Fireworks and live music kick off event Friday, writes Doug Leroux

We have an exciting weekend coming up as Penetanguishene presents the longest-running winter carnival in Ontario. Winterama promises to be bigger and better, with many events planned to entertain young and old alike.

The warmth and welcoming hospitality of the 71st Winterama is felt throughout our town. Former residents often come home to celebrate and participate in this long-standing winter tradition. A $3 souvenir button is a passport to every event.

The event kicks off Friday at the Discovery Harbour Skate Trail, with a fireworks display at 8 p.m. There will also be live music, ice carvings, a wagon shuttle, snowshoeing, tubing and much more. I invite everyone to come and experience our small-town Winterama hospitality.

On Saturday morning, enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Wing House. Following the parade at 11 a.m., many activities are taking place at the town dock, such as the Polar Plunge, demolition derby, ice fishing and much more.

On Sunday, the fun continues with the Rotoract Cardboard Toboggan Races at the Sand Pit, kids’ indoor zones at the Brian Orser Hall and a free family skate.

There is an outdoor beverage garden and the licensed Georgian Queen to warm up. The museum has an arts and craft show, Crock Curling and its traditional pea soup and chili. You can warm up in any local restaurant and experience the local hospitality and fare.

Visit for a complete schedule.