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.

Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
2 out of 5
441 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON, L4N6C8
The price is CA $108 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Barrie. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Good location close to restaurants. Room was clean and had a fridge and microwave. However, pool was closed for maintenance. There was a lot of cigarette butts and garbage on the parking lot and grass that needs sweeping up. Sign in elevator said gym closed but found out next day that it was open. ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2022

Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
3 out of 5
81 Hart Dr, Barrie, ON, L4N5M3
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $112 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Barrie. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"The place was clean. Property was neat and looked after. People were nice. Breakfast was good. One room I was in had an old cigarette odour. #110. Was disappointed that the restaurant was not in operation except for breakfast."

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2022

Allure Hotel & Conference Centre, Ascend Hotel Collection
Allure Hotel & Conference Centre, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
20 Fairview Rd, Barrie, ON, L4N4P3
The price is CA $111 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Barrie. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (999 reviews)
"First stay at Allure and I was extremely happy with my stay. Will definitely be returning!"

Reviewed on Oct. 3, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Barrie North Retreat - Great for work crews!
Barrie North Retreat - Great for work crews!
Barrie, ON
Stay at this vacation home in Barrie. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Bayfield Mall and Barrie Farmers Market are located ...
Parkside House
Parkside House
3.5 out of 5
15 Parkside Dr, Barrie, ON, L4N 1W7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Barrie. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (157 reviews)
"Well taken care of property, check in was easy, convenient location close to downtown"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2022

Adorable and spacious 3 bedrooms house close to all amenities/quite neighborhood
Adorable and spacious 3 bedrooms house close to all amenities/quite neighborhood
Barrie, ON
Stay at this vacation home in Barrie. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Central Creek Trail Trailhead and Barrie Molson ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
Entire house
"This VRBO allows you access to an entire 3 bedroom house. The property was exceptionally clean with a very comfortable king size bed in the master bedroom and a beautiful, modern kitchen. We will definitely rent this again."

Reviewed on Oct. 3, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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