Barrie continues to be one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, and one incredible place to live & work!
Just 90 Km from Downtown Toronto, Barrie’s proximity to the GTA lends itself to easy commuting while offering an active and recreational based lifestyle. Beautiful parkland, a stunning waterfront with a heritage downtown, it achieves a small town feeling but with all the conveniences and amenities of living in a big city.
With a population of over 147,829 (2021), Barrie offers affordable housing, low crime rates, excellent education and health care and a vibrant lifestyle. Barrie’s beautiful beaches, hiking trails, cycling paths, combined with unparalleled all season activities such as boating, skiing, snowmobiling make this an ideal place to visit, but also a desirable place to call home.
Fun Fact: The area was first settled during the War of 1812 as a supply depot for British forces. Barrie was named after Sir Robert Barrie, a British officer of the Royal Navy noted for his service in the War of 1812.
Barrie is located about 90 km north of Toronto, and in the central portion of southern Ontario.
Accessible via Highway 400, Highway 26 & 11.
Bounded by Springwater to the North-West, Oro-Medonte to the North-East, Innisfil to the South and Essa to the South-West. The downtown area is situated around the western edge of Kempenfelt Bay, a 14.5 km long bay connected to the larger Lake Simcoe.
Located just 23 km to Wasaga beach, 50 km to Collingwood and 133 km to Huntsville, Barrie continues to be an ideal proximity to some of Ontario’s most popular vacation destinations.
From an impressive healthcare facility to a leading community college, regular train service and an abundance of recreational activities, you’ll find everything you need to make Barrie an ideal place to live and work.
Shop. Dine. Play.
Wrapping around the edge of Kempenfelt Bay, this area is a popular shopping and dining destination with a 6km waterfront trail. Check out the incredible food, drinks and patios along Dunlop Street. The Waterfront is a main attraction for residents and tourists alike. The City even offers free public Wi-Fri from Southshore Centre to Heritage Park. No personal information required.. just select BarrieOpenWIFI from available networks! Centennial Beach offers concessions, a stunning beach and various recreation amenities.
This area features older historic homes, and is also the government hub to places like City Hall, the courthouse and the main branch of the Barrie Public Library.
One of Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods, Allendale was annexed by Barrie in 1896. Historic buildings, and it’s proximity to shopping and nightlife make this area appealing.
A mix of commercial and residential with historic and newer homes. Allandale borders the south shore of Kempenfelt Bay and has park lands, beautiful walking and bike paths.
A high growth area attracting many residential developments planned over the next 10 years. Enjoy natural features with links to schools, neighbourhoods and community. Here you’ll focus on community and natural living as Barrie continues to grow.
Enjoy Park Place and the surrounding shopping, and numerous amenities and recreation.
Quick access to the 400 makes this area convenient. Many homes, parks and recreation make this perfect for families looking for a mix of development, shopping, dining and recreation.
Easy access to neighbouring Simcoe townships with trails, farms and outdoor recreation abound. Here you’ll find malls, sandalone stores and restaurants.
Located in northwest Barrie, this is a mixed neighbourhood built in the 1980s. Features a mix of century homes and new housing developments, many shops, parks, community recreation facilities and the woodlands to the west featuring trails.
Located in Barrie’s southwest region, it was annexed in the 1980s. A well established community with many homes, schools, parks and commercial areas. Also known for it’s notable community centre. This area is perfect for established and growing families.
Perfect for families, surrounded by nature, trails and newer homes. Named for the Ardagh Bluffs, an area of woods with over 17 km of trails spanning over 518 acres. Much of the Bluffs are environmentally protected. Enjoy public parks & great schools.
Along the southeast shoreline of Kempenfelt Bay. Home to Tollendale Village, a large seniors community. Waterfront homes, low density subdivisions, and forested areas.
This area features many beaches including Minet’s Point. Shops, restaurants, services and amenities contributing to easy daily life, and has easy access to transit.
This area contains both commercial and business districts. Housing includes a mix of detached homes, townhomes and condos. Lovers Creek runs through this area, part of the Lake Simcoe watershed.
Lots of shopping and dining, particularly at Yonge St. & Big Bay Point Rd.
Home to Georgian College’s main campus and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Newer residential homes with a mix of detached, semi-detached and multi-unit buildings. Waterfront recreational trails, and family friendly beaches. A vibrant pocket for work, student life, multicultural retail and various cuisines. Neighbourhood parks and recreational fields.
Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is one of Ontario’s largest public education systems with schools and learning centres throughout Simcoe County, including Barrie.
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) provides distinctive educational programming that focuses on the academic, spiritual and physical well-being of children. Student learning is a priority, combined with a commitment to faith development and self-discovery.