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Tucked into a corner of Lake Simcoe lies Barrie, a pleasant, leafy city full of vibrant historical buildings which give the downtown area a kind of old-world charm. Not far outside the flat city area, the terrain turns into gentle slopes, which during the snowy season host everyone from experienced skiers to kids on sledges. The surrounding greenery also makes for a great outdoor escape, and you’ll see plenty of golf and country clubs on the outskirts of the city.

Things to see

Just minutes from the city, the gentle slopes of Horseshoe Valley make for a fun ski trip in the winter when powdered with snow, and there’s also plenty of room for Nordic skiers. Once thawed, the area offers challenging trails for bike riders, as well as treetop trekking for optimal views of the area. When you’ve built up some experience, Snow Valley Ski Resort offers more challenging runs, as well as a snow play area where kids can enjoy the sledge ride of their life. There’s also plenty of thrills at the Georgian Downs Racetrack, where the glass enclosed grandstand and aggregate track allows for horse racing whatever the weather. Sit on the benches, surrounded by cheering punters, or prop up the bar while you watch the action on the big screen. If you’re having a lucky streak, the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs are right next door. With hundreds of slot machines vying for your attention, as well as live entertainment and a restaurant, it makes for a thrilling night out. The bustling 400 Market has both indoor and outdoor stalls, most of them independently owned, piled high with fruit, rugs, clothing, furniture, and dozens of other competitively priced goods.

Hotels in Barrie

Just minutes from the city, the gentle slopes of Horseshoe Valley make for a fun ski trip in the winter when powdered with snow, and there’s also plenty of room for Nordic skiers. Once thawed, the area offers challenging trails for bike riders, as well as treetop trekking for optimal views of the area. When you’ve built up some experience, Snow Valley Ski Resort offers more challenging runs, as well as a snow play area where kids can enjoy the sledge ride of their life. There’s also plenty of thrills at the Georgian Downs Racetrack, where the glass enclosed grandstand and aggregate track allows for horse racing whatever the weather. Sit on the benches, surrounded by cheering punters, or prop up the bar while you watch the action on the big screen. If you’re having a lucky streak, the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs are right next door. With hundreds of slot machines vying for your attention, as well as live entertainment and a restaurant, it makes for a thrilling night out. The bustling 400 Market has both indoor and outdoor stalls, most of them independently owned, piled high with fruit, rugs, clothing, furniture, and dozens of other competitively priced goods.

Where to stay

Downtown Barrie prides itself on being an eclectic collection of boutiques, and you’ll no doubt find some unique items. The streets are often closed off to traffic in order to host markets and promenade days, where locals and tourists mingle in the sunshine, or sit outside cafes indulging in some people watching. The city center is perched on the edge of the lake, with many hotels offering views over the water, and workers in the nearby high-rise office blocks often enjoying the park during their break times.

How to get to Barrie

Barrie is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, and many international visitors simply pick up a car at Toronto’s airport and take the easy drive. There’s also a Greyhound station right in the center of the city, connecting Barrie to surrounding towns. Barrie South GO Station offers both rail and trains around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, with easy onward bus connections to get you to your destination.