5 Lockdown-Friendly Outdoor Spring Activities to Do in Barrie!

It's time to shake off the winter blues and start enjoying the beautiful spring weather! With the ongoing pandemic, this spring is the perfect excuse to spend more time in the great outdoors while making sure to follow all health and safety guidelines!

If you're in need of inspiration for what to do, look no further. Here are 5 suggestions for fun outdoor activities to kickstart your spring! 

Venture Out on A Spring Hike 

After months cooped up inside over the winter months, it's time to head out for some fresh air and light exercise with your family. What better way to experience the budding new season than to hike one of Barrie's beautiful trails? Barrie has an abundance of trails to hike and explore, no matter if you're a beginner or expert hiker. You might even get the chance to see some of the local animals coming out of their hibernation if you're lucky! 

Find a run-down on all of our city's great local trails here.
women walking with dog in forest

Enjoy Beautiful Views on Waterfront Walks

With almost 7 km of mostly paved trail, the Waterfront Trail Along Kempenfelt Bay is an excellent location for spring walks with beautiful views of the Bay. Parking for the trail is easily accessible with your City of Barrie resident parking pass at the Southshore Center or at any of the other lots along Lakeshore Drive. 

And, if you're looking to venture a little off the waterfront trail and take in some local history, download the Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Barrie to your personal device. With thirty points of interest along the audio tour, you'll discover locations like the Simcoe & Queens Hotels, the Barrie Jail, the Nine Mile Portage, the Old Fire Hall and more! 

Have A Picnic in the Park 

Whether you're ordering something for curbside pick up from one of your local favourites or bringing your meal from home, take advantage of the beautiful weather with a picnic in one of our local parks! For some extra fun, bring along some games to play as a family.
Sunnidale Park offers lots of space for activities and social distancing, as well as picnic tables to relax and eat comfortably. The arboretum in the park is also a great place to enjoy all the blooming spring flowers and take some beautiful pictures!


Go on a Biking Adventure

Cycling is fun for the whole family! With the snow and ice finally gone, it's time to pull out the bikes from the garage and head out for a biking adventure. Barrie & Area has many great cycling trails to try out. With everything from road routes, off-road trails and mountain bike trails, there is something for everyone, at every skill level. 

Check out Barrie By Bike for all the information you might need to know about biking in Barrie! The site features many mapped out road routes as well as a rundown of all the local off road trails for you to try out. With so many options you can plan a biking adventure every day of the week! 

For a really unique and wonderful cycling experience, make sure to check out Born to Ride Bicycle. Book one of their COVID-friendly guided cycling tours along waterfront trails, beautiful country roads or forest trails. And, if you're new to biking, check out their road and advanced skill private training courses. With bike rentals, no need to worry about bringing your own bicycle, they offer a wide selection of Bicycles to choose from! 

To purchase or repair your own biking gear, check out Bikeland, Barrie's Bicycle Specialists! Shop online for their huge selection of bikes, parts, apparel, equipment, accessories and everything else you can dream of! 

bike on the waterfront

Tackle Some Landscaping at Home 

In honour of spending a lot of your time at home, complete some of the home improvements on your list and turn your outdoor space into your own personal oasis! Head over to Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery to get all your supplies and choose from their quality selection! There you are sure to find the right perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, or roses that best reflect your garden and sense of style.

child watering plants outside         

While it's great to get outside and enjoy public spaces, we must continue to follow public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. When exploring outdoor public areas within your community, please maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others, avoid contact with people outside your household, and wash or sanitize your hands. If physical distancing is challenging to maintain in the outdoor space, consider wearing a face mask.
For more ways to stay safe, 
click here and for the current status of City of Barrie services due to COVID regulations, click here

Check out more fun ways to experience Barrie from home, here

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