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Barrie Winterfest Recap & Why We Love Winter Festivals

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

If you think that all the best festivals and fairs are in the summer, then this weekend’s Barrie Winterfest was set out to prove you wrong! This year’s events were quite varied and whether you’re in love with the cold, or simply wanted to stay inside and sip on cocoa, there was something for you to enjoy.

Barrie Waterfront Fun

Although the weather this year was a little temperamental, here in Simcoe county we’re used to it and simply persevered. We started out our weekend activities with some wildlife interaction and made friends with both a very friendly Raccoon, and a very proud Red-Tailed Hawk. Having the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals was a special treat.

Barrie Winterfest wildlife


Next up we wandered into the Maple Leaf Mobile Fan Zone, which brought us some authentic Maple Leaf gear straight from the Scotiabank Arena. There were highlight videos to watch, and some of the Leaf’s development staff were on hand to chat with fans. We had the chance to walk through a replica of their dressing room, and even sat down inside one of the player stalls. We’re no Mitch Marner – but we sure can dream!

Barrie Winterfest Maple Leaf zone

The Lumberjack competition is a crowd favourite and always a highlight of the weekend. There were a number of different competitions for the skilled woodsmen to take part in, including speed chopping or axe throwing. Nothing gets the crowd’s blood moving than standing nearby while someone’s staring down the bullseye!

Barrie Winterfest lumberjack competition

We kept warm throughout the day by sampling our way through the food vendors like the always delicious BeaverTails, or Birch Farms Butter Tarts. We combined them with something warm from the Hot Chocolate Trail; our weekend favourite (after testing quite a few!) was the Salty Marshmallow. The Trail runs every weekend in February and I think we need to come back at least one more time to make sure that we didn’t miss any delicious flavours.

Barrie Winterfest Hot Cocoa Trail

After hours of entertainment and treats we were ready to head up into the city to find somewhere to eat, and listen to some live music courtesy of the February Blues Festival. But first on our way out of the waterfront, we just couldn’t resist stopping to make some last minute friends.

Barrie Winterfest golden retriever

Barrie Festivals: Fun Year Round

Barrie’s Winterfest has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals, and it’s for a good reason. Sometimes we can forget that the winter is as full of amazing outdoor events as the summer. Even though the weather didn’t fully cooperate on both days, we were thoroughly entertained from start to finish. It was a great chance to celebrate this magical winter season, and a great reason to  turn off Netflix and get out of the house. We can’t wait until next year, and we hope to see you there!

Barrie Winterfest Festival

Barrie Waterfront in the Winter

The Barrie Winterfest is a yearly celebration of the winter season. There are a wide variety of events happening, but we’ve uncovered our favourites for you. Whether you’re looking to seriously challenge your mettle by jumping into icy Kempenfelt Bay, or just want a cozy bar to enjoy some live music – you’ll find it this weekend at the Barrie Winterfest. Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals, Winterfest is a celebration of the season and a great reason to get out from under those blankets you’ve been hibernating in since Christmas.

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Show Your Love of Our City At These Awesome Barrie Events

meridian place at dusk

We love how Barrie events make the city come alive in the summer!

During the months of July and August, there are too many activities, festivals, and events to count. Barrie’s summer events offer a bit of everything, from musical entertainment to classic cars, and many of them are free or are inexpensive, and therefore, ideal for an interesting (and cheap!) date.

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5 Awesome Things to Do in Barrie This Weekend

Things to do this weekend in Barrie

TGIF! The week is finally over, and it’s time to make plans for things to do this weekend in Barrie. Whether you are a thrill-seeker, weekend warrior or prefer a more tame day off, weekends in Barrie do not disappoint. In fact, the hardest part will be deciding which activities to do! Start your weekend plans now and be sure to include some of these activities: 

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