8 Things to Do in Barrie That You Shouldn't Miss

December 21, 2017 Layne Dawes

Barrie is a city, and manifesting regional centre in Central Ontario, Canada, pleasantly positioned on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, the western arm of Lake Simcoe. The city is located in, and county seat of Simcoe County, however is considered politically independent. It is part of the historically significant Huronia region of Central Ontario, and is within the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a densely populated and industrialized region of Ontario.
Restaurants in Barrie

1. Sunnidale Park Arboretum

Sunnidale Road & Cundles Road West, Barrie, Ontario, Canada +1 800-668-9100
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Sunnidale Park Arboretum

Reviewed By nicetotravel - Barrie

Beautifully cared for and a lovely walk through nature. The 150th floral decoration is so pretty. Bring your out of town visitors here - it really showcases what Barrie is about in nature.

2. Barrie Centennial Park

65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 2M6, Canada +1 705-726-4242
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

Barrie Centennial Park

Reviewed By michael T - Barrie, Canada

I normally go alone to gather my thought,s and listen to the waves hitting the shore line . When stress has a better part of our everyday live,s , this is a good place to simply release and take it all in , so relaxing . I see people there doing that exact thing , so go on and breath some , it taste wonderful.

3. Spirit Catcher Sculpture

24 Maple Ave, Barrie, Ontario L4N 6T4, Canada +1 705-739-9444
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 222 reviews

Spirit Catcher Sculpture

Reviewed By Susan E

Barrie's unique metal sculpture set the tone of the waterfront beauty. I feel the sculpture is reflective of the spirit of Kemperfelt Bay, the locals and our Canadian historical Aboriginal culture. Towering over the bay with strength to endure nature's elements with great pride. The location is a gem to walk, and to absorb the local sites.

4. Smart Moves Play Place

565 Bryne Dr Unit C, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9Y3, Canada +1 705-719-0111
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Smart Moves Play Place

Reviewed By Kefka1911

I bring my daughter here often when the weather is crappy. It's quite large, suprisingly larger than expected by looking at the store front.
However this place can be PACKED !! Since it's becoming extremely popular in the city.
Think of half a school worth of kids running around nuts but indoors.. lol..
There's food and drink, washrooms and nursing areas. Basically everything a family could want. They also do parties.

5. Ardagh Bluffs

Ardagh Road & Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Ardagh Bluffs

Reviewed By schulich - Toronto, Canada

A nice place to wander away a few hrs. While the scenery is a bit monotonous, the forest is a nice, quiet area to get some peace. There are a few different trails, coded by colour/symbol. Trees are painted along a trail to guide you.

6. Heritage Park

Barrie, Ontario, Canada +1 705-726-4242
Excellent
40%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Heritage Park

Reviewed By Barb A

Kempenfelt Kelly immortalized! This park is perfect for anything! In the summer there's a lovely shallow splash pool with 'egg' Fountains and the brook running through the park with little Waterfalls and tree/bench vignettes through out to offer peaceful resting and shade places.

7. Maclaren Art Centre

37 Mulcaster St, Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2, Canada +1 705-721-9696
Excellent
39%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Maclaren Art Centre

Reviewed By Hove_Windsurfer - Barrie, Canada

Went here for lunch. Modest selection of healthy wholesome food, including wraps, quiches, salads and cakes. Great coffee, and also alcohol is available. The highlight though is the space in which you sit to enjoy your coffee or lunch. Inside you can eat in the modern airy coffee shop or the atrium adjoining the art gallery, outside is a delightful courtyard patio, which is a tranquil little oasis. Will be coming here often.

8. Ontario Travel Information Centre - Barrie

21 Mapleview Dr E, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9A9, Canada +1 705-725-7280
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Ontario Travel Information Centre - Barrie

Visit our friendly and helpful staff at the Ontario Travel Information Centre - Barrie. Let us help you plan an Ontario itinerary as unique as you are. We are your one-stop travel source for planning and booking! Our Centre offers: - Customized trip planning - Accommodation Reservations and attraction ticket sales - Discount coupon books, special promotional packages - A vast array of free travel brochures for all of Ontario - Boutique gift shops and souvenirs - Free Ontario road maps - Free Wi-Fi service - Washrooms, picnic and play facilities - Pet friendly facilities

Reviewed By Edward W - Toronto, Canada

This place is the one constant place that we head to in Barrie. Generally speaking these large travel centers are only at the provincial borders, so it is nice to find one that accessible here, just off the highway, an hour north of Toronto. It is more or less of a necessary stop for anyone heading to the area, whether that be the Bruce Peninsula, Penetanguishene/Midland, the Georgian Bay Coast or beyond. They have guidebooks for almost every provincial park in Ontario, and their knowledge of stuff in the immediate area is impressive.

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