Barrie's Beautiful Waterfront

Hello all!  I hope everyone is enjoying this hot, mostly sunny summer!  Remember the winter we just came through?  This blog I am going to focus on Barrie's beautiful waterfront.

I try to get down to the waterfront most days of the week in summer, in winter I tend to pick my times as the cold wind whipping across the Bay can be frightening, or should I say bracing? chilling? refreshing?  

Walking or riding my bike, there are bike paths all along the waterfront.  I go alone or with friends at what ever time of day I am free to.  There are always people around that say hello as they pass you by,  also enjoying the scenery, getting in some exercise such a pleasant way .  

So many different birds, swallows, red wing black birds, geese, ducks and many more species.  

In the summer and winter the waterfront on Kempenfelt Bay, which our great city is built around, holds festivals, sporting events, firework displays, movies in the park and so so much more.  

Kempenfest Arts and Crafts festival, which is always held the August long weekend, just concluded it's 45th year!  It attracts more than 350 vendors from all over and  hosts more than 200,000 visitors. It is the largest Arts and Craft festival in Canada!  Entertainment to watch on two stages most of the time, hand made unique crafts and clothing, a fair for the kids with rides, great food, free samples of all  kinds of things, interesting information about Barrie and antiques!  If you have never been make sure it's on your list to visit next year!.

The Barrie Yacht club is located down the Bay by Johnson's Beach and the path down to that area is much more of a nature hike, also bike friendly, with benches to stop and sit a view the beautiful bay.  It's called the North Shore trail and a couple of great parks line this trail also, Kempenfelt Park, St Vincent Square park and Nelson Square.  This trial was originally a railway line and when you reach the end you can jog up to Ridge Road and continue this trail all the way to Orillia if you like!

The Barrie waterfront is made up of different parks, Heritage Park, South Shore Park,  Mintes Point Park and Centennial Beach.  A new road is nearing completion, set back further from the existing road to make our waterfront even larger.

Come and visit, go to an event or just stroll along the water...


Please plan to visit, for an event or just a stroll down the path, you won't be dissappointed!

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