Things for you to do in Barrie over this winter lockdown period


Not sure what to fill your winter lockdown time with over the next couple of weeks? We've come up with some fun things that you and your family can do in Barrie. Fill some of your free time, support local, have fun and most importantly stay safe & healthy!  


Order take out from one of our local Barrie restaurants!

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Spruce up one of your meals and order in from one of the great local Barrie restaurants. Not only will it make for a fun meal, but you will also be supporting a small business in need during this time. Here are some great choices we recommend checking out:

To explore more options, visit our takeout and delivery page here

Check out our local Barrie music playlist! 

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The City of Barrie is home to artists of all kinds! While you're at home over this new lockdown period, in the spirit of supporting local, take the time to discover more of what our great city has to offer and find some new local music to add to your music library! We've curated a playlist featuring local talents from Barrie, covering so many genres and music styles. 

You can find it here!


Make purchases from local small-businesses

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More than ever, small businesses need your support in these challenging times where they have had to close their doors or reduce their services. If you're able to, make sure you offer extra support the all our wonderful small business retailers. They offer delivery and curbside pick-up. Here are some to check out:

  • The Artisan Boutique: for all your modern gift and décor items featuring a wide variety of locally handcrafted goods.
  • J'adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate: for all your fine cheese and chocolate cravings while you're home
  • Olive Oil Co.: select from quality extra virgin olive oils from around the globe, savour intense white and dark balsamic vinegars, or gourmet specialty foods to make any at-home meal extra special!
  • Organic Body Shop Factory: for all the natural, organic, quality personal care products you might need.
  • Redline Brewhouse: for some delicious local craft beers!
To explore more options, visit our Shop Barrie page here

Check out some virtual cinema with the Barrie Film Festival (BFF)


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Although the Uptown Theatre closed its doors, the Barrie Film Festival will continue to show its programming online. Through Virtual Cinema, embrace the opportunity and view thought-provoking international films that can be rented for viewing at home. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Virtually visit our local Art Exhibits

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Soak in a little arts and culture from home and explore the artwork from the MacLaren Art Centre. They have plenty of their exhibitions available for you to view online through their website including a virtual tour of the Portraits from their MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. Also for a fun destressing activity, purchase a Downtown Barrie Colouring Book from their online store, available for curbside pick-up and colour in your favourite Barrie landmarks!


Get Outside! (Safely)

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Enjoy some time doing some fun outdoor activities over this lockdown period. There are still plenty of activities available for you to enjoy! Of course make sure to follow all health and safety protocols by keeping your distance from others, wearing a mask and staying home if you are sick.

  • At Snow Valley, Snowshoeing is one of the winter activities that they are still able to to offer during the Provincial Shutdown. Snowshoeing will be available with its regular operating schedule 9am-4pm (Closed Christmas Day). Rentals for snowshoes are available. 
  • At Horseshoe Resort, although all their other resort operations are closed for the province wide shutdown, their fat biking, snowshoeing and cross country trails are still operating! Rentals are not available. Check out their website to book online and find out more information about your visit.
  • Friday Harbour has transformed into a winter getaway! Enjoy an evening stroll through Friday Harbour’s Luma Light Trail, skate on the Glice Skate Trail along the Boardwalk, do a few laps on their Outdoor Rink, or take a fat bike ride through the Nature Preserve.
  • Hiking: Bundle up in your warm winter gear and head out on the trails for some winter wonderland hikes! 
  • Skating at the City Hall & Centennial Park Community Ice Rink. Make sure to bring all your own equipment, masks and contact the City of Barrie for more information about the maintenance of the rinks.

We hope these recommendations can help you stay busy over this new period of lockdown! Enjoy and stay safe from Tourism Barrie!

For more information about travelling safely during COVID-19, look here.

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