Peterborough Presents Flurry of Activity for Annual Snofest

‘Events like this keep us active and social in the winter months,’ mayor says

Snofest is in the forecast for the upcoming weekend and beyond in Peterborough.

The City presents the annual Snofest winter carnival from Jan. 19-25.

The week-long affair features a variety of free events and activities for community members of all ages.

“On behalf of the City of Peterborough, I am so glad to welcome you to the 43rd Snofest annual winter carnival,” says Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien in promotional material for the event.

“There is something for everyone at Snofest, no matter your stage in life. Events like this keep us active and social in the winter months and remind us of how valuable the time we spend together is.”

From skating and crafts to inflatable axe throwing and a pancake breakfast, there are a number of opportunities to get engaged in the community.

Snofest kicks off Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. with Snofest Family Day at The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Dr.

Citizens can join the East Peterborough Lions Club and the mayor for a free pancake breakfast. The meal will be followed by indoor and outdoor activities, crafts and games. Family Day runs until 12:30 p.m.

On Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., residents can take part in the Snofest Fun Swim.

Join others at The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre for a free swim. Take a ride down the water slide and relax in the therapy pool with jets.

Snofest Pete, courtesy of the Snofest Facebook page.

Children under age 10 must be supervised in the water by a person age 16 or older, with a max ratio of three children to one adult. Swimmers must be 42 inches tall and pass a swim test to ride the water slide.

On Jan. 21, there’s a Downtown History Walk from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Residents can join Don Willcock on a walking tour of historical sites in the downtown core. The event starts and ends at Confederation Park on George Street. Dress for the weather.

Call 705-742-7777 ext. 1873/1826 to book a spot in as space is limited. Register online under Adult Learning with the code 13762.

Meanwhile, on Jan. 22 from noon to 1 p.m., gather at City Hall at 500 George St., for the Snofest Lunchtime Winter Walk.

Take a winter stroll with friends in the fresh air.

Meet outside the front doors of City Hall. The route meanders along the London Street footbridge to Rotary and back. Participants can choose to walk two or four kilometres and are asked to dress for the weather.

Next, experience being a lumberjack on Jan 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during the Snofest Lumberjack Bash at 201 McDonnel St.

The Downtown Youth Space hosts the family-friendly event during which participants can wear their best plaid and join others in the lower level gymnasium at Peterborough Alternative Continuing Education (PACE) at PCVS.

The event features inflatable axe throwing, interactive Dohjo Mauy Thai kickboxing demonstrations, floor hockey and a lumberjack photo booth.

On Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. there’s the Snofest Art Mingle.

Gather at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP), 250 Crescent St., for a guided tour of exhibitions including artwork by contemporary artist, Francisco-Fernando Granados, and Canadian icon Jack Bush.

Participants will get a rare opportunity to go inside the AGP vault, partake in a studio art-making experience, enjoy refreshments and check out the gallery shop.

Next up is Snofest Word on the Hill, occurring on Jan. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gather at 300 Hunter St. for an afternoon of fellowship and a presentation called “An unconventional Lock: The Story of Lock 19, Scott’s Mills” by local historian Dennis Carter Edwards.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Finally, the Snofest Family Skate is on Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, 151 Lansdowne St.

Join Snofest Pete and Roger for a free public skate. The event also features popcorn, hot chocolate and face painting courtesy of Fleming College students.

The Peterborough District Hall of Fame will be open and boasts more than 10,000 items and artifacts dating back to the mid-1800s.

Peterborough Fire Services will stop by for participants to get an up-close look at a fire truck.

Check out the Snofest website for additional information about the carnival.

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