5 Things to Do in Barrie Before Fall Arrives
Although we tend to think of Labour day as the unofficial end of summer, technically speaking the warmest season doesn’t end until September 22nd.
And given how much time we had to spend indoors over the last 18 months, it’s our civic duty to cram as much summer fun into these last few weeks as possible.
With that, we’ve compiled a list of activities around town to generate those summer vibes one last time.
The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List
Indulge in Ice cream & Frozen Yogurt
Keep your ears peeled for the telltale music of ice cream trucks cruising the neighbourhoods, as most will be out and about until the end of the month. And eat in destinations, like Kawartha Dairy and Swirleez, are open and serving. Plan to spend a night or two after dinner with a bowl or a cone of your favourite icy treat.
Go To The Drive In
Sunset Drive In has been a God send since the beginning of Covid; allowing cinephiles a chance to see movies on the big screen despite theatre closures. They’ll be running movies throughout the next few weeks, including the Barrie Film Festival next week!
Picnic and Patios
Sometimes the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Grabbing some lunch and a few blankets and heading to one of the great picnic locales around Barrie may not sound like a rager. But when we are in the midst of a January blizzard (again) this winter, a relaxing picnic in the sun will seem like an afternoon in paradise.
The same applies to patios. When they are tucked away for the fall, you’re going to miss them. So go enjoy a few frosties at your favorite pub while we still can.
Hit The Lake and Splash Pads
It won’t be long until the waters of Lake Simcoe are too chilly to even wade up to your knees in. So dive in (while keeping your social distance)
Lifeguards will be in place at the major beaches. And while there is no barbecuing permitted, you could incorporate picnicking and some ice cream into the day and make it into a warm weather trifecta.
If swimming isn’t your thing, most of the big box stores will have deals on inflatable boats as they clear out the summer stock. Floating on the water sounds like a great way to send off summer!
The splash pads at Lampman and Heritage park are both running as well if the beach isn’t your bag.
Take a Hike, Ride a Bike
A stroll through the city’s great walking paths is another easy outing. Hit up the forest covered trails of Ardagh bluffs or head to Sunnidale Park, if you are in need of a nature connection. Grabbing a few pics for your insta at The Sunnidale Arboretum ( a nature photographer’s dream – with the immense variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers) is another idea to capture summer.
And don’t let the bike sit in the garage! Even if you haven’t travailed the city’s cycling lanes this year, get the rubber on the road and take a spin along the beach.