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Barrie Resort Area

Barrie Romantic Getaway

Winter in Barrie

Barrie winter festivals and events are major tourism draws for visitors and snow enthusiasts travelling through Ontario's cottage country. Barrie is often a natural first stop on a winter road trip.

New Military Park along Barrie Lakeshore Waterfront

(Barrie, ON) – Tuesday, October 22 marks an historical moment for the City of Barrie. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne will be in Barrie to visit her Regiment The Grey and Simcoe Foresters. As part of the visit, the City of Barrie is holding a dedication ceremony for the proposed Military Heritage Park at the Southshore Centre and members of the public are welcome to watch her arrival and the Guard of Honour Ceremony at the Southshore Centre. See Dedication Ceremonies on Barrie Waterfront

Barrie Lake Simcoe Leaf Changes

Barrie is the perfect location to stop on a Lake Simcoe fall road trip to see Ontario's fall colours.  Close to the GTA, Barrie is one of Ontario's exciting year round resort destinations with many tourism related events.

Event Centre Barrie

The Barrie Molson Centre is the home to the Barrie Colts Junior hockey team, and is one of the largest venues for major events, shows, and entertainment in the Barrie-Simcoe County region north of Toronto

Lake Simcoe Resort Destination

Barrie is the largest city in Simcoe County was put on the international map as host of the Live 8 concert. One media outlet defined Toronto as being "a little below Barrie". Many of the Barrie hotels and resort accommodation are easily accessible off of Highway 400. Barrie is a good starting point for a road trip to tour the province or to take one of the many Ontario Spring, Summer or Fall travel routes. There are several boat launching areas close to highway 400 for fishing in Lake Simcoe.

Barrie Downtown on Lake Simcoe

The Barrie downtown, has one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Ontario, and is a must visit on your way north. The downtown has many exceptional restaurants, and unique shops. It depicts turn of the century Ontario architecture, and many of the buildings have been restored to their original state. A portion of Barrie's History can be viewed through the Ontario Historical Association Plaques.

Barrie Emerging As Regional Culinary And Entertainment Hub

In addition to exciting restaurants and theatre venues, the Hospitality and Tourism program at Georgian College at Barrie's north end has a number of culinary events and a special 'Dinner and Wine Series" . For the Highway 400eleven traveller, a stop can be a refreshing half way point to the cottage or ski hill and is a quick exit off of Highway 400 at Duckworth Street. Toronto residents are discovering one of the region's best kept secrets.......At a recent Stuart McLean show The Vinyl Cafe hosted by the Gryphon Theatre, a number of Toronto residents were overheard raving about the Georgian Dining Room. See Georgian College Hospitality and Tourism Web site

Barrie sunset from Minet's Point

Barrie waterfowl

Kempenfelt Bay Sunset

Kayaking Barrie Kempenfelt Bay

Sunset Kempenfelt Bay

Kite Boarding Barrie Minet's Point

Windsurfing Minet's Point Barrie

Kempenfelt Bay Lake Simcoe


Barrie on Lake Simcoe is a perfect year round resort destination full of  year round fun. Barrie has a variety of waterfront festivals in every season. Located 45 minutes north of Toronto on Highway 400. Stay on a family resort area getaway, or a romantic getaway package without the kids.   Get updates on events, entertainment, water sports, fishing and  accommodation information from the attractions and events listed below. 

Stop and Shop Barrie

Consider a quick "stop and shop in Barrie" for last minute liquid refreshments at beer & liquor stores close to the Highway 400 intersections at Mapleview, Essa, and Bayfield streets. Barrie downtown and  waterfront parks are easily accessible with a turn at  Dunlop Street off of Highway 400.  The Highway 11 Way just north of Barrie will take you to back road adventures east and west of Barrie.   

Barrie Romantic Sunsets

Romance in Barrie Ontario? Who knew Barrie was considered as one of Canada's most romantic cities. A year round favourite is sunset watching at Minets Point (an old fashioned "parking" place). Minet's Point Sunsets at twilight. With the City of Barrie as a back drop the sun sets .......the evening shore lights begin to twinkle along Kempenfelt Bay Lake Simcoe.


