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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Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
The Rock
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Minett $47
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club
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Parry Sound $60 - $120
Cedarhurst Golf Club
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Beaverton $26 - $40
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $25 - $67
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa
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Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30.00 - $56.50
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Beaverton Golf Course
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Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $160
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $160
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $140
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Featherwind Golf Course Barrie $16
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
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