Gravenhurst Winter Carnival returns

The Gravenhurst Winter Carnival returns Feb. 15 to 18 with fun events at various locations.

“The carnival is a great opportunity for us to come together during Family Day weekend and celebrate this beautiful place we call our home,” Mayor Heidi Lorenz said. “On behalf of council, I want to welcome everyone to the carnival. I also want to recognize our staff, volunteers, and the different community organizations and businesses for the integral role they have played in making the carnival happen.”

For complete carnival details, visit the town’s Gravenhurst Winter Carnival website. Information is also available on the town’s carnival Facebook page and the carnival Instagram page.

“The carnival includes lots of exciting activities, family fun, and plenty of ways to beat the winter blues,” said Jennifer Harris-Lowe, the town’s community recreation coordinator. 

Event highlights include the following:

  • Ignite Gravenhurst Speaker Series at the Gravenhurst Opera House at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.
  • Skokie’s Birthday Party (pizza and cake) at the Terry Fox Auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.
  • Opening Ceremonies with Skate Muskoka and Muskoka Royals at the Graeme Murray Arena from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.
  • Open Skate at the Graeme Murray Arena from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.
  • The Gravenhurst Lions Club’s All You Can Eat Breakfast at the Gravenhurst Opera House from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.
  • Skokie’s Downtown Carnival on Muskoka Rd. S., between Sharpe and Bay, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Doggy Dash, vendors, fire pits, nail driving, log sawing, food trucks, face painting, live music, plus much more.
  • Fireworks at Muskoka Wharf at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.
  • Skokie’s Margaritaville Dance at Sawdust City Brewing Company at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.
  • Skokie’s Gull Lake Carnival (at Gull Lake Park) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. Polar dip, Skokie’s Funland, snow yoga, vendors and more.
  • Demolition Derby at Severn Bridge Fairgrounds from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

A Gravenhurst Winter Carnival button is required to access all events. Buttons cost $10 for ages 13 or older, $5 for ages six to 12, and are free for younger children. Buttons are available at the following locations:

  • Centennial Centre
  • Gravenhurst Opera House
  • Gravenhurst Home Hardware
  • Town of Gravenhurst municipal office
  • Sawdust City Brewing Company
  • Service Ontario
  • Carnival events – cash only.


For more information, contact:

Mike Gennings

Communications Specialist

705-687-3412, ext. 2239