Accommodation-Hotels, Resorts, Inns

Arts, Theatre, Galleries


Outdoor Sports Recreation Member

Attractions in the Barrie Area

The Barrie area includes Angus, Base Borden, Innisfil, Oro, Medonte, Minesing, and Midhurst. Accessibility to Lake Simcoe through Kempenfelt Bay, gives boaters quick water access to Lake Simcoe, and the Trent Severn Watery way running through Orillia east to the Kawartha Lakes, and west to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

Outdoor Experiences

The year round trail around Barrie's Kempenfelt Bay-Lake Simcoe provides one large park stretching 7 km running through Downtown Barrie, Centennial Park, Heritage Park and along the waterfront. Anyone visiting Barrie is encouraged to stop in Barrie and walk, hike, bike, ski, snowshoe or run. Barrie Ontario Trails, and Simcoe County Trails is a part of the Trans Canada Trail System. A favourite short trail by Minets Point is the Barrie Wildflower Trail.

Barrie Birdwatching



Ontario Parks

Beautiful Barrie Gardens:   Communities in Bloom Winner

Barrie "Communities in Bloom" Repeat Winner 
Barrie received another five bloom rating in the International category "Circle of Champions"  for their Waterfront Park Plan.  Barrie was also honoured with the Special Award for the Floral Display Program.   See more photos on the Barrie Waterfront  and  Barrie Communities in Bloom

Culture and History

The Highway 11 Way

Highway 11 begins just north of Barrie, and continues north and west in Ontario. It is considered by many to be the longest street (Highway in the world). Visitors leaving Barrie will inevitably find themselves on Highway 11 or the old Highway 11(Young Street) links south of Barrie. There are a number of wonderful attractions and accommodation locations along the route from Barrie Ontario to Rainy River the driving distance runs close to 1600 km. See the quick links to the various towns, villages and cities and places with an Ontario road trip on the Highway 11 Way. If you find yourself travelling on Highway 11 on a busy long weekend and want to take a break from the traffic congestion and Barrie Gridlock, consider a Barrie Stop and Shop, Eat, Drink, & Recreate.


Lake Simcoe Regional Airport: Services the communities of Barrie, Orillia, and Oro-Medonte.

Tourist Destination Local Information:

Radio Stations for latest local Barrie-HWY 400 weather: B101, FM93 (Chay), Rock 95, Vague-88.1

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Additional Nearby Tourism Towns, Cities, Municipalities & Resort Destinations
Orillia,Ontario, Minising, Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Ontario

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Autumn Fishing Lake SimcoeSummer Solstice over Barrie

Barrie Family FunBarrie Sunrise

Savour Simcoe

Sunday Crush

Lake Simcoe Living

Barrie Hotels, Resorts, Inns

Vague FM 88,1
The French Connection Branchez-vous en français!

Images Thanksgiving Tour

Highway 400 Barrie Ontario

Highway 400 north is the gateway to Barrie  Get the latest weather and traffic updates for Barrie Ontario and Highway 400 North from Toronto to Barrie.  Heading north or south on Highway 400 check Marshalls opening in Park Place Barrie and consider an overnight shopping experience at one of several locations in the Barrie area.  See  

Barrie Ontario

Allandale Waterfront

Barrie Spring-Summer

Serendipity Princess Barrie

Spirit Catcher-Barrie Lake Simcoe
Ron Baird, Spirit Catcher, 1986, Corten Steel, 21.3 metres (65ft).

Barrie Fall Sunrise

Barrie Cam

See real time photos from downtown Barrie overlooking Kempenfelt Bay Lake Simcoe. See additional seasonal Barrie Photo Galleries.

Barrie Weather

Barrie in relation to Toronto, Ontario

Quick Bits

Driving Time from Toronto:
~ 1 hr 20 min

Distance from Toronto:
~ 94.1 km

Downtown Barrie Map

Map Of Ontario
(Official Government of Ontario Road Map)

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Avoid Barrie Gridlock

Barrie Trivia
Where is the Barrie Weather measured?
Also see Lake Simcoe Marine Forcasts.

Nine Mile Portage Plaque

Site of eastern terminus of an Indian portage from Kempenfeldt Bay to Willow Creek and thence by the Nottawasaga River to Georgian Bay. Read More Here

Lake Simcoe Marine Forcast

Environment Canada provides information on current and future Lake Simcoe weather conditions, wind speed, wave action, and historical weather information. Boaters should check Marine weather predictions before heading out.


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