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