City presents Hello Winter activities all February long to help residents celebrate winter safely

(Barrie, ON) In lieu of traditional Winterfest and Family Day activities, the City presents Hello Winter – a month of fun, engaging and safe programming to help residents enjoy the winter season safely with their immediate household.

Following the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Hello Winter programming will include some classic Winterfest favourites, re-imagined, as well as new virtual programming to keep kids, adults and families entertained and active through the winter season. 

Virtual activities will feature nature-based adventures, how-to videos, behind-the-scenes tours, and performances with the Barrie Public Library, MacLaren Art Centre, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Speaking of Wildlife, children's performance group TEAM T&J and more. Activities will be added online throughout the month.

As part of Hello Winter, the City is also hosting an onlineCommunity Snow Sculpture Challenge, where residents are invited to build creative snow creations and submit pictures to an online map to share with the community.

For outdoor exercise, the City's parks, trails and outdoor rinks remain open. If choosing to visit these places, the City reminds residents to follow all posted health and safety guidelines. The City reminds residents that a Provincial stay-at-home order is currently in effect, and residents must remain at home and only leave for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Visitbarrie.ca/HelloWinter for more information.

-30-

Media Contact
Scott LaMantia
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529
scott.lamantia@barrie.ca