East end, south end, downtown … there’s a lot of little pockets in Barrie to navigate and explore. Continuing with our mission to help you escape those pesky doldrums and try something new, we’re uncovering a little more of our fair city. This time, it’s all about the north end. From food to fitness to frugality, here’s what we found on the north side. 

Uncovering Barrie: The North End



If you are hungry, the north end has a plethora of food options for you, particularly with all the new restaurants that have popped up in the North Barrie crossing. From Halibut House to Fionn McCool’s to Spoon And Fork there’s something for everyone. 

If you really want to try something different, check out The Copper Branch. Their menu incorporates plant-based, whole foods that are not only good for you, they are also good for the planet. Smoothies, power bowls, and some serious looking veggie burgers are on offer. More good news, not only are these dishes kind to your waistline, they are kind to your budget too. 




Ok, north enders – we’re sensing a trend here. In addition to healthy restaurants like Cooper Branch, the north end is teeming with places to get your sweat on. Georgian College’s Athletic Centre is open for the public to join and offers a climbing wall, a variety of classes, top of the line equipment and a track. 

Located close by, L.A. Fitness is another option to work on your fitness. Located in the North Barrie Crossing Shopping Centre, L.A. Fitness also offers top of the line equipment, a variety of classes for various ages and levels and a pool. 

Finally, for those who like to get their fitness on in a frugal way, Fit For Less is also located in the northern region of our city. Offering some of the same amenities, Fit For Less provides the basics needed to become ‘buff the stuff’ in a budget-friendly way. 




Speaking of frugality, you can save some serious cash money when you shop in the north end. First up, check out Len’s Mills. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming exterior, it’s huge inside and offers everything from craft supplies to clothing to furniture to food to …well, you name it, at deeply discounted prices. 

The reSource Thrift Store is another place to buy the things you need without spending all your hard-earned dough. Run entirely by volunteers, the proceeds go towards Christian education initiatives, as well as other charitable organizations and causes. 

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Of course, these aren’t the only hidden gems that exist in the north end of Barrie. Know of a special place in this city section that we didn’t mention?  Share with us & let us know!