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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Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
The Rock
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Minett $47
Cranberry Golf Course
Tee Times
Collingwood $27
Heritage Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Barrie $20
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Rangeland 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
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hawkestone $30.97
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Northern Dunes Golf Club Hepworth $35 - $55
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
Tee Times
Orillia $23
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $26 - $40
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Midland $20
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
Tee Times
Orillia $34
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
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