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
Tee Times
Lisle $18
Cranberry Golf Course
Tee Times
Collingwood $27
Heritage Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Barrie $20
The Rock
Tee Times
Minett $47
Windermere Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Windermere $22.5
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Thornton $35
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
Tee Times
Barrie $27
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Port Severn $45
Northern Dunes Golf Club Hepworth $35 - $55
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Midland $20
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $19.95
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
Tee Times
Borden $28
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $19.95
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Elgin $24
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Shanty Bay $12
Cedarhurst Golf Club Beaverton $26 - $40
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Sydney $26
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
Tee Times
Orillia $23
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hawkestone $30.97
Springwater Golf Course
Tee Times
Minesing $28.47
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
Tee Times
Orillia $34
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Nottawa $35
Simcoe Shores Golf & Country Club Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
Tee Times
Barrie $22
The Links at Georgian Sands
Tee Times
Wasaga Beach $21.5
Simoro Golf Links
Tee Times
Barrie $11.06
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Parry Sound $48.67
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $179
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
Tee Times
Utterson $7.99
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
Tee Times
Thornbury $62.15
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $26.00 - $86.58
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Markdale Golf & Curling Club Markdale $15 - $36
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
Tee Times
Huntsville $95
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $20 - $50
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club Parry Sound $60 - $120
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $29 - $75
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $24
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $14.52
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
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