Barrie is a city of 128,430 residents, the 35th largest municipality in Canada. It is located on Kempenfelt Bay, an arm of Lake Simcoe in Central Ontario, Canada. It is the county seat of Simcoe County.
Fifty minutes north of Toronto surrounding the shores of Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe, Barrie, Ontario welcomes you to experience all that our city has to offer!
Barrie is a year-round tourist destination, with three beaches, more ski runs than anywhere in Ontario and is centrally located to some of Ontario's most desireable attractions and destinations. We are the shopping hub of our area, our downtown nightlife is legendary and our selection of campgrounds and award-winning hotels await you for a comfortable stay.
If recreation is what you're after, Barrie's numerous trails, cycling routes and waterfront will keep even the most active people busy. In between all the action enjoy Barrie's renowned selection of restaurants, and experience one of our many museums and galleries. If you're lucky, catch us during one of our festivals (there's at least one a month) and see our city come alive! Refer to our Calendar of Events to see what's going on during your stay.
Tourism plays an important role in the local economy. Barrie's waterfront is at the heart of its tourism industry, with events like the Kempenfest Arts and Crafts festival attracting more than 300,000 people. Recreational activities include skiing at nearby Horseshoe Valley, Snow Valley, Mount St.Louis Moonstone, and Blue Mountain as well as boating in Kempenfelt Bay. The city also boasts several beaches including Minet's Point Beach, Johnsons Beach, The Gables, Tyndale Beach, and Centennial Beach. Barrie's waterfront is currently under heavy construction, with the relocation of several roadways to provide more greenspace and parklands along the lakeshore. Being strategically situated between Toronto and Muskoka on Highway 400, Barrie is also considered the gateway to northern Ontario resort destinations (referred to as cottage country).