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 Resort
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Collingwood $45
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $34
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $48.95
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $33
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $30
The Rock
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Minett $65
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Tangle Creek Golf Club
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Thornton $35.4
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $24.99
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $26
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $34
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $25
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $27
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $23
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $46.06
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $35
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $23.95
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $32
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $18.5
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $180
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $55 - $140
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $55 - $120
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $10.00 - $28.50
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $150
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $21
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Orillia Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $32
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil TBA
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $80 - $140
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
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