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 $65
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $33
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $48.95
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $34
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $30
Cranberry Golf Resort
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Collingwood $45
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Tangle Creek Golf Club
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Thornton $35.4
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
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Deerhurst Resort - Lakeside
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Huntsville $35
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $18.5
Frontier 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
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $46.06
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $23
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $215
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $19.99
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $23.95
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Horseshoe Resort - Highlands Course Barrie $20 - 72
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $35
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $24.99
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $32
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $27
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $34
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $25
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $55 - $120
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $80 - $140
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $69 - $140
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $55 - $140
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $21
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $150
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $92
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Orillia Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $32
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $180
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $10.00 - $28.50
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
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