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.

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,

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:

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

Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

Fri. 8 Nov, 2019 10:00 am - Wed. 22 Jan, 2020 4:00 pm

Nov. 8 to Jan. 22 - Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed. In recognition of Group of Seven member and Orillia native Franklin Carmichael. Now in its 18th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist's chosen medium. Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter St. South, Orillia. 705-326-2159; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sat. 16 Nov, 2019 10:00 am - Thu. 19 Dec, 2019 4:00 pm


At The Elman W. Campbell Museum


The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents the Gallery of Festive Heritage Trees to celebrate the holiday season. Whether your style is Victorian, Edwardian, or Retro, there’s something to inspire everyone!  On display from November 16 until December 19. Free admission.

For more information visit  The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. 

Gallery Of Festive Heritage Trees

Sat. 16 Nov, 2019 10:00 am - Tue. 17 Dec, 2019 4:00 pm

Nov. 16 to Dec. 19 - Gallery Of Festive Heritage Trees

The Royal Family celebrated the holiday season with Christmas trees even before the custom became popular. Whether your style is Victorian, Edwardian, or Retro, there's something to inspire everyone.

Free admission. (Monetary donations greatly received).

Elman W. Campbell Museum (wheelchair accessible), 134 Main St. South, Newmarket.

November 16 to December 17

10 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m

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Curious Minds art show

Fri. 29 Nov, 2019 10:00 am - Sat. 25 Jan, 2020 4:00 pm

Nov. 29 to Jan. 25, 2020 - Curious Minds. Members of the Society of York Region Artists explore curiosity on many levels. An opportunity to purchase an original piece of art. Reception: Sat., Dec. 7, 1pm to 4pm. Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St. 905-713-1818;

Bewabon Shilling: Between the Forest and the Sky

Sat. 30 Nov, 2019 10:00 am - Mon. 2 Mar, 2020 4:00 pm

Bewabon Shilling: Between the Forest and the Sky

November 30, 2019 – March 2, 2020

Janice Laking Gallery

Curator: Emily McKibbon

Reception: Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9 pm

This major solo exhibition highlights recent paintings by Bewabon Shilling depicting the forest and skies around his home at Rama Mnjikaning First Nation. Working from the studio built by his late father, the artist Arthur Shilling (1941-1986), the works reveal a landscape refracted through a palette inspired by his father, but rendered in a visual vocabulary that is entirely his own. Heroic in format and presented in the changeful, grey light of the Janice Laking Gallery at midwinter, the paintings suggest a landscape wilder than our ability to comprehend it.

Bewabon Shilling was born in 1977 in Orillia, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he received both the Norman Jewison Award and the Rose of Cedarvale Scholarship.

He has exhibited at Roberts Gallery, Toronto; the Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe; Orillia Museum of Art and History; and Kensington Fine Art, Calgary.

He is represented by Roberts Gallery, Toronto; the Collectors Gallery, Calgary; and the Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon.

MacLaren Art Centre

Mon-Fri 10 am to 5 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday to 7 pm
Closed Statutory Holidays.

$5 suggested donation

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37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, ON

L4M 3M2






The Polar Express Train Ride; Santa Train

Fri. 6 Dec, 2019 4:45 pm - Sun. 22 Dec, 2019 7:00 pm

The Polar Express Train Ride AND Santa Train

York-Durham Heritage Railway
19 Railway Street, Uxbridge ON, L9P1E5
All Ages

Weekend Trips $47.99

Week Before Christmas Trips $57.99.

Until Dec. 22nd in Uxbridge. See full schedule at


3rd Annual Canadian Ice Fishing Expo

Sat. 14 Dec, 2019 9:00 am - Sun. 15 Dec, 2019 4:00 pm

Gord Pyzer Now Among List of Ice Fishing Experts Hosting Presentations

Barrie Ontario: Georgian College’s Barrie Campus is the new home for this 3rd annual ice fishing extravaganza!  Located just off Hwy 400 at Duckworth Drive, the Building J venue is ideally situated to attract the largest concentration of ice anglers in Canada.

Anglers and vendors from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Simcoe and neighbouring counties, all regions across Ontario and from nearby border states will not want to miss this major event devoted strictly to ice fishing.

Situated a cast away from the province’s most popular ice fishing destination, thousands of Lake Simcoe anglers have visited the Canadian Ice Fishing Expo (CIFE) during the last two years and are sure to show up in droves again on December 14 and 15, 2019.

In an effort to expand their reach and attract anglers from even further abroad, the organizers of the CIFE are happy to announce that they have just secured legendary speaker, award winning outdoor writer, radio and TV personality Gord “The Doc” Pyzer. Gord will travel from his home in beautiful Sunset Country’s Kenora Ontario to be a special feature presenter both days; passing on cutting edge knowledge gained from decades of ice fishing across the country. As an inductee of the Canadian Outdoor Hall of Fame, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, Gord’s popularity with the ice fishing community across North America cannot be understated and CIFE organizers are honored to have the Doc join an already exciting line up of seminar hosts. The speakers will also include well known ice sticks from other parts of the province; including: Big Jim McLaughlin, David Chong, Yvonne Brown, Gerry Heels, Sebastien Roy, JP Bushey and Wil Wegman.

The two-day, open-to-public consumer show will be packed with fantastic features that our guests will not want to miss! Including:

  • 50 Exhibitors under one roof
  • Seminars and tips from industry leading professionals
  • New product demonstrations
  • Prizes and Giveaways
  • Buy the latest tech and gear at competitive prices – with more tackle shops than ever in attendance
  • Reasonable Ticket Prices - Adults $8; Kids 12 and under FREE with a paying adult

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The Link Winter Market

Sun. 15 Dec, 2019 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Link Winter Market Dec. 15, 2019

Third Sunday of each month starting Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Enjoy this popular one-of-a-kind shopping experience right in the heart of Georgina. Find gifts and treasures from local artisans, chefs, farmers and more. A great Sunday outing including horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, food demos and more.

20849 Dalton Rd., Sutton
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Orillia Silver Band Sleigh Bells & Brass Christmas Concert

Sun. 15 Dec, 2019 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Orillia Silver Band is back with it's Annual Sleigh Bells & Brass Christmas Concert. Sing your favourite seasonal carols with the band and hear some new arrangements of Christmas Classics. Let your Christmas Season begin with the Orillia Silver Band.


Adult $25.00, Student $10.00, Child $10.00. There is an additional $1.13 per ticket when purchased online.

Orillia Opera House, 1 West St. North, Orillia


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Huronia Symphony Orchestra's Celebrate

Sun. 15 Dec, 2019 3:30 pm

Dec. 15 - Huronia Symphony Orchestra's Celebrate.

Imagine wintry sleigh rides, skating, Christmas goodies and stockings hung by the fire. Celebrate the joy of the holidays with a sing-along, carols, and childhood favourites complementing great orchestral works.

The HSO Christmas bake sale and silent auction are always a highlight.

Oliver Balaburski, conductor.


Collier St. United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie.


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