The City of Barrie is one of Canada's fastest growing and dynamic cities. The beach-lined waterfront overlooks Kempenfelt Bay.
Visitor Information CentresEdit
- Tourism Barrie, 205 Lakeshore Drive (in the Southshore Heritage Centre), ☎ 705-739-9444 (toll free: 1-800-668-9100, [email protected]), . Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Sunday (July & August only): 10am-4pm.. edit
Barrie’s beginnings can be traced back to the First Nations People’s use of the western shores of Kempenfelt Bay as a place of rest before travelling the portage that ran between Lake Simcoe and the Nottawasaga River to Lake Huron. The War of 1812 resulted in an increased use of the city as it played an integral role in allowing British troops and supplies to bypass the American forces at Detroit. At the war’s end, settlers arrived and took up residence at the end of the portage, beginning the traces of Barrie’s first community. The British military presence is reflected in many street names, and even in the name of the city itself in honour of British Admiral Sir Robert Barrie.
As the city of Barrie grew, it began to export local resources. Trees, nearly two hundred feet tall, were logged and shipped out, serving as masts for British ships and railway ties. In the winter months, huge blocks of ice were cut from the frozen waters of Kempenfelt Bay and shipped down to Toronto, Buffalo, and New York for refrigeration purposes. Three large storage houses enabled the blocks to be effectively stored for shipment during the summer months. Between the late 1800s and the early Twentieth Century, Barrie underwent a number of changes that contributed to its rapid growth. The long-anticipated railway connection in 1865 joined Barrie to the City of York. The building of Highway 400 in 1950, however, provided tourists’ easy access and exposure to our Beautiful City by the Bay, making Barrie the favourite for family fun in Central Ontario.
Today, Barrie stands at a population of approximately 130,000 and continues to be one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Remembering the heritage of Barrie and what led to the city’s success is the focus of some of key attractions. The Simcoe County Museum, for example, offers an exploration of the area as it once was. Pioneer buildings and a Victorian Village Street invite you to take a journey back in time. At the Base Borden Military Museum, firsthand military tanks, trucks and equipment used during World War I and II are available for viewing. The Heritage Barrie Walking Tour offers a walk along history itself and the Nine Mile Portage, which was re-opened to the public in celebration of Barrie’s sesquicentennial in 2003, does the same starting at Barrie’s Memorial Square and ending at Fort Willow Heritage Site and Conservation Area in Springwater Township.
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Summer: Summer is prime tourist season in Barrie, with long, warm days and comfortable evenings. For the beginning and end of summer, it is best to bring a light over layer for evenings and cooler days.
Fall: The fall colours in the Barrie area are second to none. Early autumn continues to be mild, but warmer clothes are needed for later in the season, as well as for cool evenings.
Winter: Winter is a spectacular time to visit Barrie, with great skiing and outdoor activities. Check out the Winter Festivals to gather together and embrace the cold!
Spring: Blooming spring flowers and warming temperatures are characteristic of spring. Bring your raincoat for April and admire the flowers in May!
Metric Conversion for WeatherEdit
Canadian weather reports are given in metric terms. Temperature is measured in degrees Celsius (C), rain in millimetres, snowfall in centimetres and wind, speed & visibility in kilometres per hour.
Celsius to FahrenheitEdit
F = Temperature C x 1.8, then add 32
0C = 32F
10C = 50F
20C = 68F
From Toronto (Approximate distance: 72km/45 miles. Travel time: 1 hour)
- Highway 400 North (most common)
- Highway 27 North (passing through Nobleton, Cookstown)
- Yonge Street North (passing through Newmarket, Bradford)
From Niagara Falls (Approximate distance: 200km/125 miles. Travel time: 2 hours, 25 mins)
- Highway 420 West to QEW, follow to Hwy 427 North to Hwy 401 East to Hwy 400 North to Barrie
From Sudbury (Approximate distance: 295km/183 miles. Travel time: 3 hours, 20 mins)
- Highway 69 South out of Sudbury, follow to the Hwy 400 Extension, follow Hwy 400 South to Barrie
There are three different bus services that can bring you to Barrie: The GO Bus, Greyhound and the Ontario Northland. Buses leave regularly for Barrie from Toronto's main stations including 610 Bay St., Yorkdale Mall and Union Station. The Barrie Bus Terminal is located in Downtown Barrie. For more information, call 705-739-1500.
