Events happening around the region
Staff, CTV Barrie
World Snow Day – Province Wide
Date: Sunday, January 20
Location: Various Ski Resorts Across Ontario
Details: World Snow Day is part of FIS’s international ‘Bring Children to the Snow’ campaign,
launched in 2007, which seeks to reverse the decline in snow sports participation by the
younger generations. FIS World Snow Day aims to develop the interest in snow sports by encouraging all stakeholders in the snow industry to contribute to a special day of activities for 4 to 14-year olds and their families on the third Sunday in January every year. World Snow Day is unlike those other days as it brings together many of the general benefits and combines them with the joy and wonder of the snow. It will be a day where children come together with their families, encouraged to enjoy and explore the snow, whilst learning about the environment, the health benefits of snow activities and safety on and off the snow.
Official World Snow Day Events in the region:
Hidden Valley Highlands, Huntsville - We will be having lots of fun activities including our Patrol Safety Tent "AKA Popcorn Village, Demos, Face Painting and More. Come visit the patrol tent to find out more.
Scenic Caves Nordic Adventures, The Blue Mountains - For this World Snow Day all youth (up to age 17) will receive a FREE day trail pass and equipment rental with purchase of one adult day trail pass on Sunday January 20, 2019. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is also available, coupon required.
Sawmill Nordic Centre, Hepworth (Bruce County) - Bruce Ski Club is will open their trail system at Sawmill Nordic Centre to all non-members to ski for free on January 20, 2019. We invite families and friends to try our cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. A waiver must be signed before taking part.
Date: Friday, January 18 to Sunday, February 3
Location: Barrie & Area – Various participating restaurant locations
Details: Get ready for another year of gourmet gastronomy with Barrielicious 2019. It's the only festival in Barrie that invites you to live it up in one of your favourite restaurants … and try new ones! Once again this year, there is a great variety of restaurants participating. It's the only festival in Barrie that invites you to live it up in one of your favourite restaurants. You will have a great experience and travel the world culinary style. Three Course Dinner Menu is to be chosen from a select menu at each restaurant. Contact the restaurants in advance for reservations and ask about select menus.
The Women's Show
Date: Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20
Location: Barrie - Bradford Greenhouse Gallery - 4346 Cty Rd 90
Details: Barrie's largest show dedicated to women! Bradford Greenhouses is pleased to present the annual Barrie Women’s Show! A show that is dedicated to everything for women. From health & wellness, to beauty, bridal, cosmetics, and food, this is a show that you DON’T want to miss. Whether you are an exhibitor looking to showcase your product, or a woman looking for a great day out with her girlfriends; this is the show for you!
Martin Luther King Ski Weekend
Date: Friday, January 18 to Monday, January 21
Location: The Blue Mountains – Blue Mountain Village - 156 Jozo Weider Blvd
Details: Welcome to the largest Urban Professional ski event in the world! Over 2,600 anticipated to attend this international event! PASSPORTS REQUIRED! Dedicated to the legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this event covers 4 days and 3 exciting nights at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Canada. The extended weekend event features 28 themed activities, real snow and fun on the slopes!
Ski Resort activities include: Welcome reception, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snow mobiles, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, scavenger hunt, Underground Railroad Museum cultural activity, tribute to Dr. MLK, Jr., village day parties, snowball battles, Men/Women Forums, ice skating, tubing, fashion show, themed parties, networking, PJ party, duty-free shopping, after-parties, happy hours, karaoke, dancing, comedy show, NFL Playoffs, horse-drawn carriage ride, night life, eating, snow-shoeing, pool party, spa/massages, games, bonfires, hot-tubbing, great food/drinks and oh – Don’t forget about the skiing/snowboarding! Weekend Event Wristbands are required for participation in events.
Muskoka Wedding Show
Date: Saturday, January 19 from 9am to 4pm
Location: Gravenhurst - Muskoka Discovery Centre - 275 Steamship Bay Road
Details: The Muskoka Wedding Show is taking place at the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst.
It features all the vendors you will need to make you special day perfect! Guests will be treated to food & beverage sampling, door prizes, and more.
Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby
Date: Saturday, January 19 & Sunday, January 20
Location: Haliburton - Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre - 4252 County Road 21
Details: The Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby is now IFSS world cup sanctioned and is located at the Pinestone Resort in beautiful Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. We proudly offer mushers a series of well-groomed trails for both dogsled racing and skijoring that wind through the challenging and scenic Highlands. While we like to think of this derby as a world class event, we still maintain the friendliness and small town charm this area is known for. From spectator to seasoned competitor, we welcome you to this exciting event! If you've never watched a dogsled race before, it's exhilarating and loud! With dogs lunging, howling and barking to get the races started and leaving the chute reaching speeds of 30km/h, there is lots of action going on. Food is available on-site. Races run all day Saturday and Sunday with teams leaving the start chute at two-minute intervals. The most popular race every year is the adorable kid and mutt class, while the skijoring classes offer a unique take on the sport with mushers on cross country skis being pulled by one or two dogs. The 8-dog class offers maximum excitement!
***Weather Dependant - see website or Facebook page for updated info***
Women on Skis at Georgian Nordic
Date: Sunday, January 20 from 8:30am to 5pm
Location: Parry Sound - Georgian Nordic - 4 Nine Mile Lake Rd
Details: There will be food, fun and camaraderie while you pick up tips from our congenial and expert instructors out on the trails. Enjoy a delicious lunch and snacks in the Burrow. It is a great way to meet other skiing enthusiasts. Small group lessons, snowshoe with a guide, fat biking. $65 for non-members.
