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Biking in Barrie – Getting Started

Biking in Barrie – Getting Started

As the warmer climes arrive and Spring reaches it’s full potential, half wheelers can haul their cycles out of storage and hit the open paths.

Cycling is a fantastic option for fitness, health and fun. And for many it’s increasingly becoming their go-to method of commuting to work, even in winter.

Whether you’re a rookie on the local circuit or have been cycling for years, Barrie has plenty of options to level up your bike game. Here’s a quick starter kit to get your gears going!

Getting a Bike

Naturally, picking up a new two wheel ride is step one. There are a host of cool spots to check out across town, including Trek Bicycles, Bikeland, and The Bike Zone. All provide an array of cycles for all levels of experience, as well as the accessories (helmets, bags) to complete your collection.

Choose The Right Merch

Riding in comfortable swag can make the difference between misery and fun. The best clothes for biking are snug fitting jerseys and shorts.

If a jersey isn’t your bag, try an exercise shirt. A helmet is mandatory by law, and it’s not an exaggeration to say it could save your life, so be sure to pick up something cool and safe. Most of the bike shops will have plenty of clothing options for your riding career.

Another key ingredient is the right pair of shoes. Locally, the Running Room is a terrific spot to source for high end pad protectors.

Fuel Up

Cycling requires alot of energy. It’s no different that going to the gym for a workout or doing cardio at home, so your body needs fuel! First off, drink LOTS of water, regardless of how warm or cold the weather is.

Depending on how long your ride is, you’ll likely need snacks along the way as well. Nuts and fruit are ideal, as they provide a punch of protein to power you up. The most important part of fueling while riding is eating something every 45 minutes to an hour.

Choose Your Path

Now it’s time to choose your path. This will be determined mostly by what your goal is for any given ride. Think about which streets to avoid based on traffic and how busy bike paths tend to be at the time you’ll be biking. There are plenty of nature based trails, like the Ardagh Bluffs, but keep in mind that hills and rougher terrain can be challenging.

Further, there are a few Barrie based cycle clubs you can join to connect with other two wheel lovers.

Firebird Community Cycle is not-for-profit Corporation, dedicated to the promotion of bicycle education and culture through the sustainable and accessible rebuilding, reusing, recycling and redistribution of all bicycle products. They meet and bike regularly and provide access to bicycle ownership and maintenance for those in need.

There’s also the Barrie Cycling Club. Registration for membership is required, so be sure to check out their website if you’re keen to enroll.

What did you think of Biking in Barrie – Getting Started? Are you hitting the paths this week?

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6 Outdoor Skating Trails To Check Out

Hit up a few of these magnificent outdoor ice extravaganzas

One of the saving graces of living in Barrie during the behemoth that is winter is the plethora of cold season sport options. Hitting the rink for a game of shinny. Breaking out the skis for a trip down the slopes. Snowmobiling across the open fields.

And of course, the simple pleasure of open ice skating. And while there are a bunch of nearby rinks to get your glide on, there are also a ton of trails around the region worthy of a day trip.

Scroll on for a few suggestions!

6 Outdoor Skating Trails To Check Out

Cranberry Marsh Ice Trail

Skate a fantastic 1.2 kilometre circuit surrounded by a one of a kind setting: 12 kilometres of cranberries! There are plenty of stop off points along the way, including the waterfalls and an inviting campfire. When your trip is done, mosey on back to the winery for a hot mulled wine or hot cran-apple cider.

Light the Night: Torchlight skating every Saturday night from 6 pm – 9 pm (weather permitting)

Cost: $10 adults
$8 kids 12 & under

Address: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
1074 Cranberry Road, Bala

Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail

Enjoy this 1.3 km skating trail that winds through the Muskoka forest. The trail is illuminated by hundreds of tiki torches during select nights!

Cost: Admission to provincial park. Skiing extra.

Address: Arrowhead Provincial Park — 7 km north of Huntsville

Discovery Harbour Skate Trail

History buffs in particular will enjoy the experience of skating along the unique 1.5 km skate trail at Discovery Harbour, nestled along the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay.

Cost: Admission is $8.00 per person. Children 5 and under are FREE

Address: Discovery Harbour, 93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene

Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail

Cruise along this 1 kilometer skating trail that takes you in and around the museum’s heritage buildings and wooded surroundings.

Cost: $10

Address: 1151 Highway 26, Minesing

Richmond Hill Green Skating Trail

Richmond Green Skating Trail is a 250 metre trek through the park, located next to Tom Graham Arena. It’s great for night trips as well as it is lit for evening skating.

Cost: Free

Address: 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill

 Island Lake Ice Skating Trail

A 1 km straight skating trail maintained along the main lakeside of the Island Lake Conservation Park. When Lake freezes in the dead of winter, the trail makes for the perfect winter escape!

Location: Island Lake Conservation Area, 673067 Hurontario Street South, Orangeville

Cost:Adults: $5.75
Children (6-14): $2.65
Senior (60 and over): $4.43

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Bike While You Still Can: Trails Around The Barrie Area

Bike While You Still Can: Trails Around The Barrie Area

Since we are (allegedly) getting another week of super warm fall weather this week, it’s a perfect time to bust out the bikes for one or two more rides.

