Located on the west shore of Lake Simcoe, Barrie is a must-visit in summer! With its extensive trails and adventure activities, you will find something to suit the tastes of every member of the family!
**Indoor attractions are listed under the assumption that Ontario will allow them to open by end of July. **
Explore Downtown Barrie’s Beautiful New Dunlop Streetscape
Head to downtown Barrie and eat, shop and play at Dunlop Street in a pedestrian-, bicycle-, scooter- and skateboard-friendly environment! Between Mulcaster Street and the Five Points intersection, Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturdays and open for the public to support local in a physically distanced space.
Relax at the Sunnidale Park Arboretum
The Sunnidale Park Arboretum is a nature photographer’s dream – with an immense variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers, this rainbow of flora makes for a serene environment to get away from the city — 227 Sunnidale Rd, Barrie.
Pack a picnic and head to the Barrie Centennial Park and Beach
Summertime calls for picnic baskets, parks, and beaches to really bask in the sun’s rays, and there is no better place in Barrie than the Centennial Park and Beach – a family-friendly site that looks over beautiful Lake Simcoe.
Check out the Spirit Catcher Sculpture
Sitting on Barrie’s waterfront since 1987, this sculpture was constructed by Ron Baird with the influence of the iconography of Indigenous oral traditions. 21 meters high, this amazing piece beautifully responds to the environment around it.
Slip ’n’ Slide, Sun Flowers, Corn Maze and More
The Rounds Ranch in Elmvale offers a fun-filled western experience with many exciting events for the whole family to enjoy this summer. There are 25 thrilling activities including Slip n’ Slide, sunflower fields, a petting zoo, a corn maze, zip lines, pony rides, water activities, a playground and so many other enjoyable activities. Each more exciting than the other, so you’ll never run out of things to do.
Though outdoor festivals and fairs are allowed during Ontario’s stage 2 of reopening, there are not many events scheduled for this summer (as of June 30, 2021).
The following events are usually held during summer in and around Barrie:
- The Downtown Barrie Craft Beer and BBQ Festival
- Lawnchair Luminata – watch movies outdoors and under the stars.
- Kempenfest – Barrie’s August long weekend tradition – Scheduled for July 30-August2, 2021
- Barrie Film Festival – Outdoors
- Georgian Bay Steam Show – July 30-August2, 2021
- Barrie Fair
Dance to the Music at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds
Drive 20 minutes from the town to the home of the annual Boots and Hearts Music Festival. The organizers are planning smaller events throughout the summer headlined by Brett Kissel and Our Lady Peace and many more. Details
Go kayaking or paddleboarding with Happy Paddling
Happy Paddling will bring the fun of paddleboarding to your summer. With a comfortable and safe environment for paddling, and instructors that provide private lessons, there is something for all. Rentals are available Friday through Monday.
The Ghost Watchers
Join Theatre By The Bay for this thrilling experience which combines a walking tour, cutting-edge augmented reality, and live theatre to tell the stories of seven spectres trapped in downtown Barrie. Can you help them back on their journey to the other side? Details
Go ziplining with Treetop Trekking
Unleash your inner adventurer at the Treetop Trekking aerial course and zip line. Inspired by a treetop adventure park in Grenoble, passionate and energetic staff members ensure that visitors have a fun day out on the course.
Cycle through Heritage Park
This perfectly manicured park is a great area to enjoy the many events held in the summer, or just to chill out in peace and quiet in front of Lake Simcoe. Heritage Park (5 Simcoe St.) has a wealth of flora, fountains, and charm, and a biking and running trail for those looking to get some activity in.
Hike on the Ardagh Bluffs
The Ardagh Bluffs are a lush green forest area with over 17 kilometers of recreational trails. These trails are abundant with species, and are popular for hiking and walking in the summer months.
Get pampered at Balance at the Spa
Balance at the Spa is a wellness and retreat centre that focuses on teaching guests the art of self-care rituals. They combine the physical, spiritual, and mental, in several holistic treatments and yoga and meditation classes.
