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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get "winter active" in Orillia: Winter Carnival time

(News Release)

Saturday, March 1 – Sunday, March 2, 2014

Don’t let the harsh winter win; get up, go out and get Winter Active with the City of Orillia this weekend.

The City’s annual Winter Active events run from Saturday, March 1 to Sunday, March 2 and coincides with the Orillia Winter Carnival and the Ontario Winter Games.

“Although picturesque from the window, this winter has certainly been challenging for all Orillians, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside and make the most of it,” said Mayor Angelo Orsi.

“Winter Active is a great weekend for the entire family and showcases just how fun winter can be.”
All events associated with Winter Active are free.

Cardboard Box Toboggan Race
Saturday March 1
Couchiching Golf Course toboggan hill
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Registration begins 9 a.m.)
Arrive at the hill by 9 a.m. to get your toboggan registered. Races will begin as soon as all of the toboggans are registered. Get creative with the design of your toboggan and don't forget to challenge your neighbours, friends or co-workers to come up with a better design than yours.

Entries may be made as individuals or as a team. All toboggans must be made primarily of cardboard. Additional items may be used on the underside of the toboggan; however, a traditional sled may not be attached (i.e. you cannot use a crazy carpet as the base). Acceptable materials include: duct tape, tin foil, shower curtains, garbage bags, etc. To clarify acceptable materials, contact the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 705-329-7250.

Helmets must be worn by everyone riding on the toboggan.
Awards will be handed out for: fastest toboggan, furthest distance travelled, most creative design, largest toboggan, most spectacular wipeout, and best overall design.

Snow Volleyball Tournament
Saturday March 1
J.B. Tudhope Park
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Put together a team and come out to J.B. Tudhope Park to participate in the annual snow volleyball tournament. This event is perfect for a team of co-workers, classmates, friends or family. Remember, all teams must be co-ed, up to six players playing at a time, and you must have a minimum of two female players playing at all times.

Games will be played on the beach volleyball courts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teams can register on-site by the courts at the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Drop-In Pond Hockey (ages 13-16)
Saturday March 1
Brian Orser Arena
7:50 – 9 p.m.
Drop-in and play a game of pond hockey at Brian Orser Arena on Saturday night. Game length is one hour.

Drop-In Learn to Curl
Sunday March 2
Barnfield Point Recreation Centre
6 – 8 p.m.
Learn how to curl from the experts at Barnfield Point Recreation Centre.
Due to weather conditions, some Winter Active activities could be cancelled. Visit www.orillia.ca for up-to-date information.

The City of Orillia is partnering with the Orillia Winter Carnival to offer these great winter events on the same weekend as the carnival. Make sure to also stop by Couchiching Beach Park for Orillia Winter Carnival events including a pancake breakfast, midway, kiddie curling, horse and sleigh rides, snow sculptures and more. Don’t miss the much-anticipated Polar Bear Dip into icy Lake Couchiching on Sunday March 2 at 2 p.m.

The City of Orillia is a city of 30,586 people in the heart of Central Ontario on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.


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