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Barrie Winterfest

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 1st & 2nd, 2020!

Follow @creativebarrie on social media for exciting announcements as 2020 programming is announced.

Partnership Opportunities Available for Winterfest 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

Interested in vendor or program opportunities at Winterfest?

The Special Events Office is currently accepting vendor and programming submissions for Winterfest 2020. If you are interested in becoming a Winterfest vednor or in offering an activity or program as part of the celebrations, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or​​

Winterfest 2019

On February 2nd & 3rd, 2019, we celebrated the winter season with a special partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre - to honour Indigenous culture and mark their 31st anniversary. We are grateful for their parntership along with our  sponsors, local media, staff, volunteers, and everyone who attended the event!

2019 Programming

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Meridian Place
Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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

Learn about the Indigenous history of maple syrup harvesting, from starting a fire with a fire bow to trading with settlers.

Battle of the Chainsaws

Saturday, 1pm @ Meridian Place

Professional ice carvers from the IceCulture team go head-to-head in the ultimate ice carving battle.

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 ($60/person, weather permitting)
  • Simcoe County Museum
  • Inflatable slide, BodyZorbs, mini golf, top shot hockey, curling
  • Games lounge - Ice shuffleboard, ice hockey table, giant Jenga, bowling, and checkers
  • Bring your skates and enjoy the Heritage Park pond rink
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food and merchandise vendors ($) - BeaverTails, Captain Cook de Fries, Lalonde's Maple Syrup, Birch Farms Buttertarts, 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. Bring your skates and skate the day away on their temporary rink (rink is weather permitting).

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 theme highlights the Clans of the local Indigenous community in partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. The display will also feature a unique display of artwork suspended in ice, created by friends of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. Come evening, they will be beautifully lit with colourful lights!

To learn more about the Clan system, check out Knowledge Keepers: Clans & Clan Governance with Jeff Monague at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (175 Bayfield St.) at 11:30am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. See listing under 'Activities at Other Locations' below.

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 giant sculptures created out of snow by a professional carver. This year's theme highlights the Clans of the local Indigenous community in partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.

To learn more about the Clan system, check out Knowledge Keepers: Clans & Clan Governance with Jeff Monague at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (175 Bayfield St.) at 11:30am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. See listing under 'Activities at Other Locations' below.

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 @ 1:20pm & Sunday @ 1pm
Meet Barrie's Town Crier at the Meridian Place Stage for a 1 hour guided walking tour highlighting the city's history. He will entertain you with true stories of Barrie's Victorian past!
Winter Kites

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
Team T & J
Saturday, 11:30am & 3pm @ Meridian Place Stage
Sunday, 12 noon & 2:15pm @ Meridian Place Stage

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 freedom and excitement of live music all while learning about diversity and teamwork. The kids will be up dancing - don't miss it!
Theland & Elaine Kicknosway

Saturday, 12:30pm & 3pm @ East Bayfield Community Centre (80 Livingstone St. E.)
Sunday, 12 noon @ Barrie Public Library (Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St.)

Theland Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, Potwatami/Cree Nation, and a member of Walpole Island-Bkejwanong Territory in Southern Ontario. He is a singer, grass and hoop dancer, blanket exercise facilitator, athlete, and a 2018 Indspire Award Recipient all at 15 years old.

Elaine Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, originally from Northern Saskatchewan, and a member fo Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. She is a survivor of the 60s scoop era and returned home to her community in the mid-1990s. She is a singer, women's traditional dancer, participant in ceremonies, and ongoing learner.

Theland and Elaine will share their gifts of of song, dance, and voice including the hoop dance - a form of storytelling using hoops to create shapes representing animals, symbols, and designs as they move to music.

FireGuy (Sunday only)
Sunday, 11am & 3pm @ Meridian Place Stage
Sunday, 1pm @ Heritage 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!
Activities at Other Locations
Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Barrie Native Friendship Centre, 175 Bayfield Street
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm

Drop-by to try some bannock and jam or learn the basics of hoop dancing. All are welcome!

Knowledge Keepers: Clans & Clan Governance
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm

Jeff Monague of the Marten Clan and Elder of Chimnissing First Nation will share his traditional knowledge of Anishnawbe Clans and Clan Governance of the territory of this area (Simcoe County). Learn about the Indigenous Peoples clan system of this area before European settlement. Come and listen to the oral history of what Clans are and what their roles are in their communities.

