Each year, the Fire & Ice Festival brings in over 50 truck loads of snow and constructs a massive snow tubing hill right on the main street of downtown Bracebridge. If the hill looks too daunting, don't fret, for the smaller ones Ski Snow Valley brings in a mini tube slide!
While the event certainly is centered around this legendary tube run, there are a number of other thrilling winter activities to enjoy at this unique, winter festival.
The "FIRE" feature includes performances by talented fire artists and a spectacular fireworks display. Plus, be sure to combat the "ice" and cold by warming yourself at the various fire pits scattered throughout the Downtown.
The "ICE" feature includes our legendary downtown tube run, interactive ice displays, ice sculpture carvings, and a large children's igloo activity centre. Don't forget to visit Memorial Park where you can enjoy a skating trail and newly added 'Crokicurl' game.
Fire and Ice is excited to welcome back the 'Birds of Prey' presentations, a road hockey tournament, and the traditional carnival activities you've come to love. New this year, Fire and Ice welcomes The Great Canadian Lumberjack Show and live wood carving demonstrations.
Your ticket to the Fire and Ice fun is only $5 per adult/child, and FREE for kids 5 and under. You can purchase your event pass ahead of time at any of the following locations:
Bracebridge Visitors Center - 3 Ecclestone Drive
The Cottage Winery - 208 Manitoba Street
Sun Chasers Swimwear & Sunwear - 52 Manitoba Street
Muskoka Natural Food Market - 229 Manitoba Street
Unique Muskoka - 28 Manitoba Street
Inn at the Falls - 8 Mahaffy Court
Veranda - 24 Manitoba Street
Veranda's Moose Crossing - 21 Manitoba Street
Martins Framing, Gallery, Art Supplies - 10 Taylor Road
Mind's Alive Toy Store - 68 Mantiboa Street
Signatures Eatery - 16 Manitoba Street
Heather's Home Health Care - 169 Manitoba Street
Bracebridge Centre for Active Living - 54 Dominion Street '
Bracebridge is affectionately known as 'The Heart Of Muskoka', and for good reason. Come for the Fire and Ice Festival and stay for our local businesses, natural northern landscape, and plentiful outdoor and indoor recreation!
How big must you be in order to ride the tube run?
In order to ride the downtown tube run, you:
Must be at least 38 inches tall
Must be able to ride alone (There are absolutely NO double riders allowed)
Must be able to pull and carry your tube to the top of the hill
For those smaller children, there is a tube slide provided by Ski Snow Valley that is located on Manitoba St, closer to Memorial Park.
How much is admission?
Your ticket to all day fun and adventure is only $5.00 per person! Children 5 and under are free but must still obtain their ticket, either ahead of time, or the day of the event.
What do I get with my admission?
Admission is required to enjoy the festival, including rides down the tube run. This admission allows you to enjoy almost all of the activities, shows, and to walk through the festival area.
Some activities and vendors do charge an additional fee. These 'extra fee' activities are all marked on the event program to avoid any surprises.
Can we purchase our tickets online or ahead of time?
At this time we do not offer online sales of the event tickets. However, for those local to Bracebridge, we do offer several locations within downtown Bracebridge where you can pre-purchase your tickets to avoid the lines.
Please know the tickets are cash only. Pre-sale tickets are available as of December 15, 2018
What is the best time of day to attend?
Generally speaking, the busiest time for the festival is from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. We encourage visitors who do not like crowds to visit earlier, starting at 9:00 am or later, after 4:00 pm.
The event will run from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, leaving you lots of time to enjoy all that Fire and Ice has to offer.
Are dogs allowed at the festival? What about service animals?
We would recommend that man's best friend stays home the day of the festival as it can be very crowded at the event. However, if you must bring them they are welcome. Please have them leashed and remember to pick up any of their waste.
Service animals are allowed within interior spaces with proof of service animal registration.
When does Memorial Park Winter Village open?
This activity is weather dependent. The skating trail is expected to be open mid-January until mid-March. Visitors are encouraged to bring your skates for the festival.
New this year, is a crokicurl rink located at the northern corner of Memorial Park. Skates are not needed to play crokicurl.
Parking at the Festival
Downtown Bracebridge offers over 500 spaces in 6 parking lots that are within walking distance to the festival. These spaces fill early and you may expect longer wait times to find a spot within the downtown core.
To make it easier to enjoy Fire and Ice, we are now offering free shuttle service from several convenient parking lots within Bracebridge. Park and take the free shuttle to the festival. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 9:00 am - 7:30 pm. Please visit our 'Getting Here' page for additional parking and shuttle information.
**Safety is our number one concern. Please ensure you are parking in designated areas and that you adhere to the no parking signs in and around the festival. This ensures our police, fire and ambulance can move around the town.**
We do our best to make the festival as accessible as possible for our attendees. We encourage those that require accessible parking to use the Bird Mill Mews Parking Lot, and to arrive early as these spots fill quickly. A convenient drop off space at the corner of Manitoba St and Taylor Rd will be available.