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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 27, 2018 in downtown Bracebridge, the 3rd annual Fire & Ice Festival is a day-long celebration that features non-stop, innovative fun. From 9am until 9pm, the event is packed with things to do, places to eat and live entertainment that will leave you thinking 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 the outdoor Beer Gardens hosted by the Griffin Gastro Pub (who are also hosting a ball hockey tournament), ‘Try-It Fat Biking’ with Algonquin Outfitters, The Fire Guy Show, Hoop Show performers, eccentric juggler Kobbler Jay, maple taffy making with Sugarbush Hill Maple Farms, ice carving demonstrations, birds of prey demonstrations by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, giant board games with Santa’s Village, ‘Meet the Character’ (Paw Patrol) hosted by The Play Pit, a Kids Carnival Zone hosted by Napoleon, the outdoor kids’ fun dash, First Nations Ojibway storyteller Aaron Bell and a tee pee display, outdoor arts and crafts with Let the Cat Go, bead work at K Studio. evening fireworks over the Silver Bridge – and much, much more!
Outdoor adventurers should also stop in at the Liv Outside store and trails south of the Silver Bridge for night time snowshoeing, fat biking, hot chocolate and a cozy bonfire. (Warming stations will also be located along the main street as well.)
Evening entertainment continues with the Fire & Ice After Party at the LIV Muskoka night club on main street. During the day, adults will want to head to Muskoka Brewery as well to check out the live music and their ice bar, as well as all their tasty winter wares.
For a full listing of events, click 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 activities as well, and check out the inflated igloo and skate rentals.
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
Kelly’s Kitchen Pub
The Old Station Restaurant
The Pasta Tree & Smokehouse
The Thai Restaurant
Downtown Bracebridge extends a warm welcome for everyone to join the community at the 3rd annual Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday, January 27, 2018. For information on this amazing celebration of winter in Muskoka, click here.
For more information on Downtown Bracebridge, Muskoka, click here. To plan your stay, click here.
For parking and shuttle bus information, click here.