Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Month Flat Week Day

Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

All day

May 27

Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

Buy your ticket from the Lion’s Club for your chance to race your duck down the Coldwater River to win great prizes.  Lots of activities for the family, and view the ducks being dumped into the river right from the Mill grounds.

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Coldwater Classic Car Show

All day

Sept. 17
13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show
Come out and enjoy the 13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show!
Show off your ride or look around at the 500 cars on site, there are games for the kids and BBQ from the Midland Boy Scouts and all your favourite locations in Coldwater to checkout during the day!
Children under 12 get in FREE
Win thousands of dollars in prizes like car products, hardware items, tools, appliances, etc., and try for your chance to win the grand prize of a brand new classic engine rebuild, valued at $2,250!
This great family event is coordinated by a group of local car enthusiasts looking to support to Coldwater Minor Sports teams.

coldwatervillage.com

Beaverton Winter Carnival

All day

Feb. 3
Beaverton Winter Carnival
This event, run by the Beaverton Lions, starts with a pancake breakfast, community bake sale and silent auction. Fun family activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, wheelbarrow races, ice slides, zorb balls, face painting, mini golf, tug of war, a donut-on-a-string eating contest and sled races. Chili, stew, hot dogs and hot drinks—and warming stations—will take the chill off. Prizes for all kids. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Several locations, Beaverton, beavertonlions.ca/events

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka - “Move to Give”

All day

1 day, 8 locations and a whole lot of fun

Choose how you MOVE and fundraise to GIVE back to your community. Funds raised help ensure the people in our community can access YMCA programs and services, empowering them to live healthier lives and reach their full potential.

The fourth annual YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka fundraiser called “Move to Give” will take place simultaneously in eight communities within our region. To kick start this massive fundraising event, 78 YMCA Child Care and school age programs across Simcoe/Muskoka hosted a mini fundraiser called “Moving and Grooving.” Children and their families collected “change to make change" in their communities across the region and raised over $24,000 towards the event goal of $100,000.

Move to Give participants will keep the momentum going on April 7 by challenging themselves physically while at the same time, giving back to their community.

For a full list of activities happening at each YMCA location across Simcoe/Muskoka go to: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/EventHome.aspx?eventid=232533&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.google.ca%2fhttps://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/EventHome.aspx?eventid=232533&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.google.ca%2f

We hope to see you at the YMCA on April 7!

ClearWater Farm Water Walk

All day

June 23 – ClearWater Farm Water Walk
Free, fun, family-friendly learning event for the whole community. 8am to 2pm
Start: Willow Beach Park with a 1 km walk along Lake Drive to ClearWater Farm.
8 am: Check in at Willow Beach Park,
8:45 am: An Elder from the Chippewas of Georgina Island leads a water prayer and blessing;
9:30 am: The ClearWater Farm Water Walk begins.

Led by Chippewas water keepers, kids and their families will walk along the shores of Lake Simcoe to ClearWater Farm where they will visit four interactive, hands-on learning stations themed around Water, Earth, Food and Community. They’ll enjoy a free lunch and then retrace their steps back to Willow Beach Park. And there is more…

From tragedy can come hope. Businesses are sponsoring this event to help rebuild the ClearWater Farm Barn that burned down accidentally in 2016 as an amazing interactive education space for children. As Georgina’s newest community asset, ClearWater Farm is a place for experiential learning connecting nature, food, community and eco-friendly technology.

481 Lake Dr E, Willow Beach, Georgina

ontariowatercentre.ca

Mnjikaning: Mapping The Life of the Gaudaurs

Sat. 20 Apr, 2019 10:00 am - Sun. 1 Sep, 2019 4:00 pm

April 20 to Sept. 1 — Mnjikaning: Mapping The Life of the Gaudaurs. This exhibition will showcase the Gaudaur lineage through the family connection to the Atherley Narrows, civic contributions, and the family's sport legacy. After the war of 1812, Quebec voyageur, Antoine Godard (Gaudaur) met Chippewa Chief Big Shilling's daughter, Mary, to settle down on one of the town's first homesteads to raise a family. Their second son, Francis Gaudaur was born on April 13, 1819. The Gaudaur bloodline now represents the extended family of French Canadian, British, Indigenous members who helped to build this community. Ultimately, we will meet the family and their descendants who made Orillia and area their home 200 years ago.

Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter Street South

705-326-2159; orilliamuseum.org

Beaver River Museum - open select days

Sat. 1 Jun, 2019 1:30 pm - Sun. 29 Sep, 2019 4:00 pm

May, June and September - weekends

July and August - Thursday to Monday

Beaver River Museum. Beaverton-Thorah Eldon Historical Society, which operates the Beaver River Museum and is open 1:30pm to 4pm for visitors to enjoy an Old Stone Jail, Log Cabin and Brick House all with displays and information about the local time period and history. 284 Simcoe Street, Beaverton.

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D-Day Exhibit: 75th Anniversary Commemoration

Thu. 6 Jun, 2019 10:00 am - Sat. 9 Nov, 2019 4:00 pm

June 6 to Nov. 9 — D-Day Exhibit: 75th Anniversary Commemoration. CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY

Curated by Rod Bruton. 

