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What to do in Barrie based on your astrological sign

Hey you!  Yes, YOU!

There is something you need to know about Barrie and Astrology.  Come closer and ssshhhhhh!  Barrie is full of great things to do, based on your astrological sign and we bet you never thought of that before.  (Well, we aren’t really going to bet….*wink) But, we are GLAD that your love of horoscopes and all things Barrie has brought you here.  We really had fun planning out your astrological tour of Barrie and may even do it again next month!  (What say you?)  Take a read:

Aries:  Why are you so impatient? You would benefit from pre-planning.

Okay, you need a plan Barrie Aries!  Are you thinking what we’re thinking?  The Ultimate Barrie Pub Crawl?  (maybe Ultimate is a bit much – but we’ve pre-planned for you!)   You are a fire sign and sometimes your passion and exuberance is a bit much.

Virgo: Why are you annoyed by everything?

We know we’ve told you about this place a few times, but it’s perfect for a Barrie Virgo to just chillax! You need an hour at Float Tank Barrie to totally decompress. Flotation-REST is exactly what you need as an earth sign, to find your peace and calm.  Oh and one more thing!  How about a little Shakespeare?  Check out our PODCAST about Macbeth in a Barrie Backyard!

Gemini: Why do you want to kill everybody?

Oh you Barrie Gemini!  You have probably gotten yourself so busy that you need a twin to get things done!  We’ve got a great place for you to check out! Our House situated in Downtown Barrie, is full of unique and one of a kind Home Accessories that are bound to help you save time and sanity!  We know you’ll definitely find something there that you can’t live without!  (Don’t purchase sharp objects!)

Cancer: Why do you always think you are right?

You are highly intuitive and you can pick up the energy of a room but you know what you need?  You need a WEEKEND ADVENTURE! Lucky for you, Danielle blogged about all her fun and good times – maybe you could try doing the same?

Give us your opinion on what you liked about her adventure – Don’t worry, we will agree with whatever you say….:-) Barrie Cancers can handle both emotional and material realms, so this adventure should be on your list of things to do!

Can You See The Signs?

Libra:  Why do you always want to argue?

Barrie Libra, you are so ready to take on life, but don’t forget that your scales represent balance and harmony.  We’ve got just the place for you to find your inner self – YOGA!  Check out our article on Anahata Yoga right HERE.  Don’t you think it’s time to stretch those muscles and get into the zone?

Capricorn: Why do you hurt peoples’ feelings and cut people off for giving their opinion?

Oh Barrie Capricorn!  You aren’t always like that.  You don’t mean to be that way.  You are skilled an wading through the emotional realms, but sometimes you can be like a prickly thorn.  It’s okay, we’ve got a great idea for you – why not take a GNED class at Georgian College?  There is so much to discover at Georgian and so much diversity.  Maybe its time to learn something new and make some new acquaintances?

Taurus:  Why are you so selfish and stingy and think the world revolves around you?

You know what would be great for you? You need to take a night out and discover Laffy Taffy Comedy!

You want funny? Our photographer, Steve is also a comedian!

Who doesn’t love belly roll laughing?  Barrie Taurus, we know you’ve worked hard to get to where you are in life but believe us when we tell you that you would seriously benefit from a Comedy Night.  Read up on some past comedians HERE.

Aquarius: Why do you stay loyal to people that don’t deserve it?

Right?  We had to think hard about what would be right for you.  Here’s what we are thinking, a Barrie Brewery Tour! Add a first date to the Brewery Tour and you may just find something new and exciting!  Sometimes we forget to surround ourselves with adventure and get caught up in the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.  Time to live a little!

Do Something Different!

Pisces: How do you fool people into thinking they know everything about you when they only know 1%?

What they don’t know is that you are a Ninja Warrior!  Have you checked out the Ninja Warrior Competions at Jacks Urban Jungle? Overcome your fears and check out all that Jack’s has to offer.

Sagittarius: How do you remain so patient?

We don’t know how you do it.  Perhaps your quest for knowledge has taught you to take things slow? We see GOLF in your future at North Swing in Barrie!  At North Swing you can golf on many of the famous courses around the world – all simulated of course. Barrie Uncovered met up with owner, Emil Kamel, back in February – read our blog article HERE.

Leo: Why do you manipulate and cheat?

Awwwww……come on, Barrie Leo!  You are our resident Lion!  We’ve found something for you to do that is Vivacious and will give you a chance to bask in the spotlight – SUNSET SPEEDWAY! Oh ya, Baby!  You can be center stage and drive OR just head over to the speedway and experience the thrill of the race.

We are excited just talking about it!  We met with Brian Todish, Owner Operator of Sunset Speedway and he is one cool dude!  Get yourself over to the track before the snow falls.  (oops we said it!)

Scorpio:  Why are you so mean?

Scorpio, scorpio, scorpio!  Ice Cream can help, it always does.  Have you been to the Ice Cream Hut? Home of the soft serve? Alright, well maybe we cheated a little with this one, it’s just outside of Barrie.  Like barely outside of Barrie.  You could probably see the Ice Cream Hut from the top of Bayfield with really good binoculors.  (that’s our story and we are sticking to it!)  Ice cream naturally just makes people friendlier.  If soft serve isn’t your thing, then check out Kawartha Dairy in Barrie.  Can you say YUM for days?  Best thing about Kawartha Dairy Barrie is that they have a DRIVE THRU!  Okay, well so does Ice Cream Hut BUT – you can buy a bag of milk at Kawartha drive thru.  Like, who does that?

