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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Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
The Rock
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Minett $47
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Sunset 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
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $20
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $27 - $46
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $114
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Talisman Golf Course Kimberley $18 - $25
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil TBA
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
CFB Borden Golf Club - Anderson Park Essa $17 - $25
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
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