Barrie Adventure Series - Call of the WILD!

What better adventure than experiencing animals up close?  Did you know that just outside Barrie there are a variety of adventures for the animal lover?  From petting zoos, to wild bird sanctuaries to exotic jungle animals, and horseback riding.

Great ideas for the whole family to participate in.  Here are a few local favourites to check out this summer:


Horseback Riding

Simcoe County is home to many Horseback Riding organizations.  They offer lessons, guided tours, trail rides, riding camps, romantic ride and picnic, horse feeding and petting.  To find the right horse activity for you and your family check out some of these establishments for more info.

Rainbow Valley Riding Centre

Highview Farms

Rounds Ranch


Bird Watching & Feeding

Have you been to Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre?  It features 25km of nature trails for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Beautiful scenery with wild birds in their natural habitat.  There are also birds of prey, amphibian & reptile displays, and trumpet swans.  You can also feed the birds right from your hand! 

They are not shy! 


Wild Animals up close!

Elmvale Jungle Zoo features 25 acres of shady walking trails, has a park, picnic area and features exotic animals from around the world.  Monkeys, Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, exotic birds, snakes, and more!

If you like feeding animals, there is a feeding and petting area as well.


Fishing Adventures

Do you like fishing?  Or would you like to learn?  Barrie has excellent open water for fishing, and home to Perch, Trout and Bass to name a few.  For children - Barrie offers a Teach a Kid to Fish Day.  You can choose to fish on the shores of Kempentfelt Bay, or book a charter.  There are many choices, but note:  Over 18 you need a fishing license.  For more information on what you'll require for fishing in Barrie visit these helpful websites.

Tourism Barrie


Tell us about your favourite adventures, or recommend a local spot.  

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