What are YOU going to do this weekend?           January 15, 2013
Have fun with winter festivals

In case you didn’t already know, Ontario is an amazing place to get out and enjoy winter!  Our wonderful province is full of festivals, activities and events that invite you to celebrate the season.  So join us and have some fun!

Winterlude, February 1-18, is one Ontario’s most famous festivals of the season. You can go skating on the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink, experience the beauty of ice sculptures created by world famous artists and play in the Snowflake Kingdom.  Foodies can partake in special tastings hosted by some of Ottawa’s best restaurants.

A Shimmer of Gold, January 11-27, is Niagara’s delicious celebration of the season.  During this three-weekend event you can learn all about icewine, sample some of the region’s amazing creations and attend the Xerox Icewine Gala.  On Friday January 25th, downtown St. Catherines hosts Winterfest, where participants can enjoy VQA wines, gourmet cuisine and live entertainment.

Winter is the time to enjoy Toronto’s annual Winterlicious festival of food. From January 25-February 7, food lovers can attend unique culinary events or enjoy a prix fixe menu at any of the 191 participating restaurants.  Winter is an amazing time to be outdoors, but is also a perfect time to stay inside with a delicious meal!

Barrie’s Winterfest & Festival of Ice, February 2nd & 3rd, has been named one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario.  The whole family can enjoy a polar bear swim, take a dogsled ride, see a lumberjack show or slide down a giant snow slide.  The Festival of Ice showcases the talents of incredible artists who will transform a 300-pound block of ice into beautiful sculptures for all to see.

Winter in Ontario is a magical season full of spectacular festivals and events. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors or nestle into a cozy inn or restaurant, Summer Fun Guide can point you in the right direction.

Featured Events
Sarnia Snowfest
Now in its 21st year, the Sarnia Snowfest runs from January 18-20.  You can take a ride on the snow slide, toboggan on the berms in Centennial Park, enjoy live entertainment in the huge Entertainment Igloo or see amazing “snowy” works of art. Food vendors abound – it’s a fun filled festival for the whole family!

Southwestern Ontario

Kuumba & LunarFest at Harbourfront Centre
Harbourfront Center in Toronto hosts two amazing cultural events this month.  Kuumba (Feb 1-3) is part of the TD Then and Now Black History Month series.  Enjoy 2 days of music, dance, food, visual arts, family activities and more.  LunarFest (Feb 9-10) is a celebration of the Lunar New Year showcasing Asian arts and culture.

Sauble Beach Winterfest
Sauble Beach’s Winterfest just goes to show that the beach isn’t only for summer fun! January 18-19, Sauble Beach will host a slew of outdoor fun activities – no bathing suit required!  Activities include free cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a silent auction, Lion’s Pancake Breakfast, Outdoor BBQ and Carnival Games.  Fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Southwestern Ontario

The Bata Shoe Museum
is one of a kind.  This unique museum features continuously changing exhibits and events dedicated to the history, style and function of our hardest working fashion item – our shoes!  With activities and hands-on demonstrations – there’s always something new to enjoy.  (GTA)

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Cannington Dog Sled Races & Winter Festival (Central Ontario)
The Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival is famous throughout the country.   In this fun-filled weekend, running from January 26th-27th, more than 80 teams from across the continent compete for the $10,000 prize.  The races are continuous with a team starting and finishing every few minutes.  An action packed event with pancake breakfasts, ice sculptures, live music & comedy, scavenger hunts and Big Foot races.

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