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Here Are Some Great Things To Do in Barrie, Ontario!

Oh, Barrie. What do we make of you? If you’re looking for a functional city with the natural beauty of a freshwater lake, Barrie, Ontario is a city for you. From breweries to ski resorts, Barrie is a spread out “commuter city” that offers day trippers and those commuting to Ontario cottage country a nice stop through!

We like Barrie. Even though Eric grew up very close by, Barrie is a place that he didn’t really get the chance to explore until he moved away! So, he grabbed Lisa and headed up to the city to enjoy the sunshine and the waterfront.

So, whether you are looking for things to do in Barrie in the heat of July summer or the cold of January winter, this weekend or this upcoming holiday season – here’s a list of indoor and outdoor Barrie attractions to keep you busy!

If you’re exploring this area of the province, you might find these posts useful as well:

Things to Consider Before Travelling to Barrie

Before you go exploring Barrie, there are a few things that you should know! From getting there and getting around to where to stay, here are a few Barrie trip planning details to think about!

How to Get to Barrie, Ontario

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We parked across the street from this clock tower for 1.00 CAD per hour!

Since this is such an important topic to cover, we’re actually working on a whole post dedicated to just this topic. In short, there are a number of ways to get to Barrie: driving, the GO Train, coach bus, boat, and snowmobiling (in winter, technically speaking).

Generally speaking, like most of Ontario – it’s all very spread out and driving yourself across the great distances is usually the best way to get around. Having a rental car is money well spent since there are places you simply cannot access in Ontario without a car.

Barrie is located at the west end of Lake Simcoe about an hour north of Toronto. You take Highway 400 north from Toronto and can get off at Mapleview, Essa (for the waterfront), Dunlop and/or Bayfield (for downtown Barrie).

If you are planning on going downtown, there is ample (and affordable) parking right downtown at the waterfront which makes a car a great option. We parked downtown for a few hours and it was really cheap and convenient.

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The Allandale Go Station takes you right to Barrie from Toronto!

The GO Train/Bus is also a really, really good option if you are in Toronto (or on the “Barrie Line” that runs northbound from the big city). The Allandale Go Station is the last stop from Toronto and is right at the south of Barrie’s waterfront.

The whole ride from Union Station would take about 1 hour and 45 minutes one way (if you take only the train the whole way) and 2.5 hours (if you have to go train + bus). The trip costs just over $13.00 CAD with a Presto Card or $15.00+ with cash. You can find the full schedule for the “Barrie Go Line” here.

Getting Around Barrie, Ontario

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Ah, downtown Barrie ready to be explored!

Once you are in Barrie (especially downtown), you have a few options to get around. If you are just playing tourist in the city centre, walking around is a good bet. You can also rent a bike (or bring one on the GO Train or in your car) for usage on the waterfront trails. Learn more about biking in Barrie here.

Realistically, the best way to get to the ski resorts, beaches, or attractions outside the city centre is by car. If you didn’t arrive in one, there is Uber in Barrie and cab companies like Barrie Yellow Taxi are among the top-rated.

Barrie also has a transit system made up of the city bus. You can learn more about Barrie Transit fares and routes here. The bus is a great option if you came/are leaving on the GO Train because you get a free ride when you are connecting to/from the GO Station!

To ride the Barrie bus for free this way, just keep your paper ticket OR show your Presto Card (the transit fare system card). You also need to be connecting within 30 minutes of the GO Train you intend to catch! Again, if you are playing tourist near the water you should be able to walk everywhere.

Where to Stay in Barrie, Ontario

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It’s actually tough to stay right downtown Barrie….

If you are looking for a place to stay in Barrie, there aren’t a ton of places to choose from. As we mentioned, Barrie is a bit of a commuter town between cottage country and Toronto so it serves a variety of functions for different travellers.

This means there’s a handful of hotels in Barrie scattered around the city. If you are looking for hotels, you can check here for accommodations in Barrie. However, even with an Airbnb, it can be hard to stay RIGHT downtown.

If you want a hotel in Barrie, Ontario, many of the nicest ones are located in Barrie’s south end or close to Highway 400. Check out the very popular Monte Carlo Inn Barrie for a great location just off the highway and the Four Points by Sheraton Barrie for a nice upscale stay.

