Family Day Weekend and Beyond: A Guide to Ontario Winter Festivals

February 8, 2017 - Blog

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Embrace the winter weather and have some fun! The best way to make the season fly by is to get active and to get outside. Bundle up the family and head out to these super fun winter festivals:

Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
February 17-18, 2017
Enjoy a family skating party with music, hot dogs and hot chocolate, adult broomball tournament, pancake breakfast, parade, horse drawn wagon rides, mini-snowmobile rides, displays and demonstrations, entertainment, food, music and more.

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 17-20, 2017
Have four days of affordable family fun. Activities include: chili cook-off, bingo, live entertainment, pancake breakfast, skating, Nordic skiing, tobogganing and fireworks.

Haliburton Frostfest
Dysart/Haliburton Highlands
February 18, 2017
Celebrate winter in the Haliburton Highlands. This is a weekend packed with events for all ages, including: 9th Annual Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby, ice slide, snowmobile scavenger hunt, outdoor movie, giant bonfire.

Fire & Ice
February 18, 2017
Don’t hide from winter – celebrate it in Heritage Perth. Live entertainment at the Crystal Palace, licensed ice bar, bonfire and fireworks.

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Canadian Snowshoe Championships
Craigleith Ski Club
February 19, 2017
National Champions determined over 5km & 10km courses. Open registration. Anyone can enter and participate in our National Championship. Entry Gift, sponsor prizes, snacks, refreshments.

Penetanguishene Winterama
February 17-20, 2017
Join us for a fun-filled, community winter celebration in Penetanguishene, home to Ontario’s oldest winter carnival.

Voyageur Winter Carnival
Thunder Bay
February 18-20, 2017
Join in an exciting celebration of winter with snow sculpture and snowman making contests, sleigh and dog sled rides.


February 3-20, 2017
Come to Winterlude, where three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family. From glittering ice carvings and majestic snow sculptures to the world’s largest skating rink, a gigantic snow playground and explosive shows under the winter sky, Winterlude is a great way to celebrate and enjoy the winter season

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 20-26, 2017
This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all the community has to offer, featuring snowmobile radar runs, puddle jumps, kids events, polar bear dip, pancake breakfast, demolition derby, live entertainment and so much more!

There are so many winter carnivals and festivals across Ontario that we can’t fit them all in! Check with Ontario Tourism to find a fun winter event near you.

Originally posted on Momstown Brampton