By GO Train or BusEdit
24 Essa Road at Lakeshore Drive 416-869-3200 or 1-888-GETONGO (438-6646)
GO Trains run between Barrie and Toronto during weekday rush hours; GO Bus service is available all day, every day. Summer weekend GO Train service begins Saturday June 28th and goes until Sunday August 31st. Visit gotransit.com for fare information and schedules. Ride the train north to the Allandale Waterfront GO Station, just steps from Downtown Barrie.
City of Barrie Marina
Travel to Barrie through the Trent-Severn Waterway from the Orillia Narrows, approximately 35km. Transient slips are available through the city of Barrie, within walking distance to Barrie’s vibrant downtown, full of restaurants, shopping and services.
By Air and Airport ServicesEdit
'''Lake Simcoe Regional Airport''', 224 Line 7 North, Oro Station, ☎ +1 705 487-0999, . With a 6,001 ft. runway, the Lake Simcoe regional Airport services a variety of aircraft ranging from small recreational and flight training aircraft to larger corporate and commercial aircraft. edit
A variety of airport transportation services are also available for getting to Barrie from the Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
- Barrie Transit - Barrie Bus Terminal is located in Downtown Barrie. For more information, call +1 705 739 1500 or visit Barrie Transit or Barrie Bus Terminal
- Rollerblading or Walking - Barrie's beautiful waterfront is the ideal location for a stroll along the 6.7 km of paved and unpaved trails for your walking shoes or rollerblades! Visit Hiking & Walking Trails for more trails in Barrie & Area.
- Taxi - Call Barrie Taxi for all your transportation needs! Serving the City of Barrie and surrounding area with the safest and most reliable transportation. Call +1 705 721 7777 or visit Barrie Taxi today!
- Rent A Car - AVIS RENT-A-CAR. +1 705 726 6527 or http://www.avis.ca
- Barrie's Waterfront - Kempenfelt Bay. The beauty of Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe lies in the heart of Barrie. Three beaches, several parks and waterfront trails surround the bay. The gorgeous parkland offers the perfect place to sit and enjoy the summer breeze. At Centennial Beach, take advantage of the large children’s playground, beach volleyball courts and the large, supervised sandy beach which offers a great location for swimming. Restaurants and cafes are only a walk away from this family-oriented beach. Quieter beaches are also featured on Kempenfelt Bay, including Johnson’s Beach or Minet’s Point Beach. The waterfront trail along Kempenfelt Bay offers an approximate 6.7 kilometres of a mostly flat, paved trail. Along the trail, find the recognizable spirit catcher and children’s splash pad in Heritage Park. Access to the trail is available anywhere along Barrie’s Lakefront parks or Tourism Barrie’s destination on Lakeshore Drive. edit
- Hiking/Walking Trails and Tours. Barrie offers a variety of hiking and walking trails which you can make use of to your own desire. Heritage Barrie offers self-guided walking tours which point out stylish nineteenth and early twentieth century homes, businesses and landmarks along Barrie’s streetscapes. Trails are not only offered in the city but throughout the greater Barrie area as well. Sunnidale Park, the Waterfront Trail along Kempenfelt Bay, Ardagh Bluffs, the Nine Mile Portage, Bayshore Ridge and Wilkins Walk all provide great walking and/or hiking trails within the city. Just outside of Barrie and throughout Simcoe County, find wonderful trails within the Copeland Forest, Fort Willow, the Ganaraska Trail, Minesing Wetlands, the North Simcoe Rail Trail, the Tiffin Centre, and the Oro Medonte Rail Trail. edit
- Galleries and Museums. Barrie provides art and culture to tourists through a variety of festivals, live theatre, art exhibits and museums. Many museums, local galleries and framing stores will prove to you that Barrie’s art community is dynamic and vibrant. The MacLaren Art Centre is located in the heart of the historic downtown Barrie. The iconic Spirit Catcher, part of the MacLaren Art Centre’s collection, that watches over Kempenfelt Bay is a prominent landmark and photo opportunity. In the fall, Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour is a self-tour of the studios of Ontario’s finest artists and craftspeople. Barrie & Area also offers a glimpse of the past through great museums and historical parks. The rich history of the area can be learned in a fun and interactive manner that the whole family can enjoy! Starting in downtown Barrie, find the Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum and not far is the Base Borden Military Museum. Further north, the Simcoe County Museum is a must-see destination. edit