Walk along Kempenfelt Bay
See how many of Barrie’s Lakefront parks, public art, and beaches you can visit on a 6.7 km paved Waterfront Trail hike along Kempenfelt Bay. Details
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Go on a hummer tour with Horseshoe Hummer Tours
Experience the thrill of the H1 Hummer with the Horseshoe Hummer Tour and ride through the rugged terrain of the Horseshoe Valley. The company is proud to run bio-diesel to reduce their carbon footprint and stay environmentally friendly.
Try your hand at axe throwing at Iron Nation Axe Throwing
If you think you’ve tried it all, Iron Nation Axe Throwing is for those that are actively seeking out adrenaline and adventure. Axe throwing seems to be the new archery in the modern-day, but isn’t your average summer activity.
Get a workout on the water. Try to cross the giant floating playground, boasting climbing walls, monkey bars, slides, and trampolines at 55 Lakeshore Drive.
Play a round of mini-golf at Putt Mini Golf
When the summer sun is scorching hot, it is always better to have few back up plans, so that you can fun with kids! Putt Mini Golf is a great place for family fun, first dates, or just a cool activity to do with a group of friends. This glow in the dark indoor mini golf course is a visual wonder that can keep you entertained for hours.
Join for Chappell Farms Summer Festival
Visit farm animals, run on the hay bale run, ride on the track, walk the walking trail and do a scavenger hunt during Chappell Farms’ Summer Festival and Zoo!
Go trampolining at X Play
Take your trampolining experience to the extreme with trampolining laser tag, challenge your friends on the battle beam or in a dodgeball match, and jump into the foam pit, and get your adrenaline pumping at X Play.
Movies at Sunset Barrie Drive-In
Enjoy a movie under the stars from the comfort of your own car.
Sample some craft cider at the Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery
Using state-of-the-art equipment and tons of passion, owners Peter and Jocelyn McArthur strive to ensure their facility and wines are top quality. The Heritage Estate sells a full range of award-winning artisanal ciders, wines and sangrias, all made on-site with their Ontario-grown apples. They also offers guided tours.
Spend a day on the golf course at the Bear Creek Golf Club
The Bear Creek Golf Club goes by the motto “Of the people, by the people, for the people,” offering a half-links, half-traditional course for no nonsense rounds of golf. After a couple of rounds, stop by the clubhouse for a tasty meal and a glass of wine.
Go on a sailing excursion with Chances R Sailing Excursions
Sail down the exquisite Kempenfelt Bay on a 2-hour day cruise and explore the waters and scenery. Get hands-on with sailing of the vessel or simply relax and take in the view on a 38-foot Hunter.
Ride in a hot air balloon with the Air Display Hot Air Balloon Team
Go for a once-in-a-lifetime experience this summer with the Air Display Hot Air Balloon Team. A science and adventure all in one, this new way to see the sights below is definitely something to cross off your bucket list.
Bowl some strikes at the Bowlerama
Go back to basics and go for a round of bowling with friends and loved ones at the Barrie Bowlerama. Take bowling to the next level with additional lanes that have cosmic glow in the dark features and strobe lights.
Go fishing with Happy Go Fishing Charters
If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity for that good catch, head out to Lake Simcoe with Happy Go Fishing Charters and catch some Lake Trout, Yellow Perch, Whitefish, and Smallmouth Bass on an all-inclusive fishing trip.
Go on a walking tour around Barrie
Six different official walking tours allow visitors and locals to take a step back into history and learn about the city of Barrie and its prominence in commerce. Within the modern streetscapes – homes, landmarks, and businesses remain and their stories can be uncovered through one of these tours.
Eat Italian with a view
Book a table at Il Buco Ristorante and enjoy fine Italian cuisine taking in lovely views of Kempenfelt Bay. Details
Or at Barrie’s famous waterfront restaurant
Have brunch, lunch or dinner at The Farmhouse Restaurant. Whether you choose Mac and Cheese or simple OJ, this awesome local restaurant by Chef Randy Feltis offering views of the Bay is sure to satisfy your cravings. Details
Lay around on Centennial Beach
Centennial Beach has no lack of amenities for outdoor summer fun – a 400-meter sandy beach, a kid-friendly playground and jungle gym, and a grassy area for picnics. Relax under the sun or chill under the shade at this welcoming and accessible beach.
