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Winterfest 2018

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! Winterfest 2018 was a great success thanks to our generous sponsors, local media, and partners. Grab your mittens and celebrate winter with us next on February 2nd & 3rd, 2019!

Winterfest Programming - February 3 & 4, 2018

Check out the exciting programming from Winterfest 2018 and stay tuned for 2019 updates.

Download the 2018 schedule and map or visit the Winterfest GIS story map to find your way around the event and downtown locations.

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Spirit Catcher Park
General Activities

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Bonfire warming zones
  • Dog cart rides (10am-2pm Saturday only, minimum $2 donation to Lions Foundation assist dog training)
  • Helicopter rides ($60/person, weather permitting)
  • Simcoe County Museum
  • BodyZorbs
  • Mini golf
  • Top shot hockey
  • Laser tag (Sunday only)
  • Ice shuffleboard & ice hockey table
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food and merchandise vendors ($) - Copper Branch, PC Coffee, BeaverTails, Captain Cook de Fries, Lalonde's Maple Syrup, Birch Farms Buttertarts, Knights of Columbus, Folk Arte, Sinton Landmark, Ontario Energy Board, Boots & Hearts, Elmvale Lion's Club, and more!
Axe Throwing

Saturday, noon to 5pm
Sunday, noon to 4pm

After watching the lumberjack shows, why not try being one yourself! Learn to throw an axe with expert coaches from Bullseye Axe Throwing.

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. This year's icy wonderland theme will feature legendary creatures like dragons, wizards, and elves. Come evening, they will be beautifully lit with colourful lights!Sponsored by Downtown Barrie.

Take a selfie at the  special ice carving photo op and tag #BarrieWinterfest  and @Telus on social media! Presented by Telus.

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 catholique MonAvenir - École élémentaire catholique Frère-André, École élémentaire catholique Marguerite-Bourgeois (Base Borden), & 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 feature legendary creatures. Take a selfie and tag #BarrieWinterfest!

Winter Sports Demos - Snowshoeing & Curling 

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

With help from MEC Barrie and the Barrie Curling Club, you can try out these traditional winter sports.

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.

Walking Tour with Barrie's Town Crier (Sunday only)
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.

Family Entertainment
DooDoo The Clown (Saturday only)

Saturday, 11:30am - Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St. W.
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 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.

Aaron Matthews Magic  (Saturday only)

Saturday, 11:30am - Heritage Park Gazebo
Saturday, 1:30pm - Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St. W.

Since the age of 4, Aaron Matthews has been electrifying crowds across Canada and the Caribbean with illusions, mind readings, and escapes. He's performed at major events across Canada, multiple shows on YTV, and Canada's Wonderland...and now you can catch him here in Barrie!

FireGuy (Saturday only)

Saturday, 12:30pm – Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St. W.
Saturday, 3pm – Spirit Catcher Park

FireGuy has a burning desire to entertain. You'll see fire juggling, fire eating and some awesome stunts. It's his claim to flame! FireGuy will also take his show indoors to the Theatre, performing with LED lights, juggling props, and tons of glowing laughter. Don't miss his LED light wand routine! Let's hope he doesn't make an "ash" out of himself.

Lucy Loop (Saturday only)

Saturday, 2pm (with Hula Hoop Funzone) – Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St. W.
Saturday, 4pm – Spirit Catcher Park

Lucy Loop is a hula hoop superstar and wants to spread the love of hula hooping all over the country. Stop by the Theatre for an indoor performance and a hula hoop Funzone where kids and kids at heart are welcome to give them a spin. At 4pm, she'll perform an outdoor finale by the Spirit Catcher.

Team T & J (Sunday only)

Sunday, 11:30am - Heritage Park Gazebo
Sunday, 1:30pm and 2:30pm - 
Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley St.

Team T & J take kids interactive music and entertainment to incredible heights with high energy and uplifting messaging that has families return repeatedly. They have performed at events and festivals across Canada with a creative and interactive live show that encourages kids to explore and express their imaginations through the excitement and freedom of live music interaction all while learning about diversity and teamwork.

Kobbler Jay (Sunday only)

Sunday, 12pm and 3pm – Spirit Catcher Park

Kobbler Jay has the energy of ten puppies - with none of the mess. He has criss-crossed the glob to delight crowds with his juggling, fire eating, whip cracking, unicycle riding, and mind boggling balancing acts. Combine that with his fresh wit and humour, and you end up with a show that you simply cannot miss! 

Bella Magic (Sunday only)

Sunday, 12:30pm – Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley St.
Sunday, 2pm-3:30pm – Heritage Park & Spirit Catcher Park

Bella Magic is an entertainer with a unique set of skills and a colorful vision for circus arts. Enamored with magic since she was a young girl, she fell in love with the community and the art. Bella spends countless hours practicing and dreaming up ideas for shows and routines. She is now quickly growing a reputation as one of Canada's best female professional illusionists. Come see her magic show inside at the Downtown Library followed by a strolling performance at Heritage Park.