- Fall Colours. Barrie is the best place to be from the start of September to the end of October. From gold to crimson, the beautiful colours of fall on the glittering waters of Lake Simcoe make Barrie the premium destination for experiencing the magnificent change of seasons. A drive through the country or a sunset on a fall day in Barrie is a sight that can’t be missed. Take a scenic tour of local farms, horseback riding trails, and hiking and walking trails to embrace the outstanding autumn atmosphere that Barrie has to offer. edit
- Live Theatre. Experience outdoor plays throughout the summer in the beautiful Heritage Park or exciting performances from one of the many theatres within the Barrie area. The Georgian Theatre, the Mady Centre for Performing Arts and the South Simcoe Theatre each offer a professional arts facility in which professional and amateur theatre productions, concerts, dances and more are hosted. From Broadway musicals to concerts and comedy, exciting performances await in Barrie! edit
- Parks. Barrie is home to over 300 hectares of park space that await family picnics, games of Frisbee and leisurely walks. Barrie’s waterfront parks make for the perfect picnic location. The off-leash dog area in Sunnidale Park as well as several skateboard parks provides great fun for every single family member! Nearly all parks in Barrie feature playground equipment as well as great trails and beautiful scenery. edit
In the summer, spring and fall, Barrie's beautifully landscaped lakefront parks are a popular destination for all visitors seeking a break from their every day life. These parks include walking and bicycle trails, beautiful scenery, and three public beaches.
In the winter months, Barrie is within easy reach of many of Ontario's major ski resorts. It is recommended for visitors to the area to visit at least one of these to enjoy some of the area's most popular winter activities during their stay. For those who prefer a less expensive alternative, Sunnidale Park has a great toboggan hill and there is a public skating rink at City Hall which includes a heated change-room and washroom facilities.
- Watercraft Adventures. Barrie’s great location on Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe and Little Lake provides visitors with spectacular offshore activities. Head out on the water and enjoy all that Barrie has to offer including paddleboard, canoe and boat rentals as well as tubes, water skis and wakeboard rentals. Diverse Rentals, located north of Barrie, also offers snowmobile rentals in the winter season. edit
- Cycling. Barrie has hundreds of kilometres of cycling trails to offer, including the waterfront trail which is the perfect length and surrounded by several fine downtown restaurants. For a more challenging ride, indulge in the serenity of nature offered by Hardwood Ski & Bike, Horseshoe Resort, and Wye Marsh. Along with these locations, Born to Ride Bicycle provides bike rentals and the option of guided cycling tours along waterfronts, country roads, rail trails and forest trails. Enjoy a quiet ride or a cycling adventure with the whole family! edit
- Outdoor Adventures. The great outdoors in the beautiful city of Barrie provides exhilarating experiences. Just north of Barrie, Horseshoe Resort is a great destination for a variety of adventures. Between Segway rides, Hummer tours, Yamaha Riding tours, snow tubing and the adventure park, Horseshoe Resort has outdoor experiences for the entire family. For more outdoor experiences, visit Rounds Ranch which has over 18 different attractions, and the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre to explore nature up close. edit
