If you’re a Barrie resident, or find yourself in Barrie this summer, you may be looking for fun things to do this season in the city. Good news! Barrie has lots of draws and appealing aspects, and it’s quite easy to spend the summer enjoying its various activities. Whether you’re into nature, wine tasting, or just relaxing, Barrie has something for everyone. Here are five of our top recommendations for things to do in Barrie this summer that will help you enjoy this season to the fullest.

#1 Enjoy our proximity to the water

We hope you take advantage of Barrie’s waterfront offerings this season. Since Barrie surrounds several water access points, it’s one of the best cities for water-based fun. Whether you want to tap into your sporty side, or just lounge by the shore, Barrie definitely has choices for you. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing are all options, and since these are an exclusive summer-time activity, you may as well enjoy them now. If you have your own equipment, you can hop into the water and get going. If not, you can rent paddle boards and kayaks from Happy Paddling on Centennial Beach. They also offer lessons if you need a hand getting started! If you’re not so much into water activities, you can also visit Centennial Beach for its sandy shores and swimmable waters. You don’t need to venture far for a summer escape in Barrie!

#2 Take on nature

Be sure to explore the natural side of Barrie this summer! Barrie has several opportunities for hiking and biking, so you can get your daily exercise while enjoying nature in our city. Kempenfelt Bay Waterfront Trail, Arboretum Sunnidale Park Loop, and Ardagh Bluffs all offer trails with various lengths and difficulty levels. Here, you can enjoy wildlife, water views, and other nature-based scenery. As for biking, Kempenfelt Bay once again takes the prize for having some of the best biking paths in town. This smooth, flat trail is perfect for a casual bike ride, whether you’re an adult or a child. At just under seven kilometers long, it’s the perfect length for an active outing.

#3 Explore the shops

Barrie has its own little downtown core that is a nice area to enjoy over the summer months. Between clothing stores, restaurants, specialty food shops, and the Barrie Farmers’ Market, you’ll have lots of options to entertain yourself. The market in particular is interesting, as it began in 1846 and allows visitors to purchase the best locally-grown produce, syrups, meats, and desserts, and it hosts other vendors selling locally-made gifts and goods. Downtown Barrie is certainly worth checking out this season. You can spend a day shopping, relaxing, and exploring the waterfront. Summer fun awaits!

#4 Visit the Sunset drive-in

Everyone loves watching movies outdoors on a warm summer night. You can take full advantage of this at the drive-in theatre in Barrie this summer! Sunset Barrie is open five days a week in the summer (every day except Monday and Wednesday). Park your car and lounge out to watch some of the year’s most popular movies as they arrive at the drive-in. Plus, you can enjoy a huge variety of snacks, which completes every movie night. It’s a perfect way to entertain kids, have a fun date night, or even spend some time on your own. This is a prime summer experience that you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re in Barrie this summer. You can learn more about the drive-in here.

#5 Go on a wine tour

Feeling up for a drink? Heritage Estates Winery & Cidery is home to some of the best wines and ciders in the province. All products are made on-site and are crafted with care. If you’re in the mood for a summer outing, you can book a winery tour to see the gorgeous property and sample some of their best products. You can drop in and explore on your own as well. Heritage Estate’s ciders are all made with Ontario-grown apples, with intriguing flavors to keep you cool all summer long, such as strawberry and banana. As for the wine, you can explore a huge selection of fruity sangrias, whites, reds, and rosés. No matter what, we bet you’ll be heading home with a unique collection of wines and ciders to enjoy this season.

Barrie is a great place to be in the summer, and we only skimmed the surface of the best things to do in this city. If you find yourself in Barrie, be sure to take the time to explore and discover all it has to offer. Have a wonderful summer, and if you’re interested in making Barrie your home, reach out to me! We can discuss your options and how you can get started in this market.

If you have questions about your mortgage, get in touch with me!