January 28, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

 This inaugural winter celebration is presented by Explore our Lakes, a project of the Municipality of Dysart et al.

 Join us for a “very cool” fun filled family event!

Come watch an ice sculpture hard at work - photo courtesy of Barrie Martin.

Come and see renown ice sculptor, Icechuk Charlie, carve a masterpiece – photo courtesy of Barrie Martin.

 Activities will take place in and around the West Guilford Community Centre throughout the day including:

  • Ice Safety Information sessions*
  • Ice Climbing* – get high at Medeba
  • Ice fishing – it’s catching on!
  • Skating – on the outdoor rink
  • Ice sculpture demonstration
  • Hot lunch* – chilli (vegetarian option), sandwiches, hot chocolate & cookies
  • Ecology of ice/lakes in winter
  • Ice crafts and play for kids
  • Ice Movies – There is Something in the Water, Frozen and more
  • Broomball on the outdoor rink – BYOT (bring your own team!)
  • Snow tagging – the latest snowshoe craze in Canadian National Parks!
  • * – $

See the Hardwater Festival Schedule for the timing and location of the above events.  Open the HWF Program for a detailed description of the activities and events.

Working and playing on ice.  Photo courtesy of Barrie Martin.

Working and playing on ice.

Ice Safety Awareness*

This 1 hour Ice Safety Awareness Session is presented with an emphasis on assessment and “being safe” while working/playing around, or on frozen bodies of water. The objective of the session is to give   people practical, observational skills to determine safe versus non‐safe ice coverings. Some topics covered will be hazards to look for before crossing an ice surface, ice thickness and types of ice. Sessions will be led by Sabrina Cook and Emily Jackson of Highlands Wilderness Training Institute, a company that specializes in training relating to Wilderness Remote Location Medicine  Survival & Wilderness Occupational Health & Safety Topics.

* Ice Climbing – $10 per person.  Minimum age is 14.  Limited number of spaces available.  Pre-registration is required.  Please register here.  In addition please print and sign the medeba-adventure-activity-wavier and bring it with you on January 28 to Medeba.

Ice climbing at Medeba.

Ice climbing at Medeba. Photo Courtesy of Ted Smith.

The organizers of the Hardwater Festival would appreciate knowing how many people to expect on January 28.  Please take a moment to fill out the Hardwater Festival registration form.

This event has been made possible through the generous support of:

  • Abbey Gardens
  • Explore Our Lakes Committee
  • Glenside Ecological Services
  • Highlands Wilderness Training Institute
  • Hyland Ice
  • Medeba
  • Municipality of Dysart et al
  • Province of Ontario
  • Right Brained Mom
  • Sticks and Stones Media
  • West Guilford Community Centre Management Committee
  • Yours Outdoors


And the efforts of the following individuals:

  • Andrea Mueller
  • Barrie Martin
  • Brandon Jarvis
  • Curtis Jacyshyn
  • Emily Jackson
  • Gerry Moraal
  • John Etches
  • Kate Hall
  • Kindra Harris
  • Kyrie Stoll
  • Mark Robinson
  • Marlene Maxwell
  • Michelle Delaire
  • Patricia Martin
  • Ronald Lange
  • Sabrina Cook
  • Sarah Bell
  • Sarah Langeman
  • Steve Moraal
  • Tamara Wilbee
  • Trish Hewitt
  • Tammy Rea

Saturday, January 28 is a busy day in Haliburton County.  Schedule some time to explore other events around the Municipality:

2017 Winter Sleddog World Championship – Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships – Pondemonium

Homemade Stew IV – a celebration of local musicians presented by the Haliburton Folk Society at the Norther Lights Pavilion