Things to do in Barrie

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Things to Do in Barrie

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  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada2,050 contributions
    Huge green space overlooking Kempenfelt Bay that includes a spacious sandy beach, a long wooden boardwalk and a children's playground with an array of play structures. The beach is big enough to require 5 lifeguard chairs (currently off-season so no lifeguards on duty). The wide boardwalk provides unobstructed views of the water and can easily accommodate 2 people walking side by side on either direction. The playground here is literally a kid's paradise--aside from the usual swing, slide and monkey bars, there are climbing walls, zip line and more.

    The landmark fountain was already turned off when we visited on Oct 22, Sat. We kept mostly to the waterfront trail but could see that Centennial Park has shade trees and picnic tables. The only negative I can think of about this place is the outrageous parking fee, $10/hr or maximum $50/day. If one is willing to park further away, there are cheaper alternatives (even free on weekends) closer to downtown Barrie.
    Written November 28, 2022
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  • Rick Janine G
    Barrie, Canada163 contributions
    Billy was our server and did a great job. We shared a flight and both had the Yardbird. Quick and friendly service. Seated quickly on the patio. Live music was also nice. Clean washrooms which is very important.
    Written August 19, 2022
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  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada2,050 contributions
    We approached The Spirit Catcher after a quick walk around Heritage Park and a photo op at the Heart Barrie 3D sign. Created by Canadian sculptor Ron Baird, this iconic landmark which was based on the legendary Thunderbird has stood tall on the Barrie waterfront since 1987. I like the fact that it is kinetic--that parts of it move with the wind. The movement brings life to this imposing work of art.

    During our Oct 22 visit, the steps leading to the base of The Spirit Catcher still served as the Indigenous community's makeshift memorial with random candles, bouquets, stuffed toys, etc. There were also giant orange planters with orange mums right out front from the previous month's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • jsca777
    Windsor, Canada150 contributions
    Sunnidale is well maintained, quite a few trails and a decent amount of parking. Quite a few trees to provide shade as well. Great place to go for people of all ages.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • William H
    3 contributions
    It's a lovely area with great walking trails and very close to downtown. Excited to explore more of the bluffs
    Written March 23, 2022
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  • robjustrob
    Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
    i didnt buy anything but can see why a picker would have a good time going through all the random steuff there and finding some treasure to collect or resell
    Written March 25, 2022
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  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada2,050 contributions
    Our first time in Barrie and Heritage Park was first on our itinerary. We were lucky because the sunny weekend forecast prevailed after several days of rain. Free parking in downtown Barrie on weekends was a bonus (see parking tip* below).

    We drove an hour from Mississauga, found an empty spot at the parking lot near the EV charging station (south of Simcoe St), spent some time reading historical interpretive panels before heading to the Heart Barrie sign which was only installed in Jun 2022. There are walking trails, park benches and a duck pond with a gazebo which can be reached via a short pedestrian bridge over a mini waterfall. Heritage Park is a lovely waterfront park conveniently located across downtown Barrie's Meridian Place and Memorial Square. Public washrooms are not open year-round (already closed for winter during our Oct visit).

    Interesting landmarks in the area include The Sea Serpent steel sculpture located a short distance from the splash pad with spherical boulder feature (also closed for the season), the Rotary Club 4-sided clock near the intersection of Simcoe St and Bayfield St and, of course, the imposing Spirit Catcher steel sculpture across the marina overlooking Kempenfelt Bay.

    *Free parking in downtown Barrie on weekends except at waterfront parking lots which charge $10/hr (or a maximum $50/day) regardless of day or time.
    Written November 7, 2022
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  • Tiffiemonkee
    Barrie, Canada103 contributions
    I’m writing the review, sipping coffee while my kiddo plays safely. They are adhering to the covid 19 guidelines. Reasonable entrance and price on drinks and snacks.
    Written October 9, 2021
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  • robjustrob
    Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
    stopped at the travel and tourist center to get some info on local attractions and a map, the staff was super helpful and seemed almost excited to have someone stop by.
    Written March 25, 2022
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  • SchumacherJack
    Timmins, Canada572 contributions
    You can go quite some distance and you will not find better corn on the cob than here. Fresh picked, sweet, great people and if you have kids along, tons of fun.
    Written October 6, 2018
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  • LJoanne
    Calgary, Canada11 contributions
    We recently attended a wedding at the Heritage Winery, Barrie. We were so pleasantly surprised with the venue itself and the service. Everything was excellent and the food outstanding. The wedding was outside under a pergola. The appetizers were also served outside. They were plentiful with a great variety. The open bar had a good choice of liquor. The main meal was perfect and well paced. It was a wonderful place to hold a wedding and from what I heard they are also planning more improvements.
    Thanks so much for a memorable evening.
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • N4080INkevinl
    Toronto, Canada64 contributions
    Went for a ohl hockey game with the colts. Good sight lines in the rink. I was up near the top and it wasn’t far from the action. Great hockey. There is a restaurant attached. Not bad for a hockey rink. Nice choice of drafts in this small restaurant. I ordered tacos. They were ok. Nothing special but not terrible. Good place to go before the game. The rink has a coffee concession stand where you can get Baileys in your coffee or hot chocate. Expensive at $7 but nice treat. All around decent concessions with pizza pizza as well.
    Written November 11, 2018
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  • Janie H
    Barrie, Canada40 contributions
    The Maclaren is a small gallery which has rotating exhibits. It doesn't take long to wander through it, and it has free entry-although you can put a donation in the donation box. There is a very good gift shop with locally made wares. There is also a very good cafe, which serves great lunches and coffee.
    Written February 5, 2018
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  • Oxyfish1
    Deddington, UK105 contributions
    We enjoyed the food court. The fries from NYF were hot and delicious. The gyros from Feta and Olive was tasty but small on the portion size. The rest of the mall was a decent size. There was a good range of stores, but some were a little on the small side.
    Written August 6, 2019
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  • SunnySally18
    Barrie, Canada2 contributions
    Even more fun than expected! Can't wait to go back next year!

    If you're a grown-up, be ready to be sore the next day from slipping and sliding all over the place and using all of those muscles that have been laying dormant to pull yourself back onto this floating gymnasium after falling in ... many, many times. But so worth it! Had an absolutely fantastic time. Kids love it and great workout too!

    Several lifeguards close by, life jackets mandatory and included in price. Seems altogether very safe but expect to get a scrape or two from the inflatable seams.

    No lockers available (as of this year) but they'll hold onto your car keys so that you can lock your valuables inside your car.

    Make sure to slather on lots of sunscreen!
    Written September 3, 2019
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