If you are looking for a classic Bed and Breakfast, check out the Clydesdale House which is close to downtown Barrie, the waterfront, and Barrie GO Station!

Things to Do in Barrie, Ontario – Downtown

So now that we have covered the basics about getting to Barrie and getting around, let’s dive into what you can do and see in Barrie. Since Barrie (and its attractions) are very spread out, we’ve divided this post into two sections: things to do that are close to downtown/the Barrie waterfront and things to do that are NOT downtown Barrie and you’d need a car to get to! Let’s explore!

Explore Downtown Barrie

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A good shot of downtown Barrie from the Spirit Catcher

Whether you’ve got a limited amount of time to explore or you just want to see the best parts, exploring downtown Barrie is a great place to start any Barrie adventure.

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There are many bars and restaurants along Dunlop Street East!

The historic downtown core is right on the waterfront (which we’ll mention more in-depth below) and is loaded with restaurants, bars, large and small shops, and more. We wandered through during the day – but Eric has been there to go out at night. Places like Donaleigh’s Irish Public House are great with their outdoor patios!

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The Barrie Cenotaph close to the waterfront…

One popular intersection in Barrie is the 5 Points – an intersection where 5 streets come to meet. This corner loosely defines the west end of the downtown core.

As you walk along Dunlop Street East in an easterly direction, you’ll come across the Barrie Cenotaph which is a war memorial and open square area leading down to the waterfront.

If you walk along Dunlop, you’ll find a second stretch of bars and restaurants. This is where you’ll find the famous Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (also mentioned below).

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If you see this, you’re definitely downtown Barrie!

If you head north up any street like Mulcaster Street, you’ll end up at Barrie City Hall and the skating rink/farmer’s market area out in front. You will also pass other downtown attractions like the MacLaren Art Centre (which we will ALSO mention down below). Just have a wander about – you’ll find loads of interesting places to check out!

Address: Along Dunlop Street East west of Bayfield Street (The 5 Points)

Visit the Farmer’s Market/Skate at Barrie City Hall

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Barrie City Hall building.

Season depending, you’ll want to visit Barrie City Hall. The iconic building with the clock on top is the heart of administrative business in Barrie. That said, you aren’t visiting for City Hall – but the public area in front. In the summer, you’ll find a round fountain with a covered area. This is where you find the Barrie Farmer’s Market on weekends (Saturdays).

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Markets in the summer, skating in the winter!

In the winter, you can enjoy the very same fountain as the “Circle at the Centre Rink”. This public skating rink is one of many maintained by the city – and one of dozens maintained by volunteers around the city. Bring your skates! You can check opening hours for this and other outdoor rinks around Barrie here.

Address: 70 Collier St, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5

Raise a Pint at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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The brewery facility is large and great for touring!

If you are in Barrie and you’re a lover of craft beer, then you absolutely have to stop by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. If you didn’t already know, Ontario has a MASSIVE craft beer scene which has been exploding over the past decade and a half. Flying Monkeys was basically at the start of that movement!

Founded in 2004 under a different name, Flying Monkeys has been brewing under the moniker “weird is normal”. It’ll all make sense when you see their logo, labels, and inside the tap room located downtown Barrie!

Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion is a popular choice!

You can go to Flying Monkeys for a pint, a sampler flight, and even do a brewery tour on weekdays and weekends. They have 16 tap lines open with their delicious brews – many of which you can find in Ontario restaurants and beyond. A classic is their Hoptical Illusion (shown above – a personal favourite) but they have MANY other classic and seasonal brews to try.

Check out Flying Monkeys Brewery – you won’t regret stopping by! You can learn more about Flying Monkeys (like tour times and hours) at their website.

Address: 107 Dunlop St E, Barrie, ON L4M 1A6

Enjoy the Barrie Waterfront at Kempenfelt Bay

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The view of downtown Barrie from Centennial Beach.

Other than the downtown core, the other distinguishing feature of Barrie is the beautiful waterfront. Just a stone’s throw from the bars, restaurants, and shops of Dunlop Street are kilometres of shoreline, green space, and the beautiful blue water of Lake Simcoe.

