At the end of February every year, Uptown Waterloo becomes busier than usual with the return of Winterloo! What used to be known as the Ice Dog Festival, Winterloo has since evolved into a winter celebration. 15+ years and counting, this is one of the best winter events in Waterloo.
Want to let loose, enjoy some brews and check out some fabulous ice carving? Or would you rather use your hands and do some fun crafts? What about lunch and a movie? If any or all of these things sound exciting to you, then you have to visit Winterloo! There’s even more where that came from – and the best part? It’s FREE! This is thanks to not only to the City of Waterloo but their numerous sponsors. Not sure exactly what to check out at Winterloo? Maybe my list will help you out!
Winterloo’s Ice Carvings Competition
Catch some amazing artists as they make ice their own. Representing various schools and groups within Southern Ontario, your mind will be blown as you watch their creations unfold. Have you ever seen someone make art with a chainsaw? It’s quite the sight, especially with something as fragile as ice!
Date Night Skate Night
Strap on your skates and hit the ice in Uptown Waterloo with your main squeeze. Arm in arm with the snow falling around you… oh how dreamy! When you lovebirds start to get chilly, indulge in some hot beverages to warm you back up.
What’s the biggest rivalry in Waterloo? Warriors versus Golden Hawks! See the two battle it out on the ice as these university hockey teams take each other on. You’ll also see Waterloo’s police crew take on the fire department on what I’m sure will be some good old-fashioned friendly competition!
One can never have too much food, and there will be some to satisfy any hunger! From a classic cup of joe to hearty eats to something to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s no way you’ll go hungry.
If there’s any dish out there that screams winter warm-up, it’s a big bowl of chili! For just $5 you can sample all of the chilis from Abe Erb, Beertown, Dana Shortt Gourmet, Taco Farm, Wildfire, Zoup, and more! See if your taste buds line up with the judges’ verdicts at Chainsaw on Saturday.
Catch a Movie
For those looking for something a little more on the warmer side, Princess Cinema is the place to be. Every year they host a movie or two for all ages – FREE! Although they’re on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to stop by an information booth to get your tickets. These are located in the Public Square, at the Heritage Centre Train Station, and the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
If you’re an artsy type, then you’re in luck because there are plenty of craft-themed activities to be had! It changes every year, so head on over to the Button Factory and the Clay and Glass Gallery to see what’s in store. One thing’s for sure though, it’s bound to be winter-themed!
Money burning a hole in your pocket? Then check out 25+ artists and vendors that will be selling a variety of art, clothing, kids toys, beauty products, and treats for both humans and dogs. Be sure to stop by the Waterloo Recreation Complex and support local companies and artists from 11am to 7pm on Saturday.
Dog Sled Rides
Yes, you read that correctly! DOG SLED RIDES! Unfortunately
for me it’s only for kids 10 and under, but you can still enjoy the company of some beautiful Malamutes in Uptown. These gentle giants love meeting new people (especially kids!) and you can even have your photo taken with them! Beware though, there will be some lines so make sure you’re bundled up while you’re waiting! Also, waivers will be required in order to take photos with the dogs, which will be available at the photo booth.
The best part? There’s even more to see and do at Winterloo 2018 so check out the full schedule online! Just keep your fingers crossed that the cold weather stays on our side otherwise some activities may be cancelled. They may still be looking for volunteers, so visit their Facebook page to find out what positions are still available. You can also find them on Twitter, and be sure to use #WinterlooPics in any photos. Who’s ready for Winterloo Waterloo 2018? I sure am!
I am in no way being paid for this post or compensated by any of the companies mentioned. I’m just sharing my two cents on the fabulous activities happening during Winterloo and all opinions are my own!