Barrie Things to Do

  • Marina off of Kempenfelt Bay
    Marina off of Kempenfelt Bay
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    The river boat
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  • View near the Dream Catcher
    View near the Dream Catcher
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    Sunrise on a snowy winter day by the bay

    by CdnJane Written Dec 25, 2004

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    Sunrise Christmas Morning over Kempenfeldt Bay

    I took this out the window about 8am Christmas morning (2004). There was a bit of steam coming off Kempenfeldt Bay, there wasn't much wind, and the sun was just making it's way up into the sky. Inukchuk was looking over it all, taking it all in.
    Nothing seemed more wonderful at that moment than the world in its silent beauty.

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    Spend Time by Kempentfeldt Bay

    by CdnJane Written Apr 30, 2006

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    Enjoy the waterfront, mid-summer buzz
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    Walk around the bay from the foot of Mulcaster Street around to the South Shore Community Centre on the south side of the bay. Go around Heritage Park, with the spit out in the water. You'll walk past the Spirit Catcher, from the Vancouver Expo site, past the city marina, along Centennial Park. If you're hungry, run across to Weber's for a burger, or perhaps the Ice Cream stand will be open. Play a round of miniature golf. Watch someone launch their boat, and just enjoy the walk.

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    • Windsurfing
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    Entertainment at Casino Rama

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Casino, Convention Centre and the hotel
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    Leaving the children back at Days Inn, we, husband and wife, went in for a long tour of the Casino. We explored every nook and corner of the Casino and played a few slots. We were inside the Cacino buildings for 4 hours, 1 of which was spent listening to a great jazz band in the Convention centre lobby (see picture # 5). Needless to mention, we fell in love with the Casino.

    Selected excerpts from Casino Rama's website:

    1. Voted Favourite Casino by Toronto Sun readers every year since opening
    2. Opened July 31st, 1996 Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
    3. Ontario's only First Nation's commercial casino
    4. 2,258 Free parking spaces
    5. 192,000 square feet of fun and excitement
    6. 2,300 slot machines
    7. 120 Table games
    8. There are 9 unique restaurants - St. Germain's Steakhouse, Rinaldo's (Italian), Couchiching Court Buffet, Willow (authentic Cantonese), Legends, Dream Catcher Sports Bar, The Noodle Bar, The Weirs and Firestarter Lounge
    9. Faith Hill, Jay Leno, Diana Ross, Chicago, Olivia Newton-John, Vince Gill, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Styx, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr and many more have all performed at Casino Rama
    10. Big name acts appear every week, up close and personal at Casino Rama's 5,000 - seat Entertainment Centre
    11. Casino Rama is the largest single site employer of Aboriginal people in Canada with over 700 Aboriginal employees.
    12. Full service Hotel - 300-luxury hotel rooms
    13. Balance In Life Spa - a full service spa and health club
    14. Meeting & Convention facilities - from a small intimate group to a theatre setting for 720

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    Fun time at Orillia's Couchiching Beach Park

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 23, 2007

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    statues of historical figures
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    So one day we drove from Lagoon City back to Orillia and explored the city. The first destination was Couchiching Beach Park. It is located on the west shore of Lake Couchiching at the intersection of Bay St. and Jarvis St., and adjoining Centennial Park. Although it seems from the pictures that it was cold, actually it was not. It was about 5 degree centigrade. The reason we felt it was because in Mississauga, the tempratures at that time were hovering at 13-15 degrees.

    The park offers beautiful views of the Couchiching Lake, trees in fall colour and statues of historical figures.

    There is also Aqua Theatre, ball diamond, beach - swimming, flower gardens, outdoor rink, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground equipment, walking path, washroom facilities, water fountain, change rooms.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Hiking and Walking

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    A cruise respite at Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Apr 30, 2003

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    My nephew at the Bay.

    Barrie's Waterfront Path stretches between Minet's Point in the South and Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive in the North. Our two families had a lengthy walk session. We also watched the landmarks of Barrie from the cruise paddle wheeler Serendipity Princess on Lake Simcoe's Kempenfelt Bay. It has triple decks, a patio on the upper level, snack bar and fully licensed liqor bar that we kept away from.

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    Go to the Farmer's Market

    by MissAntarctica2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Barrie Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning at City Hall. Unlike many Farmer's Markets it is open year round.

    In the spring, summer and fall there are all kinds of fruit and vegetable vendors, plus baking, preserves, some meats and a few craft stalls. In winter there is fewer fresh produce available, but there tends to be more handicrafts, baking, preserves and things.

    The market opens at 8 am and finishes at 12:30pm.

    There is a farmer there that sells all-natural pork products that I go out of my way to get. They serve back bacon on a bun (a Canadian specialty!) that is delicious, or you can buy some frozen meat to prepare on your own.