There you go!  There’s your total Astrological Tour of Barrie specially designed for YOU!   Have fun and we’ll see you in a month!

 

Written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot and Danielle Quesnel

Unleash your senses with Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark CNIB

Take your sense of adventure and try Dining in the Dark on March 18th. The annual CNIB event that raises funds and awareness serves up another course of adventure at the Lion’s Gate Banquet Centre. Based on a concept made popular in darkness restaurants in Paris and New York City, Dining in the Dark takes guests on a sensory adventure as they put on blindfolds and have a taste of what life can be like when you have vision loss.

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Truly Canadian Barrie Events: Moonlight Snowshoes and Fondue

14 Things To Do in Barrie This February

Well here we are, sitting at home wondering what’s happening this weekend that can help shake off our ‘still a week until a Statutory holiday’ blues. Are you randomly googling the same three words, ‘Mid Winter Blahs’?  We get it and we want to turn your McFrown upside down.

Let’s play a game, let’s take three random words and google them and see what pops up.  No, not ‘happening this weekend’ but how about these, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘snowshoe’ and ‘Fondue’?  This is going to be hilarious!

Okay, so maybe not as hilarious as we thought.  We’ve got a hit.  Apparently, Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue is a thing.  What an amazing way to celebrate winter and get away from the mid winter blahs. This event is hosted by Hardwood Ski and Bike, located in the ‘gateway to cottage country’ it’s between Highway 400 and Highway 11 – just 15 min from Barrie. You can peek through their webcam and double check the trail conditions before you head out.

Happening this Weekend: Hot Cheese for a Good Cause

Snow showing is a great form of exercising and a true winter workout. Imagine burning almost 1000 calories per hour, and having fun doing it!  If this Saturday is leg day, then you’ll want to be a part of the Moonlight Snowshoe. Oh yes, and we can’ forget the fondue. Well let’s look at it this way, you burn a bunch of calories doing your beautiful and picturesque Moonlight Snowshoe, then you can enjoy fondue under the stars.  You’ll get to enjoy the locally sourced cheese fondue with fresh local baked bread provided by Fox’s Bakery, local apple cider and a beverage from Heritage Estates Winery.  There will be some live music, and a bonfire too.  This amazing 5km guided hike will be truly memorable and an experience that you certainly don’t want to miss out on.

There are a few Barrie Uncovered Secrets to share:

  • Fondue is after the hike (have a snack before you come)
  • Maple Syrup Taffy by the fire. ‘Nuff said.
  • Fireworks.  (yes, you read that correctly)

This magical event is yours for the taking and it’s all for an amazing cause – AvYouth, a wonderful charity whose mission statement is: Providing Youth an Alternative to Violence through Education. There are also themes when Hardwood Ski and Bike throw their Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue, and this weekend’s theme is:  Celebrate Love.  If this makes you think perfect Valentines Adventure – then we’d have to agree with you….but to be fair, a Brewery Tour Date is also pretty exciting as well.

Bundle up and stay warm friends!  Tag us @barrieuncovered in some of your selfies so we can see how much fun you’re having!

Entertainment in Barrie: Escaping from the Regular

Barrie Uncovered Escape Rooms

Searching for entertainment in Barrie that’s more than just the same old thing can be difficult, and interesting and interactive events can be hard to come by. Situations where you’re working together with your team encourages collaboration, and further communication and problem solving skills.

Barrie Uncovered has the answer to your hum drum nights out: Perplexcity Escape Rooms and Board Game Lounge on Cedar Park Drive in Barrie. What is an Escape Room, you may ask? It is an adventure game where you have to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to escape the room. You will have clues and hints to help you solve the puzzles.  You’ll need to work as a team and come up with a strategy to complete them within the hour you have to escape. One thing to mention: you are not actually locked in the room!

Perplexcity’s four escape rooms have different degrees of difficulty.  They have, from easiest to hardest:

  1. Lost Jewel of Zanzibar
  2. Curse of the Evil Genie
  3. Blackbeard’s Brig
  4. Cypherspace

Fun Team Building Attractions near Barrie

Perplexcity has been under new management since January 2019.  Brian, Adam or Dave will more than happy to answer any question you may have and are in the process of re-booting the rooms with the intention of making the rooms more immersive with technology.  They plan to have a new room to open in 2-3 month’s time. They also have a board games area with pool, hoops and ping pong.  If you like board games, they have a good selection, so have a beer, relax and have fun the old fashioned way!

It is a great place for a group of friends, bachelorettes, stag nights, or for companies to have corporate team building events.  The rooms accommodate 8-10 people depending on the room, but the owners say ideally it should be 6-7 people. For larger corporate events you can hire out the whole of Perplexcity for which the capacity is 100. A popular option is to have your date night at Perplexcity, it’s a good way to learn about your partner…if you’re brave enough!

Perplexcity is ideal for kids 12 and up and adults. But make sure you try the easier rooms first!  Perplexcity has a liquor license and a menu of pub favourites, like wings, burgers, and poutine. They also have 55 cent Sunday Wings specials.

The Perplexcity team are working on new initiatives to improve the experience.  Some of the events they are considering for the near future are:

  • Live bands
  • Karaoke nights
  • Comedy nights
  • Theme night e.g. Paint Nights
  • Contests, who can eat the hottest wings and how many wings can you eat in 3 minutes.

So, if you want a night out away from the normal try Perplexcity.  They have an easy to use online booking calendar, just pick you date and time and book. If you’re on the hunt for more events and things to do in Barrie, check on our events page – it’s always being updated with more fun and interesting events.

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