DEFEAT THE BLAHS WITH THESE FUN ACTIVITIES
Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead.
It’s brutally cold.
Car travel anywhere becomes a you-know-what show.
And the incessant shoveling makes one consider seeking religion in exchange for even an hour of +25.
BUT! You can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!
14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie
The OHL is packed with budding stars getting set for the NHL, and the Colts boast a strong roster this year.
Keep an eye on forward Matěj Pekař, drafted by the Sabres and competing for gold with the Czech Republic team at this year’s WJC.
The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming there.
Third Thursday and Screen One bring thought provoking international films to town every month. And in February, Reel Stories delivers a terrific lineup of docs and real life stories in a four day mini festival.
Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town.
Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.
There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam.
One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals, the annual outdoor gala takes over downtown on Feb. 1st & 2nd. Packed with ice sculptures, food, horse drawn carriages and helicopter rides the 2 day party is a welcome winter break.
INCREASE YOUR WINE AND WHISKY IQ
For vino devotees, Friday Harbour offers a twice monthly class on differing grape varietals and sampling.
And whisky enthusiasts can up their spirits at Speakcheesy’s Robbie Burns celebration in January. It’s a Scotch Nosing paired with cheese from around the world and traditional Scottish dishes, featuring 4 Scotch Whiskys.
“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.
Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January.
There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.
And for the budding JK Rowling, consider the Spaulding School of Literature on Bradford street. Workshops on creative writing, poetry and drama are available.
Get it? It’s a Star Wars reference. And Rise of Skywalker is coming out on Friday?
Well…this is why we don’t attempt comedy. But one dude who is much funnier that us is coming to Barrie.
Jeff Dunham hits the Barrie Molson Centre on Feb. 21st.
As if you needed another excuse to hit the pub! On Jan. 22nd, Tipsy Trivia hosts a Friends themed trivia battle at Fionn’s. If you know what “WE WERE ON A BREAK!!” means, you’ll be set up for success.
Then in February, Harry Potterites will gather to determine which Muggle can wear the crown as trivia champion of Hogwarts.
Upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Bring up to 10 pieces of good quality, gently loved, seasonal clothing. Pay $10 and Swap for the same number of items.
Did you know that Barrie has it’s very own sword fighting club, studying Italian manuals from the 14th century?
Dueling Weapons Academy of Renaissance Fencing is offering Introduction to Italian Long sword classes. It’s a 6 part series of introduction classes for the month of January. The only thing you need to bring is gym clothes/indoor shoes, water bottles and the willingness to learn!
What did you think of our 14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie to add to our events calendar.