Barrie meets Lake Simcoe at a large bay – called Kempenfelt Bay – and the shoreline of Kempenfelt has been shaping the city of Barrie for centuries.

There is loads to do down at the waterfront close to downtown so we broke this section up into chunks. Just so you know, the Tourism/Visitor’s Centre is at the Southshore Community Centre. This is near the Allandale Go Station (and on the opposite side of the bay from downtown) but you can enjoy the walk along the bay to get there or hop on the bus if you like.

Walk/Bike the Barrie Parks and Waterfront Trails

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The view northwest from Heritage Park.

Speaking of walking, one of the main things to do at the Barrie waterfront is to just enjoy the paths. The paths hug the shoreline and are great for walking and biking – often times they are their own separate paths. You can get some exercise (and very fresh air) as you follow the trails that connect the whole bay from north to south past downtown and the Barrie Marina.

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Eric walking the waterfront paths…

There are a few parks around Kempenfelt Bay close to downtown Barrie. We could name the ones even further away but for the purposes of this post, we want to cover the ones that are the most accessible if you are heading to Barrie for a few hours.

From north to south, moving counterclockwise along the Barrie Waterfront, there is Heritage Park, Centennial Park (see below), Allandale Station Park (near the Allandale Go Station), Minet’s Point Park (good for windsurfing), and Tyndale Park. This last one is quite far from downtown and might require a car to access. Some of these also have beaches attached to them.

Barrie Marina

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If boating is your thing, then you can get to Barrie by boat and dock your boat in the Marina. You’ll pass the Marina on the way to Centennial Beach and see all the boats hanging out waiting for their next adventure. Just be careful in the bay since there can be heavy boat traffic (motorized and not)!

Barrie Waterfront Boat Rentals

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We found the Happy Paddling trailer right at the water’s edge!

If you’re popping up for the day or visiting Canada and want to try out some classic Canadian water activities, then renting a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak is definitely for you! Luckily, you can do this right at Barrie’s waterfront!

We found the rentals right at the water’s edge – so you can check out HappyPaddling to book a boat rental. In the busy summer, it’s a good idea to book a boat in advance if you know you are visiting Barrie’s waterfront at a specific time and day!

Barrie Waterfront Sweet Treats

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Ever had Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream? GET IN LINE.

There are a number of places to get a sweet treat along the waterfront. One such place is the little stand “Scoops & Cones”. This tiny ice cream stand sells Kawartha Dairy ice cream – which is an Ontario classic summertime treat. We didn’t get ice cream this day but we’ve had Kawartha Dairy before and WOW you need to try Kawartha Dairy ice cream!

SplashON Wibit Water Park Barrie

If it’s the blazing summer heat and you’re with the kids, they might want to have a bit of fun in the water. While Centennial Beach is a great option, there’s another way to have some fun on the water! For this, there’s nothing better than a giant inflatable water park with things to climb, jump from, and play on! Check out the SplashON Water Park prices and hours here.

Barrie Kempenfelt Bay Ice Fishing

If you’re exploring Barrie in the winter, you might try your hand at ice fishing! In this case, there is ice fishing on the bay and on Lake Simcoe in surrounding Innisfil. You can learn more here. It’s important to follow the season guidelines and safety regulations and/or be sure to ask a local/company if you want to give it a try!

Address: Kempenfelt Bay Waterfront, Lake Simcoe

Relax in Centennial Park

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There are good facilities along the waterfront!

While we have mentioned parks by the waterfront before in this post, the largest and most central is Centennial Park. Right in the middle between the Allandale Go Station and Barrie’s downtown core, this park has lots of facilities: change rooms, washrooms, playground area, many walking paths and some food stalls.

Of course, the popular Centennial Beach is also located in this park – which makes it even more popular/busy in the summertime! You can find parking nearby if you are driving but – as we mentioned above – parking right at the best park in town can be pricier than downtown or farther away!

Address: Lakeshore Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 2M6

Tan and Swim at Centennial Beach

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Remember to swim within the lines!

