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Barrie

Ski in winter, explore Lake Simcoe in summer and see works by Ontario artists at any time of year in this large lakeside town.

Barrie is one of the largest cities in southwestern Ontario. Located on the shore of Lake Simcoe and surrounded by woods, this is a great point of departure for exploring the lush wilderness north of Toronto. Before heading into the forest, check out Barrie’s lively art scene.

In summer, explore the waterfront along Lake Simcoe. Take the 4.2-mile (6.7-kilometer) trail through Barrie’s lakeside area to reach several beaches. Swim at Centennial Beach in the refreshing lake water after enjoying beach volleyball on the sand or a game of miniature golf nearby. Rent a motorboat or a Jet Ski to explore Lake Simcoe’s vast 279-square-mile (722-square-kilometer) area.

Walk up to the Spirit Catcher, the 22-ton (20-tonne) steel sculpture on the Lake Simcoe waterfront. Originally designed for the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver by Ontario sculptor Ron Baird, the towering statue is influenced by the art of Ontario’s indigenous groups.

See more works by regional artists at the MacLaren Art Center. Temporary exhibitions of Canadian artists supplement a 26,600-piece permanent collection, with an especially large selection of Soviet press photographs.

Get out into the Ontario forest in the Ardagh Bluffs Natural Area. This 518-acre (210-hectare) plot of forest is in the southwest part of town. To visit a more remote stretch of wilderness, drive 40 minutes west of Barrie to reach the Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area. Here, creeks and rivers snake through 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) of protected wetlands inhabited by deer and hundreds of bird species. Traverse the wooded landscape by canoe.

Barrie is also known for winter attractions. Rent a snowmobile in Barrie to explore the snowy woods outside of town. Several different ski resorts are a short drive from town as well. The closest resort, Snow Valley, is a perfect destination for families and beginner skiers.

From Toronto, make the 1-hour drive or the 3-hour bus ride to Barrie. Once there, get around this region of wetlands, rivers and lakes by boat.

Top Hotels in Barrie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Barrie
Best Western Plus Barrie
2.5 out of 5
35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $99 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Barrie Farmers Market, MacLaren Art Centre and Barrie Arboretum at ...

4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Everything was clean and well sanitized. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Best Western Plus Barrie
Four Points by Sheraton Barrie
Four Points by Sheraton Barrie
3 out of 5
60 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $119 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Allandale Recreation Centre, Barrie Farmers Market and MacLaren Art Centre. Barrie Molson ...

4/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Decent hotel, conveniently located by the highway"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Barrie
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
2.5 out of 5
441 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $69 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Barrie Molson Centre, Innisbrook Golf Course and Allandale Recreation Centre. Georgian ...

3.9/5Good! (1,231 reviews)

"Clean quiet. Courteous staff. Close to restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie

Popular places to visit in Barrie

Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park
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Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park

Admire stately trees, walk or ski along trails and take the children to a playground full of apparatus and activities at this pleasant arboretum and park. 

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
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Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

4/5(196 reviews)

Explore hiking trails, relax on one of the world’s longest freshwater beaches and visit a historic site at this picturesque park.

Sunset Point Park
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Sunset Point Park

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Relax on a rocky beach, explore scenic walking trails and watch windsurfers ride the waves of Georgian Bay.

Top things to do in Barrie

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto with Wine tasting & Hornblower Cruise
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Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto with Wine tasting & Hornblower Cruise

CA $123
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets
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Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets

CA $20
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets
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Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets

CA $23
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto

CA $89
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Ultimate Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto with Boat & Lunch
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Ultimate Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto with Boat & Lunch

CA $209
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Outlet Collection at Niagara Shopping from Toronto
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Outlet Collection at Niagara Shopping from Toronto

CA $46
Per adult

Reviews of Barrie

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4 - Good 56.625258799171846%
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3 - Okay 17.391304347826086%
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4/5 - Good

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Jun 2, 2020

Barrie was good. We will always visit this place as it is in Muskoka region and closest to the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 18, 2020

Nice place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Every time that we go to Barrie, we discover new things to do, places to visit and things to see. It's a really nice town to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 15, 2020

People were super friendly and polite- even with the coronavirus concern

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

Lovely community.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

We skied at Moonstone/ Mt St Louis so we found staying in Barrie convenient. We like Barrie it’s just such a busy city.

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