Summer is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for the season! As the weather heats up, there are more and more options for us to get outside and enjoy the warmth. Plus, our city is home to some of the best ways to make the most of the season. Here are some Barrie summer activities we recommend checking out this year. There’s something for everyone in Barrie, so it’s time to jump right in!

Get out into nature

While you can certainly get outside in the winter months, most of us much prefer outdoor activities in the summer. Thankfully, Barrie has lots of options for enjoying nature during the warm seasons! This city is full of parks and trails that offer a great opportunity to go for a run or take a hike. Sunnidale Park, Ardagh Bluffs, and Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail are some of the most popular spots. Barrie has trails ranging in length and challenge, so you can make sure to select an option that matches your abilities and interests.

Another great way to explore Barrie is by bike. You might want to break your bike out of the garage and take it for a leisurely spin around the block. However, you can also consider renting a bike from a place like Barrie by Bike, which has several locations set up in and around Barrie! This company offers bike rentals and repairs, and has great suggestions for on and off-road routes to explore. With almost 200 kilometers of biking trails, Barrie and the surrounding areas have you all set up for the summer.

Make a visit to the waterfront

Barrie has the luxury of being right on the waterfront of Lake Simcoe, surrounded by paved trails and beautiful parks and green spaces. It’s always worth a visit to the water, no matter what you choose to do. You can take a stroll along the waterfront path, or sit in the shade to enjoy the atmosphere. You can even make a day out of it by heading to any of the several beach options available, including Centennial Beach, which is always a favourite. Wibit Water Park is a large water playground at Centennial Beach that can easily provide your kids with an afternoon of fun. 

Head into the downtown core

Everyone should spend at least one summer day exploring Barrie’s local shops and restaurants. This city has several specialty stores and boutiques in its downtown area, offering a range of products to serve all of your interests. Whether you’re in the market for art, clothing, or gourmet foods, you’ll be covered. Plus, Barrie has several patio restaurants you can enjoy this summer! Enjoy a variety of cuisines and food types the city has to offer, all while taking in the warm sunshine.

Spend a day at the golf course

There’s no shortage of golf opportunities in this city, making this one of the best Barrie summer activities. Barrie is home to quite a few courses, all of which can provide you with an active day spent outdoors. Many of these courses are perfectly situated for golfers to enjoy the scenery and countryside, without feeling too isolated from the city. You can look at the list of golf courses in and around Barrie here. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert, you’re sure to have a blast.

Go Treetop Trekking

If you have a little taste for adventure, Treetop Trekking should be on your list of Barrie summer activities. Located just 20 minutes from Barrie’s centre, this forested park has options for people of all ages. You can go ziplining, explore treetop games and activities, and let the children have their own fun at the kids’ courses. This is a great way to be out in nature and see it from a new angle. As a park with a unique location and setup, this is a can’t-miss activity for the summer months.

Everyone has different interests, but these Barrie summer activities can satisfy everyone’s tastes. This is a city full of options for you to check out during the hot summer months. Make sure to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can before we find ourselves heading back towards the fall and winter seasons. Happy summer, everyone!

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