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