Get Out & Play before Boots & Hearts 2022

Barrie has country all week long! Visit Barrie & Area before attending Boots & Hearts 2022. 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 50th Annual Kempenfest (July 29th – August 1st). This event is featured on Barrie's waterfront and has over 300 artisans, an antique show, food vendors, a midway, plenty of children's activities, a fantastic lineup of live entertainment (including plenty of country music!), and always tons of attendees. Admission to the event is free, but we're pretty sure you won't be going home empty-handed. Concert tickets range from $6.63 to $49.95 and can be purchased online.


Kempenfest is a great way to get you in the mood to party, sing, dance and drink! With performances from The Sheepdogs, Death above 1979, Tebey, and Practically Hip, there is undoubtedly a great lineup of performers to get you on your feet! The beer will be cold, and the crowd is always lively. What a perfect way to get in the mood for Boots & Hearts 2022!

For more country fun, stick around 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.

Barrie's Waterfront

Aside from the country music, there are a ton of things to do in Barrie & Area. Our beautiful waterfront brings you the perfect place to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, fishing, or even renting a bike or walking around the picturesque waterfront trail. While you're here, try Splash ON, Canada's largest inflatable water park on Kempenfelt Bay.

Whether you'd like to relax with a book at a parkpick berries, or mountain bike through the forest, Barrie is the place to be.

Barrie has excellent 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 good of a deal to pass up), the antiques are plentiful, and we can help fill your home and garden, closet, and fridge (or cooler for Boots & Hearts).

Patio Dining Downtown Barrie

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 at Barnstormer Brewing. Downtown is the perfect spot to take in the sun on a patio and enjoy incredible food. Try Hooligan's rooftop patio, or listen to live music at Donaleigh's. Check out all of our restaurants here. (P.S. our 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 and the area are home to plenty of campgrounds. Whether you prefer a hotel, bed & breakfast, or vacation rental fronting the lake, Barrie has many quality possibilities. 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 historic buildings with the original architecture.

Boots and Hearts

Burl's Creek will also host the Ever After Music Festival 2022.  From August 11th-15th, experience the Greatest EDM Event With The World's Biggest and Best EDM artists, DJs and Producers. This year promises fans an unbelievable lineup that includes Rezz, Slander, and so much more! 

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 2022 now!



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