Posted 09 Jan, 2020
Things To Do In Barrie In Winter That The Whole Family Will Enjoy
We’re blessed to live in a vibrant community filled with opportunities to make memories with family and friends. There are lots of exciting things to do in Barrie in winter and we’ve selected our absolute favourites.
After the first snowfall, Barrie transforms into a winter wonderland where entertainment is never far away. In just one city, you can experience a variety of activities and events suitable for all ages and skill levels. And best of all? You get to have fun in a safe and friendly community.
Let the joy of the season fill your heart with a sense of adventure. Take the opportunity to cross things off your bucket list like taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride as snow gently falls from the heavens. Or, return to sports like skiing, and remember what you loved most about effortlessly gliding over fresh powder and gazing at stunning winter scenery.
Learn about the best things to do in Barrie in winter below!
Get your heart racing this winter by taking advantage of the snow and ice.
Playing in the snow is easier than ever in Barrie. Head to Horseshoe Resort for local activities like cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, mini snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skating. If you’re looking for more options for snow and ice adventures, Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Snow Valley Ski Resort are close by. Spend time at any of these beautiful resorts with your loved ones and prepare for a memorable experience.
Are you ready to venture out onto the ice? Get ready to get into the competitive spirit! The annual Ice Fishing Tournament (presented by the Rotary Club of Barrie and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club, in association with the Simcoe County Home Builders' Association) is a fantastic event. Battle for a chance to take home a handsome prize, and help others in the process. Proceeds from the competition are generously donated to local charities, which makes this event win-win!
Warm your soul with your choice of music, movies or theatre.
Experiencing the arts fulfils dreams and awakens dormant emotions. Be enchanted by gifted storytellers whenever you visit Barrie’s Five Points Theatre, Georgian Theatre or Sadlon Arena. At the top of 2020, bring the whole family to shows like “Mamma Mia!” Or, give your children a special night out by taking them to see Mini Pop Kids on their “The Bright Lights Concert Tour.”
If you’re in the mood to get out of the house and feel the groove, Barrie’s February Blues Festival is the right place for you. Excite your eardrums by listening to a variety of musicians play jazz and blues tunes at a selection of venues around the city.
Sick of mainstream movies? Get your independent film fix at Barrie’s Reel Stories winter mini-festival, running from February 20 to 23, 2020. Support Canadian and international films while taking a break from ordinary cinema.
Go for a stroll and embrace the local sites.
Fall in love with the place you call home by exploring the city and taking in dazzling views. Enjoy a night on the town with friends and family or impress that special someone with Barrie’s splendid sights.
Visit Heritage Park for the spectacular Winter Lights Display presented by the Rotary Club of Barrie. This installation located near the city’s waterfront is beautiful at night and a free event to attend. Hold onto your holiday joy a little longer by admiring the lights until the end of February.
Barrie’s Winterfest is one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario and its easy to see why they’ve earned this honour. Seasonal favourites like horse-drawn wagon rides, helicopter rides and watching professional ice carvers go blade to blade at the Battle of the Chainsaws make it an easy pick for a fun family weekend.