There's a cool new way enjoy winter this year... and stay warm at the same time!

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The Cochrane Winter Carnival in northern Ontario is held in celebration of the winter season. Several people from the surrounding area (Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins) make their way to Cochrane every year to join in on the festivities. The carnival hosts several fun activities for the town, including a curling tournament, a wing-eating competition, a Frozen Fairytale Ball, an ice fishing derby, pond hockey games, a polar bear dip, snow sculpture tours and much more.

But the main highlight of the carnival is a glorious, annual torchlight parade that lights up the entire town. Participants are all handed a lit-up wooden torch (made of Christmas trees from the previous year) by volunteer firefighters and they all proceed to walk to the nearby Lake Commando. In effect, the parade looks like a beautiful "river of light", flowing through the town. The parade terminates at a massive bonfire that is about two stories high and spans up to two garages wide. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and fireworks are enjoyed by the bonfire for the remainder of the evening.

Photo cred - cochranewintercarnival

This year, the Cochrane Winter Festival will take place on February 10th and will run until the 20th. See the official website for more details.

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