Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

GRAVENHURST — Ignite and unite was the theme of last night’s Gravenhurst Winter Carnival kick-off.

Carnival chair and keynote speaker Steve Mulock invited everyone to enjoy 50 events that mark the 50th year of Skokie and friends.

The 18 speakers at the Ignite 4.0 event talked about what inspired them in life and in living Muskoka’s Gateway community.

And if their messages of hope are any indication of what’s ahead these next three days, outdoor lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the venerable old frozen fete begins Friday and continues into Family Day Monday.

The big days are Saturday and Sunday on the main street, which will be closed 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Bay Street to Phillip Street for nail-driving, donut eating, bed races and more.

There’s also Gull Lake Rotary Park, which will include snow sculptures and the polar-dip at noon.

But the biggest new event are the Muskoka Wharf, where there’s a lumberjack show Saturday and something called a “stroller races” Sunday morning.

For other events, see the full schedule online below at:


Carnival chair Steve Mulock invited the audience at the Ignite talks last night to join the fun at the 50th anniversary frozen fete.