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