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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $90 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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! (948 reviews)
"Spacious, comfortable room with fridge, microwave and coffee machine. Free on-site parking. Breakfast in a bag due to Covid with an apple, muffin, yogurt and a juice. Coffee available in the lobby in the morning until 10am. A 5 minute drive to Centennial Park. Helpful staff."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2021

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Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
2.5 out of 5
74 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $119 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in the heart of Barrie, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Allandale Recreation Centre, Central Creek Trail Trailhead, and Lackey's Bush Trail Trailhead. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)
"Good breakfast. Hotel looks newly renovated. Clean. No issues."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2021

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Best Western Plus Barrie
Best Western Plus Barrie
2.5 out of 5
35 Hart Drive, Barrie, ON
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $102 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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! (974 reviews)
"Service was excellent and they followed all covid protocols and had someone served hot breakfast behind plexiglass."

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2021

Best Western Plus Barrie
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Parkside House
Parkside House
3.5 out of 5
15 Parkside Dr, Barrie, ON
The price is CA $120 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)
"The space smelt really good is super private, and it is in a neat location! 10/10. I will recommend the Parkside House to my friends and family visiting Barrie."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Parkside House
Barrie North Retreat - Quiet and Friendly
Barrie North Retreat - Quiet and Friendly
Barrie, ON
This family-friendly Barrie vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bayfield Mall, Barrie Farmers Market, and MacLaren Art Centre. Georgian College is 1.6 mi ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Won't hesitate to book again!!!!
"From start to finish our stay was awesome. Tash was very courteous and made sure we had everything we needed. The house is very well stocked. Thanks Tash Ps. Next reunion I will be in touch. Janette"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2021

Barrie North Retreat - Quiet and Friendly
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
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