On the western shore of Lake Simcoe, with a population over 135,000 Barrie is the 34th largest city in Canada and one of the fastest growing cities in the county. It has been designated by the Province of Ontario as an Urban Growth Centre.
There are many reasons people are drawn to Barrie. Certainly it is an ideal commuter locale but, as importantly, it is quiet a beautiful waterfront community and offers a unique range of activities. Summer gives us swimable beaches, boating, hiking trails & golf and winter has just as many activities from skiing to snowboarding to snowmobile trails to ice fishing. A wonderful and wide selection of restaurants offers something for everyone and you don't have to go far to get local produce, go berry picking or just have a lovely drive through the countryside or a jaunt to cottage country.
There are over 5,000 companies in Barrie and it offers an affordable lifestyle. Real Estate prices are reasonable and Barrie has an excellent track record for property values increasing year in, year out.
Good schools, parks, trails, community recreation centres, places of worship, movie complexes, malls, bingo, bowling are all here in good force.
Performing arts venues include The Mady Centre (main venues for Theatre By The Bay & Talk Is Free theatre companies) and Georgian Theatre. As well, there is the MacLaren Art Centre and Lakeshore Mews offer galleries, studios and boutiques.
Barrie is home to the Barrie Colts (hockey) and Barrie Baycats (baseball).
Need more excitement? Barrie is less than 1 hour to Toronto, 30 minutes to Casino Rama and 10 minutes to Georgian Downs.
Barrie is renowned for numerous annual festivals and events.
- The Barrie Waterfront Festival - Winterfest - Barrielicious - Promenade Days - Kempenfest - Barrie Film Festival - Lawnchair Luninata - Ribfest - Ecofest - Jazz & Blues Festival - New Music Festival - Santa Claus Parade
Barrie Transit has regular routes throughout the city and Go Train and Buses are on hand.
Georgian College, in addition to its extensive courses of study, is home to the University Partnership Centre (UPC) offering various degrees from Laurentian, York and Nipissing Universities.
Barrie is also renowned for the Mariposa School of Skating which trained many world class skaters such as Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko and Jeff Buttle.
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