Kick up your heels in Barrie before Boots & Hearts!

by Adventure Team | Aug 04, 2016

Barrie has country all week long! Visit Barrie & Area before attending Boots & Hearts 2016. With plenty to do, places to stay, food to eat, and fun to be had, this is the perfect time to take your summer vacation (and of course end it with a blast at Boots & Hearts).


Come to Barrie the weekend before the Boots & Hearts festival to check out one of Barrie’s most popular events—the 46th Annual Kempenfest (July 30 – August 1). This event is featured on Barrie’s waterfront and presents over 300 artisans, an antique show, food vendors, a midway, plenty of children’s activities, an amazing line-up of live entertainment (including plenty of country music!), and always tons of attendees. Admission is free, but we’re pretty sure you won’t be going home empty handed.

Make sure you are at Kempenfest on Sunday July 31. The country fun starts during the daytime when Kicx 106 presents their north of Nashville star search, continues with the Rob Watts Band, the James Barker Band, the Bareback Riders, the north of Nashville star search winner, and ends with Cold Creek County (check them out!), performing at 8:30pm. The beer will be cold and the crowd is always lively. What a perfect way to get in the mood for Boots & Hearts 2016!

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For more country fun, stick around for the evenings (Friday and Saturday nights) and check out the Ranch—Canada’s largest country bar. Described as a “cavernous, boisterous nightspot with country music events, dancing, cocktails, and a mechanical bull,” how can you resist? Stay tuned to their website for upcoming events and special guests.

Aside from the country music, there’s tons of things to do in Barrie & Area. Our beautiful waterfront brings you the perfect place to try stand-up paddleboarding (or yoga on a paddleboard!), kayaking, kiteboarding, canoeing, fishing (we’ve got you covered with our favourite fishing charter!), seadooing, going on a sailing excursion, or even renting a bike or walking around the picturesque waterfront trail.


Basically, whether you’d rather relax with a book at a park, pick berries, or mountain bike through the forest, Barrie is the place to be.

Barrie has great shopping and most definitely something for everyone—The 400 Market sells everything you need (and some things that you don’t need but are too cheap to pass up), the antiques are plentiful (and beautiful), and we can help fill your home and garden, closet, and fridge (or cooler for Boots & Hearts).


Barrie has great food. Challenge your friends to the Kitchen Sink burger at Kenzington, have a perfect view of Kempenfelt Bay from the Farmhouse, try some cutting edge craft beer (and pizza) at Barnstormer Brewing, take in the summer sun on Hooligan’s rooftop patio, or listen to live music at Donaleigh’s. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with some froyo from Swirleez, cupcakes from cupCake, or sweet crepes from Chavo Crepes. Check out all of our restaurants here. (P.S. our speciality take-out services would be so excited to fill your coolers with delicious ready-to-eat food that you can enjoy at Boots & Hearts all weekend long!).

With your camping gear already packed up, stay at a campground! Barrie is home to plenty of campgrounds (for pitching your tent or "glamping" if you’d rather!) and RV parks. There are endless options when it comes to staying in Barrie—and we have something for everybody. If you prefer a hotel, bed & breakfast, or a cottage fronting the lake, Barrie has tons of quality possibilities. If you’re a timeshare owner, stay at Carriage Ridge/Hills Resort. Discover the adventures you can have by staying at Horseshoe Resort just outside of Barrie, or make your stay a little extraordinary by experiencing one of our downtown historical buildings (with original architecture).

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Barrie has it all—including country music—all summer long. Join us for some country fun, great food, relaxation, and adventure. Plan your vacation to Barrie & Area around Boots & Hearts 2016 now!


(Oh, and while you’re here, make it your mission to enter our photo contest (#BarrieBucketList) for your chance to win $1,000!).

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