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3 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie

5 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie


There is a great joy to watching your loved ones tear open their gifts on Christmas morning. Seeing them revel in the gifts you picked is rewarding and fun.

And yet…the copious amount of paper waste that Xmas generates can weigh on your conscious.

But it doesn’t have to be all shiny wrappers and bows!

Consider these reduced materials ideas that you can right here in Barrie to cut the clutter.


3 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie




Barrie’s recreation centres offer gift cards that can be preloaded and applied to swimming, workouts or any number of leagues and classes. And keep in mind that the locally owned gyms and health centres can still be open in the red zone, with strict restrictions. 



Take advantage of the dozens of great eateries in town and grab some gift cards for a night out.

The Farmhouse, Barnstormer’s, Limoncello and 147 Dunlop are just a few of the locally owned joints that offer passes. And great grub.



Both the Barrie Film Festival and Cineplex have gift cards for purchase if you want to give the gift the big screen, from the comfort of your own home! 

What did you think of our 3 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie? Let us know if we missed any spots or experiences! 

4 Inexpensive Dating Ideas in January

4 Inexpensive Dating Ideas in January


The dilemma: You and that special someone want to trip the life fantastic, but the post Xmas bank balance isn’t in a helping mood.

Complications: It’s effin’ cold and you would rather stay inside.

The solution: Find a few inspired indoor outings that will impress your better half while not impressing your credit card provider.

Tricky? Not if you know where to look! And Barrie has plenty of options for romance on a budget.


 4 Inexpensive Dating Ideas in January

Brewery Tour Movie Night

Ever wonder just how that delicious golden liquid in your pint glass that begins so many killer nights is made? You can go behind the scenes at some of the best craft brewers in town every week.

Redline offers free tours on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturday 12-8pm. Flying Monkey’s does the same every weekday at 2 and at varied times during the weekend.

And since you are there anyway…why not pick up a 6 pack of locally crafted tins? Head home and settle in for a movie night with the suds as your liquid accompaniment.


Donairs and Game Night

Scrabble or Monopoly at home are always a good fallback for a low-key date night, but did you know there is a weekly group gamer event?

Boardsters in Barrie meet up every Thursday at PLAY! for a night of board game frivolity. It’s totally free, and you can bring in your own board or join in a game.

Make it full night out with a dinner of scrumptious international cuisine at Ricardo’s (which is just down the street) They specialize in Donairs and Mediterranean nosh. Never had a donair? Even better! It’s a marvelously messy and tasty meal. And when combined with pizza…it puts the O in OMFG.

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Our Famous DONAIR Pizza.

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‘Tis The (Hockey) Season

We are right in the middle of the Colts schedule, and tickets to see the OHL team are far from crippling. $26 gets you good seats in the arena, and the concessions aren’t overly priced.

Suggestion: Make it a double event date with a brewery tour of Redline (located around the corner from the arena) before the game!

If you really want to go grassroots, every weekend plays host to a minor league game or two at either Holly Recreation centre or East Bayfield. Combine attending a game with an open skate and a hotdog and you’ve got a full day of (almost) free fun!


Hit Up An Open Mic Night

Besides the copious amount of live music that happens around town every week, Barrie offers a healthy number of Open Mic Nights.

Open Mics are great opportunities for local artists to cut their teeth (not literally…usually) in front of a friendly audience. There’s never a cover charge, and you can help the artists just by attending and showing support.

The Foxx Lounge, Flying Monkeys, The Ranch, McReilys and the British Arms all open up their stage on a weekly basis, mostly on Wednesday.

If you want to add another dimension of fun, try going to multiple Open Mics in a given week and order a different drink each time. You could even make it a Instagram thread and tag the different artists.


 What did you think of our 4 Inexpensive Dating Ideas in January? Any suggestions for our next blog? Let us know! Email [email protected]

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4 Inexpensive Dating in December Ideas

4 Inexpensive Dating in December Ideas

Alright, its the most expensive month of the year. With different holidays approaching for so many of us; such as Christmas Hanukkah or Kwanzaa approaching, our dating funds are down but we don’t really want to stop dating for a whole month….. don’t worry friends, we uncovered 4 inexpensive date ideas for December!

Check out Charidise Barrie.

