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It's Barrie Winterfest weekend

Bundle up, celebrate the season and take selfies on giant snow sculptures!
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Barrie's celebration of all things winter is happening this weekend at Barrie Winterfest.

The event is consistently named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario and features outdoor fun for everyone.

Horse drawn wagon rides, Snow Valley's mini tube slide, bonfire warming zones and helicopter rides are just a few of the attractions. 

Try your hand at axe throwing after the Lumberjack Shows or savour some sweet maple taffy while you take selfies at the three giant sculptures created out of snow by a professional carver.  

There's live family entertainment with Doo Doo the Clown, magic shows and a free park 'n ride shuttle to get you to the outdoor winter action. 

The Barrie Lion's Club is holding its 26th annual pancake breakfast at the Collier Street United Church on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Other indoor fun is at the Five Points Theatre for the Performing Arts, Barrie Public Library, MacLaren Art Centre and Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum.

One of many popular attractions is the Polar Bear Dip at Centennial Beach at noon on Sunday. If you're brave enough you can take the plunge.  

The annual tradition is happening at Heritage Park, the Spirit Catcher and a number of other locations on Feb. 3 and 4.

For all the details go to Winterfest - City of Barrie.