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5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

DEFEAT THE BLAHS WITH THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

 

Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead. When it arrived on Monday, with news of another lockdown, we could hear the collective groans all over town.

BUT! Even in lockdown, you can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!

 

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

 

CHECK OUT WORLD CLASS CINEMA WITH THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL 

The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming online

Virtual Cinema will bring thought provoking international films to town every month, that can be rented for viewing at home. And you can get caught up on previous rentals that have been uploaded as well.

 

HIKE AND SKATE THE (NOT DUSTY) TRAILS

Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town. Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.

And if you are willing to take a car trip, there are plenty of gorgeous skating trails within driving distance of Barrie

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam. Most rinks and outdoor parks remain open, but you should always check in advance for any restrictions. 

 

 

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging by the fire is on your list for this winter, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

 

TAKE THE 4X4 CHALLENGE

Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!

The latest restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge

Need some inspiration to get started? How about Christmas Cheer to donate to, Skewers for take out and one of the great local businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to buy from!

 

GET EDUMACATED

“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January, including online learning.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.

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What did you think of our 5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie, virtual or otherwise, to add to our events calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THERE’S EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR @ DOSTI EATS!

THERE'S EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR @ DOSTI EATS!

Oh My!  There’s so much excitement in the air!  Let the bells ring out and the banners fly!  Dosti Eats at 531 Bryne Drive has done it again.

They have one of Barrie’s most diverse menus, ethnic dishes from around the world, and a huge love of their community!

Shalu Persaud, owner of Dosti Eats, is one of the most creative and giving restaurateurs in the city.  Not only has Dosti Eats created a wonderful and affordable catering menu – they have arranged a Christmas Concert!!

Knowing that our families are missing many of the traditional Christmas outings this season – they’ve created one with COVID protocols in place for our children.

Follow this Link: www.seatgiantevents.ca to find out more!  I’m sure you’ll be as excited as we are!  Or give them a call at: (705) 725-0101

Dosti Eats also invites you to drop in and relax long enough for a nourishing meal during your hectic shopping tours.  Located in Barrie’s south end shopping district, it’s a great place to take a break.

The staff at Dosti Eats invite you to choose from familiar fare or try a new taste experience.  Even in our well-travelled world, this restaurant offers gems from the global cuisine.

When we’re in the area around the noon hour we love to drop in for  Taco Salad Bowls.  Yummy and filling!  Later in the day w tend to be a little more adventurous choosing either Mediterranean or Indian dishes to savor.  Whatever the choice we feel you’ll be refreshed and well nourished!

Please don’t forget to take a visit to their website.  Check out the catering options available so your family can enjoy the same wonderful flavors at home.

Food to enjoy – wherever you are!

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This Weekend in Barrie: 3 Things To Try

This Weekend in Barrie: 3 Things To Try

This Weekend in Barrie: 3 Things To Try

BLUE MOUNTAIN SKIING AND ENCHANTED MOUNTAIN

A sure sign that winter has fully arrived is the kick off to the ski season. This weekend, the slopes will be open at Blue Mountain. Of course, it’s a little different in 2020.

For opening weekend, mountain access is restricted to Resort guests and passholders.  

After you’ve hit the hills, take a walk though Enchanted Mountain. The entire Village is decked out in garlands and bows, ideal for a family trip full of festive sights and sounds.

Aside from the festive décor, there will are fire pits to warm by, holiday music and carolers and horse drawn carriage with Santa this Saturday. There’s also a one kilometer pedestrian pathway through the Village and around the Mill Pond with interactive Christmas light displays.

TAKE THE 4X4 CHALLENGE

Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!

Red zone restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge

Need some inspiration to get started? How about Christmas Cheer to donate to, Skewers for take out and one of the great local businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to buy from!

Check out Shak’s World

Speaking of great local causes to support, Shak’s World is a fully accessible community centre that is brand new to downtown Barrie. They offer a variety of recreational programs for all ages. Specifically, their focus is on providing youth with a safe space that promotes physical and mental wellness.

In addition to the in person programs, they have a range of virtual offerings. Give them a follow on Insta to learn more!

What did you think of This Weekend in Barrie: 3 Things To Try? We want to hear from you! Reach out anytime to [email protected]

CREATING HEIRLOOMS AT BLISS JEWELLERY

CREATING HEIRLOOMS AT BLISS JEWELLERY

Oh those jumbles of jewellery!  What a mess of broken chains and single earrings!  We were going to sell them for the gold content – but there are just so many memories.

Imagine our joy when we “Uncovered” Bliss Jewellery right here in Barrie at 32 Ross Street.  We’d like to take a moment to introduce Jennifer Wolfe, the owner.

Jenn has brought her love of metal-smithing to the public in Barrie.  After her studies at Georgian College, Jenn rented a bench at Metzger Studio downtown.  She can’t say enough about Mike and Bev’s love of the art as well as the community.  In fact, Jenn feels that the community here in Barrie is more collaborative than it’s ever been because of them!

COLLABORATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Collaboration and customer service make Jenn one of the best in the business.  Take her your “jumble” and she’ll sit with you to design a brand new future heirloom piece that incorporates your desires with her talent.  A perfect partnership!

Jenn also invites us to consider taking one of her workshops to create other pieces to love.  Classes are small and intimate, which works very well under COVID protocols.  The class sizes work even better for learning the creative process.

Have you wished that you could design your own wedding bands,  even make them?  In the New Year there will be classes for that.  Actually there are a number of workshops to choose from – right from beginners to advanced; everything from hammered rings to stone cutting.

COLLECTIONS

In the studio, for the Christmas Gift Season, there are one of a kind pieces for sale.  We were astonished at the variety of design and exquisiteness of each piece.  Jenn has created entire collections of incredible artistry.  The Saxon Collection touched our hearts.  This collection was inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in 2009.  Ancient pieces brought to life through new eyes – astonishing!

Another collection that must be seen is the Fiji Pearl Collection.  Jenn has Canada’s only supply of these very unique and breathtaking pearls! 

Whatever your tastes are there is a piece for you.  Take a moment and visit her website, or give her a call at 416 697 8199.  Check out the workshops, the collections, and the collaborations.  Think about creating your new heirloom piece.  Here in Barrie, we’re so proud to uncover such talent! 

Shop Local – You’ll be glad you did!

Are you a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint?  Let us know!  We can get you Uncovered!

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

As the holiday slowdown approaches, the weekends seem to start a little earlier with each passing week. Pretty soon we’ll be in full festive mode, cutting out of work mid week to get some shopping done or meet up with family for a pint of yuletide nog.

There’s still plenty to do when the Saturday-Sunday adventure arrives this weekend. And if we missed any cool events, or you have a happening coming up let us know! We are always on the prowl for entries to our events calendar.

3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging by the fire is on your list for this Sunday, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

VIRTUAL CINEMA WITH THE BFF

Since the start of Covid, film distributors have been teaming up with independent exhibitors across North America to bring the theatrical experience to your home. The BFF has a big range of streamed films to rent on their website. By clicking on a movie, you’re supporting both the distributors and the Barrie Film Festival’s efforts to bring first-run theatrical selections to town.

BUY LOCAL!

Ferndale Banquet Hall is hosting a holiday pop up market, packed with local artisans and small businesses. It runs Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Also on Saturday, Sonder Studio hosts a New To You Vintage Market featuring everything vintage, antique, retro + thrift. Housewares, clothing + nostalgia.

What did you think of 3 Weekend Happenings in Barrie? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to reach out with any cool events or happenings around town!

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