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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Courses

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The Rock
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Minett $48.75
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Cranberry Golf Resort
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Collingwood $25
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $45
Tangle Creek Golf Club
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Thornton $35.4
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $30
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $25
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $30
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $16
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $25
Deerhurst Resort - Lakeside
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Huntsville $25
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $29.99
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $215
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $35
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $18.5
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $25
Horseshoe Resort - Highlands Course Barrie $20 - 72
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $20
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $28
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $25
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $15
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $23.95
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $180
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $92
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Orillia Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $32
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $55 - $140
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $55 - $120
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $10.00 - $28.50
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $150
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $60
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $69 - $140
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $80 - $140
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $21
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
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