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