Barrie Winterfest 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024 | 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday, February 4, 2024 | 10:00am–4:00pm

Did you know?  Winterfest was named a 2024 Top 100 Festival in Ontario by Festival and Events Ontario. 

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest each year, a community tradition and one of the top winter festivals in Ontario. 

The 2024 event featured favourite winter activities all day including spectacular ice sculptures, lumberjack shows, family entertainment, drop-in activities, skating, and much more. You could also experience winter fun on Saturday evening with live entertainment, combining history and circus thrills, and finish off the evening by visiting one of Downtown Barrie's many restaurants.

Barrie Winterfest kicked off Hello Winter, celebrating Barrie's winter spirit throughout February and March!

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Happening at Heritage Park & Meridian Place

Activities & Features

Many activities and features took place Saturday, 10am–5pm and Sunday 10am–4pm (unless otherwise specified below). 

  • Fish Underwater exhibit: Learn about the fish in the lake with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (Saturday only)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides 
  • Snow Valley’s mini tube slide 
  • Nature in Winter programming, including the City's portable nature play kitchen
  • Speaking of Wildlife exhibit
  • Inflatables and games
  • Buskers & family entertainment (see full schedule below)
  • Fire pit warming zone
  • Historical Barrie Walking Tours led by Theatre By The Bay
  • Marshmallow roasting on a wood-burning fireplace
  • Snow sculpture by artist Siggi Buhler
  • Toronto Kite Fliers showcase of kites of all sizes, shapes, and colours in a special winter aerial display (weather/wind permitting)
  • Scouts winter cookout ($) 
  • Vendor market ($): Vendor market ($): BeaverTailsLalonde’s Maple SyrupFoodiez, Wild Kernel Co, Fry’R Truck, Mr. C’s Freeze-dried Treats, Sumak Arts, The Fritter Co. & Candy Fruits Shop
  • Helicopter rides, weather permitting ($90/person, Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 10am–3pm)

Live Entertainment 

In addition to enjoying the live entertainment at scheduled times below, attendees could marvel at artistic masterpieces carved from 300lb blocks of ice by professional sculptors right before your eyes on Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday! One of Winterfest's most popular features, the 2024 ice sculptures celebrated the theme of flight. Sculptures remain lit to enjoy at night and remain at Meridian Place as long as the weather permits.

At the evening entertainment on Saturday, attendees could enjoy a historical walking tour led by Theatre By The Bay and a NorthFIRE fire & ice circus show. See the full entertainment schedule below.

Happening at Other Locations

Getting Around

Transit Shuttle

Barrie Transit ran a FREE Winterfest Transit Shuttle between Bayfield Mall and the Downtown Terminal on February 3 and 4. Visit myridebarrie.ca for full details.

Parking 

There’s plenty of parking available within walking distance, including the Collier Street Parkade. It is a fully accessible, seven-level parking facility with over 300 parking spots located on Collier Street between Owen and Clapperton Streets, just a short walk from Heritage Park and Meridian Place. Downtown parking rates are not enforced on weekends. Waterfront parking areas and Hybrid Parking Lots (Spirit Catcher, Lakeshore Drive and North Marina) are enforced 24/7/365. 

Road Closures 

Simcoe Street was closed from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street from 6am on February 3 to 6pm February 4. 

To help manage traffic flow, a small section of Bayfield Street between Simcoe Street and Chase McEachern Way was also be closed during this time. Access to the Chase McEachern Way Parking Lot and Bayfield/Simcoe Street Parking Lot remained available from Bayfield Street.