Welcome to Barrie. One of the fastest growing cities in Ontario. Located 45 minutes North of Toronto, on a beautiful Kempenfelt Bay of Lake Simcoe, that comes right into the heart of the city. With population of 135,000, Barrie offers an array of services any larger city would be proud of.
Connected with Toronto by Hwy 400, and with the Cottage Country by Hwy 11, Barrie is in a perfect spot for a little break in your winter travels.
The city offers state of the art sport facilities, training center for hockey enthusiasts. Well known throughout the world, Mariposa School of Skating with it's National Training Center located at the Allandale Recreational Center also housing the Barrie Figure Skating Club. Barrie has 2 Olympic size swimming pools, 5 hockey facilities offering a total of 8 rinks. There is also several outdoor skating rinks. When you are here and if you like hockey, check out the Barrie Colts schedule, their state of the art facilities at the Barrie Molson Centre well worth the visit. Here is more information about other sport facilities in Barrie.
If you prefer the slower pace and would take a quiet break in your travels, you must visit the Barrie Public Library. It is a modern facility, bright and specious, offering an array of programs for young and old.
If you would like to see what to expect before you visit Barrie, please make sure to visit www.scenicbarrie.com, they offer not only hundreds of pictures from different locations throughout the city of Barrie, they also list events and have a business directory listings.
search for available hotels here; and also take a look at Barrie Short Term Rentals; they offer various accommodations for stays as short as 3 or 4 days.
Skiing and Snowboarding around Barrie.
Since you are in Barrie, it is just a stone throw to Snow Valley Resort, a skiing and snowboarding resort offering night runs just at the Northern edge of the city. If you up for bit longer trip, you may venture to Horseshoe Valley, with spectacular scenery on the way, again ski till you drop, or until 10 PM. This ski resort offers the splendor of Carriage Hill Resort, a time share property with highest standards.
Then, you have to visit the spectacular Mount St. Louis Moonstone, located 20 minutes north of Barrie, just off of Hwy 400. If you are looking for accommodations to ski here, please contact us, we may be able to help you find a ski rental in the area. We live right next to this great resort and do know some great places to stay.
And of course, you must not forget the highest skiing mountain in Ontario, Blue Mountain, located on the shores of Georgian Bay, with amazing views on a clear day, showcasing the Wasaga Beach (the longest fresh water beach in the world, you must come back in the Summer to try it out!)
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