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3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

The last weekend before Halloweekend is upon us. Which means you should practice telling your creepiest stories and load your streaming platform playlists with Halloween movies and every Treehouse of Horror the Simpsons ever produced. (Even the lame second season one)

But for those not eerie inclined, there are alot of fun events that have nothing at all to do with the scary season. Here’s a few to check out!

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

The East End Shop Local Market + Sonder’s 1 Year Anniversary

Sonder Studio celebrates their first anniversary and hosts another Shop Local market this Saturday. The day includes live music performances from BKnox and Olivia Grace. Over 23 Vendors will be on hand, all from the Barrie area.

Online Geology Fair

Interested in your family history and ready to move beyond what you can learn from your relatives? This Friday you can (virtually) meet a few ancestory experts at the library.

This 2-day online event invites curious beginners and experienced genealogists to discover how DNA can provide clues to uncover your ancestors.

The virtual Genealogy Fair features expert speakers and relevant topics, as well as Library resources. The Keynote Speaker is Mags Gaulden from Grandma’s Genes who will be presenting ‘The Power of DNA’.

Learn more and register online:

YMCA Open House

Take a tour of the Barrie Y before it’s closing. The Y will be hosting an Open House on Saturday from 10:00am – 1:00pm for the public, members, staff, and volunteers to tour the facility one last time in a safe, socially distanced manner.

Bonus Event! Join The Circus

Well, not quite. But any young trapeze enthusiasts in the house might be interested in this! Students can learn aerial apparatuses including aerial silks, lyra and aerial hammock as well as ground circus such as Hula hoop.

The course run Sundays and require online registration. Hit up their website for more!

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Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

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Make The Most of the Autumn Weather and Colours With These Hiking Destinations

That sound you hear… is winter slowly edging its way into your backyard. Before we know it, it’s going to be full-on snow pants and crying every time you see the thermostat.

So, before the inevitable snow flies, hit up a few of the amazing trails and hiking spots in and around Barrie. Have your phone fully charged to snap some amazing pics for your Insta as the colours are in full bloom.

Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

Trans Canada Trail (Thorton – Cookstown)

It doesn’t get much more Canadian than hiking the Trans Canada Trail. (Known as the Great Trail as of 2016)

Running alongside the railway that connected the country in the early 20th century, the trail is wide enough for passing traffic and takes you through a gallery of outdoor scenes. From dense woodland to open fields and small towns to paths along bubbling streams, there is a lot to take in.

Copeland Forest

4,400 acres worth of towering pines, birches, oaks, evergreens and ferns, Copeland forest is known as one of the most beautiful forests in southern Ontario.

It’s ideal for hiking or biking, although there are a number of hills. Keep an eye for the marshlands to the west as a great rest and snack spot.

Awenda Provincial Park

A beautiful forested area spanning more than 2,900 hectares on the shores of the Georgian Bay, Awenda offers a brilliant array of fall fun amid a diverse and rich habitat.

Take on the dozens of kilometers of park roads on your bike, coasting along the stunning Bluff and Beach trails. Or hike a few of the popular paths, including the Robitaille Homestead Trail. A route that takes you through an ancient dune system. Wendat Trail, a 2 hour easy walk, leads to the foundations of the Brabant farmstead barn/house for anyone interested in a bit of local history.

Scout Valley Loop Trail

Scout Valley is covered in mature forest and has three loop trails, some of which lead to small streams and refreshing spring water. Best of all, if you reach the top of the hill you get to a lookout with stunning views of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Bonus Uncovered Gem! A part of the trail overlooks an old gravel pit, full of abandoned vehicles and equipment. A very eerie but cool sight as we get closer to Halloween.

Tay Shore Trail

The Tay Shore Trail stretches over 18km across Tay Township. Stroll through fields, wetlands, and wooded areas amongst the Wye, Hogg and Sturgeon rivers – enhanced by interesting plaques detailing natural and historical aspects of the space.

Depending on where you enter and exit the trail, there’s also plenty of good eats and shopping in the surrounding towns to make a day of it. Check out Port McNicol or Waubaushene while you are up there, or head towards Midland for more local history.

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3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

October’s coming in hot; at least as far as the weather is concerned. With temps pushing well above 15 for the impending weekend, it’s a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the sun while it’s here.

Here’s a trio of happenings this weekend to check out…

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

Open Air Dunlop

Another Saturday with traffic free streets happens in downtown Barrie. Dunlop is closed to vehicles, giving you the chance to check out the new streetscape and get a coffee or a pint at the fab downtown eateries.

You c an also enter the We Dig Downtown contest to win a $250 Lifeline E-Gift Card to the downtown businesses of your choice! Take in a self-guided historic walking tour as well as some incredible public art. Happening all day.

Live Music

The gigs, they are a happenin;.

North Country plays host to live tunes Thursday – Saturday, including country talent Rob Watts and Dean James. Over at Donaleigh’s The Week Ends take the stage on Saturday. Courtney Bowles is on the mic and guitars over at Flying Monkey’s.

You can also hit up the Common Good Cafe for Sunday morning jams. And if karaoke is more your speed, hit up Steyn House on Mapleton in the south end on Friday night.

Retro Arcade

While you’re downtown for Open Air, consider booking in to Last Level Lounge for some retro gaming. In addition to the patio being open, you can book in for an evening or in blocks of hours for $15 per person. That gives you access to free play on all the games, including the pinball machines.

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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.

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5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

Enjoy Summer’s Last Gasp

Although this summer has been…unique (to say the least) we’ve been fortunate enough to have lots of socially distant events to round out the past month.

Live music returned, the libraries opened up. We even got pro sports back on TV.

And as the leaves change colour, and the nights get a little cooler, there are still plenty of summer themed experiences to be had.

Read on for 5 Things to check out in our last month of summer.

5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

Hit the Farmers Market

There is at least another month of outdoor marketing to enjoy. Packed with a wide range of fresh seasonal produce from local vendors, it’s the absolute best place to stock up on your weekend. Happening Saturdays from 8am – 12pm, right behind city hall in the parking lot.

Take In Live Music

The huge scale concerts might be in dry dock for the rest of the year, but there is are actual, honest to goodness gigs happening across town this month!

Donaleigh’s, the Queen’s, North Country BBQ, the Bull and Barrel and Common Good cafe have all rolled out solo artists and bands to accompany your food and drinks in recent weeks. Considering how fluid the pandemic lockdown regulations could be in the fall, getting out to see a show is a luxury you should not pass up. And you can find a full list of gigs in Barrie every week right here!

Play Online Bingo

Students at Georgian can get the full college experience this month…by competing in online Bingo! Seriously… it’s a thing.

Hosted by LadyVenom on Wed Sept 23 @ 7pm! 

There’s a chance to win one of eight $25 Walmart digital gift cards. There are limited spots, so if you’re interested in dabbing digitally, sign up soon via this link 👉

Try Meditation!

If ever there was a year when finding inner peace was a priority…it’s this year.

Barrie Pride and Jampa Ling Buddist Centre are hosting a free guided introduction to meditation in the park. Happening September 19th at 10am.

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