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7 Ways To Treat Yourself in Barrie for $20 or Less

March break is upon us!

And that means the kids are home from school for the week, which is great!

….until the inevitable cry of “I’m bored” echoes through the house (usually around hour 3 of Day 1)

Fortunately, Barrie and the surrounding areas are awash in answers when that chant does emanate from your living room.

Read on for ideas to entertain the entire clan for the coming week!


City of Barrie March Break Camp – Click here

Jack’s Urban Jungle March Break Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
The new adventure centre in the south end is now offering full and half day camp options. Aimed for children 8  – 15 years of age with any level of experience, these are led by industry-trained staff. Ideal for anyone keen to learn the fundamentals of climbing and fitness.

MacLarean Art Centre The Shape of Colour Art Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
Join a regional artist for five days of art-making experimentation and fun inspired by Modern Art! With each camp day focusing on a different colour, participants will be introduced to a variety of professional art materials and techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and more! Ages 6 – 11.

Vertical Zone Trampoline Centre – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
This is definitely one to try if your goal is tiring the little ones out! Vertical Zone has 8 competition grade trampolines that, frankly, put the average backyard bouncer to shame. Camps include daily activities and outings.

Talk Is Free Theatre Camp – March 11 – 15, 2019 – Click here
Perfect for the budding actor and comedians in the house! TIFT instructors lead students through various dramatic exercises, improvisation, and games and creative craft sessions, all while rehearsing a piece of theatre that is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. Available for two age groups: 6-9 and 10-14 years old.

Glama Gals Kids Spa Around the World Workshops – March 11 – 15th, 2019 – Click here
Travel around the world this March Break with Glama Gal’s March Break Workshop Sessions. Sessions are 2 hours and include spa fun, crafts & a snack. Workshops take place Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm. Visit website for pricing and to book.



Bradford Greenhouse March Break Workshop
March 11, 13 & 15, 2019 

Green thumbs at the ready! Take on a fun project with the kids this March Break at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery
Beans & Dragonflies – March 11th, 2019
Green Hair Face Pots – March 13th, 2019
Cactus Rocks – March 15th, 2019


Friday Harbour

The area’s premiere lakeside resort, which is just a few minutes outside of Barrie, is rolling out a full slate for the week.

Outdoor fun includes capture the flag and exploring the trails of the Nature Preserve. Indoor hangouts are available too with board games, card games and a build-a-buddy station. Then wind down from all the excitement with popcorn and a movie in your PJs.

Guests can explore even more of the Resort on snowshoes, cross-country skis and fat bikes* which are available for rent at the Harbour Master. Learn more here!

Scenic Caves — Collingwood

If you haven’t been to the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre in Collingwood, March break presents the perfect excuse to check it out.

Visitors can enjoy southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, a scavenger hunt, a children’s adventure playground and warm-up cabin.

Attendees will also enjoy roasting “spider dogs” and s’mores at the outdoor fire pit..

More information about the March Break event can be found online.

March Break at Blue Mountain — The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountain Village is packing in a whack of fun, on and off the slopes.

The week will be replete with live music, interactive activities, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks and more.

See the full schedule of events on their website.


March Break at the Museum 

The Simcoe County Museum is a terrific outing at any time of year, but during March Break they’ve got even more to see and do.

Daily themes include Common Senses, Cosmos and Cosmonauts and the Boppin 50’s.

More information, including details on how to register, can be found on the museum’s website.

Georgian Mall March Break Madness – Barrie

Closer to home, Georgian Mall has a five day program for the kiddos.

Events includes live shows and meet and greets from Paw Patrol characters Chase and Syke, Thomas and Friends, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Dorthy and Wags from the Wiggles.

More information about March Break Madness, including a schedule of events, can be found on the mall’s website.

Barrie Public Library

Both branches of the BPL have an extensive agenda for the week, including scavenger hunts, crafts, movie marathons and Robotics workshops. Find it all here.


Concerts? We got ’em! There is a full slate of performers at Mavericks, Donaleigh’s, Flying Monkeys and more on our events page.

And if comedy is your thing, don’t forget about Laffy Taffy on Tuesday at the Foxx Lounge.

Georgian Idol Qualifiers

Georgian Idol is back at TLC another year of musical hopefuls vying for college supremacy.

With cash prizes up for grabs for the ultimate winner, it’s bound to be another electric evening of musical talent. Doors open at 8pm on Tuesday March 12th.

Uptown Theatre/Cineplex 

The Uptown has a Oscar winning lineup for the week, including matinee showings of

The Favourite, A Star is Born and Green Book, as well as Aquaman.

Captain Marvel opens in wide release at both Barrie Cineplexes, with

How To Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie 2 and Wonder Park also running.

Public Skating – Both the downtown and Centennial rinks will be open (weather permitting) through the week, as well as the city rec centres.



