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 Course
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Collingwood $27
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $25 - $67
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
The Rock
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Minett $47
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa
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Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Beaverton Golf Course
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Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club
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Parry Sound $60 - $120
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30.00 - $56.50
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $160
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Cedarhurst Golf Club
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Beaverton $26 - $40
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Featherwind Golf Course Barrie $16
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
White Pines Golf & Fishing Penetanguishene $17
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $160
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $120
Wiarton Bluffs Golf Club Wiarton $19.99 - $35.99
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $140
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
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