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
Tangle Creek Golf Club
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Thornton $35.4
Windermere Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Windermere $48.95
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Port Severn $33
The Rock
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Minett $65
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $34
Cranberry Golf Resort
Tee Times
Collingwood $45
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
Tee Times
Barrie $30
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
Tee Times
Thornbury $62.15
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $19.99
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $46.06
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $215
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $19.99
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $18.5
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $24.99
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $19.99
The Links at Georgian Sands
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $27
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
Tee Times
Barrie $25
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $23
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
Tee Times
Orillia $26
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Horseshoe Resort - Highlands Course Barrie $20 - 72
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $32
Deerhurst Resort - Lakeside
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Huntsville $35
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $35
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hawkestone $30.97
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $34
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $19.95
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Parry Sound $48.67
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Midland $23.95
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $69 - $140
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $21
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $150
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $180
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $55 - $120
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $10.00 - $28.50
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $55 - $140
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Orillia Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $32
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $92
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $80 - $140
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
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