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Ever Growing, Well Positioned

With monumental projections for population growth, the city is set to ever-evolve into a thriving economic city centre with an urban pulse.

By the numbers

+10K: Barrie’s population jump between 2016 & 2020

2051: The year Barrie’s population is forecasted to double

Amazing places to make the most of the outdoors year-round

Well Educated, Ever Learning

With a wealth of access and amenity, discover a rich terrain of higher learning with a focus on enrichment, culture and connection. The Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are the two main boards in Barrie, with 38 elementary schools and 8 high schools between them.

Georgian College, one of Canada’s highest-ranking colleges of applied arts and technology, offers full-time post-secondary degrees and a wide collection of trades training, continuing education programs and graduate certificates.

Well Discovered, Ever Open

For Foodies

International cuisines to suit any craving, local breweries and splurge-worthy restaurants

On your radar: The Craft Beer & BBQ Festival

For Fitness Lovers

Water sports, amazing trails and gyms specializing in everything from yoga to CrossFit

On your radar: The Honda Waterfront Half Marathon

For Families

Parks and beaches, day camps, activity centres, movie theatres and epic playgrounds

On your radar: The Waterfront Festival and the Santa Clause Parade

Well Played, Ever Green

Play in the parks

The greenspace in Barrie is abundant and the amenities, are amazing — splash pads, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas and more.
Don’t miss: Kempenfelt Park, Sam Cancilla Park and Heritage Park

Lounge on the beaches

Drive along Barrie’s lakeshore and you’d be hard-pressed not to find a beautiful beach.

Don’t miss: Downtown Centennial Beach, Johnson’s Beach and Tyndale Beach

Ski on the hills

Take advantage of Barrie and the surrounding area’s winter wonderland status at the nearby ski hills an hour or less away.

Don’t miss: Blue Mountain, Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Horseshoe Valley

Links at the courses

Perfect your game at an impressively wide range of 9, 18 and 27-hole courses. There are 8 courses in Barrie alone and 67 within 35 kilometres of the city.

Don’t miss: Cedar Links Golf Centre, Innisbrook Golf Course and Simoro Golf Links

Bike or hike the trails

Explore the parks, woodland and waterfront thanks to a huge network of trails in and around Barrie, including part of Canada’s Great Trail, the world’s longest network of recreational multi-use trails.

Don’t miss: The Great Trail, Waterfront Trail, Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail and Ardagh Bluffs Trail

Well Connected, Ever Moving

Simple commute

Take advantage of no-traffic travel on the GO Train to Toronto that you can board at either Barrie South or Allandale Waterfront station. And thanks to easy access to Highway 400, the just over 100 kilometres drive into the city couldn’t be more straightforward.

Easy escape

Muskoka, Blue Mountain, Collingwood — wherever you’re off to, getting there is an uncomplicated drive away, or an effortless bus ride thanks to a healthy network of transit systems such as Simcoe County LINX and Ontario Northland.

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