Located on Bellfarm Rd,  Charidise Barrie is worth checking out! With food like chicken spaghetti and authentic Chinese to choose from, there is something for everyone. They even have Plus, the jewel fire place gives a more romantic feel, while the pool tables in a separate room give you the option of a more fun experience! Bonus: the bathroom has a whole mirror wall to take those date night selfies girls!



Hand Holding and Holiday Lights.

Hold hands while walking past the lights downtown. Or listen to holiday tunes together while driving past them if you are not much of a winter walker! This freebie is such a cute date night idea.



Put on something warm and grab your skates! Ice skates of course…we are in Barrie after all! Barrie City Hall offers a beautiful outdoor skating rink. This is perfect for a first date or couples who have been together for a while to do something fun and inexpensive.


No no no we definitely did not forget about the early birds! We totally understand that some people just aren’t into going out at night, or being out in the cold for extended periods of time. So for those people, we recommend Breakfast or Brunch dates. Yes of course there is fine dining restaurants in our City, but were looking for an inexpensive date so we can save some money this holiday season! Amen to my wallet. For our brunch recommendations, check out or blog Get Your Barrie Brunch On


So there you have it folks! 4 Inexpensive Dating in December Ideas! We hope you enjoy all your festivities

13 Things to Try In Barrie This August

Barrie This August




Is there a budding thespian in the house? Get them into class and hone their acting skills with TIFT’s summer camp. It’s by registration only, so be quick to sign up.

If being in front in the stage is more your style, laugh until you throw up at one of the new weekly comedy shows from Laffy Taffy! Sundays at Fionn MacCool’s and Wednesdays at the Ranch offer plenty of vomit inducing laughs. Plus Monday nights at Wrangler’s. Whichever you choose…the key is throwing up.


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Screen junkies can score a free game from a system of their choosing when Power Up Gaming offer it’s annual Free Video game day. There’s also a Grassroots tourney at Perplexcity Escape Rooms.

Barrie’s official Scrabble club meets every Wednesday at 6pm at Creating Connection (12 Chase McEachern Way, Barrie) First game begins at 6:15pm.

And if retro gaming is more your speed, Last Level Lounge hosts Pinball tournaments every Thursday!



It’s never too late to expand your horizons…and your back muscles. And Barrie has plenty of options to try both with Yoga!

And of course, there’s always plenty of live music in town, if you are looking for some post-Yoga fun.



Possibly the best part of summer in Barrie is the outdoor movie series. Every Wednesday you can watch family friendly flicks at Meridian Place, for free! There’s always popcorn for sale on site and loads of seating.

And the Barrie Film Festival offers up some great programming inside as well. With Screen One and Third Thursday films coming to the Uptown in August. And don’t forget about the two Cineplex options for blockbuster fare.

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Here’s our exciting lineup for Lawn Chair Luminata for the last Wednesday in July, August and September! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ July 31 (rain date Aug 1) – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ August 7 (rain date Aug 8) – Finding Nemo⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ August 14 (rain date Aug 15) – Bumblebee⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ August 21 (rain date Aug 22) – How to Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ August 28 (rain date Aug 29) – Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ September 4 (rain date Sept 5) – World Tour Paddling Film Festival⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Find details on our website :⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ + a schedule of additional outdoor films scheduled in Innisfil and at Park Place⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ Free Movies all summer for the entire family! ✨

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Seeing as there is only a few weeks until the kids go back to school, take advantage of the lazy days and get a hike in. Barrie has plenty of trails in town and close by.

And don’t forget about the Barrie Baycats! The reigning IBL champs have a number of home games this month, tickets are just $5.


Alright, that wasn’t the most creative headline we’ve ever come up with. But it’s been a long(ish) article! Feel free to comment with a better intro and we’ll use it, okay?

Anyway…the temps tend to soar in August. So when the thermostat does go north of 25 degrees, avail yourself and any small ones in need of a cool off at Splash On! at Centennial Beach, or at one of Barrie’s splash pads.

And keep in mind that Thursday nights through to September are the domain of the Barrie Fire Department’s welcome Hot Summer Nights!


Sunset Speedway: You can’t cancel this thrill!

Are you looking for a new kind of thrill?  Have you already tried Axe Throwing?  Have you already tried Rock Climbing?  Well, then you are ready for a new thrill.  This is going to absolutely BLOW your mind.  Prepare yourself to be a RACECAR DRIVER!! 

No, really. (honest!)

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