As a local in Barrie, life changes with the weather. In Winter, we have all the skiers, ice fishers and snow tubers. (Is a snow tuber a potato?) In Summer, we have the Wasaga Beach goers who fill up the 400, fill up Bayfield and basically just drive thru Barrie. Well, we have a word for you, STOP! No, really. Stop in Barrie. C’mon! (please?)
Barrie is more than a drive thru
Anything Wasaga can do, Barrie can do better! Barrie can do anything better than you!
No, you can’t.
Yes, we can. No, you can’t.
Yes, we can,
Yes, we can!
(you’ll be singing that for the rest of the day) So let us ask you this – are you looking for beaches? We’ve got 4 major ones! We’ll tell you a secret – most people travelling through Barrie only check out Centennial Park Beach, Allandale Station Park Beach and Minet’s Point Beach.
Us locals go to Johnson’s Beach. You’ll find Johnson’s Beach just south of Blake Street and Johnson Street. It isn’t that far from downtown, just a 5-minute drive. Why would you want to check out Johnson’s Beach? Less crowded, for one. Secondly, it’s walking distance from a No Frills. Maybe you just want to stop on your way to Wasaga and the kids need a snack. Johnson’s Beach is the perfect spot to win with a twofer.
Why should I stop in Barrie?
You’ve probably just got off the biggest parking lot ever – the 400. Summer driving on the 400 can be rough. By the time you are getting off that Bayfield Exit to head to Wasaga Beach, you still have a 30-minute drive in front of you. As well, you are probably going to be driving single file all the way into Wasaga because chances are, if you are on the highway getting off on Bayfield – you aren’t a local Barrie driver. (we stay away from the highway on weekends) So you are part of the single file crowd. Here’s our best suggestion for you – STOP in Barrie! Let’s take care of 3 issues for you, so you know where to stop.
Feed the Hungry Monster in Barrie!
Surely, you know what the Hungry Monster is? There is a very fine line between nice and naughty. The Hungry Monster defines this line. In our past experience, it’s not just a kid thing. There are a few grownups out there who have the Hungry Monster Approach and need to be fed to keep it in line. (*cough *cough *my *hubby *cough) Are you looking for brunch? Click over here to see the Best Brunch in Barrie. Barrie Uncovered has put together some of the best spots to have brunch. Each place is just a short drive from hwy 400 and not out of your way. If you don’t really want to get off of Bayfield then we would suggest that you try TBH, The Breakfast House. Once you get off the 400, keep your eyes peeled to the right-hand side for it. Oh, and one more place that you just can’t pass up – Dunlop Street Diner.
Barrie Uncovered did an awesome spotlight on Amanda Rider, the head chef from Dunlop Street Diner. Conveniently right on the main strip, Dunlop Street in Barrie, go get some great food!
If you are looking to eat some healthy food in Barrie – we got you covered! Click HERE and see what we have to say about a couple of great healthy restaurants while you are here.
Stop for beer at Flying Monkeys
What? You didn’t know that Flying Monkeys was made in Barrie? Did you know that Barnstormer Brewery and Distilling Co. is in Barrie, too? What? Hit up the LINK and we’ll tell you about the Brewery Tours you can go on and maybe even make a date of it! Let us tell you this tho….Flying Monkeys is quite the experience and the food is great!
Stop for great local music!
You also want to make sure that you check out our Entertainment in Barrie. We always keep you updated on the who and where. Check out the link to find the most updated happenings and goings on for live music and events in Barrie!
Are you convinced?
We really want you Wasaga Beach Campers to stop in Barrie and check us out! We’ve got it all and more! And in case you didn’t hear it the first time, just let us say….
Anything Wasaga can do, Barrie can do better! Barrie can do anything better than you! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!
Written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot