Ontario Winter Carnivals

Here are the best winter carnivals in Ontario. North of Toronto, Ontario Cottage Country and northern Ontario have the top carnivals promising the most iconic Canadian winter experiences.

Winter carnivals in 2017 will be exciting. Regardless of the name, winterfests, snow fests and ice festivals embrace sports, culture, recreation and outdoor fun in a carnival atmosphere in Ontario!  Resort destinations, cities and towns north of Toronto have many of the best winter carnivals in the province.  Discover a variety of outdoor winter sports activities, ice sculpture contests and skating, skiing and snowshoeing fun.

 

Featured Winter Carnivals

Laurentian Valley – Alice in Winterland Carnival
Petawawa Ontario 
January 20-28, 2017
Annual winter carnival held in Alice within the Township of Laurentian Valley.

Petawawa Cabin Fever Festival
Petawawa
January 20-29, 2017
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.

Port Sydney Winter Carnival
TBA
Come enjoy the Port Sydney Winter Carnival. The events start January 21st with a Bangers & Mash Dinner, Card Sharks Party.
Pancake breakfast, The Magical Duda, face painting, silent auction, bake sale, snowshoe instructions and games, snowman building, vintage snow machine display, Ontario Watercross racing display and more.

Celebrate Winter Festival
Village of Blue Mountain
TBA
Celebrate everything that winter has to offer here at Blue! Enjoy all our winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, skating on the mill pond, snow tubing, snowshoeing and more. Saturday afternoon don’t miss the taste of winter with delicious local samples from The Town of Blue Mountains finest wineries, breweries and restaurants. When night falls the Blue Mountain village will come alive with the fire and ice show, including a fire dancing performance, the return of the torch light parade, and fireworks over the mountain.

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 28, 2017
The festival offers a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artists, fireworks at 7pm as well as fire pits throughout Downtown. “ICE” features will include interactive ice displays, a downtown tube run and a new skating trail, located in Memorial Park. In addition, there will be “try-it-out” activities, live music and traditional carnival activities to complement the event. 

Midland’s Annual Outdoor Winterfest
February 4, 2017
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family

Port Carling Winterfest 
February 3-5, 2017
Come join in the fun and excitement in this winter wonderland in Muskoka.Saturday–entertainment, free face painting, horse & wagon rides, dog show, chainsaw events, axe throw, carving, log sawing, free public skate, roast beef dinner. Sunday–pancake and sausage breakfast, bean bag curling, silent auction closes, polar bear dip, chili cook-off contest and chef’dessert challenge

Haliburton Frostfest 
TBA
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.

Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 17-18, 2017
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.

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 20-26, 2017
This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all that our community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Snowmobile Radar Runs, Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Pancake Breakfast, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more!

Orillia Winter Carnival
February 11, 2017
The Orillia Winter Carnival has been around for many, many years and has evolved with time. No one really knows how long this event has been running but we have seen photographic proof from as far back as the early 1950’s.

Festival of Outdoor Rinks
February 10-12, 2017
Ottawa Valley
If you thought maybe winter wasn’t really showing up this year, we have a surprise for you! 26 outdoor rinks around the Ottawa Valley and the Pontiac are celebrating winter in style as part of the inaugural Festival of Outdoor Rinks.  26 rinks are participating and the entire event is FREE! There will be on-ice and off-ice activities taking place and different events for people of all ages.

 

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Algonquin Highlands | Bruce County | Caledon & Headwaters | Collingwood & Blue Mountains | Grey CountyHaliburton Highlands | Kawartha Lakes | Lake Simcoe & Barrie | Midland & North Simcoe | Muskoka | Northern Ontario | Ontario’s Lake Country & Orillia | Ottawa Valley 

 

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Algonquin Highlands

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Snowball Winter Carnival 
February 17-18, 2017
Dorset
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.

