Destination Guide

Destination: Barrie

It's neither a suburb of Toronto, nor part of the area referred to locally as "Cottage Country." Instead, Barrie lies smack-dab between both and is quite comfortable with its location and in its own skin.

Increasingly in recent years, the booming central Ontario city of almost 150,000 people has become a bedroom community of the giant metropolis roughly an hour south of it.

Barrie's biggest feature is that it's located on Kempenfelt Bay on the western shore of Lake Simcoe. The Trent-Severn Waterway links Lake Simcoe with everything around it and because of that Barrie has a considerable amount of summer tourist traffic passing through. Back in the day, Lake Simcoe was the it destination of the cultured set in Toronto, though that area has now moved to Muskoka, about an hour further north. With that evolution, Barrie now essentially serves as a gateway to Cottage Country. But Lake Simcoe and Kempenfelt Bay have always been a pretty piece of shoreline and three Barrie beaches -- Centennial, Johnsons and Tyndale -- are popular primarily with locals but the occasional day-tripper as well.

Barrie has developed its local arts and theatre scene quite well. Georgian Theatre (located on the campus of the college of the same name) and the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts are chock-a-block throughout most of the year with various productions. A number of art houses, highlighted by the McLaren Art Gallery, also operate in the city.

From a sports point of view, the local major junior hockey team, the Colts and the semi-pro baseball Baycats dominate the local headlines, though rugby has also taken root in recent years.

Perhaps most of all -- and to the chagrin of some locals who feel things have gone a bit crazy -- Barrie's downtown has a vibrant nightlife. The roughly kilometer street downtown between Mary and Mulcaster Streets is, well, mad on Thursday through Saturday night (with the occasional Tuesday as well). It would be tough to find a bar district anywhere locally or further afield in Toronto more lively than downtown Barrie. If you plan on doing a pub crawl, plan it right or it may result in fuzzy memories and a roaring headache.

But the golf here will soothe all aches and pains. Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in the south end strikes a nice balance between playability, difficulty and hospitality. The Nottawasaga Resort, just to the south of Tangle Creek, has two golf courses located on site and is the preferred destination of many professional and national sports teams looking for a few days of R&R away from the hustle-bustle of Toronto. Further north of Barrie is where most of the golf courses are located: Horseshoe Resort(36 holes), Heritage Hills Golf Club and Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club (36) are all solid tracks just north of the city heading toward Muskoka.

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Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $25 - $67
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa
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Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
The Rock
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Minett $47
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Beaverton Golf Course
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Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30.00 - $56.50
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $120
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Featherwind Golf Course Barrie $16
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club
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Parry Sound $60 - $120
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
White Pines Golf & Fishing Penetanguishene $17
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $160
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Cedarhurst Golf Club
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Beaverton $26 - $40
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $140
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Wiarton Bluffs Golf Club Wiarton $19.99 - $35.99
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $160
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
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