If enjoying the summer sunshine is in the cards, then a visit to Centennial Beach is for you! Located right at the water’s edge within Centennial Park, the beach is conveniently located a quick walk from downtown Barrie. You could also easily walk from the Allandale Go Station and there is plenty of parking (although it’s more expensive near the beach than downtown Barrie)!

When we visited, it was early in the season so the lifeguards weren’t out yet but the beach has guard chairs and a designated swim area roped off with floating buoys. There are chance facilities and washrooms in pavilions nearby, too.

Keep in mind that many of the parks also have related beach areas – like Tyndale Beach or Minet’s Point Beach – but for those visiting downtown, Centennial is the main beach for you to check out. You can learn more about what you can and cannot do at Centennial Beach here!

Address: 65 Lakeshore Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 2M6

Admire the “Spirit Catcher”

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The Spirit Catcher resembles the mighty Thunderbird….

If you’re walking along the Barrie waterfront, you will not miss the large metallic sculpture dominating the sky. This is the Spirit Catcher – and it’s come to be known as an iconic image of Barrie.

The Spirit Catcher was originally created by artist Ron Baird for the 1986 Canadian Expo held in Vancouver. Made to resemble a Thunderbird from Aboriginal myth on Canada’s West Coast, it was donated to Barrie (to what is now the MacLaren Art Centre) and moved to its current place from Vancouver in 1987.

We got the chance to snap a few photos and watch its feathers flap in the strong winds. You’ll get a great shot of downtown Barrie from its base so check it out when you visit!

Address: 15 Lakeshore Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 6T4

Visit the MacLaren Art Centre

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The MacLaren is right downtown!

If exploring Canadian art is more your thing, then head over to the MacLaren Art Centre! Moved to this site in 2001 and originally called the Barrie Gallery Project in the late 1980s, the gallery has expanded quite a bit and changed locations over the years!

Technically, the first piece in the collection was the Spirit Catcher – which we already talked about (and you can find down by the Barrie waterfront). The Centre also has activities and workshops for kids so keep an eye on the schedule if you’re visiting Barrie! You can learn more about visiting the MacLaren here.

Address: 37 Mulcaster St, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2

See a Show at The Five Points Theatre

If you enjoy performing arts, then you can head to the Five Points Theatre to catch whatever is on! Barrie is known for great local performances from musical numbers to funny shows and other performances.

Since the Five Points Theatre is right downtown at the famous intersection, you can grab a drink and/or a bite to eat before or after the show! Often times, local restaurants have “theatre night” deals for patrons attending shows.

Barrie actually has a number of theatres you can check out – but the Five Points is the most central. You can check for shows at all of them and buy tickets here!

Address for The Five Points Theatre: 1 Dunlop St W, Barrie, ON L4N 1A1

Check out The G & Sf Regimental Museum

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You can’t miss the Museum from the street!

If you want to learn a little bit about the city’s role in Canadian military history, then stop by The Grey and Simcoe Foresters Museum. The Grey and Simcoe Foresters are technically a primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces.

Originally a Regiment created by locals from the Barrie/Grey/Simcoe region in the early/mid-1800s, the museum in downtown Barrie highlights the history of the regiment and their role in conflicts at home and around the world. You can find out more about visiting the museum to learn about Canadian history here.

Address: 36 Mulcaster St, Barrie, ON L4M 3M1

Explore Bear Creek Eco Park

If you want to get the “outdoor” hiking experience without leaving the middle of the city, a visit to Bear Creek Eco Park might do the trick. Located in the middle of the city, this surprisingly large park provides walking paths and trails of all ages and fitness levels.

Parking is just off of Ferndale – and you can even find a wooden boardwalk that floats over a wetland area. This makes you feel like you’ve driven out of Barrie to discover nature without having gone far at all!

Address: Approximately 90 Ferndale Drive South, Barrie, ON L4N 6Y6

Attend a Barrie Festival or Event

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Crews were setting up for something when we visited!

Regardless of the time of year or season, there is likely to be something going on in Barrie in regards to events, shows, or festivals. The summer season at Barrie’s waterfront feels like a never-ending cycle of event tents and things to check out!

Of note, you might want to plan to be in Barrie for The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Winterfest, The Jazz & Blues Festival, Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, the Barrie Film Festival, and the arguably the most famous arts/craft/music show – Kempenfest in August!

