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 every member of the family!
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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.
The Downtown Barrie Craft Beer and BBQ Festival
All the beer. All the noms. The Downtown Barrie Craft Beer and BBQ Festival sits on the sparkling shores of Kempenfelt Bay and offers a weekend full of craft beer goodness, delicious BBQ’d eats, and loads of fun. Awesome live music on the main stage at Meridian Place and at the Heritage Park gazebo, educational Brewmaster Sessions, lively crowds, and the opportunity to explore the Downtown Tasting Trail after the event is over all adds up to a weekend full of fun.
Pack a picnic and head to the Barrie Centennial Park and Beach
Summer time 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 influence of the iconography of Indigenous oral traditions. 21 meters high, this amazing piece beautifully responds to the environment around it.
Go on a Segway tour with Go Tours Horseshoe
This crowd-pleasing tour is a great summer adventure that ranges from 30 minutes to an hour on a Segway tour on a variety of terrains and routes. These easy-to-learn Segways will have you discovering the gorgeous forest trails in no time.
Go kayaking or paddleboarding with Happy Paddling
Starting June 22nd, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every Wednesday from July through August, watch movies outdoors and under the stars.
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 Brew Tour with Barrie Brews and Bites
Once a month, Barrie Brew & Bites hosts a tasting, tapas, and facility tour at four different brewhouses/cideries – the Flying Monkeys, Barnstormer Brewing Company, the Redline Brewhouse, and the Heritage Hills Cidery.
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Get crafty at the 49th Annual Kempenfest
Held annually on the August long weekend, 300 artisans, food vendors, an antique show, children’s activities, and live entertainment flood the waterfront and uphold this Barrie long weekend tradition. August 2, 2019
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Take a yoga class at the Flourish Vitality Centre
The Flourish Vitality Centre provides Yoga and Pilates classes for beginners and those more advanced, promoting connection of mind and body and helping you learn more about what your body can do.
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.
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.
Go wakeboarding with SurfWakeSki
Based on scenic Lake Simcoe, Surf Wake Ski is the ultimate wakeboarding experience for all experience levels and ages. Not only do they provide wakeboarding lessons, but a day on the boat could consist of ziplining, a wine tours, or other popular activities in the area.
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.
Go go-karting 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.
Head to the Splash On Water Park
Right in the heart of Barrie, the Splash On Water Park is a popular summer attraction to enjoy the water. With friendly and competitive activities and team building events, this unique waterfront attraction is perfect for active fun.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Taste your way through the Medley Food & Drink Festival
Distillers, brewers, food makers, chefs, bands, and entertainers come together to bring you a weekend of food, drink, and fun right on the shores of Lake Simcoe. Next festival – Summer 2020.
Explore Downtown Barrie
Shop, eat and drink at the various merchants! Details
Watch an independent film during the Barrie Film Festival
Film buffs and those who are curious can check out the best of independent cinema at the Barrie Film Festival from Canada and around the globe. During the summer months, experience an outdoor screening on the waterfront and enjoy the showcase of cinematic gems.
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
Summer time calls for a little outdoor reading. Whether you’re diving head first into a mystery novel or a swooning over a romantic story line, the Barrie Public Library roof garden will envelop you in its atmosphere.
Georgian Bay Steam Show
See how life was like on Ontario Farms years ago. You can find Steam Traction Engines, Gas Tractors, Gas Engines, Antique Autos, Farming Demonstrations, Working Saw Mill, Live Stage Entertainment, Talent Contest, Flea Market, Pancake Breakfast, Food Vendors, Children’s Activities & Mud Bog, plus much, much more! Don’t miss the wildly popular OTTPA Modified Truck & Tractor Pull Sunday Night. August 2 – 5, 2019. Details
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.
Participate in the MS Leap of Faith Volleyball Tournament
Hit the beach and make a great contribution to the Multiple Sclerosis community at this active fundraiser. With each team required to raise a minimum of $60 before competing against the others, this volleyball tournament is a fun way to do good. 2019 date TBA
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.
Have Old Fashioned Fun at the Barrie Fair
Celebrate Simcoe County community’s agricultural heritage through judged events of livestock, horses, and home crafts. Enjoy midway and fun events Demolition Derby and Tractor Pulls! August 3 – 4, 2019. Details
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.
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