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    Go For a Boat Ride

    by CdnJane Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    May 2007 - Serendipity Princess heading out
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    Barrie is on Kempenfelt Bay, a great place for boating of all sorts. The length of the bay, and its depth, makes for a terrific place for sailing races - 2 miles wide, over 10 miles long, and no reefs/shoals/shallows to be wary of, plus extremely deep open water. Great too for waterskiing, or pleasure boating, or personal watercraft, not to forget about kayaking and canoeing.

    Take a trip on the Serendipity - the paddlewheeler that goes out from mid May to the Canadian Thanksgiving in early October. Have a meal while you're out and learn the history of the city and homes along the way.

    I highly recommend taking in fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay from the Serendipity, as I did with my parents on Canada Day 2007. There was a catered dinner, and a wonderful entertainer. The night I was out, the cruise was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and as they weren't sold out, they invited a group Barrie Special Needs' people to join us. That made the trip absolutely great, in my mind, as we were with a bunch of people who really enjoyed the whole experience, and who were having the time of their lives. You can't help but have a good time when the people with you are excited and happy. As one young lady said, "This is COOOOOOOOL!!!!"

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    • Sailing and Boating
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  • Heritage Downtown Barrie Walking Tour

    by RuskaM Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    As the centre of commerce and county government, Barrie was the location of choice for many prominent families in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their stylish homes, businesses, and landmarks survive along Barrie's modern streetscapes, and their stories can be uncovered by taking a self-guided walking tour.

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    Play tennis at the covered dome

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Nov 17, 2007

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    Ifrah prepares to receive the ball (in the air)
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    The covered dome is located near the harbor close to Harbor Inn Resort and is the property of the resort (Lagoon City). We found that in October people shift to playing tennis inside the covered domes and it would be difficult to play tennis here without prior booking. So prior booking is what we did. We played on two different days for a total of 4 hours.

    A good pastime was playing against seniors. They applauded each of our serve (perhaps making 25 Kms / hr at best) and shot.

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    Pedal boating in the canalways

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Pedal boating was fun
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    We could have taken our canoe all the way to Lagoon City, but we did not thinking that it is late fall and that it would be quite cold and windy there. We were correct for the most part. However, we had two days when the weather allowed us to do some sailing / boating. But now we could not find any place to rent the boats. The Harbor Inn receptionists offered us pedal boats, which we gladly accepted.

    We had two boats and we decided to slowly explore the canals around the Harbor. The vantage point offered new views of Lagoon City and its cottages. We observed lot of construction going on and wished that we had a cottage of our own.

    We decided to be here in summer and take our canoe along.

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    Watch the fireworks over the bay

    by CdnJane Written Jul 11, 2007

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    July 1st fireworks from the Serendipity
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    Victoria Day (24th of May holiday weekend) and Canada Day (July 1st) are the two main times for official fireworks. This year the city of Barrie had displays, and it was exciting to watch them burst over the bay. For the 24th of May weekend we were in my parents condominium apartment watching them, but for July 1st we were out on the bay on the Serendipity (See my tip for Boat Trips).

    There are often neighbourhood fireworks, but the ones done at Centennial Beach in Barrie are really spectacular, and professionally done.

    If you aren't seeing the fireworks, but own a pet, please make sure that he/she is inside, or in a safe place because its pretty nerve-wracking for animals those loud bangs. A pet that bolts from you could easily run off and get hit by a car, or take off and get lost. Too many animals are traumatized by fireworks.

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    A February Day Looking Down the Bay

    by CdnJane Written Feb 8, 2005

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    Looking down the Bay

    It was a sunny weekend, and the Barrie winter carnival was going on. Snowmobiles were zipping up and down the bay. Sightseeing helicopters were flying by. People were out icefishing. Crosscountry skiiers were enjoying the day.

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    McLaren Art Centre

    by MissAntarctica2002 Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    The McLaren Art Centre is the most prominent fixture in the Barrie art community. It recently opened in its new facilities in the building that used to be the Barrie Public Library (where I spent many an hour in my youth).

    The McLaren has many different exhibits each year, or if you don't want to go into the gallery, there are lots of beautiful things to see (and buy) in the gift shop.

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    • Museum Visits

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    Memorial Square

    by ianmac Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    Do you remember?

    Memorial Square is a tribute to Canadian Armed Forces and serves as a reminder on Rememberance Day. It is minutes from the Barrie waterfront, on Dunlop Street downtown. Many of the hometown festivals and fairs are held in this area. Always fun and near many nightlife areas too.

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    • Beaches
    • Water Sports

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    Waterfront Park

    by ianmac Updated Feb 25, 2004

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    Lakeshore

    The waterfront park is a great place for the kids to play, too jog, or for a romantic stroll. Although on a hot day, expect many other people with the same idea...for the most romantic strolls, go at night on a Summer`s eve.

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