6 must-see Ontario winter festivals
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Jan 11, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

6 must-see Ontario winter festivals

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If flying south is not in the cards this year, it’s important to make the best of things during the cold Canadian winter. One way to enjoy yourself is to partake in one of the many winter festivals across Ontario, and the country.

There are festivals for everyone! Check out the family-friendly events, with fun for all ages and interests, or perhaps you have a specific interest or hobby that’s being featured at a winter festival – either way, there’s plenty to do this winter without having to leave the province.

Bon Soo Winter Carnival – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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Enjoy food, fireworks, sporting events, kid’s activities, dessert, wine, and more, during Sault Ste. Marie’s annual 12 day festival in February. This year’s Night of Fire and Ice evening celebrates the best Winter themed desserts, and of course wine.

Niagara Icewine Festival – Niagara Region, Ontario

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For three weekends in January, participating Niagara wineries celebrate one the region’s specialties – icewine. Throughout the area there will be galas, wine and cheese events, tastings, winery tours, and more. Learn more about what the locals know as “liquid gold” at this year’s Niagara Icewine Festival!

Winterlicious – Toronto, Ontario

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If you’re passionate about food, take comfort from the cold by sampling some of Toronto’s finest cuisine. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus all over the city. Try something new, attend events, and enjoy food, drinks, and fun with friends, family, or coworkers. Menus available for lunch and dinner meals.

Barrie Winterfest – Barrie, Ontario

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Enjoy snow and ice sculptures, lumberjack shows, maple taffy, ice skating, walking tours, clowns, puppet shows, food, dog sled rides, and more at the Barrie WinterFest. From February 6th-7th you can enjoy Barrie in the winter! There are plenty of activities going on throughout the city – inside and out!

Aurora Winter Blues Festival – Aurora, Ontario

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If you can’t beat the winter blues, join them! On March 5th, 11th-12th, come celebrate the 5th annual Aurora Winter Blues Festival at Theatre Aurora. Join them for the kickoff event March 5th and win door prizes, participate in live and silent auctions, enjoy food, dancing, and of course the Blues! The Main event will be the following weekend – celebrating some of Canada’s best, and undiscovered, blues acts.

Winterlude – Ottawa/Gatineau, Ontario/Quebec

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In Canada’s National Capital region, Winterlude/Bal De Neige is one of the nation’s most widely recognized winter festivals. Every Canadian should participate in it at least once in their lifetime! Skate on the world’s largest skating rink, play on North America’s largest snow playground, and enjoy incredible ice sculpture competitions! Enjoy a winter wonderland at Winterlude from January 29th to February 15th.

Originally published on WagJag.com on January 4, 2016.

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