Pick your own berries at Barrie Hill Farms
Pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples, this summer at the Barrie Hill Farms, as well as other vegetables in season. The fresh country air and scenic surroundings, along with a wagon ride to the field make for a great family activity.
See races at the Sunset International Speedway
Mark your calendars this summer for NASCAR events running from June to September, and enjoy an exciting night at the races at the Sunset Speedway.
Go rock climbing at Alt. Rock
Climb. Move. Play at Alt. Rock – a 14,000 square-foot climbing gym and bouldering hub. Additionally, there is a fitness section, monkey rig, hang boards, free weights, and tons of floor space for free movement.
Go scuba diving with Simcoe Diving
Start your journey in becoming a certified PADI diver, or simply explore the local dive sites in the area, including Centennial Beach’s famous J.C. Morrison Shipwreck, Johnsons Beach’s diversity of fish, and the visibility of Big Bay Point.
Go Trail Riding
Experience the beauty of Oro-Medonte from the saddle, with a boutique trail riding experience at Glen Oro Farm.
The Bees in the Bush Festival
Join for this outdoor theatre festival by Talk Is Free Theatre. The Bees in the Bush will include several productions reconfigured for an outdoors presentation, as well as boundary-pushing new works and a return of TIFT’s hit musical-in-concert in a new setting. August 3 to October 3, 2021. Details
Take your tennis rackets to Queen’s Park
The Barrie Community Tennis Club is a volunteer organization at Queen’s Park, providing tennis courts for friendly rallies or some hard competition.
Wonder. Explore. Create.
Take kids to Curio, Barrie’s Exploration Hub. Curio is a 4000 square feet, boutique Children’s Museum with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M). Details
View the majestic animals at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo
Protection and the conservation of wildlife is the aim of Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Over 30 acres with winding shaded trails offers an up close and personal experience with animals from around the world.
Tour the caves with the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
One of Canada’s great natural wonders, the Scenic Caves consists of self-guided walking trails through caverns and caves that were carved by mother nature millions of years ago. Unique features such as a historic village, geological rock features, and many lookouts can be seen around the caves.
Go paddling on Lake Simcoe
Barrie is blessed with the most incredible waterways in the county – rent a kayak or canoe, and head out onto one of the amazing paddle routes that range in length and difficulty.
Stock up at the Barrie Farmers’ Market
No produce is better than that grown and harvested in the region. Support the local community by shopping for your meals this summer at the Barrie Farmers’ Market.
Check out the wildlife at the Bear Creek Eco Park
Teeming with wildlife and vegetation is the Bear Creek Eco Park. Walk along the wooded trails and admire this little oasis away from the bustling city.
Read a book in the outdoor roof garden at the Barrie Public Library
Summertime calls for a little outdoor reading. Whether you’re diving headfirst into a mystery novel or swooning over a romantic storyline, the Barrie Public Library roof garden will envelop you in its atmosphere.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Chillz Dessert Lounge
This chic dessert lounge is the ideal place to indulge all the senses through delicious upscale desserts and drinks. Chillz is a luxurious and intimate atmosphere for a cozy sweet treat after a meal with friends or that special someone.
Go windsurfing at Minet’s Point Park
Minet’s Point is considered Barrie’s cottage country in the city – this year-round resort destination is an outdoor playground for swimming, windsurfing, and boating in the summer months. After a day out on the water, pick up a cone at Canning’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour and watch the sunset.
Play laser tag at Retro Planet
Over 150 arcade games, laser tag, and glow in the dark mini putt – the Retro Planet site is a fun-filled place to let loose and play games.
Get around an obstacle course in a big inflatable at the Horseshoe Resort
Start off your summer with a splash at the big inflatable obstacle course at the Horseshoe Resort, then, partake in the other activities offered on site like the climbing wall, ATV rides, chairlift ride, and other watersports.
Sip on a cold beer at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Follow the craft beer revolution in the recent years, the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery started from one man’s curiosities. Their mandate, “Brew Fearlessly”, led them to create radical and creative beers and ales popular around the region.