Using outdoor activities to reconnect with nature in Simcoe

Nighttime snowshoeing in SImcoe

Great nights in the downtown Barrie bar and club scene can have you craving a little silence, and wishing for outdoor activities that will let you reconnect with the world around you. Make your way to Collingwood’s Scenic Caves guided night time snowshoe adventure, and allow yourself to take a moment to breath in the silence. It’s easy to slow down when you have snowshoes on your feet.

There’s more to Collingwood than just than just ski hills. Many of us know the magic of the Scenic Caves in the summer, when the caverns offer us a cool and invigorating break from the intense sunlight and heat that bathe Barrie and Simcoe County.

But the Scenic Caves also offer an excellent experience in the winter, too. Tap into history and put on a pair of iconic Canadian gear: snowshoes. Hearing the whisper of the winter wind or catching sight of a shadow made by the moon in the trees – these are reasons why a night-time hike is just that more invigorating.

Outdoor Events in the Niagara Escarpment

Located on the Niagara Escarpment, the Scenic Caves are a trip back in time, as the cliffs and caves formed from the life-filled Michigan Sea. The Escarpment began its slow rise over 250 million years ago – and Saturday nights in March, you can see some incredible views of what Nature has created as you hike along woodland paths, through open fields and down to a suspension footbridge, where you can stop and take in the breathtaking view of Georgian Bay.

Rather than the gracefulness of sailboats in the distance on Georgian Bay, in winter we see snow-covered hills, the frozen-over bay and communities lit up and their architecture and streetscapes from above covered in snow and ice. Tune yourself into nature by the light of the moon as an experienced guide leads the 4-km snowshoe hike and helps you discover the mystery and magic on a winter evening.

In the 1.5 to 2-hour outdoor adventure, you will see and experience colours differently, as the magic of subtle shades of grey and white accentuate the architecture of the forest, with bare deciduous trees standing tall and graceful and in contrast with the angles of the evergreens. Up close, the evergreens will soften with snow in the moonlight.

Things to do in Simcoe County with a Historical Flair

This is the setting for the time-travelling adventure your snowshoe hike guide will share with you. In this outdoor adventure in Simcoe County, step back in the footsteps of a coureur des bois – one of the first European fur traders – as you explore the terrain and hear about Indigenous legends about the caves, including a sacred rock that marks the path to the Village of the Souls.

Depending on where you stand, you might see an image of a sleepy bear or a tired old man emerging from the rocky crag. From another vantage point, it could be a bear or an owl that takes shape. Your imagination is your best sense, followed by your hearing in the nighttime, but rest assured, your guide will keep you safe as you explore.

The moon, as clouds pass by, will create more shadows as you escape the stress of the day. As your guide leads you along scenic trails, they will share stories and points out the tracks of porcupines, deer, rabbits and racoons as they wrap up their day and settle in for the night. It’s a time-limited outdoor event that will be gone when the snow starts to melt. Its peacefulness can’t be seen or felt in any other season.

Work up an Appetite with Fun Outdoor Activities

At the end of the hike, warm up with a hot chocolate or cider in the main cabin. On your way back to Barrie, there are lots of places to stop for a later dinner or snack; after all, you’ve worked up an appetite and burned a lot of calories!

The hikes run Saturday nights, as well as Wednesday and Friday evening during March Break, March. 13 and March 15. Visit the Scenic Caves website to learn more.

We can look forward to brighter, longer and warmer days very soon. Quiet and peaceful, the guided snowshoe hikes are a magical experience that engages the senses and helps you settle in for a good winter night’s rest. Don’t let this adventure pass you by!

Start your Urban Garden with the Spring Home & Garden Show

Urban Garden, greenhouse

Spring is almost here and that means grass, mud, flowers and finally getting that urban garden started that you’ve been talking about. Whether you’re interested in growing edible plants, or simply want to liven up your living space, the Bradford Garden Gallery is having their annual Spring Home & Garden Show on March 16th & 17th, and you’re bound to find something helpful in their 87,000 square feet of nursery space. Bring a friend who doesn’t mind carrying all the plants you’ll somehow end up going home with…what’s one more fiddle leaf fig?

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Indigenous Barrie: Georgian College Pow Wow

Georgian College Pow Wow

Being Canadian means that you have done and experienced some things that are truly part of Canadian pride and joy.  Yes, it’s about eating a fried beaver tail with apple butter. Yes, it’s about eating maple syrup poured on snow.  Yes, it’s about going to a Barrie Colts game.  But do you know what else it’s about?  It’s about going to a Pow Wow!

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The Barrie Career Centre can help you land your dream job

barrie career centre job advice

If you’re up at night trying to figure out how to make your dream job a reality, then the Barrie Career Centre is the place for you. Some people don’t know what their dream job is, and need coaching and training resources, while others have a vivid idea and just need a little push to get there.

Read moreThe Barrie Career Centre can help you land your dream job