For the 13th year, PolarFest is taking place in Selwyn Township this winter. If you don’t know, PolarFest is a 3-day festival filled with lots of fun winter activities, all of which are perfect for the whole family. All the events for PolarFest take place in Selwyn Township (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield).
The Kawartha Chamber is a proud Community Sponsor!
Friday, February 1st (PA Day)
Snowman Challenge Begins
If you think you can build the best snowman in Selwyn Township, then there is a contest for you! Make sure your snowman is ready for PolarFest weekend and take a picture of your awesome snowman and upload to Facebook, be sure add #snowmanchallenge #polarfest to your post. Don’t have Facebook? No problem, email photo to firstname.lastname@example.org A prize will be awarded for the best, most creative snowman! Taking place from February 1st-3rd.
Youth Shinny – 9am-12pm, February 1st
With February 1st being a PA Day, get your kids involved in PolarFest! A Youth Shinny will be taking place from 9am – 12pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The entry fee is $5 per person and full equipment is mandatory.
There are three games taking place:
- 9 am -10 am for ages 8 & under (Novice & Tyke)
- 10 am -11 am ages 9 to 11 (Atom & Peewee)
- 11 am -12 noon ages 12 & over (Bantam & Midget)
Opening Ceremonies – 6:30pm, February 1st
The opening ceremony for 2019 PolarFest is taking place at 6:30pm at the Marshland Centre in Lakefield. Stop by to see some fireworks and help kick off the 13th Annual PolarFest!
Lakefield Trail Night Hike – 7:20pm, February 1st
After the Opening Ceremony, join the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee for the ‘Nature in Winter’ Guided Night Hike on the Lakefield Trail!
The hike begins at 7:20pm at the Marshland Centre with Derek & Sheila Potter leading the hike and exploring local wildlife. There will be lots of educational fun, stories and games. The hike will return to the beach for a toasty campfire with campfire songs with the Girl Guides, roasting marshmallows and hot apple cider. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game – 7pm, February 1st
If a night hike isn’t what you’re after, a charity hockey game (Guns and Hoses) will also be taking place at 7pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The game is between the police (‘Guns’) and Selwyn Firefighters (‘Hoses’).
Entry is $2 at the gate. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Funds raised will go to Victims Services of Peterborough Northumberland.
Saturday, February 2nd
Causeway Christian Assembly Free Pancake Breakfast – 9am, February 2nd
Start your Saturday off with a Free Pancake Breakfast at 9am at the Causeway Christian Assembly (1307 Yankee Line) in Ennismore.
Ice Sculpture Competition – 10am-4pm, February 2nd
Lakefield is celebrating its 15th anniversary of spectacular ice sculptures with a Ice Sculpture Competition from 10am – 4pm at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield. This years theme is Mythical Woodland Creatures! You can bring your children out to the event to enjoy crafting statues out of ice provided in the ice garden.
There will also be an opportunity for you to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be taking place at 5pm at the Thirsty Loon. If you hang on to your ballot stub, it’s a valuable discount coupon.
There will also be face painting offered from 12-4pm at Cenotaph Park, which is brought to you by the students at Oxford College!
Some of the Ice Carvings from PolarFest 2017
RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 2nd
PolarFest has it all – even hot air balloon rides! Stop by Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield at around 11:00am to view the area from the sky in a hot air balloon. The air balloon will be tethered and the event is conditional on the weather (must be a calm day with no wind). If there is any wind, the balloon will not be onsite.
Ice Sculptures – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd
Stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm to see some chainsaw ice carvings by the Ice People. Carvings will be on display at Heritage Park.
Polar Run – 11am, February 2nd
If you enjoy running, consider taking part in the 5k Polar RUN. The run starts and finishes at The Village Inn in Lakefield. Sign in for the run at 10:30am. The run starts at 11am.
The run will take you through the village, out and back on the Lakefield Trail for a total of 5km. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. The Polar Run is an old fashioned 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall for men and women (no chip timing). Awards ceremony and free post-race refreshments will follow.
Proceeds from the Polar RUN will support Athletics Ontario and Legion Track Club: Peterborough Legion Track.
Little Chippers – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd
If you have kids who love to get creative, stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm for some ice sculpture building! Little Chippers gives kids the opportunity to get creative with ice and can build their own ice sculptures. Ice People will be on hand to offer instructions.