Activities at Other Locations
Warm-up at the Theatre (Saturday only)

Five Points Theatre – 1 Dunlop St. W.
Saturday, 11:30am-3pm

Drop by the theatre for some free family fun! Featuring face painting by Bling Face Painting and special performances:

Doo Doo the Clown – 11:30am
FireGuy – 12:30pm
Aaron Mathews Magic – 1:30pm
Lucy Loop & Hula Hoop Fun Zone – 2pm-3pm
See bios under Family Entertainment

Climate & Environment Fair (Saturday only)

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Saturday 11am-3pm

Did you know Barrie is working on adapting to the impacts of climate change? Come out and have your say on this initiative while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and great conversation. City staff and local community organizations will present to discuss climate change and related topics such as active transportation, urban agriculture, energy management, and more. For more information, visit the City’s Climate Change Adaptation page.

Mariposa Skating Showcase & Learn to Skate (Sunday only)

City Hall Outdoor Rink, 70 Collier Street
Sunday, 11am-12pm

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 will continue this Winterfest tradition at a new venue! Start your day with the 26th annual Winterfest pancake breakfast - $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
Downtown Branch Hours - Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

Celebrate Winterfest and warm up with some creative fun and entertainment at Barrie's Downtown Library! Please note: Activities and entertainment are for children of all ages and there is no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Climate & Environment Fair
Saturday, 11am-3pm
See Climate & Environment Fair listing under 'Activities at Other Locations' for details.

Snowtastic Fun Day
Saturday, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Learn about the science behind snow, do some crafts, and have a snowball fight in the library!

Face Painting
Sunday, 12pm-3pm
Free face painting by Bling Face Painting!

Bella Magic - Sunday, 12:30pm
Team T & J - Sunday, 1:30pm and 2:30pm

See bios under Family Entertainment.

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren!

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street

Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm

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

Film Screenings
Sunday, 12pm-12:45PM

Enjoy winter-themed screenings from the National Film Board in the Carnegie Room, featuring:

Snow Cat (23 minutes)
A grandmother tells her young grandchild the moving tale of a lonely girl and an unforgettable magical cat in this animated short narrated by Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award winner Maureen Stapleton. The film is based on a short story written by Dayal Kaur Khalsa and adapted by two-time Governor General's award recipient Tim Wynne-Jones.

The Sweater (10 minutes)
In this animated short, based on Roch Carrier's book The Sweater , he recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all of his friends worshipped Maurice "Rocket" Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, the boy was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton's. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he had to face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

The Boy and the Snow Goose (10 minutes)
This animated short by Gayle Thomas tells the story of a young boy who finds an injured snow goose and nurses it back to health. Constant companions through the sun-filled days of summer, the two sadly separate in the fall when the bird obeys the call to join his flock for their annual flight south. Will the friendship endure?

Story Time by the Fire
Sunday, 1pm-1:30pm

Join MacLaren volunteer and artisan Ingi Gould for a cozy fireside story time exploring tales of wondrous wintery adventures! Fun for the whole family.

Winterfest Family Workshop
Sunday, 1:30pm-3pm
$5/child, free for MacLaren members
Join regional artist Midori Fullerton and celebrate all things winter! Families will create a low-relief artwork by collaging a variety of patterned and textured papers, creating a wintery landscape full of snow-covered pines, billowy clouds, and rolling hills.

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 Swim: Saturday, 1:30pm-3pm ($2/person)
Toonie Skate: Saturday, 7pm-8:50pm ($2/person)

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

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.

CANCELLED - 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.

Partner Events
February Blues (Feb. 1-4)

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.

Reel Stories Film Series (Feb. 2-4)

Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West
Tickets: $10

In its 14th year, Reel Stories returns for a thought-provoking weekend festival of award-winning documentaries from Canada and around the world including:

Friday, February 2
4pm - Pecking Order
7pm - Human Flow

Saturday, February 3
1pm - Past Life
3pm - Brimstone & Glory
5pm - Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
7pm - Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Sunday, February 4
1pm - Kedi
3pm - Paula
5pm - Spettacolo
7pm - Pecking Order

Huronia Symphony Orchestra’s Tales of the Imagination: A Family Concert (Feb. 4)

Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St.
Tickets: $25 adults, $5 children, $10 students, $50 family

Journey through the human imagination to experience sorcery and enchantment as the HSO presents its annual children’s program featuring works such as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the Danse Macabre. Members of the HSO Youth Program will inspire as they join the Orchestra on stage. Show starts at 3:30pm.

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

  • Barrie Bean Counter (49 Dunlop Street E) - Coconut Cream Pie
  • Bohemia (125 Dunlop Street E) - White Chocolate Birthday Cake Latte
  • Canvas and Cabernet (72 Dunlop Street E) - Spicy Hot Cocoa 
  • Casa Cappuccino (91 Dunlop Street E) - White Mint Hot Cocoa
  • Homestead Artisan Bakery + Cafe (43 Owen Street, closed Sundays) - S'mores Hot Chocolate
  • J'Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate (123 Dunlop Street E, closed Sundays) - The Neapolitan
  • Renegade Health Bar (51 Collier Street, closed Sundays) - Creamy Adaptogenic Ashwagandha Hot Chocolate
  • Ripe Juicery (118 Dunlop Street E) - Raw Peppermint Hot Cocoa (dairy free and vegan)
  • Swirleez Frozen Yogurt (89 Dunlop Street E #101) - Raspberry White Hot Chocolate
  • TLC Bistro & Cafe (41 Maple Ave) - Old Fashioned TLC (hot cocoa served with mini marshmallows and whipped cream)

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 full shuttle schedule is available under Downloads. 

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, Simcoe Street will be closed from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street from 6:00am February 3rd to 6:00pm February 4th.

Partnership Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2019

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 2018 Was Generously Supported By:




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