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The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

The Summer's Not Quite Done Bucket List

5 Things to Do in Barrie Before Fall Arrives

Although we tend to think of Labour day as the unofficial end of summer, technically speaking the warmest season doesn’t end until September 22nd.

And given how much time we had to spend indoors in 2020, it’s our civic duty to cram as much summer fun into these last few weeks as possible.

With that, we’ve compiled a list of activities around town to generate those summer vibes one last time.

The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

Indulge in Ice cream & Frozen Yogurt

Keep your ears peeled for the telltale music of ice cream trucks cruising the neighbourhoods, as most will be out and about until the end of the month. And eat in destinations, like Kawartha Dairy and Swirleez, are open and serving. Plan to spend a night or two after dinner with a bowl or a cone of your favourite icy treat.

Go To The Drive In

Sunset Drive In has been a God send this year; allowing cinephiles a chance to see movies on the big screen despite theatre closures. They’ll be running movies throughout the next few weeks, including new releases Tenet and Bill And Ted Face The Music!

Picnic and Patios

Sometimes the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Grabbing some lunch and a few blankets and heading to one of the great picnic locales around Barrie may not sound like a rager. But when we are in the midst of a January blizzard (again) this winter, a relaxing picnic in the sun will seem like an afternoon in paradise.

The same applies to patios. When they are tucked away for the fall, you’re going to miss them. So go enjoy a few frosties at your favorite pub while we still can.

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Cheers to Sunny Days! We are extremely happy to announce that we will be opening our patio on Friday June 12th. 🍻Patio will be open everyday 11 am – 9 pm, weather permitting. Guests will not be allowed to dine inside. 🍻We will not be taking reservations. Outdoor seating will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Stop in and add your name to the wait list. We will call you when your table is ready. Please avoid waiting for your table in front of the Brewpub or patio. 🍻Parties are limited up to five people per table. Do not move or join tables together. The tables are set up in a specific manner to follow proper social distancing guidelines. 🍻We ask that you limit your stay to no more than 1 1/2 hours to ensure everyone looking to dine with us have the opportunity to do so. 🍻We will continue to offer takeout of our menu for pick up from the Brewery or delivery through SkipTheDishes. 🍻Our Retail Bottle Shop is open everyday from 11 am – 9 pm as well. 🍻We will continue to offer same day beer deliveries to all Barrie/Innisfil residents. Order online before noon for same day delivery. 🍻If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We understand that these new guidelines can be limiting and confusing but we appreciate your cooperation and kindness through these times. 🍻Thank you again to everyone for your support. We have missed you. We look forward to seeing all our Barnstormer friends and making new ones❤️

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Hit The Lake and Splash Pads

It won’t be long until the waters of Lake Simcoe are too chilly to even wade up to your knees in. So dive in (while keeping your social distance)

Lifeguards will be in place at the major beaches. And while there is no barbecuing permitted, you could incorporate picnicking and some ice cream into the day and make it into a warm weather trifecta.

If swimming isn’t your thing, Happy Paddling will be doing Kayak and Canoe rentals until the end of today. And most of the big box stores will have deals on inflatable boats as they clear out the summer stock.

The splash pads at Lampman and Heritage park are both running as well if the beach isn’t your bag.

Take a Hike, Ride a Bike

A stroll through the city’s great walking paths is another easy outing. Hit up the forest covered trails of Ardagh bluffs or head to Sunnidale Park, if you are in need of a nature connection. Grabbing a few pics for your insta at The Sunnidale Arboretum ( a nature photographer’s dream – with the immense variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers) is another idea to capture summer.

And don’t let the bike sit in the garage! Even if you haven’t travailed the city’s cycling lanes this year, get the rubber on the road and take a spin along the beach.

What did you think of The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List? What are you planning to do in the last few weeks of the season? Let us know on FB or in the comments!

And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

Cinema Smackdown Episode 13 – Speed: Cruise Control

Cinema Smack Down

In our unlucky # 13 episode, Fraser and Scott have the bad luck to endure Speed: Cruise Control, possibly the most unnecessary sequel of all time. Along the way they offend a Canadian Icon, shout-out to comedian Jeremy Hotz and explore ornithological sexual orientation.

If you are easily offended, be aware of the swears.

The BFF Goes To The Drive In

BFF Short Film


The show must go on…even if you need to bring your car.

Like other venues, the Barrie Film Festival have had to close their doors at the Uptown theatre due to Covid-19, unfortunately yelling “cut” on their usual run of programming.

But now that Sunset Drive In is open, the BFF  is presenting a couple of first run, independent gems on the REALLY big screen this week.

On Wednesday, the festival is showing a double feature at Sunset.

Comedy/Drama, 14A for brief language and a sexual reference, 112 minutes (UK)⁠⠀
Inspired by the international phenomenon of military wives choirs, Peter Cattaneo (Full Monty) crafts an emotive and poignant story about a group of women who realize that their partners in Afghanistan aren’t the only ones whose circumstances can lead to unbreakable bonds of camaraderie, belonging, and deep friendship.⁠⠀
SHOW 2 is PARASITE (11:25PM)⁠⠀
Dark Comedy/Thriller, 14A for coarse/sexual language, some violence and a sexually suggestive scene, Language: Korean with English subtitles, 133 minutes (South Korea)⁠⠀
A family of cunning derelicts scheme to enter a wealthy household’s employ in this genre-bending, Palme d’Or and Oscar award–winning thriller of class struggle from South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer).⁠⠀
AWARDS: 267 wins & 228 nominations!⁠⠀

Tickets are available online only.⁠ NO tickets will be sold at the box office
And to ensure the full movie experience, Sunset is offering Barrie Film Festival attendees a 15% discount on concessions!

Cinema Smackdown Episode 10 – Daredevil Vs. Elektra

Cinema Smack Down

In episode 10 (and really…did anyone expect us to get past one?) Fraser and Scott present a special head to head version of the Smack Down, by pitting the pathetic productions of Daredevil and Elektra against one another to decide which is the worst.

Along the way Fraser attempts to link diabetes to superpowers, and Bette Midler gets involved.

As per usual, there is some racey language for the easy to offend.

Movie Picks from Movie People

BFF Short Film

Since we are all going to be spending the next several weekends indoors and online, we thought it a good time to canvass the artistic scene in Barrie for a few movie suggestions! We’ll be doing this regularly, and we’d love to hear your picks as well. So hit up the comments and share what you’re watching during the isloation!



The Social Network, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, About Time

CAROLE PARSONS, Video Producer, Owner Sugar C Media

The Biggest Little Farm, Heal, Black Mirror



Birdman, Children of Men, The Fountatin



The Breakfast Club, The Dark Knight, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes




The Song Remains The Same, Death To Smoochy, Castle of Caglistro