Address: Barrie Waterfront (generally Centennial or Heritage Park)

Scuba Dive the J.C. Morrison Wreck

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The wreck is just off the point near Centennial Beach

In case scuba diving is something you’re interested in, you’ll be happy to hear that Ontario actually has a number of great dive sites (due to the number of bodies of water all over the place!). One such site is the wreck of the J.C. Morrison right off the shores of Centennial Beach. This steam-powered paddle wheel ship caught fire in 1857 and sunk just off shore.

Today, it’s a popular dive site for beginners since there’s great parking, it’s not too deep, and generally has good visibility. The only downside is that boaters in the area don’t always know what the dive flags mean so be careful if you dive here! You can learn more about (and see a few photos) of this dive site here.

Address: Just off from Centennial Beach

Go to an OHL Hockey Game

If you’re in Barrie (or visiting Canada) and want to enjoy a beloved Canadian pastime, then you can always go to an ice hockey game! For this, you can go and see the Barrie Colts play at the Barrie Molson Centre.

OHL Hockey (Ontario Hockey League) is generally good hockey with good young talent trying to make their way into the NHL. The season runs from September to April (playoffs depending into May). You can check out the Barrie Colts schedule here and check for tickets here.

Address for Barrie Molson Centre: 555 Bayview Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 8Y2

Throw Axes at Bullseye Axe Throwing Barrie

If you’re looking for a more active activity with friends, then consider throwing a few axes! Bullseye in Barrie prides themselves on providing a safe and fun atmosphere for throwing some axes – at targets that are real, freshly cut log cross-sections!

Located in Barrie’s south end, you might need a car to get there but it would be worth it! You can check out pricing and hours for Bullseye Axe Throwing here.

Address: 371 King St #10, Barrie, ON L4N 6B5

Things to Do in Barrie, Ontario – Out of Town

Now that we are done with downtown Barrie, it’s important to note that there are LOADS of things to do that are near/around Barrie. While many of these attractions will end up in other posts (like the ski resorts in Ontario, for example), we’re covering some of them here given their proximity to Barrie!

Visit the Simcoe County Museum

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The front entrance is well-marked and right by the road!

Likely one of the best attractions in the area is the Simcoe County Museum. Taking a deep dive into the rich history of Simcoe County has never been easier with interactive displays and many actual heritage buildings in the outdoor parkland!

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The Museum is located in a woodland area – it’s a great setting!

From learning about how the Canadian Indigenous peoples lived in the area to the life and times of the early settlers from the 18th through the 20th century, the museum has great indoor and outdoor exhibits suitable for all ages and interests!

It definitely leaves you with a sense of appreciation of how difficult life might have been but how resilient people were back in the day. You can learn more about visiting the Simcoe County museum here.

Address: 1151 ON-26, Minesing, ON L9X 0Z7

Ski/Tube/Hike at Snow Valley

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The front entrance and chalet to the left from the drive way into the parking lot.

If it’s the winter time and you are looking for things to do in Barrie for the family, then heading to Snow Valley is a good option. This small ski hill is an area known for its short ski runs, really good snow tubing park and snowshoeing trails. Eric has been so many times he can’t even count – and every time has been a blast.

Snow Valley is not an overly sophisticated facility but it does the trick for beginner ski/boarders, families looking to get out in the snow, and those looking to go snow tubing. You can check out the hours, prices, and snow conditions here.

Address: 2632 Vespra Valley Rd, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y3

Explore the Tiffin Centre for Conservation

If you want another great area for hiking and enjoying the Ontario outdoors, Tiffin Centre might be a great option! Located to the west of Barrie’s downtown, you’ll need a car to reach the over 300 acres of green forest, meadows, wetlands, and more.

There are 17 km of multi-usage trails for hiking and biking in the summer, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There is even a disc golf course which is free to play (Eric wants to try it out) – you just have to pay for parking! You can learn more about visiting Tiffin here.

Address: 8195 8th Line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Golf at Innisbrook Golf Course

If golfing is your thing, then you’d probably want to know that Barrie has a number of golf courses where you can get out and enjoy the nature of the region. Specifically, there are a number of courses bunched together in Barrie’s south end – and a top choice is Innisbrook.

