Barrie Ontario Visited

~ A Moment in Time ~ 

by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)

Welcome to Barrie…

Barrie Ontario building

The following is an excerpt from the Barrie website ~ “Welcome to BarrieA vibrant and attractive city with swimmable beaches and challenging ski opportunities on our doorstep. An abundance of parkland, totaling over 90 parks, comprising in excess of 300 ha. are scattered throughout the city. Several of these parks line beautiful Kempenfelt Bay.

Winter photo

For years I have been driving along the 400 and passing the City of Barrie. For many of those years that’s all I did, drive by. In doing that, though, I saw city grow from a smaller northern community (my perception) to now a thriving city!

Waterfront sculpture

Along that time and my journey, I saw the Highway 400 that by-passed Barrie go from a 2 lane road to a 6 lane super Highway. There was a time that I even lived in there.

The Barrie Ontario skyscape

It was only for a year and my job was located in Richmond Hill. Unfortunately I didn’t learn much about the city, I was too busy with work.

Photo of Barrie harbour

It’s too bad, because, even then, Barrie was an exciting place to live. Barrie is located about an hour (depending on traffic) north of the GTA.

Another Barrie harbour photo

It’s located on the west shores of Lake Simcoe on Kempenfelt Bay. The downtown is lively and takes in the parks that dot the lakeshore.

a view from the harbour

One of the best summer events, Kempenfest, takes place in the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay.

Winter gazebo overlooking = Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie

The sandy beach acts as a backdrop for the festival. Other great events also invite both out-of-towners and locals to enjoy.

Driving through Barrie

Barrie played an integral role in the War of 1812.

Barrie main downtown street

During the War, the city became a supply depot for British forces, and in addition, the Nine Mile Portage was adopted by the British Military as a key piece of their supply line which provided a strategic path for communication, personnel, and vital supplies and equipment to and from Fort Willow and Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

sidewalk restaurants

Today, the Nine Mile Portage is marked by signs along roads in Barrie and in Springwater Township.

City pf Barrie building

You can follow the scenic path from Memorial Square all the way to Fort Willow

winter scene

Our friend, re-enactor, David Brunelle, of has played an intricate role in the reenactments and events in the Barrie area, including the Nine Mile Portage event.

 Barrie bus terminal

Then, there is the Barrie Fair, now located southwest of the City; it is still the pride of Barrie!

Barrie downtown skating rink

From experience, I can tell you Barrie is a great place to live, work and play, and, if you are determined to live elsewhere, it’s a great place to visit!

skating outside Barrie city hall

Below is a video we took during one of our many visits to the City of Barrie

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