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Barrie Winterfest

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! This year, we have partnered with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre in celebration of their 31st anniversary. Wear your woolies and come celebrate winter with us on February 2nd & 3rd, 2019.

Winterfest Programming - February 2 & 3, 2019

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Meridian Place
General Activities

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Bonfire warming zone
  • Dog cart rides (10am-2pm Saturday only, minimum $2 donation to Lions Foundation assist dog training)
  • Helicopter rides ($60/person, weather permitting)
  • Simcoe County Museum
  • BodyZorbs
  • Mini golf
  • Top shot hockey
  • Games lounge - Ice shuffleboard, ice hockey table, and more
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food and merchandise vendors ($) - BeaverTails, Captain Cook de Fries, Lalonde's Maple Syrup, and more!
Toronto Maple Leafs Mobile Fan Zone

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

The Maple Leafs Mobile Fan Zone presented by Scotiabank will be bringing a piece of Scotiabank Arena to Barrie Winterfest! Walk the inside of a replica Leafs dressing room and have a seat in one of the player stalls as if you're next to take the ice. You'll enjoy highlight videos and chat hockey with the Maple Leafs development staff!

Ice Sculptures

Saturday 10am–10pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Marvel at artistic masterpieces sculpted out of three hundred pound blocks of ice by the professional carvers from IceCulture. Come evening, they will be beautifully lit with colourful lights!

Lumberjack Shows

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

Watch expert lumberjacks demonstrate their incredible skills - speed sawing, axe throwing, and chainsaw carving - at this perennial Winterfest favourite.

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 catholique MonAvenir - École élémentaire catholique Frère-André, École élémentaire catholique Marguerite-Bourgeois (CFB Borden), & École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance

Salomon Learn to Ride Kids Snowboard Course

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

The little ones can try snowboarding with the help of trained staff from Salomon and Snow Valley.

Snow Sculptures

Winterfest features three giant sculptures created out of snow by a professional carver.

Snowshoeing with MEC Barrie

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

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

Speaking of Wildlife

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

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

Historic Walking Tour with Barrie's Town Crier
Saturday & Sunday, 1pm

Meet Barrie's Town Crier at the Barrie Events Info Booth for a 1 hour guided walking tour highlighting the city's history. He will entertain you with true stories of Barrie's Victorian heroes, harlots, saints, and sinners!
Kites on Ice

Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 3pm (wind permitting)

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

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Activities at Other Locations
Mariposa Skating Showcase & Learn to Skate

City Hall Outdoor Rink, 70 Collier Street
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-1pm

Mariposa School of Skating presents a demonstration of their Beginner to International competitors. Bring your skates and join them on the rink after the show for a Learn to Skate session led by Mariposa’s Professional Coaches and Program Assistants. Mariposa runs Skate Canada’s Canskate program, which is the only nationally recognized learn to skate program in Canada and it teaches the fundamentals of skating. Mariposa’s coaching staff are among the best in the world and have produced Provincial, National, World, and Olympic Champions in figure skating as well as professional hockey players. Come learn to skate with the best!

Pancake Breakfast (Saturday only)

Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street
Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm

The Barrie Lion's Club presents the 27th annual Winterfest pancake breakfast - a great start to your day and a Winterfest tradition! $7 for adults, $3 for children under 11, and preschoolers are free. Yummy!

Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum

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.

Barrie Public Library

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Downtown Branch Hours - Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

Celebrate Winterfest and warm up with some creative fun, entertainment, and learning at Barrie's Downtown Library! Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nookmis Learning Circle: Winterfest Indigenous Speaker Series
Saturday, 10am-11am
Learn traditional stories and songs shared in the Ojibway language by Ernestine Baldwin, Nookmis (Elder) from the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.

February Blues Festival Performance
Saturday, 2pm-3pm
Enjoy a Jazz & Blues performance presented by the February Blues Festival.

Jennifer Podemski: Winterfest Indigenous Speaker Series
Sunday, 2pm-3pm
A storyteller behind and in front of the camera, listen as Jennifer shares the story of her professional career. She is an award winning film and television producer and actor with roles in Degrassi, Republic of Doyle, and Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz'. You'll have the opportunity to watch an exclusive rough cut screening from Future History followed by a Talk Back Session where you can ask questions and learn more from this talented producer and actor.

MacLaren Art Centre

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street

Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm

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

Winterfest Family Workshop
Sunday, 1:30pm-3pm
$5/child, free for MacLaren members
Families will join a local artist in a Winterfest-themed art activity.

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

Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an afternoon dance performance showcasing some of their most recent choreography by the company's senior and choreographic apprentices.

Let’s Go Skating and Swimming! (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

East Bayfield Community Centre
80 Livingstone Street East
Toonie Skate: Saturday, 7pm-8:50pm ($2/person)

Allandale Recreation Centre
190 Bayview Drive
Toonie Skate: Sunday, 11am-12:50pm ($2/person)
Toonie Swim: Sunday, 1pm-3pm ($2/person)

Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue
Toonie Skate: Sunday, 6:30pm-8:20pm ($2/person)

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

Centennial Park Outdoor Rink, 85 Lakeshore Drive
Friday, 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-12pm

Get an early start to Winterfest with a great variety of produce, artistry, and baking at Barrie's Farmers' Market inside the City Hall Rotunda. Be sure to bring along your skates to enjoy a winter skate on the outdoor rink at City Hall!

Polar Bear Dip (Sunday only)

Centennial Beach (near washroom building)
Sunday, 12pm

Are you brave enough to take a frosty dip in Kempenfelt Bay? Come ready to take the plunge! No pre-registration required or fee to participate; however you are welcome to fundraise for your charity of choice. Spectators welcome - a sight not to be missed! Presented by City of Barrie Aquatics with assistance from Barrie Fire & Emergency Service.

Partner Events
February Blues (Jan. 31-Feb. 3)

Shake off cabin fever at the 21st 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.

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

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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. The 2019 Winterfest Shuttle Map & Schedule is available under Downloads. 


If you're driving to the event, there's plenty of downtown and waterfront parking available within close walking distance, including the Collier Street Parkade. It is a fully accessible, 7-level parking facility with over 300 parking spots located on Collier Street between Owen and Clapperton Streets.

Road Closures

When making your way around downtown, Simcoe Street will be closed from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street from 6:00am February 2nd to 6:00pm February 3rd.

Partnership Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2019 & 2020

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

Barrie Winterfest 2019 Is Generously Supported By:




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