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Barrie Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the season. Held every February in the Heritage Park, it features a polar bear dip, tubing, horse-drawn wagon rides, lumberjack shows, snow sliding, and an ice maze. The 300-pound ice blocks are carved into stunning ice sculptures, and there are also premade snow sculptures on display. Additionally, there are indoor activities such as live entertainment, concerts, film screenings, story readings, and many fun things that children can do.
On Sundays, visitors can take a tour of Barrie City center with Barrie's Town Crier, walk the Hot Cocoa Trail, and watch Mariposa Skating Showcase. Barrie Winterfest is one of the top 100 best festivals in Ontario suitable for the whole family—a sure way to deal with the February blues.