As we welcome summer amid reopenings, we can all indulge in notions of traditional summer fare like patios, barbecues…and road trips!

Of course, Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months.  Every Thursday through September, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a reasonable travel time. And if you’ve got some suggestions, we want to hear them!

Road Trippin’ – Part 6


The Foley Mountain Conservation Area, located on Upper Rideau Lake, is home to Spy Rock. The granite ledge lets you take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Spy Rock is 500 million years old and also overlooks Westport. You’ll be able to see all the natural landscapes in the area and the town in the distance. It’s one of several lookout points along the trails.

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This was my first visit to the Foley Mountain Conservation Area, which has a great view of Westport. I didn't have time to check out the trails, but I did catch the sunset before heading home. On the left you can see Mulvilles Bay in Upper Rideau Lake, Westport Pond in the middle, and a piece of Westport Sand Lake on the right. Another thing that stands out from this view (though it's pretty small with the wide angle lens I used) is the tall steeple of St. Edward the Confessor Church. The high vantage point is a great way to see the colors of Autumn. . . . . . #nature #sunset #Autumn #colorful #leaves #trees #road #sun #clouds #countryside #landscape #skyscape #StEdwardTheConfessorChurch #FoleyMountain #FoleyMountainconservationarea #MulvillesBay #WestportPond #Westport #RideauLakes #Ontario #Canada #MattMolloy #timelapse #photography #TimeStack #photoshop #CanonCanada #CloudPorn #cloudoholic #outdoors

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There are plenty of trails and hiking spots, as well as a discovery centre and an interpretive centre. Of course, like all things in a pandemic, there are restrictions when accessing all of them.

One of the best trails to hike is the Rideau Trail, which leads to a small sandy beach on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake.

After you’ve finished, the charming town of Westport is just down the road where you can hit up one of the many local eateries, including the  Westport Brewing Company.

Foley Mountain is about halfway between Kingston and Ottawa, so if you want to make a long weekend out of it, there are plenty of other city-based activities to check out before or after.

Approx. driving time from Barrie: 3 hrs, 45 minutes

What did you think of Road Trippin’ – Part 5? Let us know in the comments, or let us know if you’ve been there! We’d love to share your pics! And if you are a business in Barrie that is open during Stage 2, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.