Barrie, ON, Canada

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Barrie, ON, Canada

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Barrie, giving Ontario its amazing rep

Ontario, we didn’t know you had it in you. Booking a Barrie vacation rental is the best way to get in touch with the province’s more adventurous side. The city brims with activity every day of the year, and there’s something for everyone from the hiking enthusiast to the theater lover to the shopping junkie. Picturesque surroundings paint a postcard-worthy backdrop for thriving social and arts scenes. In the midst of it all are the buzzy shops and cafes on atmospheric streets. The city’s natural beauty is just as enigmatic.

Full of hot air and other things to do

Oh, hey, hot air balloon—we see you, floating gently above and offering phenomenal views of the city below. If you aren’t an air dweller, hit one of the city’s live music venues, where you can catch everything from blues to country. There are also plenty of nightclubs here where you can get your dance on or mingle with locals. The wellness-minded can book a massage at one of the area’s amazing spas. Booked your Barrie vacation rental with the fam? Try a round of mini-golf or try a boat tour and check out what’s going on under the lake.

There's no shortage of history in Barrie

Built in 1889, the Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum takes visitors on an exploration of the Canadian Regiment’s impressive history. Before you get too lost in the past, don’t forget the city’s amazing gardens and fresh blossoms at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery. Indulge your inner creative with a visit to the McLaren Art Centre. But if you’re really in the city to honor its wonderful maritime culture, explore Discovery Harbour, where costumed guides lead visitors on a fascinating look at the experiences of 19th-century Upper Canadian military serviceman.

Winter, spring, summer, and fall: Barrie has it all

If you don’t mind navigating the Barrie crowds, summer is the best time to visit. The days are expectedly warm, while the nights temper comfortably and offer a light breeze. The transition to fall is mild and pleasant, but you’ll need to layer up come evening. Winter doesn’t play—and if you aren’t huddled up inside your Barrie vacation rental, perhaps you’ll be tempted to slip into your ski gear and take to the slopes. Otherwise, save your plans for spring’s colorful blossoms—and the very occasional sprinkle.

Time to indulge your inner beach bum

In the heart of southern Ontario, Barrie is buffered by Lake Simcoe and is also nestled along an edge of Kempenfelt Bay. Though mostly made up of flat terrains, there are small hills along the edges. Some streams and creeks empty into the bay, but it’s the shore that offers the most relaxation. They range from sandy beaches that draw huge crowds to more obscure pebbled beaches that offer a little solitude. Think you can escape Barrie without watching an epic sunrise? No chance—head straight to Johnson Beach and cross it off your to-do list.