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the landing of Allied Forces in Normandy in 1944. One of the largest military assaults in modern history also signifies the beginning of the end of WWII. A wide range of artifacts including photographs, uniforms and music and videos of the period will be on display.

Free admission.

Regular Hours

Tuesday to Saturday
10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. 

Elman W.Campbell Museum, 134 Main Street South, Newmarket 905-953-5314; newmarket.ca/museum

Streets Alive! Orillia

Sat. 15 Jun, 2019 9:00 am - Sun. 20 Oct, 2019 4:00 pm

June 15 to Oct. 20 — Streets Alive. Orillia’s living art program, Streets Alive., kicks off for another great season of dazzling art pieces. This year’s theme is pedal power, featuring decorated bikes of all kind.

From June 15, 9am, to Oct. 20, 4pm. Downtown Orillia. 705-325-3261

History Through Stitches

Mon. 1 Jul, 2019 10:00 am - Thu. 31 Oct, 2019 4:00 pm

July 1 to Oct. 31 — History Through Stitches.

See beautifully handmade quilts of historic Yonge Street from Toronto to Thunder Bay created by women from different branches of the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario. 

Also on display are sewing machines and tools from our Museum collection dating from Victorian times to the 1960s. Free admission.

Tues. to Sat. 10am to noon and 1 to 4pm.

Elman W.Campbell Museum, 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. 905-953-5314; newmarket.ca/museum

In the Company of Women

Sat. 3 Aug, 2019 11:00 am - Fri. 9 Aug, 2019 11:00 am

Aug. 3 to 9 — "In the Company of Women"

Experience the tranquil beauty of this sacred space as you restore your energies. Come for three to six nights and bring a friend or meet new friends. Private or shared accommodation. 

$120-150 per night, private, $105 per night, shared
Saturday August 3, 11am - Friday August 9, 11am (3 night minimum)

Register by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 905-476-4013    

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre, Roches Point

lorettomaryholme.ca

Boots & Hearts 2019

Thu. 8 Aug, 2019 12:00 pm - Sun. 11 Aug, 2019 7:00 pm

Aug. 8 to 11 – Boots & Hearts 2019. Boots and Hearts is an annual country and camping music festival event produced by Republic Live. Held at the custom designed camping and festival grounds at Burl’s Creek, the festival will take place August 8-11, 2019. Boots and Hearts is the recipient of the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year.

Boots and Hearts is the largest camping and country music festival of its kind ever to be hosted on Canadian soil. It is a four-day celebration of country music where music lovers of all genres can escape from the rigours of daily life, band together with thousands of other country music fans and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event that they will never forget.

We live out our motto. Work Hard. Play Harder. From Payment Plans, to Kids 12 & Under Free admittance, we do our best to make Boots and Hearts as accessible as possible to our fans. We hope that you’ll join us this year to experience what Boots and Hearts is all about.

Boots & Hearts 2019 line-up:

  • • Jason Aldean
  • • Miranda Lambert
  • • Cole Swindell
  • • Marren Morris
  • • Kip Moore
  • • Kane Brown

Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line S., Oro-Medonte, off Hwy. 11, between Orillia and Barrie.

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Orillia Waterfront Festival

Fri. 9 Aug, 2019 12:00 pm - Sun. 11 Aug, 2019 6:00 pm

Aug. 9 to 11 — Orillia Waterfront Festival. A weekend of fun activities and entertainment at the beautiful Port of Orillia and waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching, Orillia.

The Orillia Waterfront Festival in-water boat show features new, dealer trade, select brokerage and private owner boats, and includes everything from kayaks to cruisers. Over 100 land vendors and exhibitors offer boating accessories, water sport equipment, cottage and outdoor products, great summer fashions, good food and more. Art exhibits, dog agility trials, Dock Dogs Diving Contest,exciting water ski shows throughout the weekend.

Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon.

An average of 8,000-12,000 people attend the festival each year depending on weather conditions.

Fri: Noon – 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1-888-326-4424; https://www.orillia.com/

Fridays at the Foster - Concert Series

Fri. 9 Aug, 2019 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fridays at the Foster - Concert Series

Every Friday night May-Sept

7:30-8:30 P.M.

Admission - Donation at the door.

June 21 Erwin Schack - Guitar

Eriwin is a local finger-style guitarist performing music from Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross and others.

June 28  Richard Elliot - Guitar

A solo acoustic finger-style guitarist. Flamenco,folk blues music. Has won awards for his instrumental album

July 5 Justin Kerswill Multi Instrumentalist

Justin plays jazz, East Indian, African,rock and Celtic with Guitar, Percussion Loops. Justin is an exceptional entertainer and keeps the show moving

July 12 David Donar -Guitar

David’s finger-style playing is inspired by Folk and Blues artists and old time country. Fantastic musician that entertains.

July 19 Cachet Trio

Janet Anderson, Kevin Jaques, Kevin Thompson, Easy listening music, covers a broad cross section Irish and Seniors Music and favourites of 60’s and 70’s

July 26 Shaman Ayerhart  Vocals/Country

Beating heart of Country Music playing a mix of up Tempo classic and new original songs.

The Thomas Foster Memorial

9449 Conc. 7 (Durham 1)

4km north of Uxbridge

905-640-3966; fostermemorial.com

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