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Embrace the Outdoors: Exploring Barrie's Spring Trails

Spring Trails

Spring is in the air, and what better way to embrace the season than by exploring the great outdoors? Barrie and its surrounding areas offer an abundance of beautiful trails just waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your hiking boots, pack a picnic, and let's hit the trails!

1. Sunnidale Park
Located in Barrie's northwest corner, Sunnidale Park offers 48.5 acres of green space to explore. Originally home to the Barrie Country Club, the park now features playground equipment, the Dorian Parker Community Centre, the Barrie Arboretum, and, of course, great trails. With its picturesque surroundings and convenient location, Sunnidale Park is the perfect spot for a springtime adventure.

2. Waterfront Trail Along Kempenfelt Bay
For those seeking waterfront views, look no further than the Waterfront Trail along Kempenfelt Bay. Stretching approximately 6 kilometres, this mostly flat, paved trail offers stunning vistas of the bay and easy access to Barrie's Lakefront parks. Whether you're walking, jogging, or biking, the Waterfront Trail promises a scenic and enjoyable experience for all.

3. Ardagh Bluffs
Nature lovers rejoice – Ardagh Bluffs boasts 17 kilometers of trails spread across 524 acres of protected land. Nestled in Barrie's southwest end, this trail system is perfect for walking and hiking, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Explore wooded areas, meandering pathways, and diverse ecosystems as you soak in the beauty of Ardagh Bluffs.

4. Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail
Step back in time as you traverse the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail, which follows the historic portage route between Barrie and Springwater Township. Spanning approximately 5 kilometers within the city limits and 10 kilometers in the township, this multi-use trail offers a glimpse into the area's rich history and natural beauty. From downtown Barrie to the Fort Willow Heritage Site, the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail promises adventure around every corner.

5. Tiffin Conservation Area Trails
Just a short drive from Barrie lies the Tiffin Centre, a nature lover's paradise. With 17 kilometres of looped trails winding through wetlands, forests, meadows, and more, there's plenty to explore at this picturesque destination. Whether you're hiking, cycling, skiing, or snowshoeing, the Tiffin Centre offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. 

6. Oro-Medonte Rail Trail
Follow the path of history along the Oro-Medonte Rail Trail, a 28-kilometre route tracing an abandoned CN rail line. With scenic views of Lake Simcoe and charming communities along the way, this trail promises a journey filled with natural beauty and rural charm. Whether you're walking, biking, or horseback riding, the Oro-Medonte Rail Trail offers a unique and memorable outdoor experience for all.

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and explore all that Barrie and its surrounding areas have to offer. So, why wait? Lace-up your shoes, grab your gear, and embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Ontario's stunning landscapes. Happy trails!

Beware of Wildlife;
You should not approach, feed or try to interact with wildlife you may encounter in the City’s parks or trails. See tips about preventing and managing conflicts with coyotes. See a sick or injured wild animal? Please call Animal Control for the City's Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241. 


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