The beautiful Barrie waterfront stretches from the end of Penetanguishene Road, down to the far tip of Big Bay point where Friday Harbour has made its home. Along this range of land you’ll find numerous parks and beaches, but none so vast as the 200 acres of nature preserve you’ll find nestled along the edge of Lake Simcoe between Glenhaven Beach and Big Bay Point.
Friday Harbour is a 600 acres resort style community that seeks to combine the amenities of an upscale urban community, with the lifestyle and spirit of lakeside cottage living. With a focus on sustainability and environmentally conscious choices, they’ve created a beautiful playground for those seeking an easily enjoyable outdoor lifestyle. More than 7 kilometers of trails run through the Nature Preserve, through which you can stroll, snowshoe, ski or bike.
Barrie Waterfront Events
On the first weekend of March, Friday Harbour is throwing a Winter Wonder Weekend event that seeks to draw in more of Barrie to enjoy what they have to offer. For the first time ever rental fees on all equipment will be waived for both Saturday March 2nd, and Sunday March 3rd.
Grab yourself a puck, stick, helmet and some ice skates to join in on a shinny game, or simply enjoy skating to music under a canopy of twinkling lights. There will be dedicated shinny times for kids, teens, adults and families. If skating isn’t your thing, try taking a set of snowshoes out onto the trails to explore our beautiful Canadian forests with friends or family. Another way to enjoy the trails are on cross country skis, available with ski poles. Or if you want to get around even faster, try out a fat bike – a regular bicycle fitted with extra thick tires that make cutting through the snow a breeze.
One of the Best Restaurants in Barrie
After your day of outdoor winter activities, you don’t need to leave Friday Harbour to find an amazing dinner. Until the end of March, the Beach Club at Friday Harbour is opening its door to non-residents. The beautifully designed space has glass walls that open out to picturesque Lake Simcoe, and a large fireplace in the center of the room to provide a cozy atmosphere. Reservations are recommended, as interest is high.
Chef Tom Luu is no stranger to cooking with a beautiful Canadian backdrop, as he comes to Friday Harbour from a position as the Chef de Cuisine at the Fairmont Jasper Park. Continuing with their environmentally friendly practices, Friday Harbour and Tom Luu work closely with local farmers and growers in the area to ensure ethical farming practices and locally sourced ingredients, such as the Innisfil Creek honey displayed on the tasty cheese plate.
Luu is also a culinary ambassador for the Ontario Beekeepers Association and looks forward to premiering Friday Harbour’s very own bee hive, from which they’ll make lavender honey vinaigrette and ice cream for the Beach Club.
On your way back home you can stop by the Starbucks located on the boardwalk, or pop by the handful of gourmet grocery stores that carry many local products and unique foods.
It’s easy to stay inside when the weather’s cold, but that just means you’ll be missing out of half of the wonderful activities and beauty this country offers. Get your friends and family together for a fun weekend on the Barrie waterfront that you won’t soon forget. Looking for other things to do? Take a look through our events listings and take your pick!