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What’s Happening in Muskoka – Winter 2018
Summer weekends in Muskoka are jammed with special events; music festivals, craft beer festivals, triathlons, car shows, craft shows and the list goes on. There is a special event every weekend, it seems. Winter in Muskoka is no different. See what is happening in Muskoka this winter, and plan to check out a few of them.
January 27 – Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival
This festival transforms Manitoba Street in downtown Bracebridge into a tube run. Other activities include the skate trail in Memorial Park, ice sculptures, fire pits throughout the downtown core, and other more traditional winter carnival activities. This event saw hundreds flock to the downtown core last year, and it is expected to be bigger and better this year.
January 28 – Muskoka Loppet
This event attracts skiers from all over the province to Arrowhead Provincial Park, just north of Huntsville. There are races for all ages, and skill levels. Spectators can enjoy an exciting finish line and warm up by the fire pits or warm up shack in the parking lot.
January 31 to February 4 – Recharge with Milk Ontario Tankard
This exciting curling event will determine the team to represent Ontario at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Saskatchewan in March. 5 days of curling match ups is expected to draw a good crowd to the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville, the finals happening February 3rd and 4th.
February 2 to February 4 – Port Sydney Winter Carnival
Family is the focus of the small-town celebration of winter. There are community meals each day, for all to gather together. Plan to take advantage of traditional winter carnival activities; skating, fun family games and lots of time spent around the fire. Check out the Facebook Page for more details on the schedule.
February 2 to February 4 – Port Carling Winterfest
Plenty of activities to enjoy for the entire weekend. Bring the family and spend time outside taking in the skating trail, horse drawn carriage rides, children’s entertainment, sliding hill, log sawing contest, polar dip and of course the traditional pancake breakfast and roast beef dinner.
February 3 to February 4th – Kearney Doglsed Races
Kearney is a small town just a short drive north of Huntsville, and they host the largest dogsled race in Ontario. There are 5 different races that run over the weekend, for professional and beginner mushers. The kids race on Sunday (Feb 4) is a great event for all to enjoy. There is an indoor market to explore as well as a children’s activity area, doglsed rides, live music and great food vendors.
February 9 to February 11 – North America Original Pond Hockey Classic
This tournament brings hockey back to its roots, and where it all started, on the Pond. Gather around the multiple ice surfaces at the Gravenhurst Wharf and cheer on your favourite team. There will be a great party to kick off the weekend on Friday night, and Saturday will see 4 different divisions of 4 on 4 hockey games playing, an indoor beer tent with live entertainment all weekend, and so much more. This is an event you won’t want to miss.
February 9 to February 10 – Dwight Winter Carnival
The 46th annual Dwight Winter Carnival will provide fun for the whole family. Traditional carnival activities will include a family skate, pancake breakfast, Science North activities and science show, a chili cookoff, horse drawn sleigh rides and much more.
February 10 – Muskoka Winter Bike Festival
This is the first run for this event, however with activities such as various races on the 11km race course, a kid race, a bonfire, live entertainment, beer tasting and food. This is a great way to see and try out winter biking – a sport which is seeing a huge increase in popularity. Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville is hosting this event, check their website for more information on registration and special rates.
February 15 to February 19 – Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
There is a long list of activities that fill this 4-day weekend. Bed races, donut eating contest, a puddle jump, Skokie’s Pizza Party, log sawing, snow sculptures and a chicken wing eating contest, just to name a few. Be sure to buy your button ahead of time, $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-12 years old – this button will be your pass for all the activities you chose to enjoy over the weekend.
February 16 to February 17 – Dorset Snowball
Families will gather to enjoy ice skating, ice fishing, ice sculptures and tobogganing in between other family friendly events over this 2-day carnival. If you are in the area for Family Day weekend, be sure to make the trip to Dorset.
February 19 – Baysville Winterfest
Enjoy the holiday Monday in Baysville at their one-day winter celebration. Enjoy many free activities at the Baysville Community Centre, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family.
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