Ontario Winter Carnivals

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Where are the best winter carnivals in Ontario? North of Toronto, of course! North of Toronto has the top carnivals promising the most iconic Canadian winter experiences.

Winter carnivals in 2016 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.

January Winter Carnivals | February Winter Carnvials

Featured Winter Carnivals

Laurentian Valley – Alice in Winterland Carnival
Petawawa Ontario 
January 22-30
Annual winter carnival held in Alice within the Township of Laurentian Valley.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Petawawa Cabin Fever Festival
Petawawa Ontario 
January 22-31
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Port Sydney Winter Carnival
January 22 – 23, 2016
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.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Port Sydney area

Celebrate Winter Festival
Village of Blue Mountain
January 23, 2016
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 Blue Mountain Village

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 30, 2016
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.
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Renfrew’s Winter Frewfest
January 22-24, 2016
Family fun race, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, petting zoo, free skating and fireworks.
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Pakenham Frost Fest
Pakenham 
January 23-31, 2016 
Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.
More information on the Ontario’s Highlands Destination
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Midland’s Annual Outdoor Winterfest
February 5 – 7, 2016
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland
more information on Tourism Midland

Port Carling Winterfest 
February 5 – 7, 2016
The festival begins Friday evening with fireworks, hot dogs and chocolate and a MUCH MUSIC Video Dance. Saturday is a full day of events for the whole family, including log sawing, a dog show, kid’s games, face painting, horse and wagon rides, children’s entertainers Jam Sandwich, a roast beef dinner and a rock and roll dance with Muskoka Roads!
Sunday’s events include a pancake breakfast, polar bear dip and the snow snake competition.
Silent auction in the upper hall of the Community Center all weekend long!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Port Carling area.
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Haliburton Frostfest 
February 13, 2016
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.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Huntsville area.
More information on the Haliburton Highlands Destination

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 15-21, 2016
 The Winter Carnival is back! Lots of fun for the whole family.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Gravenhurst
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Orillia Winter Carnival
February 12-14, 2016
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.
More information on the Ontario’s Lake Country Destination

Festival of Outdoor Rinks
February 19-21, 2016
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.
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

January


 

Petawawa Cabin Fever Festival
Petawawa Ontario 
January 22-31
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Burk’s Fall Winterfest
January 16 & 17, 2016
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Burk’s Falls

Snofest Winter Carnival 
January 16, 2016
Some exciting new events planned for this year include: Pony Rides, a Curling Bonspiel, Sno Jamming Family Day at Armour Hill, a Youth Art Show and Sale and a Library Story time, plus even more family fun. Celebrate the 37th anniversary of Snofest Peterborough with fun events throughout the month of January 2014.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Peterborough

Celebrate Winter Festival
Village of Blue Mountain
January 23, 2016
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

Port Sydney Winter Carnival
January 22 – 23, 2016
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.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Port Sydney area

Pakenham Frost Fest  
January 21-31, 2016
Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.
More information on the Ontario’s Highlands Destination
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Sauble Beach’s Annual Winterfest
January 22 & 23, 2016
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Sauble Beach, ON

Renfrew’s Winter Frewfest
January 22-24,2016
Family fun race, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, petting zoo, free skating and fireworks.
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Groundhog Day and Wiarton Willie Festival 
January 28 – February 2, 2016
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.
Featured Resort in Georgian Bluffs-Wiarton.

Marmora SnoFest 
Marmora 
February 5-6, 2016
The SnoFest features dogs in the Weight Pull Event, Skijoring and races for sled dogs. There will be indoor and children’s activities.

Ottawa Winterlude
January 29 – February 15, 2016
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.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 30, 2016
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.
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Sunnidale Winterama
New Lowell –Clearview Township
2016 TBA
Spaghetti dinner, parade, pancake breakfast, snowmobile poker run and lots of activities for the family
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood

February


Groundhog Day and Wiarton Willie Festival 
January 28 – February 2, 2016
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.
Featured Resort in Georgian Bluffs-Wiarton.

