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.
Equipment: 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.
Its a bright February day, the sun is sparkling on the snow, and what a wonderful day to be outside. Along the bay, who did I see but a lone crosscountry (Nordic) skiier. What a lovely way to get some exercise.
Equipment: Obviously crosscountry skiis, boots and poles.
Wear clothing that allows easy movement, and that breathes. You don't want to be soaking in perspiration as you travel.
Make sure that you keep the top of your head covered to keep in your body heat, and mitts are better than gloves apparently for keeping your hands warm. The gloves separate the fingers and that cools you out.
This picture was taken on Kempenfelt Bay, demonstrating that if you have the equipment, you can ski anywhere.
Barrie is home to sports... all year round.
What's your sport?
Hockey? Well there are lots of teams around, from school teams to the Barrie Colts of the OHL(Ontario Hockey League). There is a very active Minor Hockey League for all levels. A number of arenas around the city to chose from too.
Skating - Barrie is home to the world famous, Mariposa Skating Club, but there are lots of other skating programs around as well.
Skiing - Alpine and Nordic (Downhill and Cross country) throughout the winter, as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
Golfers will find a large variety of clubs in the Barrie area
Sailors love Kempenfeldt Bay for the long deep straight channel for racing. Check out the Barrie Yacht Club.
Boaters will find the city marina plus a couple of other marinas in the area.
There are curling clubs, racket ball/tennis courts, swimming pools... athletic clubs around... as I said, pretty much name your sport and Barrie will have something fo you.
If you like to watch the horses, just south of Barrie is Georgian Downs for harness racing, and there are also slot machines there.
Barrie Speedway for those car enthousists.
Equipment: Depends upon your sport, obviously.
If you don't have the gear, lots of sporting good stores from the sports departments of the Canadian Tire and Walmart stores, to some of the bigger sports specialty stores to the smaller independent sports stores like Garner's Sports.
The Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie is internationally renowned and has trained many international champions such as Elvis Stoyko, Takeshi Honda, Steven Cousins, and Josee Chouinard.
Mariposa has several figure skating training programs you can register to take, but you should do so in advance.
If spectating is more your style you can stop by the Allandale Rec Centre and just watch whatever skating is going on.
On a crisp winter day, take your skates to City Hall and go skating. Sometimes, skaters from the Mariposa Skating Club, or some of the other figure skating clubs will perform, allowing you to see the local talent, or some of the up and coming international skaters who are training in Barrie.
Equipment: Warm clothes, but not too warm that when you get moving you don't feel too uncomfortable. Ice skates properly fastened, and mitts or gloves. A hat is a good idea too, to keep from losing too much body heat.
I had always thought that you needed a fishing license to fish in Ontario, but evidently it is possible to sport fish in some places with nothing more than your gear. Plenty of families come to Kempenfelt Bay to fish near the marina. I'm not sure if you should eat what you catch, but it seems clear that you should think twice about consuming anything you bait near a marina filled with motorboats.
Equipment: Bring your own rods and bait, and probably a small hamper with some snacks.
The City Marina Park is just that - a Marina. I suspect that many of those who have boats here live in the new condos not far from the marina. Nevertheless, if you have a boat you might consider using it. I'm not sure, but it may also be possible to rent a boat here if you have your license handy.
Equipment: Your boat... if not, possibly your license/permit
Horseshoe Valley resort is a great ski resort, just a short drive from Toronto. GOLF in the summer, SKI in the winter.