Eric has golfed a few courses around Ontario but not Innisbrook. We’ll eventually cover golf courses on this site – for now, you can check out the website for Innisbrook Golf Course.

Address: 211 Lockhart Rd, Barrie, ON L9J 0B4

Ski/Bike at Hardwood Hills

If cross country skiing in the winter is what you want to try or mountain biking in the summer is calling you, then head to Hardwood Hills! This multi-purpose trail parkway north of Barrie is worth the trek out there!

Eric has been there numerous times for cross country skiing and it was always a blast. Aside from skiing and biking, you can head up there to hike the trails, play disc golf, and more.

They have a great chalet/cafe onsite and full rental service so you don’t even need to show up with any gear – just the right clothing for the season! You can learn more about Hardwood Hills here.

Address: 402 Old Barrie Rd W, Oro Station, ON L0L 2E0

Visit Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Inc.

While we generally don’t promote “zoos” or places where animals are held captive, we do make exceptions. In this case, the Bear Creek Exotic Sanctuary is a non-profit that takes care of neglected or abused exotic animals that make their way to Ontario.

Known for large snakes, tigers, lions, and other animals not native to Ontario, the centre provides tours and education sessions for visitors to learn about the animals and the risks involved with keeping exotic pets. You can learn more about Bear Creek Sanctuary located southwest of Barrie here.

Address: 8633 10th Line of Essa Township, RR 2, Barrie, ON L4M 4S4

Ski/Hike/Golf at Horseshoe Valley Resort

Located a bit of a drive north from Barrie up Highway 400, you’ll find a larger ski resort with loads to offer in any season: Horseshoe Valley Resort. This large operation has a much larger trail system than Snow Valley and comes with golfing in the summer, other seasonal activities like snow tubing and zip-lining, and even accommodations + spa facilities.

Eric has been to Horseshoe for skiing and running meets loads of times – it’s a really nice location to get out and enjoy nature. Because there’s more to do at Horseshoe, you can even stay for a night or two and make use of the spa facilities for a romantic weekend getaway in Ontario!

You can check here for accommodations at Horseshoe and check here for hours, snow conditions, and more information!

Address: 1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Barrie, ON L4M 4Y8

Visit Innisfil Beach Park

Technically located in the nearby Town of Innisfil, the Innisfil Beach Park is a little bigger and has a large offering of services and facilities. This beach and green space on the shore of Lake Simcoe is about 30 minutes by car.

You can obviously swim and use one of the multiple beaches, but there’s also room for barbecuing, launching the boat, sports, renting kayaks or paddleboards, and more. In the winter, there are activities like ice fishing. You can find details about parking, swimming, boating, and more here.

Address: 676 Innisfil Beach Rd, Innisfil, ON L9S 4H6

Hike at Springwater Provincial Park

If you want to get away from the Barrie Waterfront for a few hours and find a few kilometres of hiking trails, head north of Barrie towards Midhurst for Springwater Provincial Park.

This day-use park has 12 kilometres of hiking trails which are also for mountain biking. In the winter, you can use the trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other activities. There are BBQs onsite and a few other facilities which make it good for a picnic, day trip, or nature walk! You can learn more about the park here.

Address: 1331 ON-26, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

Ski/Board Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Last, but certainly not least, we have the last ski hill on the list: Mount St. Louis Moonstone. This ski hill is very much a winter-only facility that is right off Highway 400 about 25 minutes driving north of Barrie. In fact, you can see it from the highway heading to the cottage!

Eric has been numerous times and it’s always been pretty good. He even ran “Tough Mudder” here when it was in Canada many summers ago. They are known for their terrain park if you are into that side of skiing/boarding. You can learn all about passes, hours, and snow conditions here.

Address: R.R.4, 24 Mt St Louis Rd W, Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0

And there you have it – 25 of the best things to do in Barrie! As we said, there’s so much to do and see all over the region that you can spend a day exploring or you can stay overnight – it’s up to you! Let us know what you think if you visit Barrie – and let us know what you love to do and we’ll add it to this growing list!

As always, Keep Exploring, eh?
– E&L

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