- Canopy Tours. The great outdoors of Barrie, Ontario can be experienced from up above! Uniquely wonderful area attractions offer treetop trekking and zip lining. At Horseshoe Resort, the Treetop Trekking experience offers Ontario’s original zip line aerial park and outstanding views that can’t be missed. For an adrenaline rush, the Thunderbird Twin Zip Adventure can be found at Scenic Caves in Collingwood. Soar from the 50ft tower over the Escarpment for half a mile with a friend. Scenic Caves also offers treetop walking and zip cable gliding 40 feet above the ground. edit
- Skiing and Snowboarding. Barrie is the perfect destination for a winter full of skiing and snowboarding. Situated in a natural snow belt and blessed with lake effect snowfalls, the Barrie area receives approximately 100 inches of snow per year. State-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming facilities make for powder-perfect Alpine and Nordic conditions all winter long. With the most runs in Ontario and hundreds of kilometres of trails to explore, Horseshoe Resort, Snow Valley Ski Resort, and Mount St. Louis Moonstone offer alpine ski runs which are great for the adventure-seeker as well as new skiers and families, and Hardwood Ski & Bike, Horseshoe Resort, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, and Scenic Caves Nordic Adventures offer gently rolling trails through picturesque forests of pine and hardwood. edit
- Snowshoeing. Make tracks of your own in Barrie! Venture onto pristine, ungroomed trails with your own or rental snowshoes at Hardwood Ski & Bike, Snow Valley Ski Resort, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Hardwood Ski & Bike, Scenic Caves, or Horseshoe Resort. Trails are available for both beginners and those looking for a challenge. edit
- Horseback Riding. Get closer to nature in the countryside for an afternoon filled with fun, fresh air, and exercise. Rainbow Valley Riding Centre offers guided trail rides through the serene forests of Rainbow Valley. All levels of experience, age, and sizes are welcome. edit
- Boating and Boat Cruises. Barrie is the perfect destination for recreational boating with the ideal location on Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe. Barrie offers transient docking as well as two public boat launches. The City of Barrie Marina is surrounded by many other private marinas. From the waterfront, boaters can venture on-land to enjoy Barrie’s vibrant downtown, full of restaurants, shopping and services all within walking distance. Rent boats from Diverse Rental Company in Midland or Without a Paddle in Barrie. Midland Tours offers the ability for anyone and everyone to spend their afternoons and evenings on the water. Midland Tours features the Miss Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises on Muskoka-Georgian Bay and the Serendipity Princess Barrie Boat Cruises on Kempenfelt Bay where seeing the sights and enjoying a meal on the water simultaneously is something to rave about. edit
- Fishing. Barrie makes it easy to make fishing part of any summer or winter plans! Kempenfelt Bay is home to Perch, Bass, Whitefish, Walleye, and Lake Trout. Fishing by boat is allowed anywhere in Kempenfelt Bay. Shoreline fishing along Barrie’s waterfront is permitted in most areas, excluding specific docks and public beaches. Reel Time and Perk’y are fishing charters, here to assist you in finding your next big catch in Barrie. The fishing fun doesn’t stop when the cold weather arrives. Ice fishing is another popular activity in Barrie where the ice-covered Kempenfelt Bay becomes home to a village of ice huts. edit
- Georgian College - 1 Georgian Drive, Barrie
Website +1 705-728-1968
- Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)
Website +1 705-728-7570
- Simcoe County District School Board International Student Program
Website +1 705-728-7570
- Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Website +1 888-583-5383
Festivals & EventsEdit
Barrie is the central location for arts, culture and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Visit our Festival & Events page for a complete listing of festivals and events in Barrie.
- Kempenfest: Annually on the August long weekend, one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals features over 400 art, craft and antique exhibits, a midway and children's village and live entertainment all weekend.
