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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
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Today At Georgian Mall a Ribfest To Behold!

The Ribfest opens today at 11.00 am and runs through to 8.00 pm. It is being held in Georgian Mall (509 Bayfield Street) – in the parking lot of former Sears.

There are 3 specialty rib creators on-site to choose from, Camp 31 Barbeque, Billy Bones’ BBQ and Pistol Pete’s. Made with all of their very own sauces. As well as getting some great ribs you will be helping RVH. Before you enter your chosen lane, you pay three dollars which all go to raising funds for our wonderful hospital.

So, we took a trip up on Saturday to try out some ribs, we loved it, as long as you love meat this is where you need to visit today. All the pictures were taken yesterday.

As well as ribs you can get chicken and more. We had a great time yesterday even though this year you cant walk about the fest it still had a fabulously friendly atmosphere.

So for a treat go to Georgian Mall today and give yourself and family a treat, while helping a great cause.

Happening Today at The BFF: Pain And Glory & More


Poisoning Paradise – 1:00pm

Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites and pesticides are being sprayed upwind of their neighbourhoods. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. In an attempt to diversify an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, policymakers in both Hawaii and Washington, D.C. encouraged the world’s largest biotech companies to utilize Kauai’s favourable climate and fertile soil to test genetically engineered seeds and crops.




Mademoiselle De Joncquieres – 1:30pm


1750, Louis XV reigns over the kingdom of France. The Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer), an assumed libertine, falls madly in love with Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France), an attractive widow withdrawn from the world. She resists him for years, and finally gives in to her secret desire.


Maiden – 3:00pm


Maiden tells the story of how a 24-year-old cook working on charter boats became the skipper of the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy Edwards’ inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing that all aboard would not survive and generate bad publicity.




Pain and Glory – 4:30pm

Pain and Glory presents a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films.


David Crosby: Remember My Name – 5:15pm


A triumph at Sundance, this inspired collaboration between director A.J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe coaxes singer-songwriter Crosby – a member of three major groups in music history: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – into unflinching candour as he confronts his mortality and assesses the damage of earlier days. At the same time, his redemptive journey back to performing is universally inspiring and uplifting, bearing an emotional impact that transcends the rock documentary genre.




In Fabric – 7:00pm

Recently separated from her husband, a lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, blood-red gown… which in time will come to unleash a malevolent curse of unstoppable evil threatening all who cross its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.



The Last Black Man in San Francisco – 7:15pm

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.



Official Secrets – 7:30pm

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favour of an invasion of Iraq.



Screening Today At The BFF: Before You Know It & More!



Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – 4:00pm


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prizewinner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative.




The Biggest Little Farm – 4:30pm

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a bio diverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.



Before You Know It – 7:30pm

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos.

Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star



18 Things To Do in Barrie This Fall

18 Things To Do in Barrie This Fall


Yeah, it’s true that Fall gets a bad rap because it’s the last gasp of warmth before…winter.

Yet with the ridiculously vibrant colours, farm fresh produce and Halloween themed galas, it’s a great time to get out in Barrie!

Scroll on to see the our 18 Things To Do in Barrie This Fall! Click on the name of each to learn more.

And keep in mind, we have a full list of events in Barrie on our calendar!



From late September all the way until Halloween, Chappell Farms offers their annual Fall Festival!  Activities include feeding animals, a haunted tent, a less spooky Boo Barn, pumpkin picking, magic shows, wagon rides and train rides.

Elmvale and Drysdale also offer pumpkin themed fun, with a dash of Halloween scares to boot.


The annual behind-the-scenes look at the Barrie arts scene through a variety of activities and programs happens this weekend. The MacLaren Art Centre, 5 Points Theatre and Bohemia Cafe are just a few of the spots taking part this year.


There is no shortage of live entertainment this Autumn, including weekly shows at the Foxx Lounge and performances all over the city.

If joke telling is more your scene, Laffy Taffy comedy takes over Fionn MacCool’s every Sunday. There is also a new local troupe called YIKES offering up a live improv show on Oct. 5th. And Greg Morton hits the Ferndale Banquet Hall on October 3rd.



The food trucks may be in dock for the season, but the food fests are still on. Collier street United Church offers up Feast at 8 food stations featuring Culinary Team Canada award-winning Chef Ryan and Chef Carmelo and renowned local chefs including Michael & Marions, Groovy Tuesdays, TJ’s Pizza & Curry in a hurry, Homestead and Dunlop Street Diner.



Among the many benefits of living in Barrie is the tremendous amount of hiking and biking trails in your own backyard. Ardagh Bluffs, the North Shore Trail and the Waterfront Heritage path are just a few in-town options to get your hike on.



It’s not the Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho Man… but it ain’t far off. Barrie’s talented wrestling scene offers monthly bouts and these folks know how to deliver a show! November 2nd is their fifth anniversary show so you can be sure the chairs will be flying.



The 22nd annual Film festival takes over the Uptown theatre from Oct. 18th – 27th. 10 Days of movies, parties and special events that are a can’t miss for cinephiles!



Trying to do it all is tough, and for Moms trying to carve out a life besides parenting, it’s even more challenging. This Masterclass is ideal for Moms who want to enjoy work and have a great family life too. Tickets in advance through eventbrite.



Spend an afternoon discovering the local craft industry and sample some tapas style dishes the breweries are offering. Visit 3 craft breweries, plus a cidery. A Beer lovers delight!



There are few things in life more enjoyable than a great glass of wine in the sun. And you can do one better this season by sipping that vino at an actual winery! Heritage Cider offers daily tours of their estate, ending off with samples and cheese boards. A fantastic way to spend a summer Saturday.



Learn some local history and get some exercise! Barrie offers a plethora of guided walking tours in historic areas of the city.



Walking Dead fans will lap this up. Kick off your Halloween celebrations at Hooligans Restaurant on Friday, October 25th for Zombie Funk Get Down in support of Seasons Centre for Grieving Children.

Silent auction and prizes for best costume, so make sure to dress up!

All ticket and prize proceeds will be donated to Seasons Centre for Grieving Children.

Must be 19yrs or older.



Barrie has welcomed a few adult oriented indoor entertainment venues since last fall. See our visits to both spots here and here.



As the weather gets colder, it’s a perfect excuse to retreat inside to the warmth of a stretch studio. Luckily Barrie’s got a wide spread of options.



There is no shortage of out there vendors and new age goodies at this one.



Colts. Hockey. ‘Nuff said.


Got an event coming up in Barrie? Let us know and we may post it on our events calendar! 

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