Summer Activities in Barrie we're Looking Forward to Most

Summer has officially begun, and the lockdown is over with more activities reopening everyday. We’re sure you’re aching to get out and enjoy all that the season has to offer before it's gone once again!
The season we often look forward to most seems to come and go so quickly. There's so much to experience over the couple of months and we're always looking forward to enjoying something new! Especially in the Barrie area, we're lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful waterfront, nature, activities, and so much more!

If you're anything like us at Tourism Barrie, you have a long list of summer activities you look forward to doing when the season rolls around. There's an abundance of summer fun activities to try out, and we can't wait to get started. Let's dive into just a couple in the Barrie & area we're looking forward to most! 

The Pick-your-own Experience 
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Supporting local and eating healthy has never been so fun! Over the summer months, many of our favourite fruits and veggies are in season for the pick-your-own experience. 

Barrie Hill Farms is your place to go in Barrie for a local pick-your-own experience. Open in the Spring & Summer until labour day, Barrie Hill Farms has a wide variety of crops to pick on your own or purchase prepicked at their market. Choose from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peas and more.

Check out Barrie Hill Farms' Harvest Schedule here!

And, learn more about the pick your own experience at Barrie Hill Farms here!

Watersports on the Bay 

Kempenfelt Bay is one of our favourite year-round locations in the city but especially in the summer. Over the summer months, the Bay becomes a playground for an abundance of watersport experiences. 

As Barrie's premiere watersports destination on Kempenfelt Bay Flawless Wakes has you covered! Whether you are looking for an individual adventure or the whole package with your bubble, at Flawless Wakes the possibilities are endless as to what they can provide. Fun filled activities they provide include: Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Wakeskating, Kneeboarding, Tubing, Boat Cruises, Sea-Doo Rentals and more! Contact them today and get started with planning your next watersport adventure!

Let HAPPYPADDLING start you on your Kayaking, Paddle Boarding or Canoe adventures today! From June until September, they offer lessons, rentals, and adventures from their location on Centennial Beach in Barrie. 

Call or email them today to book your personal experience, group experience or family outing.

Attending Fun-filled Summer Camps
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School's out! Keep the kids busy over the summer months with Barrie's great selection of summer camps

At the Curio Exploration Hub located on Bayfield Street, your child can enjoy the Curio experience and can immerse themselves in play-based learning. The space is set up like a boutique Children's Museum, emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (or STEAM). It provides the opportunity for your child's creativity, collaboration skills and critical thinking to flourish. 

With Camp Kaleidoscope, your child can be sure to experience a new adventure every day! Pick from their 5 different programs filled with engaging activities, arts, crafts, robotics, field trips and STEM learning. Camp themes include Harry Potter, Spy Kids, Galaxy Quest, Kaleidoscope got Talent and Back to the Future. Spots fill up quickly, so register today!

Bring out the cowboy/girl in your child this summer with the Ranch Hand summer camps at Rounds Ranch. Your child can embrace their love of animals while also staying active, building memories, making new friends, and learning an appreciation for country living! Find out more about what your child can expect during a week of camp at Rounds Ranch here!

Exploring Local Natural Wonders
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Barrie is home to a great nature scene that especially comes to life in the summer months. Find natural wonders through the city and area's parkshiking trails and outdoor adventures

The Scenic Caves Nature Adventure is a great place to explore our local natural wonders! Enjoy a self-guided tour of the caves, caverns and lookout on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. The grounds include Southern Ontario's longest Suspension Footbridge for light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and the surrounding countryside. Also, soar on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line through the trees just like nature's finest birds. 

Embracing New Adventures
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Unleash the adventurer inside at Treetop Trekking! Located at Horseshoe Resort outside of Barrie, spend a fun-filled day climbing and zipping from tree to tree. Treetop Trekking Barrie is Ontario's original zip line and aerial game park. It is a perfect day activity for families, groups of friends and anyone else looking for a fun day outside. 

In addition to Zipline & Aerial Game Treks, Treetop Trekking Barrie now has their Discovery Course, a brand-new adventure park course for people with special needs and for young children, allowing all to explore the forest in a whole new way! 

Getting Some Much-Needed Relaxation

Over the summer months, amongst all the fun activities you're planning, it's essential to take some time for yourself, sit back, refresh and relax.

The award-winning Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain offers access to the Scandinavian Baths and Registered Massage treatments. Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood and Blue Mountain Resort, the Spa is open year-round from 9 am - 9 pm. Enjoy quiet tranquillity, where you can unwind to gentle music and still hear the singing of birds surrounding the property. 

Enjoying Patio Season to the Fullest
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Patio season might be one of our favourite parts of the summer months. We love supporting our favourite local Barrie restaurants, enjoying their delicious foods all while also soaking in all the beautiful summer weather from their patios! 

Following the tough times amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, restaurants all across the city need your help, so make sure to support our locals when trying to find patios to experience this summer! 

Get a rundown of 10 Downtown Barrie Patios you need to add to your must-try list here!

Redeeming Some Great Savings!
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Who doesn't love savings? 

This year, Tourism Barrie is working with many Barrie & Area businesses to create for you the My Barrie Saving Pass! Access great deals for restaurants, attractions, shopping and more all summer long. Help support local businesses, create jobs and aid in the recovery of the Barrie economy, all while also enjoying some of the best experiences Barrie has to offer.

Some key deals you'll be able to redeem on your summer adventures are 10% Off Services from FLAWLESS WAKES10% Off General Admission from Wye Marsh Wildlife CentreBOGO Tasting at Heritage Estate Winery and Cidery and many more!

To access the Pass, there is no download required, and it is entirely FREE of charge. Simply sign up and instantly receive the Pass via text or email. Then when visiting a participating business, present your phone to the attendant or staff member to redeem available discounts.

Sign up and start redeeming your deals for the best of Barrie today! Follow the link here

While it's great to get outside and enjoy public spaces again, 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.

Let us know if we've missed any of your favourite summer activities at @tourismbarrie!

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