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Things to do in Simcoe County This Winter

Staying in and cozying up by the fire with a warm drink in-hand is all that comes to mind this winter. It’s easy to favour staying in rather than bracing the cold, but Simcoe County has a number of exciting events that will be sure to get you off the couch and out enjoying our beautiful Canadian winter. Check out the events coming up in the next few months, and come see what this community has to offer!


Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves

When: Various Nights from December 28th  March 18th

Where: Scenic Caves

Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, sparkling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Cost: $40 with snowshoe rental; $30 without. Reservations are required.

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Discovery Harbour Skate Trail

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from January 13th  March 12th (Weather Permitting)

Where: Discovery Harbour

Imagine skating with family and friends along the shoreline through a unique cultural and historical site, by day or night! The Discovery Harbour Skate Trail will feature over 2 km of skating like no other. There will be lots of activities for everyone. Admission is $8 per person and children 5 & under are FREE. Helmets are recommended for children under 12 years of age.

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54-40 Unplugged

When: January 20th at 8pm

Where: Midland Cultural Centre

54-40 is one of the most important popular music groups to emerge from the Canadian cultural landscape. Performing to celebrate their thirty-year anniversary, the band has an unbelievable catalogue of hit songs, including "Baby Ran", "I Go Blind" and "Ocean Pearl". Come and experience the extraordinary affair that bridges the gaps of generations through a shared love of music. Tickets are $45 plus HST and service fees. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

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5th Annual Road Hockey Game

When: February 3rd at 4pm

Where: Downtown Midland

Join the Downtown Midland community for a great Canadian tradition – Road Hockey.  FREE and open to people of all ages – kids are welcome. Bring a stick, a smile and dress the part. Games will be initiated by “Official BIA Referees” between Dominion Avenue & Hugel Avenue and between Hugel Avenue & Elizabeth Street. FREE Pizza from Papas Pizza Mamas Chicken will be available at 5pm at Anytime Fitness after the Game. Mark it on your calendar and sharpen your boots!

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Winterfest! (Midland)

When: February 3rd – 4th  

Where: Multiple Locations Downtown Midland

Winterfest is the place to be!  With so many fun winter activities, it will have the whole family shouting, "There's no day like a snow day!" Various activities include public skating, face painting, make your own toboggans, mini golf, bonfire & singing, a pancake breakfast and much more!

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Aberhart Summer

When: February 3rd – 5th, 9th – 12th, 16th – 18th

Where: Huronia Players Theatre – Midland Cultural Centre

Aberhart Summer is a murder mystery by Conni Massing, directed by Alan MacMenemey. A 'coming of age' story set in dirty '30s Alberta, against the backdrop of William Aberhart’s burgeoning Social Credit movement and a cracking-good murder mystery all rolled up into one big, bright ball of theatrical energy and verve.

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Winterfest (Barrie)

When: February 4th – 5th from 10am – 5pm

Where: Heritage Park & Downtown Barrie

Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the winter season with adventures that the whole family will enjoy. Outdoor activities in Heritage Park include a polar bear dip, horse-drawn wagon rides, mini-tube run, lumberjack shows, giant snow slide, ice maze, and more. The Festival of Ice features 300 pound blocks of ice carved into spectacular, themed sculptures. The community comes alive with winter fun and celebration - don't miss it!

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Carnaval d’Hiver

When: February 11th at 11am

Where: Perkinsfield Park

Join the Township of Tiny at the Perkinsfield Park to Celebrate Carnaval d'Hiver! Events include: Snow Valley tubing, a performance by the Elmvale Skating Club, snow taffy, live music, local vendors and more. There will be snowshoes and skates free to use. Be sure to check out this great community event!

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Harry Manx Concert

When: February 11th at 8pm

Where: Midland Cultural Centre

Harry Manx has been one of the most successful international touring musicians to hail from Canada. This deeply original multi-instrumentalist has entertained audiences for the past 30 years in over 40 countries around the globe. Tickets to this event are $35 or $38 for the balcony plus HST & service fees. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

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Orillia Winter Carnival & Winterrific in Downtown Orillia

When: February 12th – February 14th

Where: Downtown Orillia

The Orillia Winter Carnival and Winterrific in Downtown Orillia is back and bigger than ever! Couchiching Beach Park will transform into a spectacular winter wonderland complete with a midway, giant ice castle, obstacle course and much more! Get a hot meal in our food tents, take a ride down Mount Mississaga, try your hand at ice fishing or bring your skates for some pond hockey. Don't miss out on this spectacular event!

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Michael Kaeshammer Concert

When: February 12th at 8pm

Where: Midland Cultural Centre

A night with Michael Kaeshammer and his band is a night to feel entertained, informed and included. It is a wild ride with no fixed destination except for where he feels he and the crowd want to go. Tickets for this event are $35 or $40 for the balcony plus HST & service fees. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

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Annual Penetanguishene Winterama

When: February 17th – February 20th

Where: 10 Robert St W

Join the Town of Penetanguishene in all the fun of the Annual Winterama Carnival! Various activities will be taking place throughout the community, both indoors and outdoors. Activities include things such as ice skating, a lumberjack show, wrestiling contests, snow sculptures and much more. Mark this on your calendar!

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Mayor’s March MUDness Obstacle Run

When: March 25th

Where: Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park

Join Mayor Gerry Marshall at the 2nd Annual March MUDness event at Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park! This is a 10 Obstacle, 5 KM fun run in support of the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation! Participants are asked to pay the minimum registration fee and if possible, ask for pledges, sponsorship and donations for the GBGH Foundation!  The 2016 event raised an astonishing $40,000!!

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Sweetwater Harvest Festival

When: March 25th  26th

Where: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The Sweetwater Harvest festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage. But there much more to this festival than the sugar shacks and taffy tastings. There are birds of prey and reptile/amphibian talks; wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding.

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