Gentle warning for those friends who are new to the Barrie area. Winters here are long. They are cold. There’s a lot of snow. You will, at some points, want to escape to tropical lands, only to return when winter has finally left the building (so, like, June). 

Now, if you are a winter enthusiast, which some of you are, you may delight in this weather pattern. For the rest of us, we need a game plan. 


Five To Dos To Beat The Barrie Winter Blues


Catch a Flick

Winter is a great excuse to hunker down, stay inside and enjoy some great cinema. Why not take the fam to the Cineplex and watch the latest blockbuster? Or take your beloved to see the latest romantic comedy concoction (p.s. if you are looking for sweet date ideas for your sweetie, check out our First Date Ideas That Don’t Totally Suck series here). 

If you are craving something a bit more high-brow, you can also check out Reel Stories. Part of the fantastic film offerings from the Barrie Film Festival, the Reel Stories mini-fest provides an opportunity to “discover extraordinary things about the world” through documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. Happening February 20 – 23, tickets are a deal at only $10 per person. 

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Hey Teachers!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Our Education Program will run November 26-29⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ This year, the Barrie Film Festival is delighted to present the film, YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE for grades 7-12, which focuses on the rise of the global youth climate movement.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Over the course of 11 years, and set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in. Youth Unstoppable premiered at Michael Moore’s invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, going on to screen at dozens of festivals around the world and garnering thirteen awards.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Curriculum Connections: Language (Reading, Writing, Oral, Media Literacy), Science/Technology, Biology, Geography, Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, Politics, Economics and Media Arts. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For school bookings and/or further information, please contact our Education Coordinator via email: [email protected]⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ For more information, https://barriefilmfestival.ca/programs/education-program/⁠⠀

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Cheer On The Colts 

As the much-loved Stompin’ Tom famously opined… “the best game you can name is the good ol’ Hockey game”. Whether you’re a die-hard hockey lover or a fair-weather fan, there’s something undeniably Canadian about heading to the rink and watching a game.

Cheering on your hometown Barrie team will also undoubtedly raise your winter-dampened spirits a little. Click here for the full game schedule. 



Cozy Up With a Coffee 

Picture this. You’re snuggled up in a cozy corner with a great book or a great conversation partner. You glance out the window and watch as thick snowflakes fall lazily to the ground, covering the streets in a blanket of magical, white coldness. Sounds pretty darn great right? Its also another great way to fight the winter blues in Barrie. 

Whether you are in the south end or the north end or downtown, there are many great cafes and coffee joints to choose from. Williams Fresh Cafe, as well as Creative Bean in the south end are both top-notch. If you are downtown, Casa Cappucino, Bohemia or Lazy Tulip are also great places to get your java. 


Get Creative 

Help combat the winter blahs by getting a little creative and engaging in those creative pursuits and projects you’ve been putting off.  This winter, check out The Drawing House, Art in House or Creative Cafe. From an artistic community to art supplies to opportunities to try out a new artistic medium, these establishments are great places to get your creative juices flowing. 




What do you think of our Five To Dos To Beat The Barrie Winter Blues?

These, of course, are just a sample of strategies you can use to make it through the cold, dark winter. If you have any other ideas, we would love to hear them. Share with us on social using the hashtags #BarrieUncovered #BarrieWinters.