40th Annual Sauble Beach Winterfest
Date: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19
Location: Sauble Beach – Various locations
Details: Winterfest is a special off-season event for year-round residents and winter enthusiasts, make plans to join us for this year's activities and enjoy some of the other things the beach has to offer. Highlights include a parade, annual tree burning, a youth dance, pancake breakfast, hockey tournament, euchre tournament, ski and snowshoe day and more!
Grand Tappattoo Resort Bridal Show
Date: Sunday, January 20 from 10am to 6pm
Location: Seguin - Grand Tappattoo Resort - 30 Tappatoo Trail
Details: Don’t miss the Grand Tappattoo Resort Bridal Show in Parry Sound. There will be officiants, floral, music & entertainment, hair, makeup, catering, decor, photography, wedding cakes, apparel and more!
Under the Stars Snowshoeing & Yoga
Date: Select Saturdays: Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, 2019
Location: Barrie Area: Minesing – Snow Valley Resort - 2632 Vespra Valley Rd.
Details: Enjoy a guided interpretive snowshoe through the forests of Snow Valley, gather around a bonfire before enjoying de-stressing & rejuvenating Yoga session (1.25hrs). Close out your evening with a cleansing refreshment. Equipment provided - snowshoes/poles/headlamp/yoga mat. Certified Yoga Instructor. This event can be enjoyed by everyone and will be spectacular under the beautiful night sky & lights of Snow Valley.
Date: Select Saturdays from Saturday January 5 to Saturday, March 16
Location: Barrie – Horseshoe Resort - 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West
Details: Perfect for the whole family! Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the trails while also getting some exercise! Using the moonlight and your own headlamp (which we provide!), enjoy a 2km moonlight snowshoe through the forest. Afterwards, enjoy some marshmallows and hot chocolate by the roaring fire! We are a pet friendly resort, which means you are welcome to bring your furry friend along with you.
Moonlight Snowshoeing & Chilli Cookout
Date: Select Saturdays from Saturday January 5 to Saturday, February 16
Location: Barrie Area: Snow Valley Resort - 2632 Vespra Valley Road, Minesing
Details: Bring you family, friends, and co-workers to enjoy a serene snowshoe through our Winter Wonderland trails at Snow Valley. Your guide will point out some of the natural features and wildlife of the area. Then come together around a roaring campfire and enjoy a steaming bowl of homemade chili and local craft beverages, s'mores & more! This event can be enjoyed by everyone and will be spectacular under the stars!
Guided Night Snowshoe Adventure
Date: Select Dates from Friday Dec 28 to March 30, 2019
Location: Collingwood Area (The Blue Mountain) – Scenic Caves - 260/280 Scenic Caves Rd
Details: Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Professional guides lead you on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Beautiful trails wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees and spectacular lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. The headlamps illuminate your path of glistening powder snow creating an enchanting world of continually changing shapes. It’s both mysterious and exhilarating. There are a variety of animals and tracks to keep an eye out for – porcupines, deer, racoons, rabbits and winter birds. Did you hear the cry of a snowy owl? The climb up to “Lookout point” is well worth the effort. On a clear night you view the glow of the ski hills and the sparkling lights of villages and towns. You stride with rhythm beside shallow creeks, through open fields, up and down the rises and falls of the silhouetted backdrop. With the crunch of snow under your feet, you descend down the Escarpment to the 420 ft. suspension footbridge where the expansive glittering panorama against the stark black shadow of Georgian Bay takes your breath away. Upon returning to the main cabin, you’re greeted with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
- Sat. Jan 12, Sat. Jan 19, Sat. Jan 26
- Sat. Feb 2, Sat. Feb 9, Sat. Feb 16 & Sun. Feb 17 (Family Day Weekend), Sat. Feb 23
- Sat. Mar 2, Sat. Mar 9, Wed. Mar 13 (March Break), Fri. Mar 15 (March Break)
- Sat. Mar 16, Sat. Mar 23, Sat. Mar 30
Arrowhead Ice Trail Fire & Ice Nights
Date: Select Dates from Monday, December 21 to March 9, 2019
Location: Huntsville Area – Arrowhead Provincial Park - 451 Arrowhead Park Rd
Details: Arrowhead Ice Trail Fire & Ice Night is run throughout the season on specific days (weather permitting – always phone ahead to ensure the ice trail is open and operating before heading out). On these days, the Ice Trail is available during the day from 11am-3pm, closed from maintenance and flooding from 3pm-6pm, and then re-opened for the Fire & Ice skating between 6pm-9pm. During the Fire & Ice night, the trail will be lit with tiki torches to light your way as you skate through the forested trail at night!
The scheduled Fire & Ice nights for 2019 are: December 31, 2018, January 3, 12, 19, 24, Feb 2, 9, 14, 23, March 2, 9.
Moonlight Snowshoe Fondue
Date: Select Dates: January 26 and February 9, 2019
Location: Oro-Medonte - Hardwood Ski and Bike - 402 Old Barrie Rd West
Details: Join us for the Ultimate Winter Experience. Celebrate the end of an amazing year at Hardwood Ski and Bike.
Enjoy a guided 5.5km hike with live music, great people, local food and a bonfire.
- January 26th – Celebrate Winter
- February 9th – Celebrate Love
The Ontario Travel Information Centre is at Mapleview Drive and Highway 400 in Barrie. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.ontariotravel.net for more.