The Fire & Ice Festival: Muskoka’s Hot Spot To Chill!

The end of January means it’s time to tube down main street!

There’s a reason Bracebridge, Ontario is called ‘the heart of Muskoka’ and it’s not only because of its central location in this popular vacation destination. Here, in the picturesque town that’s built around the gorgeous Muskoka River, you’ll find a heartfelt welcome in every season – and especially at the event that brings folks together for fantastic winter merriment in Ontario’s cottage country.

Taking place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in downtown Bracebridge, the 4th annual Fire & Ice Festival is a day-long celebration that features non-stop, innovative fun. From 9am until 7pm, the event is packed with things to do, places to eat and live entertainment that will leave you believing  winter is the best season of all.

The highlight of the event is a massive double tube run that extends down the length of Bracebridge’s historic main street!

Check out unique stores on your way to the top of the hill and then enjoy a long float down towards the beautiful Bracebridge falls – an experience guaranteed to make you smile whether you’re in the tube or watching.

Cool Activities To Warm The Heart

In between runs there’s plenty going on, including an epic Road Hockey Tournament, incredible busker performances including The Fire Guy Show, Bella Magic and Bex in Motion.

Enjoy maple taffy making with Sweet Water Maple Syrup & Sugarbush, ice carving demonstrations, birds of prey demonstrations by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, winter disc golf, a Kids Carnival Zone, the outdoor kids’ fun dash, indoor arts and crafts, evening fireworks over the Silver Bridge – and much, much more!

New this year the Great Canadian Lumberjacks will be doing three shows, and Banff Ice Summit Vodka will be creating a Ski Chalet at the popular Griffin Gastropub.

Check out the day’s schedule and activities HERE.


Centre Town’s Classic Canadian Outdoor Rink

Bracebridge also has a stunning Winter Village in the centre of town. Bring your skates, glide around the Memorial Park loops and experience a true Canadian outdoor rink – one that will take your breath away (especially at night under the lights).

Head here for many unique activities as well, including all day “Crokicurl” – a combination of curling and crokinole invented in Winnipeg. (Note: skating and crokicurl ice is subject to favourable weather conditions.)


Where to Eat

In addition to the delicious pancake breakfast at the Bracebridge Arena and amazing food truck vendors on site at the event, discover exceptional dining during the Fire & Ice Festival at the following downtown establishments:

Andrea’s Steakhouse
Bill’s Pizza
El Pueblito
The Griffin Gastro Pub
Inn at the Falls
Kelly’s Kitchen Pub
Muskoka Natural Food Market
New Haven Chinese Restaurant
Nick’s Family Restaurant
The Old Station Restaurant
The Pasta Shoppe
Rende Italian Eatery
Riverwalk Restaurant
Shine Express
Signature’s Eatery
The Thai Restaurant
The Thirsty Judge

Downtown Bracebridge extends a warm welcome for everyone to join the community at the 4th annual Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  For information on this amazing celebration of winter in Muskoka, click here.

NOTE: Passes to this event are required ($5 per adult/children; free for kids 5 and under).  Click here for detail

For more information on Downtown Bracebridge, Muskoka, click here. To plan your stay, click here.


For parking and shuttle bus information, click here.


Photos by Scott Turnbull except Memorial Park (photo by UAV)