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Date(s) - 2 Feb 2019 until 3 Feb 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Participation in the Winter Carnival has become a tradition for members of the Richmond Hill Camera Club. You are invited to join in the fun and festivities again this year.

The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival is a weekend of affordable fun and entertainment organized by volunteers to celebrate the community of Richmond Hill in a welcoming atmosphere. The Richmond Hill Camera Club has been attending and supporting this event for many years, and we hope you get a chance to join the fun. The opportunities for interesting photography are excellent. We are also looking for members to volunteer taking photos of visitors with the carnival mascot, “Ookpik”.

Bring your camera to capture the action and enter your best images in the photo contest. Click here for details.

Bring your family and friends and be prepared to have fun!

Dress in layers with appropriate winter boots, gloves and toque, so that you stay warm all day!


While there is no admission fee, organizers of the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival would appreciate you purchasing a $2 Carnival button. When you purchase a Carnival Button you are entered in a draw to win one of many great prizes. Each Button has a unique number and on Carnival Sunday we draw for prizes. Winning numbers are published on the Carnival website. Additionally, just by wearing a Carnival button you will have the opportunity to win a random spot prize while at The Carnival.


Please register on our website. If members want to meet up, let’s meet at the inside of the carnival tent at 12:30 both days.


This event is held at Mill Pond Park (314 Mill St, Richmond Hill)


There is very limited street parking near Mill Pond. We encourage you to take the provided Shuttle Buses. If you absolutely must drive, there is free parking in the York Central Hospital parking lot on the East side of Trench Street, but parking fees apply for the West side. Some additional parking may be available at the following locations (however these fill up quickly):

  • Alexander Mackenzie High School
  • Pleasantville Public school – Sunday only

If you choose to park on the street, please be courteous to your neighbours and don’t block intersections or driveways. Town Bylaw officers will be patrolling. Free parking is available at the pick-up locations listed above. Please check the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Website for more details on parking and shuttles.

Schedule for Saturday, February 2, 2019

10:00am to 4:30pm War of 1812 Re-enactment Group
10:00am to 2:00pm Try curling on the pond
10:30am One Man Band (Kevin Foster)
10:30am to 4:30pm Wood Carver Frank Vandermey
11:00am to 4:00pm Viking Village
11:30am The Lou Moore Band
11:30am to 12:30pm Get your picture taken with Ookpik (carnival mascot)
11:30am Woofjocks Canine All Stars
12:30pm Carnival Welcome Ceremony
12:45pm Elementary School Hockey Medal Presentation
1:00pm The Lou Moore Band
1:30pm Wing Eating Contest
1:30pm Woofjocks Canine All Stars
2:00pm Big Foot Race
2:00pm to 3:00pm Get your picture taken with Ookpik (carnival mascot)
2:30pm Falconry Demonstration
3:30pm The Stacey Renee Band
3:30pm Woofjocks Canine All Stars
5:00pm to 9:00pm Craft Beer Tasting
5:00pm to 8:00pm Road Hockey Tournament

Schedule for Sunday, February 3, 2019

9:00am to Noon Pancake Breakfast 10:00 Circus Jonathan
10:00am to 4:30pm War of 1812 Re-enactment Group
10:00am to 4:00pm Toronto Region Conservation Authority
10:00am to 2:00pm Try curling on the pond
10:30am to 4:30pm Wood Carver Frank Vandermey
11:00am to 4:00pm Viking Village
11:00am The Black Dog Ballroom Band
11:30am to 12:30pm Get your picture taken with Ookpik (carnival mascot)
11:30am Woofjocks Canine All Stars Noon Circus Jonathan
1:00pm The Blackdog Ballroom Band
1:30pm Woofjocks Canine All Stars
2:00pm Falconry Demonstration
2:00pm to 3:00pm Get your picture taken with Ookpik (carnival mascot)
3:00pm Big Foot Race
3:30pm Woofjocks Canine All Stars
4:00pm Dog Trick Show Featuring Your Dog
5:00pm Carnival Button Draw


Philip Wong – cell phone (647) 857-4522

10 Fun Facts About the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival

Fun Fact #1

1969, the first year of the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, was also the year that the Beatles begin recording the Abbey Road album, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as US president and Niagara Falls was dry for six months when US engineers rerouted the river to make repairs required due to two large rockfalls.

