Ducks and Geese
You want to see something "typically Canadian"? Come to Heritage Park and take a look at the throngs of geese and loons. The Canada goose is the most widely identified Canadian bird, partly because it migrates across the US during the winter. The loon, on the other hand, is famous because of its place on the Loonie, the Canadian one dollar coin.
Backyard Rink - in a yard, or on the lake
The typical Canadian thing to do is to have a rink in the back yard. It can be a lot of work, putting up the boards, flooding the area, and then maintaining it - shovelling off the snow.
However, some people only have to shovel off a skating area on the ice in front of their home on the bay. In backyard - need someone who knows how to do it -I know you need boards to set the area, but not sure exactly how it gets flooded. Then you need the shovel to keep the snow off it, and the ice smooth.
Don't forget your skates, and if it is for hockey, the net, sticks, and puck, and pads. Recommend a helmet too
If you do it like these people do in the picture - you just need to keep shoveling off the snow, and I guess trying to keep the ice smooth by flooding it.
Exploring a very beautiful Lagoon City
Lagoon City is built around canals and is worth exploring by canoes and boats or by walking, cycling and even driving. Although we are canoeing and boating enthusiasts, due to the seasonal winds, we were not able to navigate the rough waters. However, we did lot of hiking and paddle boating on one day when the waters were calmer.
On the harbor side of the city, where canals meet with Lake Simcoe, we saw residents enjoy fishing. But it was extremely cold and windy on that particular day. We being no fishing enthusiasts simply watched them as we were budled up (see picture # 5), and planned for playing tennis in the covered area nearby.
Enjoy the Walls as you enjoy the food!
Fil's Cafe is one of those places where the locals go and is called a greasy spoon. Well, ok, so it isn't the Ritz Carlton, or a fancy place, but the food is great! I'd say that Fil's serves about the best club sandwich in Barrie. His Halibut fish & chips are terrific too. His prices are good. However, what sets Fil's apart from the other greasy spoons with great food, is his decor! He has stuffed / fake fish all over the walls, plaques apropos to the kitchen (The Kitchen is Closed Due To Illness. I'm Sick of Cooking!), and in one cubby hole, family pictures. Fil and his wife, and family are glad to greet you and chat. You might meet some of the regulars who like to go there because they are sure of a friendly welcome and company. As mentioned, the club sandwich is fantastic. Real turkey slices, with fresh cooked bacon slices. Have it with their fries (chips) or with salad, but don't be surprised if you might want to take some home in a "doggy bag". The halibut is great. Have it with fries, with onion rings or with salad. I have never been disappointed with it.
MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is housed in a beautiful modern building in what is otherwise an uninteresting and sometimes ugly part of Barrie. If you are coming along Collier street you're sure to notice the fake Rodin piece at the corner. There is a large shop attached to the gallery, which specializes in both European art and local art (from Georgian college and other local institutes). I wasn't able to go inside, as I visited Barrie on Sunday before Sunday openings. Nevertheless, the Gallery appears to have a focus on modern art and photography, and a specific interest in East European artists.