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Simcoe County’s City of Barrie is one of Canada’s fastest growing and dynamic cities. With an expansive beach-lined waterfront overlooking Kempenfelt Bay, numerous downtown restaurants and exciting nightlife Barrie has so much to offer – and that’s only within the city!
Barrie is located in the heart of it all and is central to Toronto; cottage-country, unbeatable skiing, picturesque wilderness, and is only a half hour from some of Ontario’s most sought-after destinations. Experience our historic downtown, relax in one of our many beautiful parks or indulge in one of our many exciting waterfront events. You will see what everyone has been talking about!
Barrie is a vibrant and attractive city with swimmable beaches,challenging ski opportunities, an abundance of parkland and has a total of over 90 parks, in excess of 300 hectares. scattered throughout the city. Several of these parks line beautiful Kempenfelt Bay offering miles of biking, rollerblading and walking trails. Cultural attractions include the renowned Gryphon Theatre, an international concert and performance venue at the Barrie Molson Centre, a 4,200 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility, and the MacLaren Art Centre.
Royal Victoria Hospital has embarked on the largest capital project in Simcoe Muskoka history — an expansion which will transform RVH and provide enhanced health care closer to home for residents throughout the region. At $120 Million, this health care facility was constructed in 1997 adjacent to Georgian College. The location provides easy access for those in need of its services. The hospital provides 297 acute care beds and 270 operational beds. The hospital location adjacent to the college provides a unique opportunity for cooperative training, research and clinical trials, unequaled in North America.
Our City is home to a 40,000 square foot. state-of-the-art public library, located in Downtown Barrie at the junction of Worsley and Owen Street. Barrie Public Library is open 7 days a week and houses a multimedia collection that serves residents of all ages in the City of Barrie. Alongside usual library services the library also offers free Internet access to patrons, plus a wide variety of adult and children’s programmes. Information Barrie is a service of the Barrie Public Library, providing information about community groups;agencies, government offices, churches, daycare, schools and more.