About Us

2021 is the 6th Annual Fire and Ice Festival

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 Fire and Ice is a vibrant winter festival in the 'heart of Muskoka'. The Festival made its debut in  2016 with an effort to resurrect the winter carnival and celebrate the season. The festival falls on the last Saturday in January each year and brings over 8,000 participants to celebrate the magic of Canada's winter.   

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 The event is centered around our legendary tube run down our main street of Bracebridge. We bring in over 50 truckloads of snow to allow Fire and Ice attendees to zip down the main street of Bracebridge in a tube.

Fire and Ice brings our community together and has turned into an event that locals are proud of. Every year Fire and Ice brings over  8,000 attendees to Bracebridge downtown core. One thing is for certain this amazing festival could not be possible without all out local volunteers and business sponsors! It takes the whole community to execute Fire and Ice, from the local truck drivers volunteering their time, day of support volunteers, to our clean up crew . We are so thankful for the support Fire and Ice receives.  


The "FIRE" features include  performances by talented fire artists and a spectacular fireworks display. Warm up around the many fire pits throughout the festival and enjoy a classic Muskoka treat, roasted marshmallows or learn how to make and cook bannock on a open fire.  


The "ICE" features include our legendary downtown tube run, interactive ice displays, ice sculpture carvings, ice skating (BYOS) and the newly invented game of Crokicurl. 


Your ticket to the Fire and Ice fun is only $5 per adult/child, and FREE for kids 5 and under. Passes can be purchased ahead of time or at the entrance of the event.  Visiting from out of town? Check out our 'Stay and Play' page for great deals on local accommodations, restaurants specials and retail sales.  

Getting Here

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!

Purchase your event pass ahead of time

 Your ticket to the Fire and Ice fun is only $5 per adult/child, and FREE for kids 5 and under.     

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the following locations: 

  • Bracebridge Visitors Center - 3 Ecclestone Drive
  • Veranda's Moose Crossing - 21 Manitoba Street
  • Veranda - 22/24 Manitoba Street
  • Kala House of Colour - 26 Manitoba Street
  • Annex - Art, Shop, Food - 27 Manitoba Street
  • Unique Muskoka - 28 Manitoba Street
  • Little Black Bow Lingerie - 34 Manitoba Street
  • The Healing Room Muskoka - 40 Manitoba Street
  • Sun Chasers Swimwear - 52 Manitoba Street
  • Algonquin Outfitters - 60 Manitoba Street
  • Bliss Boutique of Muskoka - 63 Manitoba Street
  • Momma Bears Ice Cream & Sweets - 95 Manitoba Street
  • Classy Cuts by Lisa & Cathy - 97 Manitoba Street 
  • Muskoka Natural Food Market - 229 Manitoba Street
  • Bracebridge Centre for Active Living - 54 Dominion Street

Out of Town Locations: 

  • Minds Alive - Huntsville
  • Minds Alive - Gravenhurst

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 - 6:00 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.**

Accessibility

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.  

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