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Spread The Holiday Cheer – Boxes of Hope For Youth Haven

Youth Haven’s Boxes of Hope campaign is underway, and the local shelter is asking the community to once again help youth in the region have a joyful Christmas.

Boxes of Hope are gift packages given to youth who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness in our community.

People can purchase a box for $50. The money raised from each purchase will go to buy items that the youth need.This year that can include bus tokens, toiletries, gift cards, winter clothing, hygiene products, or books and supplies for those youth attending school. 

In 2019, the Boxes of Hope campaign raised over $17,000. 

Youth Haven provides critical services to approximately 400 youth every year. It is Simcoe County’s only youth shelter.

To purchase Boxes of Hope, head to Youth Haven’s website right here

Friday Harbour – LUMA Light Trail Opening

Friday Harbour – LUMA Light Trail Opening


Friday Harbour Resort is transforming into a winter wonderland this season, with some new attractions and activities to get you outside and enjoying the snowy season. At the centre of the Resort’s offerings is the LUMA Light Trail which will feature close to a kilometre of stunning light displays that make for the perfect backdrop for a snowy selfie. Opening November 28th, LUMA can be booked online and is appropriate for all ages. Guests can grab a Starbucks beverage as they begin their journey through the trail. Groups of five or more will receive an automatic 10% discount at checkout. LUMA will be running throughout the winter season from Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Times must be booked in advance online at As required by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, masks must be worn and physical distancing must be adhered to while exploring the LUMA Light Trail.

All things skating will take place at Centre Ice. Friday Harbour’s Harbour Master Building has been transformed into Centre Ice, which offers skate rentals, check-in for both the outdoor skating rink (now located in the parking area at the Harbour Master Building and opening November 28th weather permitting) and the Glice Skate Trail (opening date to be determined), as well as warm beverages to keep you going. The Glice Trail features a unique skating surface that can be enjoyed no matter the temperature. Skaters will be able to glide up and down the trail from the Harbour Master Building to the Boardwalk enjoying spectacular views over the Marina. Centre Ice bookings for both the rink and the Glice Skate Trail must be made in advance at

This year, the Nest Clubhouse will be converted into the Winter Outdoor Adventure Centre, where you can rent cross country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes so you can get out and explore all Friday Harbour has to offer! A cross country ski trail will take skiers on a journey across the golf course and snowshoers and fat bikers can enjoy easy access to the trails of the Nature Preserve. This transition will take place once the snowfalls. Guests of the Resort are encouraged to visit to plan their day at the Resort. Reservations can be booked at one of the many restaurants including the Beach Club which features spectacular views over Lake Simcoe. The shops and retailers on the Boardwalk welcome all Guests, and fun activities take place every weekend. Get outside and celebrate winter this season at Friday Harbour! Friday Harbour Resort is located at 25th Side Road on 13th Line in Innisfil. Friday Harbour Resort is Canada’s award-winning development located on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Innisfil. Designed as a luxury resort community, Friday Harbour has become the best of breed brand for people seeking the benefits of cottage lakeside living with the amenities of an urban community. Learn more

Karen Trottola
Marketing and Communications Manager
Friday Harbour Resort
[email protected]

HAPPY DIWALI (Deepavali) 2020


Celebrate! Celebrate! This weekend in Barrie, Tandoori Kingdom invites you to celebrate Diwali with them. Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights, this year falling on November 15th. Tradition tells us that Diwali is observed on the 15th day of Kartik – the holiest month of the Hindu religion. The word Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps” in Sanskrit.

Diwali is actually a five day Hindu originated celebration that signifies the victory of good over evil.  It has become a huge celebration regardless of faith.  Celebrating normally with new clothing, fireworks, candles and the exchange of small gifts and sweets – this year Diwali celebrations are necessarily smaller. The staff at the Tandoori Kingdom at 428 Blake Street in Barrie have been very busy getting everything ready for your celebrations.

The five days of celebration are very similar to getting ready for New Year on January 1 in our calendar.  Day one is cleaning the home and shopping for gold, while Day two is decorating at home with lamps and coloured sand.  The main festival is celebrated on the third day with feasts and prayer.  The New Year is celebrated of the fourth day – that’s when you exchange gifts and sweets with everyone.  Finally, the tradition on the fifth day is to have brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with a meal.

Getting ready for Saturday’s gift-giving should really include a trip to the Tandoori Kingdom. They are ready with an incredible array of beautiful Indian sweets. Choose your favourites and try some new ones. The staff will package them for you in beautiful gift boxes ready for presents. The gifts are very significant to the Diwali Celebration. Each gift is given to strengthen the feelings of fellowship and companionship while defining the bonding and connections between individuals.

So if Diwali is on your family calendar, or you’ve never tried any of the delicious Indian sweets, head over to the Tandoori Kingdom. Share a meal, order takeout, or have them cater for you…but most of all pick up some of those tantalizingly delicious Indian sweets! Better yet – call! (705) 503 1400 to make your reservation now!


Today at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Please take a minute to remember the many men, women and families who sacrificed so that we can all have the liberty and freedom we enjoy today. We all take it for granted but it had a very high cost to many families, not just the people lost but for the families left behind to mourn. So young and old please observe the minute silence and reflect where we would be without all the sacrifice of others.

Remembrance Day is to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout Barrie’s history a long list of Barrie citizens who paid the ultimate price. Next time you get a chance to take a look at the cenotaph at Meridian Place look at the list of names, you might be surprised how many names are listed. We were going to name some and tell their story of heroism, but decided that would be unfair. Who is to say one life is more important than another, so let’s remember them all equally.

Base Borden still deploys many military personnel to dangerous areas all around the world wherever they are required.  We pray they all come home to their families safe and well.

So let’s honour all of Barrie’s fallen heroes today, as well as the rest of Canadians. Take a minute to reflect what the world might look like today without their sacrifice, I think it is the least we can do.

We hope and pray for peace in the future and never again do any families have to lose any loved ones.


This beautifully restored 1915 century home sits in the heart of Barrie, just steps from Lovers Creek on a half-acre property. Amazing detail and character can be seen from the exterior, down to the smallest of details throughout the home. Wonderful character combined with modern comforts and quality.

14 Kingsridge Road garage doorsCurb appeal makes a strong first impression with an immaculate driveway and expansive front lawn, farmhouse lighting, shakes, board & batten, and brick. These many elements come together to create a charming warm century home. A look that is bound to wow visitors and anyone passing by.

14 Kingsridge Road front door

This wonderful front entryway invites you into a spacious front foyer with soaring 10-foot ceilings overhead and all new hardwood floors underfoot.

14 Kingsridge Road kitchen island

The large open kitchen is fully modernized but has retained its classic farmhouse feel. An oversized kitchen island and floor to ceiling subway tile makes this space feel open and airy. All new quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances add a modern design that pairs well with the creamy shaker cabinetry. Step out the back door to an outdoor patio space where you can relax, bbq or access to the yard.

14 Kingsridge Road dining room

The main floor has lovely classic millwork, panel moldings, stained glass transom windows, unique lighting and solid built-in’s. A sitting room is made cozy with the addition of a stone fireplace, perfect for cold winter nights.

14 Kingsridge Road washroom

The second story has 5 bedrooms and two baths. The master ensuite features antique vanities, a modern glass shower, and a beautiful clawfoot tub. Another example of the charming combination of classic and modern.

14 Kingsridge Road covered porch

When the day is over sit outside on the fully screened and covered back porch that looks out over the large fenced backyard.

If you’re a real estate professional in the Barrie area and are interested in having your newly listed property featured on Barrie Uncovered, contact us for more information.