Fun Fact #2

Ookpik, the Winter Carnival’s mythical owl mascot, has been the Carnival’s mascot ever since 1970. He has appeared on every Winter Carnival button since then. Additionally, Ookpik can be found dropping the opening puck at various games at the Elementary School Hockey Tournament, visiting elementary schools in connection with the Elementary School Colouring Contest and cavorting around the Mill Pond throughout the Winter Carnival weekend.

Fun Fact #3

The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Elementary School Hockey Tournament, which runs for two weeks before the Carnival weekend, has held the Junior and Senior Finals on the Mill Pond on the Saturday of Carnival every year that Mother Nature gives us enough ice. In 2018, we switched to having the Semi-Finals and Finals held in arenas right before Carnival, with medals presented on Carnival Saturday. Some of the participants in this year’s Tournament have parents who played in the Tournament when they were in elementary school!

Fun Fact #4

The Sunday morning World Famous Winter Carnival Pancake Breakfast attracts almost 1000 hardy souls to the Main Tent every year … that’s a lot of pancakes cooked up by the Richmond Hill Progress Club every year. Some of the grandparents who now attend the Pancake Breakfast starting coming when their own children were just toddlers… those pancakes must be something else!

Fun Fact #5

For over 20 years, the High Times Skydivers were jumping out of planes and amazing us as they swooped down and land on the Mill Pond twice on Carnival Saturday and twice on Carnival Sunday (weather permitting). There were only a handful of places where you could see skydivers coming down in the winter, and almost none of them allow you the experience of having the skydivers come down right over the crowd and on to the ice as they did at the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival.

Fun Fact #6

The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Pond Hockey Tournament was a long and proud tradition of “hockey as it was once played”. There were no face-off circles. In fact there were few stoppages in play, except when goals were scored, the puck got out of bounds or a player was called for an infraction. There were no goalies, leaving the job of protecting the 6′ by 8′′ nets up to the defense. It all added up to an exceptionally exciting brand of hockey! In 2018, we introduced Adult Road Hockey as an off-ice alternative. Fun Fact #7

The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Elementary School Colouring Contest now involves students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 representing 42+ schools in Richmond Hill. Last year over 10,000 Colouring Contest entry forms were distributed, 2,200 completed Colouring Contest entries were submitted and over 20 students were awarded prizes and certificates for their winning entries. This year we expect to receive over 2,500 entries!

Fun Fact #8

The Bed Races on the Mill Pond were a long standing tradition at Winter Carnival. Four people to push and one to ride …. how hard could it be? Over the years, a major rivalry had grown up between the Richmond Hill Fire Fighters and York Regional Police… with the St. John’s Ambulance First Responders nipping at their heels! While this was indeed a fun event, in honour of introducing new events and activities, the Bed Races will not be continued. We will have fond memories of our community heroes competing during the Bed Races.

Fun Fact #9

No one is quite sure how many years the Lou Moore Band has headlined on the Main Stage at the Winter Carnival… but it has been more than a few. Lou and his band are local favourites and you can almost always count on a few folks dancing in front of the stage when Lou and the band get rocking. As part of a full program of entertainment on the Main Stage, The Lou Moore Band represents a solid link to both our Carnival past and future.

Fun Fact #10

For many years, the Sub-tonic Monks Zoosemobile had been a Winter Carnival fixture on the Mill Pond (or on Mill Street when Mother Nature forgets to give us ice), filling space and time.

with a cacophony of sound. The Zoosemobile was an interactive drum sculpture that is entirely made of recycled materials. Phil Sarazen was the mastermind behind the design and creation of this welded metal moving drum machine. Weighing over a ton it is still whimsical and floats along capturing audiences of all ages. Like the Bed Races, this event was retired in 2018 to make room for other exciting events and activities.


50 spaces, 47 still available

Registration is closed for this event.

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