Free Public Skating – 12pm to 1pm, February 2nd
Stop by the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre for some public skating from 12 – 1 pm. This public skating is sponsored by Craftworks at the Barn!
Nordic Day – 12pm to 3pm, February 2nd
Stop by the Ontario Speed Skating Oval Lakefield from 12pm – 3pm to take in the great outdoors and experience a day of Nordic sports! Adventure Outfitters will be at the Speed Skating Oval with a selection of cross country skis and snowshoes. It’ll be a great opportunity to try some speed skating or take a trip around the oval property on groomed trails!
Library Lego Play – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd
Planning on stopping by Cenotaph Park in Lakefield to see the ice sculptures? Stop by the Lakefield Library in the Centennial Room from 1-4pm to warm up! There will be LEGO and colouring for kids ages 4+.
Polar Paddle – 1pm, February 2nd
Ever wanted to see a canoe paddled down the middle of a downtown street? Don’t miss the annual Polar Paddle in Lakefield. The annual event is taking place at 1pm on Queen Street!
Take part in the Polar Paddle by registering a team or watch as teams of six push or pull canoes down Queen Street. The canoes will be on wheels and participants will be dressed in costumes.
The Polar Paddle is sponsored by the Lakefield Pantry and Township of Selwyn. For more information or to register call Jennie MacKenzie at 705-652-6062 or email: email@example.com
Polar Paddle 2017
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd
What winter festival would be complete without horse drawn sleigh rides? Stop by the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-4pm to enjoy sleigh rides & free hot chocolate.
Bridgenorth United Church Spaghetti Dinner – 5pm to 8pm, February 2nd
Having spent the day checking out all the fun PolarFest activities offered in the township, you’ll probably have built up quite the appetite. So, make sure to stop by Bridgenorth United Church for their Spaghetti Dinner from 5pm – 8pm! Not only will there be delicious spaghetti to eat, there will also be musical entertainment with guest musicians and singers. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under.
Candlelight Skate – 6pm to 9pm, February 2nd
Finish of the second day of PolarFest with a candlelight skate from 6-9pm at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval (next to the water tower in Lakefield). The 400m oval will be lite with hundreds of candles to guide you.
The skating is free. Rental speed skates will be available. You’ll want to bring a flashlight to guide you from the parking lot to the Oval rink.
Sunday, February 3rd
Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show – 10am to 3pm, February 3rd
For the 12th year, the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Club of Canada will be hosting an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 10am – 3pm. Stop by to see some cool snowmobiles! All vintage snowmobile enthusiasts are welcome to come out and display their snowmobiles. All snowmobiles welcome.
The display is sponsored in part by R.J. Brown Insurance Brokers. For more information, contact Alex Lamore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-775-0141.
Ice Sculptures on Display – 11am to 3pm, February 3rd
Some of the 2015 Polarfest Ice Sculptures on Display
Stop by either Cenotaph Park in Lakefield or Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am-3pm to see the ice sculptures on display from the weekend’s festivities.
RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 3rd
Balloon Rides are back at Rotary Park in Ennismore. Stop by around 11am to view the area from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. Event is weather permitting (must be a calm day with no wind).
Outdoor IP Exhibition Game – LDMHA versus EMHA – 1pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Come out and cheer on Ennismore Minor Hockey and Lakefield Minor Hockey as they host an outdoor exhibition game at the BEL Rotary Plunge site! Hockey game is taking place from 12pm-1pm at Rotary Park in Ennismore.
Lake Curling at Plunge Site – 12pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Want to try curling? Join the Ennismore Curling Club at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 12-2pm to try some curling on Chemong Lake. There will be curling stones ready for use. Take part in a competition to see who can get their curling stone the closest for a chance to win a prize.
Free Public Skating – 1 pm to 2pm, February 3rd
Free public skating will be offered at the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-2pm.
Polar Plunge – 2pm, February 3rd
To close of the weekend’s festivities, stop by Chemong Lake at Rotary Park in Ennismore for BEL Rotary’s 39th Annual Polar Plunge! This year’s theme is Hockey Plunge in Canada, so grab your mouth guard and your favorite jersey and get ready to plunge! The Polar Plunge will be taking place at 2pm.
If you come early to the park this day, you can take a RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon ride, try lake curling or cheer on the IP’s in an exhibition pond hockey game!
For more info on PolarFest, visit the Township of Selwyn’s website HERE.