Barrie Travel Guide

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    Woody's Bar-B-Q Barrie, ON Location
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    Entrance to our resort
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    Scotty's Restaurant
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Barrie Highlights

  • Pro
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    CdnJane says…

     Close to Toronto, on the water, skiing nearby 

  • Con
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    Faiza-Ifrah says…

     Highway 400 is a nightmare, especially on weekends 

  • In a nutshell
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    sammygirl says…

     Great place to live or stop by to see whats going on, nice and close to other tourist type towns and citys. 

Barrie Things to Do

  • Entertainment at Casino Rama

    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...

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  • Go to the Farmer's Market

    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...

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  • Play tennis at the covered dome

    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...

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  • Spirit Catcher

    Those familiar with Native Canadian handicrafts will definitely know what a dream catcher is. Its a small circle with a sort of net inside that is supposed to capture people's dreams. The spirit catcher in Barrie is obviously inspired by the arts of the Native Canadians, but it is actually a work of art by a local artist. This is a massive...

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  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

    I don't know much about St. Andrews, although it seemed considerably more modern than the Collier United Church. It is conveniently located just off of Collier Street and doesn't really present any remarkable features compared to other churches in small Ontario towns.

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  • Dunlop Street

    Dunlop Street is sort of the main shopping and entertainment drag in Barrie (downtown Barrie that is) and, unlike Collier Street, it isn't under construction. There aren't many upscale, name brand boutiques here, but there is a considerable number of speciality stores. Lots of alcohol-related establishments and knick-knack shops. It interesting to...

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  • Rinaldo Spa

    Collier Street, when I visited Barrie, was largely under construction (repaving) so I can tell exactly what it is like when normal life return. Nevertheless, I was quite interested by the rather unique (in Barrie) architecture of the building housing the Rinaldo Spa. It was a beautiful white wood structure with a pretty stone courtyard out back. As...

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  • Municipal Library

    I don't really know why I photographed this... I think its because the library is in the style that you so often find in York Region, a sort of bureaucratic architectural style in which all new monoliths are constructed. I like to think of it as "ugly monstruism". You be the judge....

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  • Town Hall

    There isn't anything all that spectacular about Barrie town hall. Its a modern building with little charm, but it is somewhere that you might visit in the summer, for the farmers' market, or in the winter for the skating rink in the pond in the centre of the courtyard.

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Barrie Restaurants

  • Come Hungry and Pig Out!

    Barrielicious, a program to encourage locals and visitors to try various restaurants in the area, included The Potted Pig, and the menu appealed to my friend and I. We are both keen foodies, and she is a professional blogger. This was my first time to The Potted Pig, and I plan to return. The restaurant has lots of inside seating, and also a patio,...

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  • Delicious Crepes

    Heard about Journey in a discussion about crepes and pancakes on Facebook, so since I was in the neighbourhood and hungry, decided to try it out. I was mid-afternoon on a weekday so it wasn't a busy time for them - another half hour and I'm sure they would be picking up. Also, being out of the way, they take looking for - actually they have a...

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  • Oysters Perhaps, I Liked the Shrimp and...

    Was out at Oscars for the first time in about 4 years. We were a party of 4 ladies out for a fun time together. It seemed to hit the mark for us all. Two of our party hadn't been before, our host had been for Barrielicious, and my last visit had, as I said been in the summer of 2009. I'd enjoyed it then, and enjoyed last night.If I had a criticism,...

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  • Fresh, Hot and Delicious!!

    The Dragon Restaurant has been around for years, but for some reason, I've never tried it. Was looking for Chinese food to bring in the New Year's and thought I'd give it a try. I am so glad that I did! The lady taking my order over the phone was friendly - they were busy, but she didn't rush me. She did warn that they couldn't guarantee a delivery...

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  • Bar-B-Q.... yummm! and CLOSED

    Woody's Bar-B-Q opened their first Canadian restaurant in Barrie just before the July 1st (Canada Day) holiday - perfect time for a place that is geared towards one of the special treats of summer - Barbecued food. Their location, in the plaza at the corner of Victoria St and Lakeshore Drive, across from Centennial Beach, is perfect for their...

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  • Good Food - Classy Surrounding

    This location has had quite the history... it was originally the Allandale/Barrie Railroad YMCA hotel, and then in the last number of years home of several very good restaurants - Crazy Fox (now located on Bayfield St), Shutters and now Beaches. Beaches moved from previous location of the old Webers restaurant (then Downtowner). Beaches is a good...

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Barrie Nightlife

  • Hot spot

    Great place to drink and dance the night away! People are friendly, fun and know how to party! The Dj's are usually great. You can wear anything you want or (don't ) want to wear! Well ya can't go naked but it is legal to walk around topless here if you do feel the need to. In the bar might be a different story but when you go outside for a...

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  • Have Dinner, Play the Ponies, and...

