Weekend Fun Guide (January 18-20, 2013)

The fun in Ontario is starting to pick back up and Winter Festivals are popping up all over Ontario for you to get out and enjoy with your family!  This weekend the snow is going to fly again so you can always hit the slopes at a local Ontario Ski Resort or try out some Snow Tubing.


Around Town …


Winter Hike on Sunday – The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be having a winter hike at the Varna Trail, located at the Bluewater Varna Complex. The Varna complex is 4 km’s east of Bayfield or 2 km west of Varna on Mill Road. Depending on the snow, this will either be snowshoes or hiking boots. Outside Projects will be on hand with snowshoes to rent, but best to book ahead at 519 440 8585 or email Tyler Hessel outsideprojects@tcc.on.ca


Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.


South Georgian Bay Winterfest – South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest … a festival that celebrates our area’s finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th. South Georgian Bay WINTERFEST is 10 days of jam-packed fun, dining, live entertainment and outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy!



Winter Chill Festival @ Market Square – Bring your ice skates and snow suit for some great winter fun at the Winter Chill Festival. Join us for a special public skate on the Outdoor Ice Rink created just for the event! Don’t miss marshmallow roasting, snow painting, snow volleyball tournament, chili challenge cook-off, snow mountain, horse drawn wagon rides and more! Dress warm, come out and have some fun in Downtown Greater Napanee!


Canal Bash – Don’t miss the winter fun planned in Newburgh at the 20th annual Canal Bash.  A great line-up is scheduled that’s perfect for both the young and young at heart.

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

festival of lights


Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Celebrations – Locatedd on historic Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, your favourite wineries will be pouring liquid gold all weekend long. Icewine will be served with the swinging sounds of Canadian Jazz and culinary pairings to delight the palate.


Winter Bites Ottawa – The event will lure you out of your home and into the warmth of Ottawa’s restaurants.Visit as many as you like, as often as you like. And check www.ottawamagazine.com/winterbites-2012 occasionally; the list of participating restaurant is growing daily. WinterBites runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Saturday,Jan. 28.


Cabin Fever – Check out the great line-up of activities planned including: Family skating, food, Snow drag races, ski races, children’s programming and more…


Snofest – Celebrate the 36th anniversary of Snofest Peterborough with fun events throughout the month of January 2013. Some exciting new events planned for this year include: Pony Petting, a Curling Media Competition, Snowman building event throughout the City, a Youth Art Show and Sale and a Library Story time, plus even more family fun at the Carnival on the Hill at the Peterborough Museum.


Sauble Beach 

Winterfest – Winterfest is a special off-season event for year round residents and winter enthusiasts, reminding everyone that Sauble Beach doesn’t shut down after Thanksgiving! Make plans to join us for this year’s activities and enjoy some of the other things the beach has to offer. But leave your bathing suit at home!


Winterfest – Featuring The Fire Guy, Bobbi “The Wood Carver”, Loads of Winter Games for Kids, Entertainment for All Ages, and Much More!


Imax Festival @ Sceince North- Explore the unbelievable! Ten films and ten exciting adventures to choose from!  Nothing brings you closer to the action and adventure than IMAX®, the most powerful and immersive movie experience in the world! The Festival’s flexible screening schedule offers you a great combination of giant screen excitement and show times!



The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Toronto International Boat Show – The Toronto International Boat Show is back for another year, with over 1200 boats on display. The event features the world’s largest indoor lake, and offers free boat rides in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats. Also, guests can enjoy a wakeboarding demonstrations, the discover boating centre where experts are on hand to give advice and tips, special guests and over 140 seminars. The event is family-friendly with a kids boating zone with paddleboats on a mini-lake.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam @ Roger’s Centre – Experience the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Trucks. Leading the charge is free- style champion, Northern Nightmare driven by Canada’s own, Cam McQueen. Don’t miss out on the twelve-foot-tall, ten thousand pound machines that will keep you at the edge of your seats with thrilling stunts and nail-biting action.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Twenty Valley

Twenty Valley Winter Wine Fest – Sip, savour and celebrate with over 30 of Twenty Valley’s award-winning wineries. Sweet Icewine, festive sparkling wines and sensational VQA red and white wines will be on offer, paired with delicious offerings from our renowned local chefs. Centre stage will feature live entertainment and wine and food demos in the heart of charming Jordan Village.

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