Barrie-Muskoka Youth Winter Activities

Barrie's winterís are typical for Canada, with the "lake effect" keeping them somewhat mild, yet allowing a lot of snow to fall. Barring unusual cold spells, there is enough snow to make snow forts, toboggan and cross-country ski in the city. Here are a couple of winter suggestions:

  1. Skate outdoors Many communities maintain outdoor rinks, but you can also visit the more scenic outdoor rinks (no hockey sticks):
  2. Take a hike along the city's bike paths. They're especially pretty with fresh snow on the ground. The most scenic are:
    • The best spot for this in Barrie is Waterfront Trail Along Kempenfelt Bay which has 6.7 km of generally flat paved trail, which you can access anywhere along Barrie's Lakefront parks.
    • In Orillia, take the 12-foot wide ribbon of pavement called the Millenium Trail for 9.5 kilometres from one end of the City to the other! Joggers, walkers, bikers and wheelchairs can travel safely from the North Ward to Tudhope Park.
    • In Huntsville, enjoy the 3.4 km paved Fairy Vista Trail, which you can access near the corner of Hwy 60 and Fairy view Drive, or by using the temporary entrance across from Muskoka Rd. #23. This paved 3.4 km all season trail traveling through fields, forests, and wetlands, suitable for all types of non-motroized recreational activity.
  3. Go tobogganning at the various hills in the area
  4. Head out of town The countryside around Barrie has some winter wonderlands with lots of snow.
  5. Enjoy the holiday light displays In December each year, there are four popular holiday light displays:

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