Mariposa Skating Showcase & Learn to Skate

City Hall Outdoor Rink, 70 Collier Street
Saturday & Sunday, 12:15pm-1:30pm

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 (Sunday only)

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street

Open Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm

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

Storytelling with Indigenous artist Scott Debassige
Sunday, 11:00am-12:00pm
Join us for a story time with Ojibwe/Odawa artist and performer Scott Debassige, Sitting Bear of the Bear clan from M'chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. Incorporating singing, drumming and storytelling, families will learn traditional stories and be engaged by this fun and interactive event.

Storytime by the Fire
Sunday, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Gather 'round the fireplace for a cozy story time exploring tales of wondrous wintery adventures with MacLaren volunteer and artisan Ingi Gould! Fun for the whole family - free admission, no registration required.

Winter Film Screenings
Sunday, 1:10pm-1:30pm
Enjoy a selection of National Film Board films exploring the theme of winter. In Meltdown, a short animation by Carrie Mombourquette, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It's Snow is a colour cut-out animation by Gayle Thomas inspired by the shape of snowflakes and touched with an airy magic of their fragile designs. In Ludovic: The Snow Gift by Co Hoedeman, a bear learns the meaning of frienship. Free admission,  registration required - sign up at the MacLaren reception desk.

Winterfest Family Workshop
Sunday, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Stop in to warm-up with a creative Winterfest workshop! Led by regional artist Sean George, families will have fun working collaboratively to create a series of mixed-media artworks inspired by all things winter - from the colours of winter landscapes to the shapes and textures of snowflakes. Free admission, registration required - sign up at the MacLaren reception desk.

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - Performance & Sketching
Sunday, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an amazing performance, a structured improvisation inspired by the Two Legacies exhibition currently on view. At the same time, local artists are invited to draw the performers in real time. Up to 16 easels will be provided. Pencils only are permitted as drawing material. Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and their guest artists will also share works from their current repertoire and a sneak peek of new work-in-progress by their own Jacqui Brown.

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!

Heritage Park Pond Rink, 5 SImcoe Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-10pm
Weather-permitting. Pleasure skating only. 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 each purchase, you'll receive a ballot to be entered into a draw. Visit for full details.

2019 #HotCocoaTrail Locations & Flavours:

  • Barrie Bean Counter (49 Dunlop St. E.) - Avalanche Hot Chocolate
  • BOHEMIA (125 Dunlop St. E.) - Pure Cocoa with Maple
  • The Camphill Store (111 Dunlop St. E.) - Classic Hot Chocolate, Spiced Hot Chocolate, Magic Hot Chocolate (Saturdays only)
  • Casa Cappuccino (91 Dunlop St. E.) - Toffee Crunch White Hot Cocoa
  • Chavos Crepes (74 Dunlop St. E.) - Salty Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
  • Chillz Dessert Lounge (89 Dunlop St. E., Unit 102) - Spiked Snickers Specialty Hot Chocolate (19+, dine-in only)
  • Five Points Theatre presented by Pratt Homes (1 Dunlop St. W.) - The Annie & Lord of the Dance (19+, dine-in only, February 8th & 9th only)
  • Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery & Tap Room (107 Dunlop St. E.) - Ginger Belle (19+, bottle to take home, available daily)
  • Higher Grounds Coffee House (69A Dunlop St. W.) - Tiramisu Hot Chocolate & Creme Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Homestead Artisan Bakery/Epic North Coffee (80 Dunlop St. E.) - Epic Mocha with Homestead Lightning Marshmallow (Saturdays only)
  • J'Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate (123 Dunlop St. E.) - Superhero Hot Chocolate on a Spoon (Saturdays only)
  • Lazy Tulip Cafe (29 Maple Ave.) - Mexican Spicy Mocha
  • MacLaren Art Centre Gallery Cafe (37 Mulcaster St.) - Chocolate Cherry Hot Chocolate
  • NOURISH Brew + Blend @ Nutrition Plus (42 Maple Ave.) - Very Vegan Hot Chocolate (Saturdays only)
  • Renegade Health Bar (50 Dunlop St. E.) - Adaptogenic Vegan Hot Chocolate & Keto Hot Chocolate (Saturdays only)
  • Ripe Juicery (118 Dunlop St. E.) - Raw Peppermint Hot Cocoa (dairy free & vegan)
  • Swirleez Frozen Yogurt (89 Dunlop St. E., Unit 101) - Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  • TLC Cafe & Bistro (41 Maple Ave.) - Old Fashioned TLC (Hot Cocoa with Mini Marshmallows & Whipped Cream)
  • Unity Market (25 Toronto St.) - Vegan Mint Hot Chocolate (February 2nd & 9th only)

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, making a stop at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre on Bayfield Street (stop # & #) to hop on or off, 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.

Barrie Winterfest 2019 Was Generously Supported By:




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