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5 Things To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone

Spread The Cheer Before Year's End

GET OUT AND ENJOY WINTER’S LAST GASP

Winter in Barrie is almost over (praise be) but the final mile is always the longest. And with storm level snow coming this week, we are in definite need of some distractions from the ice and wind over the next few weeks.

Luckily there are plenty of events, places and happenings to check out before Spring arrives on March 19th.

5 Things You Have To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone

SKATE AT CITY HALL OR CENTENNIAL

Both city operated rinks are open, with Covid restrictions in place. It requires a bit more planning (change rooms and washrooms are closed) but still well worth a visit with the famjam.

GO SKIING OR SNOWSHOEING

Horseshoe Resort and Snow Valley are just a few of the nearby locales where you can rent snow shoes and traverse the snowy wilderness. You can make a weekend out of it at both and try your hand (or foot) at skiing while you’re there, with hills and trails for both downhill and cross country.


TRY DOGSLEDDING

Be honest…one of your #lifegoals is to stand behind a dog sled and yell “mush!” at the top of your lungs. (No judgement)

You can experience this unique winter adventure and explore Barrie’s snowy countryside on pristine trails through local kennels, including Winddrift. During the tours there is time to stop and enjoy the scenery, as well as warm drinks and snacks along the way. If you do the full day experience, you’ll be treated to a hot chili lunch.

5 Things You Have To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone

 

HAVE A LOW KEY HANG AT MERIDIAN PLACE

If you haven’t already, grab a java from one of the great local cafes and take a stroll through downtown. The festival of lights around Heritage park goes until the end of winter, and you can end off the walk with a warm up at outdoor fire pits.

 

 

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3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

As the holiday slowdown approaches, the weekends seem to start a little earlier with each passing week. Pretty soon we’ll be in full festive mode, cutting out of work mid week to get some shopping done or meet up with family for a pint of yuletide nog.

There’s still plenty to do when the Saturday-Sunday adventure arrives this weekend. And if we missed any cool events, or you have a happening coming up let us know! We are always on the prowl for entries to our events calendar.

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging by the fire is on your list for this Sunday, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

VIRTUAL CINEMA WITH THE BFF

Since the start of Covid, film distributors have been teaming up with independent exhibitors across North America to bring the theatrical experience to your home. The BFF has a big range of streamed films to rent on their website. By clicking on a movie, you’re supporting both the distributors and the Barrie Film Festival’s efforts to bring first-run theatrical selections to town.

BUY LOCAL!

Ferndale Banquet Hall is hosting a holiday pop up market, packed with local artisans and small businesses. It runs Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Also on Saturday, Sonder Studio hosts a New To You Vintage Market featuring everything vintage, antique, retro + thrift. Housewares, clothing + nostalgia.

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The Weekend List: 3 Things To Do

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

There’s something even more charming about a weekend in December. The holiday buzz is in the air. Most everyone is in a good mood. And the two days off from work and school lend themselves to festive activities like tree decorating and Xmas movies.

And this weekend is no exception, with plenty of Noel based fun to be had around town. If you have a holiday event or fundraiser coming up, let us know! We’re always on the lookout for cool local content.

The Weekend List: 3 Things To Do

Give Local Goods Holiday Market

We keep talking about buying local, and this Saturday you’ve got the perfect chance.

The Spare Room shared artist studio (12 Lakeshore mews) is hosting a Local Goods Holiday market at their cool space downtown. The market features goods from local artisans and their roster of in-house talent, including Prudence & Pine, Barrie Homemade, Wild Jewelry, Stamped Frosting, Oh Beehive!, Rainy Day Drawings and Sleuth Wear.

Expect warm and tasty treats from their neighbours Bohemia as well. A great opportunity to find some unique Barrie based gifts for this year’s list.

Running from 10-2pm!

Dirty Bingo @ Georgian College

Open to Georgain students from either campus, the GCSA is hosting a virtual Dirty Bingo event on Saturday night. Hosted by LadyVenom @ 7pm, there are chances to win of one of eight $20 www.pinkcherry.ca gift cards.

It should be noted that this event is for mature audiences only, and students must be 19 or older to join the event and win prizes. It all goes down on the GCSA Barrie Facebook page.

