Barrie offers year-round fun with multiple beaches, cycling paths, fishing, boating and skiing options nearby. The city is also home to a vibrant cultural scene with live music, performing arts and festivals like the Barrie Waterfront Festival.
One of the city’s jewels is the scenic six-kilometre-long Barrie waterfront trail with parks, gardens and sunny patios. Free public wi-fi is even available to stay connected.
Where is Barrie?
Located in the centre of Southern Ontario, the city of Barrie is about an hour’s drive north of Toronto on Highway 400 and an hour’s drive east of Blue Mountain. The city lies on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay at the western arm of Lake Simcoe.
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Things to do in Barrie
Make it a beach day
Explore an arboretum
Discover birding hotspots
Barrie and the surrounding area is a birding haven. A variety of birds are attracted to fish in Kempenfelt Bay during migration season, offering great opportunities for bird watching.
Explore a recreational trail
Shop at a farmers’ market
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Last updated: February 15, 2024