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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…


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)


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.


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!

The Barrie Beach Bum Summer Guide 


We get it, Centenial beach located downtown Barrie is absolutely beautiful. With the recent updates, flowers, prime location for sun, and being so close to lots of restaurants, it’s most peoples first choice! But we have noticed that this particular beach is always so packed and this can make social distancing a tad tricky.

Well, we’ve got you covered! We went to four beaches in one day so that you didn’t have to! To start off, we went to Wilkins Beach located on Crimson Ridge Road. This beach is super cool because it almost has a secretive and hidden feel to it! It’s a smaller beach but expands into beautiful rivers, and walking paths! This is a truly awesome time but be careful of where you park.

The residents of the area tend to call by law officers to ensure no one is parking on their street. In fact we receive a parking ticket due to this all thanks to our friends at CTV who recorded the whole thing! All joking aside, we asked the by law officer where we are supposed to park and he said on other residential streets so you’ll have a bit of a walk and also need to pay close attention to what street you’re on. There is also a significant amount of rocks in the water so we suggest water shoes.

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Next we went to the beach at Tyndale park, and oh my lanta this is definitely up there in our favourite beaches in Barrie! Parking lot included for those with a Barrie residents pass but this beach offers sand, less rocky waters, grass, washrooms, shade areas, and of course less people!


Third, we hit up the beach at Minets point.  This one is close to Centennial and is located in a cute little area with an ice cream store and all! Pretty choice for kids too!

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Last on our beach hunting adventure, Johnson’s beach. The least rockiest and is prime for afternoon sun. Which  must be why it’s so busy every time we check it out! The trail there isn’t too shabby either for a little something extra to do. You’ll of course want your Barrie residence pass for this one too.

Overall, each beach offers different pros so you’ll have to try them out to see which one fits yours and your family’s needs. Remember to stay home if feeling un well. And to practice social distancing as much as possible shall you choose to attend one of these fab beaches.

What did you think of the Barrie Beach Bum Summer Guide? Did we miss any hidden beach gems? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie business staying open during Covid, reach out to us! We will get you Uncovered! 

Music Fests, Rib Fests and Geek Fests: 5 Fun Things To Do in Barrie This Weekend

Barrie Music Festvals and Events

Although we pretty well wrote off summer after Labour day, TECHNICALLY it ends on Monday. Which means this weekend is the last official one of the warmest season.

And fortunately, there is a boat load of outdoorsy and indoorsy stuff to ensure summer 201 goes out with a bang, and not a whimper.

Happening in Barrie This Weekend…


Troubadour festival arrives at noon on Friday, and if you still haven’t heard about Troubadour then OMFG go listen to our podcast interview with the founder Chas Hay. This is two straight days of live music at awesome venues across Barrie featuring the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Bedouin Soundclash and Matt Andersen. And loads of local artists as well.

There’s also the Rising Star finals at Ferndale Banquet Hall. Local performers will sing their guts out  for prize money and trips.

If you’re in need of a laugh to wind up the week, Laffy Taffy hits up Fionn MacCool’s on Sunday night. Ian Fergus hosts with headliner Rahil Shaik.



For those about to geek out…we salute you.

Nerdism takes over the downtown branch of the library on Saturday, with vendors, cosplayers, VR and tons of other genre infused fun. Totally free and ideal for the kids.

Just be sure not to mention anything about Greedo shooting first.



Speaking of costumed heroes, on Saturday Candelighter’s Simcoe hosts their annual Superhero Stomp to walk, run, skate and scooter to raise awareness of Childhood Cancer. It happens at Heritage park at 3.


Celebrate International Day of Peace by treating yourself to a moment of connection, stillness and peace.

Meet on the rooftop at Hooligans and immerse yourself in the experience of meditation and yoga, followed by a light breakfast. Hosted by Lulu Lemon



If you are less yoga and more…barbecue inclined, there’s a fiery feast just down the road from Barrie this weekend.

The Ontario Ribfest Tour returns to Alliston, ON Sept 20-22, 2019 held at Riverdale Park. Featuring 4 of North America’s Best Rib Teams travelling from Florida, Alabama, BC and Ontario. These “Pitmasters” are ready to serve you and your friends Award-Winning Mouth-Watering BBQ Smoked Ribs.

Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie Sep. 9th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you! Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s concerts, store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

Here’s what went down in Barrie last week…

In case you missed it, we had the chance to chat with Cinemon, a band from Poland last week. They’re  on their first ever cross Canada tour…and they are doing the whole trip in a vintage RV! Our friends at 53rd & 3rd Shows were there to send them off.


Hockey season is back baby! And so is the winning for Barrie’s minor league teams. The Bantam boys kicked off September with Gold at the Mary Parkinson Early Bird tourney.


Also back, Volleyball. And this year’s Georgian Grizzlie’s squad are locked the ‘eff in…


What a fantastic turnout for this year’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, which took over the lakeshore on Saturday. And participants were treated to something a little extra thanks to Cairo’s Jewel Belly Dancing!


Outdoor music? Cool.

Outdoor music involving bag pipes? Fantastic!


Have you heard about Talk 11? It’s a new speaker series dedicated to effecting positive change through empowering stories. The first ever event happened in Barrie this week!

If you’re tweeting, posting and blogging about Barrie, we want to promote your stuff! Use the hashtag #barrieuncovered and we may feature your content in our weekly recap!

And if you have a gig or event coming up in Barrie, let us help you promote it on our events calendar! Send an email to [email protected] or a DM to our FB page

Barrie Benches, Coffee and Conversation

The Dream

We first noticed Saurabh on Instagram. His handle is #thathimalayanguy , have you seen his photos? He takes some amazing photos of Barrie, specifically the waterfront and DANG IT! They are beautiful and totally capture the peaceful, serene nature that we are so lucky to be surrounded with. We reached out to Saurabh and asked him if he would be interested to sit down on a Barrie bench with us . Guess what? He agreed! Saurabh told us of his dreams, his fathers dreams and a future that looks so bright, born from those dreams that were eventually broken.

“My father had a dream. He wanted to see stars on my shoulders. He wanted me to join the Indian Army and to be truthful, I wanted this as well. I did the assessment interview 3 times and I kept getting rejected. It was hard on me. The first time I was rejected was in 2016 and I was really hurt about it.”

A New Plan

As Saurabh was sharing this, you could tell that he’d lost a little of his posture. At the beginning of our talk, Saurabh was animated and sitting straight up on the waterfront Barrie Bench. But as he started to share a snippet of his life, his hands were folded in his lap and when he spoke of his father, he paused ever so slightly.

“After I was rejected from the Indian Army, I applied for a job in an outbound call center and I worked there for 8 months. From that money I bought my first camera and I found myself. This took 3 years and I just didn’t know what I was doing with my life.”  You see, Saurabh has a good eye. He loves nature and taking photographs. Buying a Nikon in India is not something done lightly. But there was still more to do. There was that little issue of his future. Working at a call centre served its purpose – but now what?

A shadow of Saurabh at the Barrie Waterfront.

College Bound in Barrie, That’s What!

“I did an English proficiency test and passed it with good grades. I applied for 2 colleges and chose Georgian College. So now, I’m here. I arrived last week of February 2019. I should graduate Project Management in December and have already decided that I will continue at Georgian in January, taking Human Resource Management. I’m definitely going to continue with my photography on the side.”  Of all the pictures that Saurabh has taken, he told us that he’s missing a very important picture that he’ll never get to take.  He lost his Grandmother in 2007 and she was everything to him.  “she was the loveliest person that ever existed but I don’t have a single picture with her. I can trade everything just to have a single picture with her but that’s not possible.”

Saurabh with his camera at the Barrie Waterfront.

You may see Saurabh around Georgian College. He’s made many new friends and sometimes hangs out at the International Centre there. He’s working hard towards his future and isn’t about to let one broken dream get him down. Don’t you wish you could bottle that up? We think Saurabh will do well in Canada and wish him the best on his journey. Check him out on Instagram #thathimalayanguy . You’ll be glad you did.

Written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot and Sharon Johnston

Barrie Benches, Coffee and Conversations is a feature that will highlight Barrie Citizens.  We will share the stories of locals in an effort to make our big community just a little smaller.  If you’d like to share a story of hope and inspiration, email ME .  Perhaps we can sit together on a bench sometime.