Get out and play in Barrie

Barrie and the surrounding area is offering bucket-list worthy winter adventures for you to get out and play in the snow.

On Feb. 2 and 16, Snow Valley Ski Resort is hosting their Snowshoe and Chili Cookout. It includes the serenity of a guided snowshoe tour through the forest, where your guide will point out some of the natural features and wildlife of the area, and a bowl of homemade chili, local craft beverages and roasted s’mores around the campfire. Click here to learn more.

On Feb. 16, families, kids and fishermen of all skill levels are invited to the 13th annual Barrie ice fishing tournament at Kempenfelt Bay. Visit icefishingbarrie.ca to register.

Snowmobile the trails of Awenda Provincial Park (Penetanguishene) with Diverse Rentals and Vacations. They’ll gear you up and take you out on a fun and safe one-hour tour. Experienced riders can take advantage of multi-day and weekly rentals. All rentals and tours are weather dependent, so call ahead for availability. Click here to learn more.

Take in the beauty of Barrie’s waterfront on skates at the Centennial Park community rink. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the rink alternates from pleasure skating to shinny hockey. Once you’re done, warm up and grab a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants. Click here to help decide.

An old-fashioned, horse-drawn sleigh ride at Rainbow View Farms (1274 Rainbow Valley Rd. West, Phelpston) or Rolling Sands Percherons (2251 Line 4 North, Oro-Medonte) is a great way to enjoy the winter countryside. Visit tourismbarrie.com/things_to_do/sleigh-rides for more.

Snowshoe enthusiasts can explore 10 kilometres of trails winding through a 370-acre, 200-year-old forest or cross southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, offering a 10,000 square km. view of Georgian Bay and the surrounding countryside. Visit sceniccaves.com to learn more.

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