Take in the Holiday Lights Downtown

After you’ve done at the SpareRoom, why not take a stroll through Meridian place and the lakeshore? The annual festival of trees has sprung along the lakeshore, and the Noella festivities are in full swing through downtown. You can support Hospice Simcoe by picking up a wreath or a tree at the downtown tree lot, operating every Saturday until December 12th from 11am until 3pm.

And don’t forget that you can support all the local businesses downtown through the Lifeline E-Gift Card program, run by the Downtown BIA. CLICK HERE, select which downtown Barrie business (or businesses!) you’d like your gift cards for. 100% of the funds go to the businesses you choose to support.

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Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

As we hurtle to the holidays, things to do around town become distinctly more festive. We’ve already got a great selection of drive through and walk through events, happening around Barrie. But this weekend there’s also some fun non Xmas related occurrences. Of course, we are always on the lookout for cool, local events, and if you are involved in one, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar.

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Cornhole Tournament @ The Kage

Barrie Cornhole League has put together a two day event this Saturday and Sunday. Specifically, this is a special event to recognize men’s health through the Movember fundraiser.

The event includes competitive doubles, a blind draw, mixed doubles, recreational doubles and a live DJ

It’s a pre- registration event, and you can sign up here. Be sure to also check out the Kage’s baseball training facilities when you’re there!

BCC PAINT NIGHT

The Barrie Curling Club isn’t just for curling…at least this weekend. On Saturday night the club converts into an art gallery. It’s called Winter Work of Art, and anyone wanting to take part, can have their portraits included. Tickets are $40 each, and includes all supplies. The painting gets started at 7pm.

Keep in mind that the curling club is open during Covid, for rentals and league play. And their kitchen serves food for dine and takeout.


Hit the Farmer’s Market

Finally, make it a mission as we head closer to the holidays to incorporate some local into your shopping lists. The long winter is coming, and many of our smaller backyard businesses are going to be hit hard by restrictions and lockdowns.

You can start with a trip to the Barrie Farmer’s market, happening at City Hall on Saturday mornings. With over a dozen providers, you can help support local vendors and artisans and find some of the freshest produce and food in the region. Keep in mind they offer pre-ordering and pickup if you prefer!

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The Weekender: 3 Things To Do

And just like that, we switch from +25 patio weather, to blowing snow and icy streets. (#BarrieInNovember)

But, regardless of the inevitable approach of winter, there are plenty of fun things to do and experience as we ramp up to Xmas and the holidays.

Read on for a few ideas to energize your weekend! And if you have an event or happening in Barrie you want to promote, let us know and we can post it to our events calendar!

The Weekender: 3 Things To Do

Take a Holiday Road Trip

There are quite a few holiday inspired drive through and walk through happenings around the region, including a few starting this weekend.

Blue Mountain kicked off Enchanted Forest this week; the entire Village will be decked out in garlands and bows. Ideal for a family trip full of festive sights and sounds.

Aside from the festive décor, there will be fire pits to warm by, holiday music and carolers and horse drawn carriage with Santa every Saturday. At night, you can take the one kilometer pedestrian pathways through the Village and around the Mill Pond to discover interactive Christmas light displays.

There’s also the Bluffs Winter Wonderland in Scarborough, and Holiday Light show in Vaughan. Hit up our Winter Wonderland Road Trip blog for more on each!

Free Santa Photos | The 400 Market

Santa will be back at The 400 Market starting this Saturday, and every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until Sunday, December 20th, 2020! 🎅

Santa will be a bit different this year to ensure COVID-19 safety measures for Santa and visitors. Instead of the regular Santa costume (open-faced), the Market will have a professionally designed, fully-masked costumed Santa.

The Santa photos are “Free” so please bring your own cameras and or phone cell phones. There are no costs and/or donations required.

And while you’re there, why not get a start on your holiday shopping?

Live Music

As always, there is plenty of tunes to be heard, if you know where to go. Musicians and restaurants have been among the hardest hit vocations in this pandemic, so if you can get out to support both while being safe, you should!

Playing this week; John Anderson at Flying Monkey’s, Big Furry Tractor at the Queen’s and Bill Nadeu at Malone’s Pint House. You can also hit up North Country BBQ for live music Thursday – Saturday from Owen Riegling, The Beresford’s and Rob Watts.

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