Bruce County

Wiarton Willie Festival 
February 2, 2017
Winter fun for both kids and adults including,Wiarton Willie’s Queen of the Festival Pageant A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Checkerboard, and Wiarton Willie’s Prediction Ceremonies for the arrival of Ontario Spring.

Collingwood & Blue Mountains

Celebrate Winter Festival
Village of Blue Mountain
TBA
Celebrate everything that winter has to offer here at Blue! Enjoy all our winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, skating on the mill pond, snow tubing, snowshoeing and more. Saturday afternoon don’t miss the taste of winter with delicious local samples from The Town of Blue Mountains finest wineries, breweries and restaurants. When night falls the Blue Mountain village will come alive with the fire and ice show, including a fire dancing performance, the return of the torch light parade, and fireworks over the mountain.
More information on the Village of Blue Mountain

Sunnidale Winterama
New Lowell –Clearview Township
February 3-5, 2017
Spaghetti dinner, parade, pancake breakfast, snowmobile poker run and lots of activities for the family

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 17-20, 2017
Four days of affordable family fun. Activities include: Chili Cook-off, Bingo, Live Entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Nordic Skiing, Tobaggaing, and Fireworks

Grey County

Sauble Beach’s Annual Winterfest
TBA

Haliburton Highlands

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Haliburton Frostfest 
TBA
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.

Bluegrass in the Highlands Winter Festival
February 24-26, 2017
When the snow is flying and the temp is cold…..how about a shot of “bluegrass” to warm the soul. Bluegrass in the Highlands Winter Festival at the Pinestone Resort.

Headwaters

Kawartha Lakes

Snofest Winter Carnival 
January 7-30, 2017
Peterborough
Peterborough Snofest events take place during the entire month of January at various locations throughout Peterborough. Celebrating 40 years of fun, excitement and highlighting some of what the City of Peterborough has to offer. 2017 Snofest planning committee is hard at work. Snofest has entertained
so many across Ontario during the heart of winter for 40 years

Lake Simcoe & Barrie

Barrie’s Winterfest & Festival of Ice
Downtown Barrie, Heritage Park and Barrie Waterfront
February 4-5, 2017
Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario this is a truly Canadian winter carnival adventure for the whole family.   The Fire and Ice Light Show.  All weekend enjoy dog sled rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, midway, lumberjack shows, skating, polar bear swim, pancake breakfast, crafts, story time, ice slides. Kids will enjoy exploring the ice maze…. snow sculpture with slides carved right into the snow and ice.

Midland & Area

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Midland’s Annual Outdoor Winterfest
February 4, 2017
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family

Penetanguishene Winterama 
February 17-20, 2017
Join us for one of Ontario’s longest running, community winter celebrations as Penetanguishene Winterama, Ontario’s oldest winter carnival.

Muskoka

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Port Sydney Winter Carnival
TBA
Come enjoy the Port Sydney Winter Carnival. The events start January 21st with a Bangers & Mash Dinner, Card Sharks Party.
Pancake breakfast, The Magical Duda, face painting, silent auction, bake sale, snowshoe instructions and games, snowman building, vintage snow machine display, Ontario Watercross racing display and more.

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 28, 2017
Downtown Bracebridge is about to become a whole lot more fun this winter. The festival will offer a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artists, fireworks at 7pm as well as fire pits throughout Downtown. “ICE” features will include interactive ice displays, a downtown tube run and a new skating trail, located in Memorial Park. In addition, there will be “try-it-out” activities, live music and traditional carnival activities to complement the event.

Port Carling Winterfest 
February 3-5, 2017
Come join in the fun and excitement in this winter wonderland in Muskoka.Saturday–entertainment, free face painting, horse & wagon rides, dog show, chainsaw events, axe throw, carving, log sawing, free public skate, roast beef dinner. Sunday–pancake and sausage breakfast, bean bag curling, silent auction closes, polar bear dip, chili cook-off contest and chef’dessert challenge.

Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 17-18, 2017
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.

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 20-26, 2017
This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all that our community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Snowmobile Radar Runs, Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Pancake Breakfast, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more!

