Beaches and Picnics
For a relaxing day at the beach, head down to Barrie's waterfront. At Centennial Beach, make sure to take advantage of the large children's playground, beach volleyball courts, and the large sandy beach - perfect for swimming! Restaurants and cafés are within walking distance. If a quieter beach is more your scene, venture a little ways down the shoreline to swim from Johnson's Beach or Minet's Point Beach. Lifeguards are generally on duty at Centennial Beach and Johnson's Beach 11:30am to 5:30pm from the end of June to the middle of August, weather depending. Lifeguards are not on duty when it rains.
Click Here for the Simcoe County Beach Report. If the beach you are looking for is not listed, it is not closed and there are no advisories.
Beaches & Picnic Areas
Allandale Station Park ~ 11 acres
Along Lakeshore Drive between Tiffin Street & Minet's Point Road
Description: Features include a beautiful waterfront setting, bike/walk path, parking, Fish Habitat Islands, and the Southshore Community Centre, which is available to rent for various special events.
Bayview Park ~ 1.23 acres
South side of Dunlop Street East between Mulcaster Street and Poyntz Street
Description: Features include a picnic shelter.
65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie (between Toronto Street and Tiffin Street)
Description: Supervised beach, end of June to mid August (7days /week). Features include accessible playground equipment, biking & walking paths, picnic tables, restrooms, concession stand, flower gardens, water fountain, mini golf, beach volleyball courts, boat launch, and parking.
Dock Road Park
At the East end of Dock Road
Description: A large concrete pier with a small unsupervised beach. This area is popular for fishing and swimming in the summer months but the beach is not groomed and rarely maintained.
The Gables ~ 42.3 acres
Northeast of Bay Lane on Tollendal Mill Road
Description: Features include woodland trails, beach, and picnic shelter.
Heritage Park ~ 4.4 acres
5 Simcoe Street, Barrie (South side of Lakeshore Drive, between Bayfield Street and Mulcaster Street)
Description: Features include waterfront setting, gazebo, water feature, walkway/paths, change rooms, seasonal washrooms, duck pond, gardens and transient boat docking.
Johnson's Beach ~ 1.97 acres
2 Johnson Street, Barrie (located at the end of Johnson Street South, next to the Barrie Yacht Club)
Description: Supervised beach, seasonally (hours subject to change). Features include restrooms, change rooms, and parking.
Minet's Point Beach ~ 3 acres
6 Brennan Avenue, Barrie (located east of Minet’s Point Road on White Oaks Road, north of Tollendal Mill Road)
Description: Unsupervised area. Features include playground, picnic tables, restrooms, parking and small non-motorized boat access area (ie: windsurfing).
St. Vincent Park ~ 2.47 acres
South end of St. Vincent Street between Blake Street and Kempenfelt Drive
Description: Features include playground equipment, picnic shelter and seasonal washrooms. (does not have direct water access)
Tollendale Woods Park ~ 1.75 acres
Located at 40 Royal Oak Drive in Barrie’s South East
Description: This Park has roadside parking beside the park, has a large playground, and is situated on the South shore of Kempenfelt Bay. The park offers a waterfront view, but does not have direct water access or a beach. There are picnic tables, and bench seating available within the park.
Tyndale Beach Park ~ 10 acres
Located east of Cox Mill Road north of Tollendal Mill Road on the lake side of Tyndale Road
Description: Unsupervised area. Features include playground, restrooms/change rooms, picnic shelter, and beach volleyball courts.
Located at 121 Crimson Ridge
Description: This parkette offers a large garden trellis with a view of Kempenfelt Bay. A short walk down the East side of the park leads to a secluded beach with trail access to Wilkins Walk. Alternate access to the beach can be found by following the trail from Valleyview Park.