Barrie’s Winterfest & Festival of Ice
Downtown Barrie, Heritage Park and Barrie Waterfront
February 6, 7, 2016
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. Also (See Barrie Winterfest-Carnival Photos) Stay in Barrie area resort and hotel accommodation.

Snospree
Pembroke 
February 3-7, 2016
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

Ottawa Winterlude
January 29 – February 15, 2016
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.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa

Sunnidale Winterama
New Lowell, Clearview Township
February 5-7, 2016
Spaghetti dinner, parade, pancake breakfast, snowmobile poker run and lots of activities for the family
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood

Lion’s Winter Carnival
Beaverton 
2016 TBA   
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, school age tug of war, silent auction, chilli luncheon, outhouse race, mini golf, book sale, scavenger hunt and more.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Orillia area.

Cochrane Winter Carnival
Cochrane 
February 5 -15, 2016
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

Port Carling Winterfest 
February 5-7, 2016
The festival begins Friday evening with fireworks, hot dogs and chocolate and a MUCH MUSIC Video Dance. Saturday is a full day of events for the whole family, including log sawing, a dog show, kid’s games, face painting, horse and wagon rides, children’s entertainers Jam Sandwich, a roast beef dinner and a rock and roll dance with Muskoka Roads!
Sunday’s events include a pancake breakfast, polar bear dip and the snow snake competition.
Silent auction in the upper hall of the Community Center all weekend long!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Port Carling area.
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Bon Soo Winter Carnival
Sault Ste. Marie 
February 5-14, 2016
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!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Sault Ste. Marie

Barrie’s Winterfest & Festival of Ice
Downtown Barrie, Heritage Park and Barrie Waterfront
February 6-7, 2016
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. Stay in Barrie area resort and hotel accommodation.

Marmora SnoFest 
February 6 & 7, 2016
The SnoFest features dogs in the Weight Pull Event, Skijoring and races for sled dogs. There will be indoor and children’s activities.

Barry’s Bay Timberfest 
2016 TBA
A fun filled family weekend celebrating logging and the timbering heritage of the Madawaska Valley in Barry’s Bay, Wilno and Combermere.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Barry’s Bay area.

Penetanguishene Winterama 
February 16, 2016
Join us for one of Ontario’s longest running, community winter celebrations as Penetanguishene Winterama, Ontario’s oldest winter carnival, celebrates its 67th anniversary February 13-16, 2015.
Affordable fun for the whole family!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland 
More information on Tourism Midland

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 12-15, 2016
Four days of affordable family fun. Activities include: Chili Cook-off, Bingo, Live Entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Nordic Skiing, Tobaggaing, and Fireworks
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland 
More information on Tourism Midland

Annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 19, 20, 2016
A family skating party with music, hot dogs and hot chocolate, adult Broomball Tournament, pancake br
eakfast, parade, horse drawn wagon rides, Mini-Snowmobile rides, displays and demonstrations, entertainment, food, music and more.
More information on Muskoka Tourism
More information on Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department

Haliburton Frostfest 
February 13, 2016
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.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Huntsville area.
More information on the Haliburton Highlands Destination
More information on Muskoka Tourism
 
Voyageur Winter Carnival
Thunder Bay 
February 13-15, 2016
Join in an exciting celebration of winter! Snow sculpture & snowman making contests! Sleigh & dog sled ride.

Kapuskasing Winter Carnival
Kapuskasing 
February 24-25, 2016
A celebration of winter! Outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family.

Orillia Winter Carnival
February 12-14, 2016
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.
More information on the Ontario’s Lake Country Destination

South Porcupine Winter Carnival
February 13, 14, 15 2016
South Porcupine, Ontario
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!!!

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 15-21, 2016
 The Winter Carnival is back! Lots of fun for the whole family.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Gravenhurst
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Annual Dwight Winter Carnival 
Dwight 
February 12-14, 2016
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.  
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Dwight area
More information on Muskoka Tourism

Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival
Kirkland Lake
February 11 – 28, 2016
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.

Carnaval de La Ronde
Timmins 
2016 TBA
Come enjoy the area’s premier winter carnival. Fun for the whole family
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Timmins.