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