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 in 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.

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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 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

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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.

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


Driving Time from Toronto: 1 hr 20 min
Distance from Toronto: 95 km


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