19, 12pm-1pmJoin the
Barrie Skating Club every Saturday for fun, engaging and FREE skating lessons at the City Hall Circle at the Centre skating rink.*Weather and rink conditions permitting. Rink remains open for everyone to use.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Spring Into BirdingMarch 12, 9:30am-12:30pmEnjoy a guided birding hike to learn about the birds at
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area and connect with nature through the joys of birdwatching. Families can also take a Storywalk, visit self-guided stations to see amazing bird artifacts, make a birdfeeder, hand-feed chickadees and more. Free!
Visit the MacLaren Art Centre during Hello Winter to enjoy their
current exhibitions, including
Rachel MacFarlane: Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats (until March 6), and
Henry Moore: Elephant Skull (until February 6). Gallery open Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
Families can enjoy the following programs and more:
Every Sunday is family Sunday! Enjoy artist-led creative projects ideal for school-aged children. For all details, including how to register, visit
MacLaren Family Sundays.
*Pre-registration required, $5+tax (free for members)
A regional artist will lead families through a fun collaborative project about togetherness.
*In-person registration opens at 1pm on the day of the workshop, maximum 25 participants, free
Winterfest storytime with Speaking of Wildlife and a special furry guest. Join Krystal and Fenn the Fox to read
Dance by Marion Dane Bauer followed by a wildlife Q&A.
This event is also featured under Speaking of Wildlife events further below.
Learn about Black history 365 days of the year! BPL has created a
virtual hub where you can access community voices and resources, stories about being Black in Canada, reading recommendations, National Film Board short film selections, and more.
The MacLaren has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to present a curated roster of winter-themed, family-friendly short animations and films to view anytime from home, including:
It’s Snow by Gayle Thomas (1974),
Snow Cat by Sheldon Cohen (1998), and
Stories from our Land: How to Build an Igloo by Allen Auksaq (2011).
https://maclarenart.com/project/hello-winter/ to watch!
Learn how to make colourful snowy art at home! The MacLaren Art Centre’s Education Officer Christina Mancuso shows you how using materials you can find at home and your unlimited imagination:
The MacLaren Art Centre offers a roster of virtual programs, films, events, and exhibitions celebrating
Black History Month with more to be added throughout the month and beyond.
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment and working with the community to help protect the water, land, and our future. Learn about how to appreciate our natural environment with help from their nature educators and fun activities for all ages.
Let's go on a scavenger hunt! Whether you're in your backyard or on a forest walk, use these guides to explore our natural world in a new way. You'll use your senses to observe nature and learn to identify evidence of wildlife in winter.
Level 1 - Use Your Senses
Level 2 - Animal Tracks
Keeping a nature journal is a great way to help you connect with the natural world around you and can be used to track your observations when exploring the outdoors. The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority has provided a
downloadable journal as a useful resource to get you started on this journey.
Maegan, AKA Turtle, from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority shares how everyone can become a community scientist!
Take a walk with Nature Naomi to learn all about identifying and appreciating wildlife in their natural habitat!
This event was held virtually via Zoom; watch the
recording of Nature Tracks with the NVCA. Learn all about the ways we go about identifying animal skulls and footprints, nature journaling, and becoming a citizen scientist. This interactive session included a live Q&A with the engaging nature educators from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
Speaking of Wildlife provides sanctuary to Ontario wildlife that cannot survive in the wild and they love to educate everyone at Winterfest about these beautiful species so we can better protect them in their natural habitat. Meet some of their furry and feathered friends, learn all about their life in winter, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Speaking of Wildlife facility.
Follow-up with some of the furry and feathered friends we met on
Canada Day to learn all about their life during the winter in a behind-the-scenes look with Speaking of Wildlife.
For all of the animal videos with Speaking of Wildlife, check out the
Hello Winter playlist on the City of Barrie's YouTube channel.
Winterfest storytime with Speaking of Wildlife and a special furry guest. Join Krystal and Fenn the Fox to read
Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer followed by a wildlife Q&A.
This event is also featured under BPL events above.
Get ready to dance and sing along while
TEAM T&J share some of their favourite things about Barrie!
Take a virtual trip to Lalonde’s Maple Syrup Farm where we’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how to make maple syrup and some of our favourite Barrie Winterfest treats:
Join Barrie’s Town Crier as he tells the story of the Barrie Jail that sits on Mulcaster Street, overlooking the city – from its unique architecture and history to the stories of some of those who “visited” long before it closed in 2001:
Meet master woodcarver Siggi Buhler as he shares some of his experience snow carving at Barrie Winterfest in the past, and see his process on a smaller scale right from his own backyard studio.
Join City of Barrie Parks staff on an Owl Prowl. They’ll share their tips for how you can listen for and identify owls on your outdoor adventures. Use the
Owl Prowl Fact Sheet to learn about what makes owls such amazing creatures and, while you’re at it,
meet Nile the Barred Owl with Speaking of Wildlife.
Dress the kids warmly and head outside for winter yoga with your guide, Victoria. You’ll learn poses inspired by the natural world in winter. A great way to warm up for some winter fun!
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