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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Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
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
The Rock
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Minett $47
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa
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Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30.00 - $56.50
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $25 - $67
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Beaverton Golf Course
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Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club
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Parry Sound $60 - $120
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Cedarhurst Golf Club
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Beaverton $26 - $40
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $140
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $160
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $160
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Featherwind Golf Course Barrie $16
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
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