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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
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!
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:
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
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 details.
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)