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Celebrate Winter This Weekend at Barrie’s Annual Winterfest

OUTDOOR FESTIVITIES, INCLUDE ICE SCULPTURES, LUMBERJACK SHOWS, HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDE, AND MORE

Courtesy of Barrie 360 Dan Blakeley Published: Feb 3rd, 2023

Celebrate the winter season at Barrie’s Winterfest, taking place this weekend. The event, named one of Ontario’s top winter festivals, offers a range of activities in Heritage Park, and other waterfront venues.

The outdoor festivities, including ice sculptures, lumberjack shows, horse-drawn wagon rides, helicopter rides (for a fee), and more, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Other activities include a polar bear dip at Centennial Beach, skating programs, a Barrie Lions Club Winterfest Pancake Breakfast, STEAM programming at the Downtown Branch Library, a farmers’ market snowflake hunt, and February Blues Festival performances. For the full schedule of events and activities, visit barrie.ca/winterfest.

Take advantage of the free Winterfest Park ‘N Ride Shuttle, operating from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Park at the Bayfield Mall and catch the shuttle to the Barrie Transit Terminal, located at 24 Maple Avenue, for a short walk to Heritage Park and Meridian Place.

Downtown and waterfront parking options, including the Collier Street Parkade, are available within walking distance to Heritage Park and downtown Barrie. Review the Municipal Parking Map at barrie.ca/parking for rates and options. Please note, Simcoe Street from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street will be closed from 6 a.m. on February 4 to 6 p.m. on February 5.

Winterfest marks the start of Hello Winter, a month-long celebration of winter in Barrie, featuring events, activities, and programs throughout the city, including a Family Day Winter Adventure at the Barrie Community Sports Complex. Learn more at barrie.ca/HelloWinter.

Patricia Dent

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