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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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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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The Stayin’ In and Stayin’ Sane List

The Stayin' In and Stayin' Sane List

With the cold weather approaching, and the recommendations of staying home again are rising, we thought we would offer some fun home based ideas for our Barrie peeps! Bonus: ideas for all ages! 

The Stayin’ In and Stayin’ Sane List

Netflix and…ya know…

Seems like an obvious one but get yourself one of the 8.99 subscriptions to Netflix, crave, or Disney plus! Most of the time you’ll be able to get a 30 day free trial run anyways so you may as well enjoy some free movies and tv shows. They are always changing as the seasons change so you’re sure to find something. One of our recommendations for the holiday season is Disney plus! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a must for the festive months.

Diamonds

They say diamonds are a girls best friend right? But what about diamond puzzles? These are sure to get you through your boring at home days, work your brain a little and of course give you an absolute beautiful result! 

Do Some Pod Catching

Another great idea when we are stuck inside is to scour the podcast servers for listening. Readers of this space will know we have a few of our own, but there are other great locally produced options. True crime junkies will gravitate to Whereabouts Unknown. Hosted by Barrie private eye Ellen White, it details cold cases of people who have vanished from the area.

There’s also a fun new pop culture themed pod from local filmmaker Mitch Graszat, called sequel talk.

Organize the Clothing ranks

Re-jig your sock drawer. Okay, okay, not as fun, but still, perfect time to finally tackle that tedious task and make sure you’ve got all your cozy socks ready to go for the chilly weather. And if you are still in need of winter woolies, hit up some of the great local garment stores, like ZuZu Fashion, or Cary Grant Clothing to get geared up.

Use Us!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies”

Take the time to read our blog for safe things to do, local talent, and more! We’ve got a ton of cool content focused on the Barrie area, and we’re always on the lookout for ideas and feedback!  

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

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

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.

 

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

 

SKATE THE TRAIL AT SIMCOE MUSEUM

The 1km loop skate trail is open Tuesdays and Thursdays every weekend while the weather permits. It takes the skaters around the heritage buildings and through the scenic forest path surrounding the museum. Grab a hot chocolate, load up the fam jam and glide through the trail before it melts.

 

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.

 

GO TO A COLTS GAME

The boys of winter are creeping up in the standings and there are still a few home games left before the season wraps. The in game experience is always amazing, and includes lots of giveaways.

 

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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14 Things To Do in Barrie This February

14 Things To Do in Barrie This February

ENJOY THE LAST FULL MONTH OF WINTER IN BARRIE

February. It’s the seasonal equivalent of that last party guest you just can’t get rid of at the end of the night.

Maybe they were entertaining and fun for a little while. But eventually you just want them GONE.

So as we wait out this last full month of full on snow and ice, check out a few fun events around town! And be sure to hit up our events page to find a full list of stuff to do.

 

14 Things To Do in Barrie This February

HIT THE WARM MUG TRAIL

Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of February, head downtown, venture along the Hot Cocoa Trail and indulge in signature cups of hot chocolate while sipping, shopping and supporting local.

With each purchase of a signature Hot Cocoa Trail beverage, fill out a ballot and enter to win one of three Hot Cocoa Trail Vouchers.

 

Pub Trivia

No less than three establishments offer a chance for you to channel your inner Ken Jennings.

Redline Brewhouse hosts a general quiz night, while Fioon MacCool’s brings out the Muggles for a  Harry Potter themed night, as well as a Friends night! Hit up Town Trivia’s website to find more Jeopardy-esque around town.

 

Comedy

Jeff Dunham attacks (with jokes) the BMC on Feb. 21st. He’s one of the premier puppeteer comics on the planet, and it’s just one of many comedy and stand up nights in town this month. (Including a Valentine’s themed night at Zio’s)

 

Keep it Reel With The Barrie Film Festival

The annual documentary film festival returns to Barrie on Feb. 20th. This is a 3 day program featuring docs and dramas inspired by true events and real people. Now in year 16, Reel Stories will screen 10 films over four days at Uptown Theatre.

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* S A V E T H E D A T E *⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ REEL STORIES runs February 20-23, 2020 ✨⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Discover extraordinary things about the world from this thought-provoking film festival which includes documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. In its sixteenth year, Reel Stories will screen 10 films over four days at Uptown Theatre.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The films featured in image, ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ – The Cave⁠⠀ – Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes⁠⠀ – Raise Hell: the life and times of Molly Ivins⁠⠀ – Honeyland ⁠⠀ – Push⁠⠀ – This is Not a Movie: Robert Fisk and the Politics of Truth⁠⠀ – Maxima⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Full schedule and lineup to be released soon! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Swipe ➡️ REEL STORIES wouldn't exist without our incredible sponsors! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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Family Day @ Kaleidoscoppe

Family Day is the best day to spend quality time with your kids, and what better way to do that than at Kaleidoscoppe!

Their Family Day Show will delight your kids with BenTastic Magic show and they will also get to meet transformer Bumblebee! Plus you can win great Prizes on our Lottery.

 

OMCI Emerging Artist Emerging Musicians Auditions

Interested in a summer job performing as a musician? Between the ages of 16 – 30 years of age? Come audition for an industry panel and see what opportunities are available for you! Additionally there are volunteer opportunities for musicians of all ages!

 

Nature In Winter @ Sunnidale Park

The City of Barrie presents Nature In Winter, a one-day free educational experience showcasing all the amazing natural beauty that the Winter in Barrie has to offer!

The day will feature nature-based Winter Play, nature crafts, a guided Owl Prowl and much more.

Scouts Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited and more will be on scene all day.

 

The Rainbow Fish @ Georgian Theatre

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.

 

Drop Kick Someone (Not Literally)

Check out the region’s up and coming Macho Men and Ultimate Warriors with wrestling at Mavrick’s. An Ode To No One happens on Friday February 7th for a 19+ audience.

Bubble Soccer!

Um…it’s basically soccer played in bubbles. Hosted by the Georgian Athletic Association. Hit this link to find out more!

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And be sure to tell us about any events in Barrie! We’re always on the lookout for things to fill out our calendar! 

 

 

 

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