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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Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
The Rock
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Minett $47
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Northern Dunes Golf Club Hepworth $35 - $55
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Beaverton Golf Course Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $26 - $40
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
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