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 2018 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 
TBA 2018
Annual winter carnival held in Alice within the Township of Laurentian Valley.

Petawawa Cabin Fever Festival
Petawawa
TBA 2018
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.

Celebrate Winter
Village of Blue Mountain
January 20-21, 2018
Celebrate the magic of winter with everything Blue has to offer on snow and ice! When night falls the Village glows with groove dancing, torch light parade, and fireworks over the mountain.

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships
January 26-28 & February 2-4, 2018
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships is a return to the grass roots of Canadian hockey…a chance to celebrate the game in its purest form.  On average, over 300 games are played over the two weekends with teams from 18 US states and over a dozen countries (including Botswana and Japan) and 700 – 1000 players will attend the event over two weekends.

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 27, 2018
The Fire & Ice Festival is set to return to Downtown Bracebridge this January! The festival offers a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artist as well as fire pits throughout the 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 Winter “try-it” activities, road hockey tournament and traditional carnival activities to complement the event.  A souvenir button will be your passport to fun.

Midland’s Annual Outdoor Winterfest
TBA 2018
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family

Port Carling Winterfest 
TBA 2018
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 2018
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a full day of outdoor fun, recreation and food at Head Lake Park in Haliburton Village! Try a game of Frozen Mini Putt, experience dog sledding or curling on the lake.  The fun and activities are endless.  Come out and see what Canadians do for fun in the winter.

Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 16-17, 2018
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 15-19, 2018
This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all that our community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Donut Eating on a String, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more!

Orillia Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
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 CountyCollingwood & Blue Mountains | Haliburton Highlands | Kawartha Lakes | Lake Simcoe & Barrie | Midland & North Simcoe | Muskoka | Northern Ontario | Ontario’s Lake Country & Orillia | Ottawa Valley 

 

Want to get your Winter Festival event listed on the Ontario Travel North site? Send us your details for consideration to Events and Festivals North of Toronto

Algonquin Highlands

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Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 16-17, 2018
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.

Winter in the Wild Festival
Alqonquin Park
February 17, 2018
This festival celebrates winter in Algonquin Park through indoor and outdoor events held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Park, including many at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the Festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food).

Bruce County

Wiarton Willie Festival 
February 2, 2018
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
Village of Blue Mountain
January 20-21, 2018
Celebrate the magic of winter with everything Blue has to offer on snow and ice! When night falls the Village glows with groove dancing, torch light parade, and fireworks over the mountain.

Sunnidale Winterama
New Lowell –Clearview Township
TBA, 2018
Spaghetti dinner, parade, pancake breakfast, snowmobile poker run and lots of activities for the family

Snowman Mania
Wasaga Beach
February 16-17, 2018
Four days of affordable family fun. Activities include: Chili Cook-off, Bingo, Live Entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Nordic Skiing, Tobaggaing, and Fireworks

Haliburton Highlands

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Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships
January 26-28 & February 2-4, 2018
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships is a return to the grass roots of Canadian hockey…a chance to celebrate the game in its purest form.  On average, over 300 games are played over the two weekends with teams from 18 US states and over a dozen countries (including Botswana and Japan) and 700 – 1000 players will attend the event over two weekends.

Haliburton Frostfest 
TBA, 2018
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.

Hardwater Festival – A Celebration of Ice
TBA, 2018
West Guilford
Celebrating all things ice!  Ice climbing, fishing, skating, sculptures and more! 

Bluegrass in the Highlands Winter Festival
TBA, 2018
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.

Kawartha Lakes

Snofest Winter Carnival 
January 20, 2018
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 3-4 , 2018
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
TBA, 2018
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family.

Winter Carnaval D’Hiver
February 10, 2018
Perkinsfield
Come on out to Perkinsfield Park for a fun-filled and FREE afternoon of winter activities. Pancake lunch will be served from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Activities include: Snow Valley Tubing Slide, Sledge Hockey Demonstration, Snow Taffy & Hot Chocolate, Children’s Activities, Barn Buddies Snowshoeing, Lions Club Mini Stcik Tournament, Live Music, Family Skate & Shinny, Fire Truck Display, Local Vendors…and much more!

Penetanguishene Winterama 
February 16-19, 2018
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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Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival
January 27, 2018
The Fire & Ice Festival is set to return to Downtown Bracebridge this January! The festival offers a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artist as well as fire pits throughout the 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 Winter “try-it” activities, road hockey tournament and traditional carnival activities to complement the event.  A souvenir button will be your passport to fun.

Port Carling Winterfest 
TBA, 2018
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.

Port Sydney Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018
Many family friendly events including Bangers and Mash Supper, Pancake Breakfast, Skating, Tubing, Snow Shoeing, Crafts, Face Painting, BBQ and Raffle and much more.

Dwight Winter Carnival 
TBA, 2018
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.  

Snowball Winter Carnival
Dorset 
February 16-17, 2018
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.

Baysville Winterfest
February 19, 2018
Come enjoy the Baysville Winterfest during the Family Day Weekend!

Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
February 15-19, 2018
This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all that our community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Donut Eating on a String, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more!

Northern Ontario

Snofest
TBA, 2018
Parry Sound
Get out, and chill out at the Town’s annual winter carnival.  With a schedule packed full of fun activities, Snowfest is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy!

Cochrane Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018
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 
TBA, 2018
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 
TBA, 2018
Join in an exciting celebration of winter! Snow sculpture & snowman making contests! Sleigh & dog sled ride.

Kapuskasing Winter Carnival
Kapuskasing 
TBA, 2018
A celebration of winter! Outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family.

South Porcupine Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
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, 2018
Come enjoy the area’s premier winter carnival. Fun for the whole family

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Ramona Winterfest
TBA, 2018
Join Ramona Hall for a fun-filled family event!

Orillia Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
Trivia nights, seniors’ events, snow drag races, winter smash-up derby and children’s’ programs.

Burk’s Fall Winterfest
TBA, 2018

Pakenham Frost Fest
TBA, 2018
Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.

Laurentian Valley – Alice in Winterland Carnival
TBA, 2018
Family Festival with outdoor Winter games, Trivia Nights, Hockey Tournament, Disco DJ Party – something for everyone!

Renfrew’s Winter Frewfest
TBA, 2018
Family fun race, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, petting zoo, free skating and fireworks.

SnoSpree
Pembroke 
TBA, 2018
Join Pembi as he shivers on the river! Ice fishing, skating, hockey games and great good ol’ fashioned family fun to celebrate winter.

Winterlude
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
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.

Calabogie Winter Carnival
TBA, 2018

Marmora SnoFest 
Marmora 
TBA, 2018
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
TBA, 2018
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.

 

winter-at-its-best

 

Want to get your Winter Festival event listed on the Ontario Travel North site? Send us your details for consideration to Events and Festivals North of Toronto