One-Tank Trip for Jan. 14-17
(c) By Jim Fox
If you don’t want to trade your snowsuit for a swimsuit, then it’s time for some icy adventures.
There’s the Fire and Ice Festival in Bracebridge, Icewine Festival in Niagara and an icy trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park.
A shortage of snow last year certainly didn’t repeat for the winter festival in downtown Bracebridge on Jan. 28.
|A tube run is created downtown for the Fire and Ice Festival in Bracebridge. (Explorers’ Edge)|
There’s “more than enough snow” to create the amazing tubing run, said Jordan Mulligan of Muskoka Tourism.
At midweek, the town already had “up to four feet (122 centimetres) of snow, which has been amazing for our winter tourism,” he added.
Even so, fest workers will bring in 50 truckloads of fresh, fluffy snow to make their epic tubing hill, he said.
The festival had its debut last year and was a huge success as people took to Manitoba Street for wintry fun.
Starting with a pancake breakfast at the fire hall at 8:30 a.m., the fest runs until 9 p.m. and “pays homage to the glory of a Canadian winter,” the Bracebridge Business Improvement Area says.
|A frosty scene as an ice carver gets sprayed at the Bracebridge festival.|