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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Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Thornton $35
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
Tee Times
Barrie $27
Windermere Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Windermere $22.5
The Rock
Tee Times
Minett $47
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
Tee Times
Orillia $23
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $19.95
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $19.95
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hawkestone $30.97
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Midland $20
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Nottawa $35
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
Tee Times
Utterson $7.99
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Sydney $26
Springwater Golf Course
Tee Times
Minesing $28.47
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
Tee Times
Borden $28
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Northern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Hepworth $20
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
Tee Times
Orillia $34
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
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