Luckily, the Barrie area has a splendid assortment of paths to hit up.

In addition to being great exercise, an hour or two on your cycle will do wonders for your headspace. It’s an ideal time to listen to tunes or just enjoy some time alone in nature.

With that in mind, hit up a couple of these nearby trails to maximize your bike experience.

Bike While You Still Can: Trails Around The Barrie Area

Oro-Medonte Rail Trail

Between Orillia and Barrie

Abandoned since 1996, the Oro rail line was converted to a trail, giving users the chance to explore Oro-Medonte along the way. To get there, exit Highway 11 at Memorial Avenue. Then turn right onto Woodland Drive, and drive until you see the trail.

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/oro-medonte-rail-trail-1/

The Lightfoot Trail

A series of paved and gravel trails serving Orillia.The paved portion, known as Millennium Trail, is part of the Trans Canada Trail System and connects with the Uhthoff Trail in Severn Township. Moreover, the system includes several nature trails in the Scout’s Valley Environmental Reserve.

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/lightfoot-trail-system

Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail

The trail runs along the abandoned CN rail line through Essa and Innisfil Township. Start and Georgian Downs and go all the way to Cookstown!

The routes include cedar thickets, plenty of trestle bridges and eye catching meadows.  

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/thornton-cookstown-trans-canada-trail

Georgian Trail

Between Meaford and Collingwood

This is an extremely long run, but well worth it. From Craigleth to Meaford, the trail runs close to Hwy. 26 West with numerous access points along the way including Craigleith Park, Thornbury, Thornbury Harbour, Bayview Park and Meaford Harbour. Find parking at Harbourview Park in Collingwood, where the trail heads west towards Craigleith and on to Meaford.

http://www.georgiantrail.ca/

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4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

5 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

GIVE THANKS THIS WEEKEND FOR THESE 4 THINGS IN BARRIE

Barrie has a bit of a reputation as a city that likes to complain (occasionally)

And yet, when you take stock of all the good things out there that are often overlooked or taken for granted, it paints a vibrant picture. Despite the pandemic.

In honour of Thanksgiving, dive into our meandering list of things to give thanks for in Barrie right now.

4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now

SELF CARE

Now, having said all of that, we might might need some maintenance on their nerves by the end of the year.

Luckily Barrie is packed with a growing number of options for self care and general health improvement.

Keep in mind that of course, there are plenty of restrictions due to Covid in place. So be sure to check the requirements before heading out.

If it’s the body you’d like to work on, hit up Jeevanaya Wellness or one of the many other yoga spots across the city. Or a gym.

And if the diet is dogging you, visit a few of the healthy eating restaurants in town. And don’t forget about Nutrition Plus downtown for organic bulk foods, herbs and spices, free range and organic meats, and gluten free foods.

THE WATERFRONT

It’s a no-brainer. And we tend to overlook what’s in our own backyard.

Yet we are fortunate to live in a city with a waterfront that produces daily breathtaking views and walking spaces. And at this time of the year, the fall colours just make it all the more inviting.

BACKYARD NATURE

And speaking of our own backyards, the Ardagh Bluffs, Sunnidale Park, Heritage trail and Wilkin’s Walk are just a few options to get the most out of in-town nature.

There simply are not many cities in Canada that can make similar claims. Get out there and revel in it.

LIVE MUSIC

C’mon, you KNOW we are going to use every opportunity to brag up the local music scene.

Barrie is fortunate to have a terrific assortment of venues that offer live music throughout the week including Flying Monkey’s, Common Good cafe, Donaleigh’s and North Country.

What do you think of our 4 Reasons To Be Thankful In Barrie Right Now? Did we miss anything you are thankful for? Send us an email or a msg to our FB page to let us know!

Picnic Picks In Barrie

Find Your Outdoor Lunch Spot

As August is the Sunday of summer, it’s the perfect time to find a Sunday picnic spot around town. Luckily, Barrie is packed with outdoor dining spots! Here’s 3 great locales to host your next basket and blanket soiree…

SUNNIDALE PARK

Right in the heart of Barrie, Sunnidale Park and Arboretum is 48.6-acre of outdoor paradise to accommodate your meal. Plenty to do before and after, especially for the little ones. The Every Kids a Hero Inclusive Adventure playground was built in partnership with the Barrie professional Firefighters Association and includes a zip line. End off the day with a leisurely stroll through woodland to explore the greenery and wildlife (and to walk off those big helpings of potato salad)

LAMPMAN PARK

Still a bit of a hidden gem in north-west Barrie near the Sandy Hollow Buffer, Lampman Park boasts plenty of shady spots for your picnic needs. The remodeled playground and Splash pad were completed in 2017, with a skate park, tennis and basketball courts and open fields for recreation. Perfect for a full afternoon of outdoorsy fun.

TYNEDALE PARK

Smaller than the “big” guys like Heritage Park and Centennial, Tynedale sits at the mouth of the southern shores of Kempenfelt Bay. Being on the slighter size makes it a cozier confine for a picnic. Children can run out their sugar rush on the playground, then end off the day soaking up sun and napping along Tollendale Beach.

What did you think of our trio of Picnic Spots? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to connect with us if you have an event or business in Barrie that could benefit from getting Uncovered!

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