- Winterfest: Barrie presents one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals and Events. In the beginning of February, the community and travelers come together to celebrate the winter season with the beautiful weather and plenty of adventure, fun and festivities. Between the ice maze, horse-drawn wagon rides, snow and ice sculptures, midway and a variety of food vendors, celebrating the winter weather has never been more exciting.
- The Waterfront Festival: Barrie's Annual Waterfront Festival kicks off the summer season with free entertainment, midways, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests.
- Celebrate Barrie: Celebrate the Barrie community with tons of free family fun! The festivities include rides and inflatables, petting zoo and animal displays, local entertainment, a historic village and re-enactments and over 50 community groups that provide hands-on activities for kids.
- The Barrie Dragonboat Festival: Barrie Public Library hosts a tradition based on a centuries old one. This summer event promotes and strengthens community spirit, vitality and unity while allowing citizens to demonstrate their talent and resources in hosting a major recreational and cultural event. There is fun for the whole family in watching the Dragon Boat races, viewing cultural and commercial exhibits, attending children's activities and much more.
Barrie has wide and varied shopping opportunities designed to cater to the entire Central Ontario region. Stores and shopping districts are easily accessible from Highway 400, from antiques and outlets to flea markets and malls. Downtown Barrie offers a unique selection of shops targeted at satisfying every need. Fabulous dining options, attractions and accommodations help to connect the different shopping districts.
As you travel on Bayfield Street you’ll find 2.5 km of shopping in plazas, stand-alone stores as well as the Bayfield Mall and RioCan Georgian Mall. Some of the larger and smaller chains are represented on this strip, as are many fast food chains and restaurants. You’ll also find several shops and restaurants that are uniquely Barrie.
Just off of Dunlop Street & Essa Road, you will find a wide selection of stores offering everything from home décor to fashion, sporting goods and antiques.
If you’re looking for atmosphere and a unique shopping experience, head Downtown where you’ll find independent shops and are likely to be served by the shop owner. You can find gear to “ride or board”, check out funky fashions and find that unique piece for your home or the perfect gift for that someone special. While peeking through shop windows, you’ll also be taking in some of the city’s history and heritage buildings. For an added treat while out shopping, you’ll find plenty of unique cafes and restaurants to have a bite to eat and rest up before hitting more stores!
Go big at the big box stores in Barrie’s south end. Just about all of your needs can be taken care of as you drive along Mapleview onto Bryne Drive, around Commerce Park Drive and across Highway 400 to Park Place. A wide selection of furniture, fashion, accessories, sporting goods and electronics are available. There are cafes, restaurants and plenty of entertainment. End your fun filled day by catching the latest film at Galaxy Cinema.
Just South of BarrieEdit
Visit the 400 market, just off Innisfil Beach Road for a variety of items all under one roof. Head a little further south on Highway 400 (Exit Hwy 89), to shop at the Tanger Outlets Cookstown, then stop in at the Cookstown Antique Market on Hwy 27 to find a century old barn full of unique items.
The hundreds of restaurants in Barrie, Ontario offer a variety of dining atmospheres. The fine dining experience as well as the fun and friendly grill restaurants leave all taste buds begging for more. The eclectic dining establishments and ethnic restaurants featuring culinary creations from around the world will be sure to satisfy all cravings.
Downtown Barrie has over 30 unique and decadent restaurants. Their diverse selection offers fine cuisine, ethnic flavours, casual dining or a quiet café experience. Here, challenge yourself to Kenzington Burger Bar’s famous Kitchen Sink Burger, grab a frozen treat on a hot day at Swirleez, put your taste buds to the test at the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro or relax with a cup of tea at English & Miller. The Downtown Barrie restaurants and eateries are everything you can imagine and more.
Barrie’s North End, all restaurants surrounding Bayfield Street, entails an abundance of dining options from chains to individual. With stylish and new restaurants to family-friendly and reasonably priced, Barrie’s own Golden Mile is sure to satisfy your every craving.
