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Wintertide:Return of Light MacLaren Art Centre

A first again!  Wintertide: Return of Light is the first annual art projection project by the MacLaren Art Centre..

In collaboration with the City of Barrie and our incredible local arts community they will use windows to show projected art.

Very First Show!

This first show points us to our bi-annual time change as well as the growing optimism afforded by mass vaccinations and an end to this Pandemic!

Now that weather is warming, get ready for an evening walk along Collier and Mulcaster Streets with your family.

Once dusk has moved in viewing will be in the windows of the MacLaren Art Centre and the vacant storefront beside Jimmy Chews. 

Included in the Projection will be an endearing candlelight vigil for Roberta Place; photographs provided by Simcoe County Archives and Canadian Forces Base Borden, as well as art from the following artists:

And the Artists Are:

Angela Aujla of Barrie is a Professor of Sociology, an emerging artist specializing in mixed media, drawing and visual collage.

Using ink, oil pastels, paint and computer Angela creates a very special effect loved by children and adults alike.

Krystal Ball is a regional artist known as a globally based citizen living in both Toronto or Jamaica.

Her work is a very definite style of bold, rich and striking use of color.  There is such an appreciation of her cultural background found within her art.  Simply stunning!

David Andrec, formally of Hamilton has now made Barrie his home for work and play.  David has travelled extensively for his love of photographic art.  His showings represent expansive insights into different cultures through his lens!

Tarun Lak of Los Angeles is a very special artist within the art projection project.  Tarun is a filmmaker nominated for a Golden Globe and works in animation at Pixar Animation Studios.

Check Them Out!

Many of you will recognize his work; take a moment to find out more about Tarun before visiting the project.  Just reading a bit about him will start your creative thoughts in motion.

Many Thanks -

Wintertide has been made possible through the generous support of the Founding Partners; Thanks to the City of Barrie, Georgian BMW/MINI Georgian, the Sargeant Company, Canadian Forces Base Borden and Simcoe County Archives.

So gather the family, put your walking shoes on and head towards this unique collaboration downtown Barrie!

Written By: Jane Laker

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Last Minute March Break Guide

Last Minute March Break Guide


March break is upon us!

And that means the kids are home from school for the week, which is great!

….until the inevitable cry of “I’m bored” echoes through the house (usually around hour 3 of Day 1)

Fortunately, Barrie and the surrounding areas are awash with answers when that chant does emanate from your living room.

And if you procrastinated on finding some stuff for the younger generation to do, don’t stress. We’ve got you covered.

Read on for ideas to entertain the entire clan at short notice for the coming week!


Last Minute March Break Guide



Thanks to the great response to our FB query, we found a load of great local programs being offered that still have spaces open.

Cheer Pride All-Stars, HBC Girls and Urban Pallete DIY are all still looking for entries.


Jack’s Urban Jungle

The ideal place to go if…how do we put this diplomatically?…If you want to completely exhaust your crew with high intensity fun and physical activity.

Zorbing, Bungee Trampoline, the Leap of Faith and one of the only Indoor side-by-side Ziplines in Canada. (25 ft high, 30 km/hr and 200ft long) are just a few of the way cool activities offered at the Jungle.

Any budding Ninjas in the house? Unleash them in the Ninja Warrior course. Dodge ball kings or queens? Test their evading mettle in the Arena. Open every day of the break.


Kings And Castles Play Center

Speaking of gently exhausting the little ones, Kings and Castles is another destination that can help you ensure a good night’s sleep.

The indoor play place offers loads for all ages (including a diamond heist laser maze during peak hours)

During the break they’ve got special programs Tuesday – Thursday, including Superhero costume making and Shamrock shaking.


In Play

If you want to balance physical activity with a bit of gameplay, In Play has plenty of both, with arcade style games and plenty of climbing options.

During the break, they’ve got themes for every day, including Masquerade Monday and Funky Friday (although you need to bring your own bellbottoms)


Treetops Playground

Besides the daily dose of fun at Treetops location, they’ll be on site at Georgian Mall in a kiosk with 8 different animal rides to choose from.


Creative Cafe

For those who are artistically inclined, Creative Cafe has a full pallet of paint infused fun through the week. Including Mug Monday, Splatter Thursday, and Frame it Friday! And the best part is you get to take all of your creations home.




Scenic Caves — Collingwood

If you haven’t been to the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre in Collingwood, March break is the perfect excuse to check it out.

Visitors can hit up southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, take part in a scavenger hunt, a children’s adventure playground and warm-up cabin.

Round out the day by roasting “spider dogs” and s’mores at the outdoor fire pit.



 The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountain Village is packing in a whack of fun, on and off the slopes.

The week will be replete with live music, interactive activities, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks and more.




March Break at the Museum 

The Simcoe County Museum is a terrific outing at any time of year, but during March Break they’ve got even more to see and do.

Daily themes include Mind Over Matter, St. Patrick’s Day and Mind Over Matter.


Barrie Public Library

Both branches of the BPL have an extensive agenda for the week, including scavenger hunts, crafts, movie marathons and Robotics workshops.


Georgian Mall March Break Madness

Closer to home, Georgian Mall has a five day program for the kiddos.

Events includes live magic shows and meet and greets from Paw Patrol characters, Peppa Pig and the Care Bears.



Public Skating – Both the downtown and Centennial rinks will be open (weather permitting) through the week, as well as the city rec centres. It’s almost certainly the last chance to carve fresh ice outdoors until next winter.

Trails – Nothing beats fresh air and a brisk jaunt through the forest. Hit up the Ardagh Bluffs, Lover’s Creek or Sunnidale for some sunny day fun. If you really want to make a day of it, pack a lunch and trek the whole Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail. Use the #barrieuncovered hashtag on Insta if you do attempt the whole thing! We’d love to see some pics along the way.


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