Annual Dwight Winter Carnival 
Dwight 
TBA
For a $4 button or 4 buttons for $12 and no additional fees you can enjoy Friday Night Kids Kapers (carnival games for kids 10 & Under with prizes for every child. Saturday a Horse Sleigh Rides, Pony Rides, Body Zorbs, Gyroscope, Archery Demonstration, Fleming Logger Sports, Games and Activities for all ages. Saturday Night Adults only Yuk Yuks comedy show and dance with a free bus to local destinations all for $35 a ticket. Sunday is the Dwight Winter Carnival Snowmobile Radar Run with NBSSR, home of the fastest snowmobiles.  Helicopter Rides * for an additional fee, over Lake of Bays.  

Northern Ontario

Cochrane Winter Carnival
Cochrane 
TBA
Come Chill With Chimo at Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival! Participate in many tournaments such as hockey and horseshoe, attend the many dances including an outdoor dance on Lake Command

Bon Soo Winter Carnival
Sault Ste. Marie 
February 3-12, 2017
Come to Saul Ste. Marie, Canada and celebrate years of Winter Magic. Family Traditions continue for ten days, while residents and visitors alike will GET OUT and GET ACTIVE, enjoying our “Fifth Season” – BON SOO!

Voyageur Winter Carnival
Thunder Bay 
February 18-20, 2017
Join in an exciting celebration of winter! Snow sculpture & snowman making contests! Sleigh & dog sled ride.

Kapuskasing Winter Carnival
Kapuskasing 
February 25-26, 2017
A celebration of winter! Outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family.

South Porcupine Winter Carnival
February 10-12, 2017
Timmins
Everyone whether they are 2 or 92 enjoys the Annual South Porcupine/Porcupine Winter Carnival. We don’t hide from the cold, we embrace it!

Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival
Kirkland Lake
February 16 – March 5, 2017
The Winter Carnival is a community event focused on children events. Highlights include the Mush for Gold Dog Sled Races and the Annual National CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championship Event.

Hearst Winter Carnival
February 17-19, 2017
Come enjoy the winter activities that characterize Hearst: A mega outdoor hockey tournament, ice sculpture, curling bonspiel, snowmobile rally and rock band tributes.

Carnaval de La Ronde
Timmins 
TBA
Come enjoy the area’s premier winter carnival. Fun for the whole family

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Orillia Winter Carnival
TBA
The Orillia Winter Carnival has been around for many, many years and has evolved with time. No one really knows how long this event has been running but we have seen photographic proof from as far back as the early 1950’s.

Ottawa Valley

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Petawawa Cabin Fever Festival
Petawawa
January 20-29, 2017
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.

Burk’s Fall Winterfest
January 14-15, 2017

Pakenham Frost Fest
TBA
Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.

Renfrew’s Winter Frewfest
TBA
Family fun race, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, petting zoo, free skating and fireworks.

Snospree
Pembroke 
February 2-5, 2017
Join Pembi as he shivers on the river! Ice fishing, skating, hockey games and great good ol’ fashioned family fun to celebrate winter.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Winterlude
February 3-20, 2017
Ottawa
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

Festival of Outdoor Rinks
February 10-12, 2017
Ottawa Valley
If you thought maybe winter wasn’t really showing up this year, we have a surprise for you! 26 outdoor rinks around the Ottawa Valley and the Pontiac are celebrating winter in style as part of the inaugural Festival of Outdoor Rinks.  26 rinks are participating and the entire event is FREE! There will be on-ice and off-ice activities taking place and different events for people of all ages.

Marmora SnoFest 
Marmora 
February 10-12, 2017
The SnoFest features dogs in the Weight Pull Event, Skijoring and races for sled dogs. There will be indoor and children’s activities.

Fire & Ice
Perth
February 18, 2017
Don’t hide from winter – celebrate it in Heritage Perth! The Riq Turner Band performs at the Crystal Palace, licenced ice bar, bonfire and fireworks.