In Barrie’s South End, enjoy a variety of casual, family friendly dining experiences. Your toughest decision here will be which restaurant you want to try out first! Just south of Essa Road, Barrie’s south end offers a variety of casual and fine dining experiences. Choose from a variety of eateries for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all within a short distance.
Just Out of TownEdit
Head a little ways out of the city to relax and ‘Getaway’! The OLG Slots Getaway Restaurant is located inside the Georgian Downs OLG Slots building just south of Barrie in Innisfil, Ontario, offering elegance and casual comfort. North of Barrie, you’ll find two amazing restaurants and more at Horseshoe Resort, a fun filled and friendly environment.
When the sun goes down in Barrie, things heat up downtown! Night clubs, bars, lounges and outdoor patios come alive with music and laughter. Cap off a fun-filled day with an unforgettable evening in Barrie's downtown nightlife scene!
Not sure where to start? Well, just grab a seat at one of the many patios and take in the action! Get right into the thick of things at a Dunlop Street establishment where live music fills the night air or watch the action from a rooftop patio where you can catch a nice summer breeze. If crowds aren't your thing, check out one of the patios that look out onto Kempenfelt Bay and catch some of the live acts - you'll find rock, jazz and blues as well as country playing in the bars and pubs in downtown Barrie.
For an unforgettable evening in Barrie's Downtown, go straight to the best patios and pubs in the region!
Small town hospitality and friendly service coupled with big-city sophistication is offered in Barrie, Ontario. Choose your preferences from an excellent variety of top notch accommodations to suit your style. Among many degrees in quality and comfort, choose from resorts, hotels, conference centres, executive suites, motels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and cabins and campgrounds.
- Quality Inn Barrie, 55 Hart Drive. edit
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 506 Bryne Drive. edit
- Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, 20 Fairview Road. edit
- Days Inn Barrie, 60 Bryne Drive. edit
- Super 8 Barrie, 441 Bryne Drive. edit
- Hampton Inn & Suites, 74 Bryne Drive. edit
- Comfort Inn & Suites, 210 Essa Road. edit
- Travelodge Barrie, 300 Bayfield Street. edit
- Monte Carlo Inn, 81 Hart Drive. edit
- Comfort Inn, 75 Hart Drive. edit
- Best Western Royal Oak Inn, 35 Hart Drive. edit
- Harbour View Inn, 1 Berczy Street. edit
- Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road. edit
Bed and BreakfastEdit
- The Clydesdale House, 38 Burton Avenue. edit
- Three Wishes B & B, 48 Steel Street. edit
- Richmond Manor, 16 Blake Street. edit
- Brookview Bed & Breakfast, 1351 Line 2 North, Oro Medonte. edit
- Country Inn Barrie, 8288 11th Line Essa, Thornton Ontario. edit
- Castleview Inn Bed & Breakfast, 432 Line 5 South, Oro Medonte. edit
- The Verandahs B&B By the Lake, 4 Palm Beach Rd., Hawkestone Ontario. edit
- Forks In The Trail B&B, 478 Bass Lake Sideroad West, Oro Station. edit
Campgrounds and RV ParksEdit
- Barrie KOA Campground, 3138 Penetanguishene Road. edit
- Little Banff Campground, 5458 Penetanguishene Road. edit
- Bee Happy Family Campground, 1181 Big Bay Point South. edit
- Heidi's Campground, 3982 Highway 11 South. edit
- KOA in Cookstown, 139 Reive Boulevard. edit
Cottages and CabinsEdit
- M & E Shady Rest Cottages, 233 Lakeshore Road, Oro Medonte. edit
- The Getaway Orr Lake Cottages, 2458 South Orr Lake Road. edit
Extended and ExecutiveEdit
- Harbour View Inn, 1 Berczy Street. edit
- Signature Executive Suites, 67 Peel Street. edit
- Cedar Rail Farms, 903 Penetanguishene Road. edit
- Temporary Rental, 299 Lakeshore Drive. edit
- Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road. edit
Emergency Services (Police/Fire Ambulance): 911
Police (Non-Emergency): +1 705 725-7025
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre: +1 705 728-9802
Visitor Information: Tourism Barrie +1 800 668-9100, Ontario Travel Centre +1 800 567-1140
Information Barrie: +1 705 728-1010
