You will find no shortage of outdoor activities, attractions and events to explore while in Barrie & Area. Try all of these great family activities and experience the city without breaking your vacation budget. 

Outdoor Adventures
1. Barrie Farmers Market
Cost: Free
Date: Year-Round
Location: In Front of City Hall, 70 Collier Street
Description: Every Saturday morning from May to November head over to City Hall and enjoy browsing and shopping for locally grow products, baked goods, crafts and more.

2. Fishing on Kempenfelt Bay
Cost: Free with licence 
Hours: n/a
Location: Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
Description: Cast a line off the spit in the shadow of the Spirit Catcher or off the rocky shoreline, with more fresh water fish than anywhere in Ontario. Need some bait? Visit the Bait Bucket.

3. Heritage Walking Tours - Self Guided
Cost: Free
Hours: n/a
Location: Various locations through Barrie
Description: Step back in time and learn about Barrie's past and how it became the flourishing city it is today on a self guided historic walking tour. Click here to download all six walking tour or pick up your guides at Tourism Barrie, 205 Lakeshore Drive.

4. Skateboard Park
Cost: Free
Hours: 8am - 10pm
Location: Queens Park, 16 Park Street, Barrie
Description: Need a little adrenaline rush? Try some new stunts at Queen's park which features a concrete pad with slopes, ramps, rails and barriers.

5. Walking the Waterfront
Cost: Free
Hours: n/a
Location: Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Description: Walk down the beautiful Waterfront in Barrie's downtown area. You'll love the view!


Indoor Adventures
1. Base Borden Military Museum
Cost: Free
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 3pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm - 4pm
Location: 27 Ram Street, Borden
Description: War buff? Base Borden is one of Canada's largest Military Museums which holds a
significant collection of WWI, WWII and post war armoured vehicles, trucks and aircraft.

2. Barrie Public Library
Cost: Free
Hours: See website
Location: Downtown Branch - 60 Worsley Street, Barrie; Panswick Branch - 48 Dean Ave. Barrie
Description: Various activities each month including Family Storytime, Teens After School, Cookie Swaps, holiday Crafts and more.

3. City of Barrie Recreation Centres - Pools
Cost: Child: $4; Youth: $4.50; Adult: $5.50; Seniors: $4.70: Special Needs: $4.70
Hours: Click here for Swimming Drop-In Schedule 
Locations: See website
Description: Enjoy open swim with the family or get fit during lane swim.

4. City of Barrie Recreation Centres - Skating
Cost: Child: $2.25; Youth: $3.50; Adult: $4.75; Seniors: $2.65: Special Needs: $2.65
Hours: Click here for Skating Drop-In Schedule 
Locations: See website
Description: Enjoy open swim with the family or get fit during lane swim.

5. Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Tour
Cost: Free
Hours: Mon - Fri: 2pm, Sat: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, Sun: 2pm
Location: 107 Dunlop Street East, Barrie
Description: Learn about craft brewing while enjoying some free samples.

6. MacLaren Art Centre
Cost: Suggested admission - $5.00
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10am - 5pm; Wed: 10am to 7pm; Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm
Location: 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
Description: Take in a little art while in Barrie. The MacLaren Art Centre has a permanent collection of works by contemporary Canadian artists and offers world class exhibitions year-round. Enjoy lunch on the garden patio!

Events
1. Santa Claus Parade
Cost: Free
Date: November 17, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location: Waterfront and Downtown Barrie
Description:  Welcome Santa at Barrie's annual night parade! Enjoy bands and illuminated floats as they make their way through downtown Barrie. As the parade finishes take in Downtown Barrie's Tree Lighting Celebration and a fantastic fireworks show. 

2.  Tree Lighting Celebrations
Cost: 
Free
Date: November 17, 2018
Location: Heritage Park
Description: The Barrie Thunder Classics are hosting the annual Classics in the Park Car Show at Heritage Park in beautiful Downtown Barrie on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. We have over 300 classic and collector cars and trucks expected to attend!



 
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