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  • Barrie Speedway
    Built in 1965, Barrie Speedway was the first paved stock car racing facility north of Toronto and has been home to Canada's most exciting stock car action ever since. Barrie speedway has heated grandstands, a state-of-the-art lighting system and wheelchair accessibility. The Speedway prides itself on being a fun, family-oriented facility. (705) 487-0279


  • Borden Forces
    Base Borden host an annual Canadian Forces Day and Air Show. In addition the large number of military ground displays and specialty events, there will also also be an Air Show featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jet, the SkyHawks Parachute Team, Hawk One Sabre Jet, T-33 Silver Star Jet, Rick Volker Solo Aerobatics, the Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team, Manfred Radius Glider Aerobatics, Jane Wicker Wing Walking, Kent Pitch Comedy/Dead Stick Routine, P-40N KittyHawk and a Formation by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association. On the ground Military School Displays, Forward Operating Base, Kiddie Commando Course, Jaws of Life Demonstration, High Risk Vehicle Stop Demo, Tanks, Borden Museum, Military Vehicles and Musical Bands. Event Info Line: (705) 423-7530


  • Elmvale Jungle Zoo
    Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo 20 kilometres north of Barrie. View majestic lions, tigers, jaguars, monkeys and lemurs. Admire the beauty of rare and exotic birds and other wildlife in the natural surroundings of the park's 25 acres. The zoo has more than 300 animals from places around the world, such as Australia, South America, Africa and Asia. Featuring live interactive presentations of reptiles and other animals. Touch a python, boa constrictor or monitor lizard. (Daily Presentations are held at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm from late May to Labour Day) (705) 322-1112


  • Georgian Downs
    Just south of Barrie; take in the races, enjoy a meal, play the slot machines, attend a special event. At Georgian Downs you can enjoy the fast paced thrill of live harness racing every Tuesday and Saturday night year round. Post time 7:35pm. Georgian Racetrack Slots are open for your fun and entertainment 365 days of the year from 9am to 3 am and 24 hours on weekends. (705) 726-9400
  • The MacLarenArtCentre
    is a public art gallery located in downtown Barrie, Ontario. Their mission is to integrate the visual arts and culture within the community. The Centre presents a year-round programme of local, regional, national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, complemented by occasional exhibitions of historical and modern art. Exhibitions are presented both at the Centre and across the city as part of the MacLaren's ArtCity™ programme, which places permanent and temporary artworks throughout Barrie's public spaces. MacLaren is open Monday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00pm 705-721-9696
  • Midhurst Arts and Crafts
    Midhurst is home to some incredible talent. Come and see for yourself on this free, self-guided home and studio art tour. The tour celebrates its 26th year of Holiday Shopping for original designs and art work. Find everything from one of a kind paintings, to pottery, jewellery, soap, candles, home decor, sweet treats and even recycled art! The tour is free and visits 15 homes with over 30 Artisans. Tea Room and Lunch is available at The Midhurst United Church – 91 Doran Road. November 23rd & 24th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm daily.
  • Serendipity Princess Barrie Boat Cruise
    View the beautiful homes and local landmarks you cruise Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie. The 265-passenger Serendipity Princess paddle-wheeler operates both daily sightseeing cruises and Dinner/Entertainment cruises leaving from the Barrie Town Dock. 1-888-833-2628
  • Simcoe County Musuem
    Visit a museum that is fun and exciting. Inside, see the Penny Farthing, stroll down a Victorian streetscape and challenge yourself with skill testing displays. Simcoe County Museum offers a host of special events, changing exhibits and educational programs.
    (705) 728-3721


  • Ski Snow Valley Barrie
    Ski Snow Valley Barrie features snowboarding and skiing for the entire family plus Ontario’s best Snow Tubing. Snow Valley was named "best Ontario hill for kids" by Ski Canada Magazine in 2001. The focus is definitely on families and they offer a full range of services and facilities.  (705) 721-7669
  • Theatres
    Barrie is Home to three wonderful theatre companies they are;

        Theatre by the Bay -  1-866-735-9243

        Geogian Theatre - 705-739-4228

        Talk is Free Theatre - 705-792-1949


Wonderful Attractions You Can Visit in Barrie


People enjoy Barrie attractions so much that they keep coming back. Every first of July, people flock to Kempenfelt to watch the spectacular fireworks. This is just one of the many colorful activities of the annual Canada Day holiday celebrating the birth of Canada on July 1, 1867. Parades, flag display, and other local special events are hosted during the day-long festivities.


But this is only one of the many Barrie attractions that lure people to visit the enchanting city in Ontario, Canada. Kempenfest an Arts and Crafts Festival hosted by different socio-civic clubs in Kempenfest, attract 300,000 people every year. The festival hosts many interesting activities for all age groups. Concerts for the young and not so young; the annual bay swim where lifeguards swim from Centennial Beach to the shores of Kempenfest; and the pancake festival where a $5 hefty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice are dished. Kids under three years old can enjoy the spread free. Truly, Barrie attractions seem endless.


Family vacations in Barrie are always filled with fun and adventure. Whether it is a get-away for two, or a group tour, Barrie attractions have something spectacular to offer, and more. There is always something to do in Barrie – on the golf courses, beaches, on the docks, and in the city’s parks and great shops. Families or couples can hie to the docks on Lake Simcoe and join a sightseeing cruise and dine on sumptuous meals aboard the Serendipity a triple deck paddlewheels. There are also private yachts for rent for those who want to have private family outings or parties.


On hot summer days, Barrie attractions like its many beaches such as; Centennial, Johnson and Tyndale are littered with surfers and sunbathers. Those who prefer less crowded beaches can enjoy Minet’s Point. They can go windsurfing or hire boats and go sailing or fishing. Fishing is an all-year round recreation in Barrie. During winters, there are great skiing adventures to be enjoyed in Barrie. Attractions include snow sports like the cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and skiing at Horseshoe Valley and Snow Valley.

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