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Barrie
Travel Guide

Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park featuring a park and hiking or walking as well as a couple

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.

Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
3 out of 5
81 Hart Dr, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $79 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barrie Farmers Market, MacLaren Art Centre, and Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Hotel is ok. Our stay was for 18 days due to the fact we were in Barrie for training for our new business. We basically had to beg to get our room made up ... heck even clean towels. And we were double charged for our room. Once by Expedia and then the hotel also charged us! That did not impress ..."

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Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Best Western Plus Barrie
Best Western Plus Barrie
2.5 out of 5
35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $92 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Situated in the entertainment district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barrie Farmers Market, MacLaren Art Centre, and Barrie Arboretum at ...
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
"perfect"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Best Western Plus Barrie
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
2 out of 5
441 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $68 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barrie Molson Centre, Innisbrook Golf Course, and Allandale Recreation Centre. Central Creek ...
3.9/5Good! (1,091 reviews)
"Great time At Super8 Barrie. Great room! Great service"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
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Parkside House
Parkside House
3.5 out of 5
15 Parkside Dr, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $69 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in the heart of Barrie, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Barrie Farmers Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Georgian Mall and Georgian College. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"Clean, comfort and great location."

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2021

Parkside House
Residence & Conference Centre - Barrie
Residence & Conference Centre - Barrie
2 out of 5
One Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON
Situated in Barrie, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Georgian College Gryphon Theatre and Georgian College. Royal Victoria Hospital and Eastview Arena ...
3.3/5 (306 reviews)
"Good only for single' s, family person should double check unless its extremely criticala"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Residence & Conference Centre - Barrie
Waterfront Home, City/sunset Views & Steps to Beach
Waterfront Home, City/sunset Views & Steps to Beach
Barrie, ON
Located in Barrie, this beachfront vacation home is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Gables Trailhead and Lackey's Bush Trail Trailhead. Tyndale ...
Waterfront Home, City/sunset Views & Steps to Beach
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