    A night out at Georgian Downs can simply be a night out for dinner. Or it could be dinner and watching the harness-racing, or maybe playing the slot machines (aka one-armed bandit, aka the "pokies")Tuesday & Saturday, year-round there is harness racing, but the Dining Room and Slots are open every day.An excellent lunch buffet for $10Cdn weekdays,...

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Barrie Shopping

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  • Arts,Crafts, something a little...

    Kempenfest isn't a Shop... it's a festival held the first weekend of August (the LONG weekend), along the waterfront. Its many shops, many booths for food, and beverage.It is also water sports...and great people watching.If you park at one end of the waterfront and end up walking to the other end, there is a shuttle bus to take you back . hmmm...

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  • Shopping for 1st nation artifacts

    We, husband and wife, paid a visit to this store that was located on west side of the Highway 12 in Brechin just after the traffic signals and Coffee Time. The two room shop was stuffed with artifacts. Many large pieces were placed outside in the yard, as well as in the front. This shop interested us because of native artifacts and many carved...

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  • No Dogs at the Flea Market

    To be honest, I've only been here once, but I've been told it is pretty good as flea markets go. Open year round, it is enclosed so that you can spend a rainy or snowy day here. Lots and lots of vendors. Quite the variety of items to buy. Well what are you looking for? You'll probably find it here. I think the only thing I bought though were...

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Barrie Local Customs

  • 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.

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  • Go for Church or Community Centre...

    If you are visiting in a community like Barrie for a while, get hold of a local newspaper and check out for special dinners - Strawberry Suppers, Fowl Suppers (turkey/chicken - not bad food!), or Robby Burn's Dinners.The food is home cooked by the members of the church, or by the group organising the meal, and is normally delicious. The desserts...

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  • Knock but don't leave a mark!

    If you have nothing better to do... look up and find out who or what is knocking!This is a pileated woodpecker having quite a time with an oak tree (obviously pretty dead) at my parents. He/she had no qualms about continuing to drill the tree while I took pictures.

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Barrie Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful on Highway 400

    Although this may sound like a warning or danger tip, for fun lovers this can also be part of enjoyment.Barrie is the capital of touristic Simcoe county. In late spring, summers and fall, the urban dwellers of Toronto and Southwestern regions head north for various destinations around Barrie, especially to Wasaga Beach and lakefronts. Highway 400...

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  • Beware of the Pressure Cracks

    While the ice is really thick, and the fish huts are out on the lake, the ice has to buckle somewhere, and it is never safe to be too close to these pressure cracks.This is a pressure crack along the north side of Kempenfelt Bay.

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  • Stay off the Lake Until The Ice is...

    One of the great things about being beside a lake is the chance to go out on it skating, ice sailing, or ice fishing... but one of the most dangerous things IS the ice's stability.Every winter we hear of people drowining as their car/truck/snowmobile goes through the ice, and far too often we hear of their rescuers drowning too, in the attempt. The...

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Barrie Off The Beaten Path

  • Education and Culture - Georgian College

    Once upon a time students who couldn't get into university, or wanted a trade were the only people who went to a community college. That is all changed now and the community college system provides key education to all facets of the community. Students range from post-secondary school students to mature students, and evening courses where seeing...

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  • Hiking through high altitude prairies.

    Perhaps they don't call them prairies as they do in Illinois. The hiking through designated trails in the prairies was refreshing and we walked by and into several unattended farms where the trails permitted. We hiked near Tottenham, Horseshoe Valley and near Lagoon City on the designated tracks. We found several farms that were not cultivated....

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  • Trekking the hilly forests.

    There are many trails through the forests anywhere you set your foot. Forest trails can be well populated during the weekends.The singlemost noticable phenomena of hiking through forests in Ontario was lack of bird life. The forests were devoid of chirruping sound of the birds and instead filled with the grinding noise Cicadas. Skunks, squirrels...

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Barrie Sports & Outdoors

  • City Marina Park

    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. Your boat... if not, possibly your license/permit

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  • Fishing in Kempenfelt Bay

    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...

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  • Skating at City Hall

    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. Warm clothes, but not too warm that when you get moving...

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Barrie Favorites

  • Simpson Brewing Company

    Guided tours are offered at this fine Microbrewery - but if you just want to stop in for a sample, that's okay too. Fresh beer - yum! I'll have to come back sometime for a full tour.

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  • The Spirit Catcher

    This large steel sculpture dominates the Barrie harborfront. Artist Ron Baird created it for the 1986 Expo in Vancouver, after which it was shipped across Canada to Kempenfelt Bay to be the centerpiece of the McClaren Art Center's modern collection. The piece honors Canada's aboriginal peoples.

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  • World War II memorial

    Almost all Canadian cities have prominent memorials for the World Wars. Barrie's is located right in the middle of the bustling downtown, in a small park that overlooks the harbor.

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Watch the fireworks over the bay
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Pedal boating in the canalways
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Fun time at Orillia's Couchiching Beach Park
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Heritage Downtown Barrie Walking Tour
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Heritage Downtown Barrie Walking Tour
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Enjoy the Walls as you enjoy the food!
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