Barrie Public Library: Downtown Branch (60 Worsley Street), Painswick Branch (48 Dean Avenue) +1 705 728-1010
When In Barrie Listen To:
B101: 101.1 FM
Kool FM: 107.5 FM
Chay: 93.1 FM
Rock 95: 95.7 FM
On the Southern shoreline of Georgian Bay, 50 km northwest of Barrie, you will find the vibrant and distinguished town of Collingwood. Collingwood is approximately 45 minutes away from Barrie. Known for its outdoor extreme sports adventures, Collingwood sits beneath the towering Blue Mountains, part of the Niagara Escarpment: an area recognized by UNESCO for its one of a kind beauty. Consider packing a picnic and hiking or cycling along some of the best nature trails Collingwood has to offer and visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures & Eco Adventure Tour. After an exciting day of exploring the outdoors, couples can enjoy a romantic getaway to Scandinave Spa and melt into a heavenly state of relaxation. Stop off at the world renowned Blue Mountain Resort, which is just up the hill from Collingwood, and enjoy a bite to eat at one of many mouth-watering restaurants at the Village of Blue Mountain. Trail maps are available at the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, 45 St. Paul St., Collingwood in the Station (Collingwood Museum). Phone – +1 888 227-8667
The world’s longest freshwater beach has been attracting visitors for a century. Wasaga Beach features a series of white sand beaches, all with different amenities, stretching along 14 km of the Georgian Bay shoreline. Just 35 km and ~35 minutes away from Barrie, its clean, warm waters make it a wonderful place to spend the day with family and friends. Families with children might want to zero in on Beaches 3 to 6, which are equipped with playgrounds and recreational facilities. Beach 1 is attractive to those who want ready access to the beach-oriented plaza, with its swimsuit and beach gear stores, bars and restaurants. Wasaga Beach is more than just sand and water. There’s plenty of shopping to be had and there’s history, too. As you drive to the beach, you can see the remains of the hull of the HMS Nancy protruding from the water where it sunk, forming an island. Consider visiting Nancy Island to discover the role this schooner played in the War of 1812. Be sure to stop in at the Wasaga Beach Visitor Centre, located at 550 River Road West for more information and upcoming local events.
The picturesque town of Midland ranks as one of Georgian Bay’s top tourist destinations and is located 40 km and 40 minutes north of Barrie via Highway 400 & 93. Midland and Penetanguishene are known as the gateway communities to Georgian Bay’s picturesque 30,000 islands. The towns are rich in culture and heritage, boasting an abundance of recreational pursuits, and are home to a National and Provincial Park. Midland & Penetanguishene’s feature attractions include the Martyrs’ Shrine, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and the nationally significant historic sites of Sainte Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour. Step into the world of the Jesuits and the Huron Wendat people, the area’s first European settlers dating back 400 years ago. Discover the story of the Original 19th Century naval and military outpost built to safeguard Upper Canada after the War of the 1812 at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene.
Just south of Barrie is Innisfil, located on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Simcoe. Innisfil is a fisherman’s dream because Lake Simcoe is home to more fresh water fish species than any other lake in Ontario. You’re sure to find your next big catch here! Anglers on Lake Simcoe can find Walleye, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Whitefish, Lake Trout and Large and Small Mouth Bass. Year round fishing adventures await you here! Not a fisherman? There is plenty of shopping just south of Barrie! Tanger Outlets, the Cookstown Antique Market and the 400 Market are a shopping paradise. Innisfil’s star attraction is the Sunset Speedway, which hosts over 100 of Ontario’s best Stock Car Drivers every weekend. The South Simcoe locations offer many perfect ways to spend a family night out.
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