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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Tangle Creek Golf Club
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Thornton $35
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
The Rock
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Minett $47
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Cranberry Golf Resort
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Collingwood $27
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
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
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $20
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Central/Island 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
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil TBA
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Orillia Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $32
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
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