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Heritage

Historic Neighbourhood Strategy (HNS)

The City of Barrie’s Historic Neighbourhood Strategy is a community planning initiative unlike any other undertaken by the City of Barrie. Driven by residents of the local neighbourhoods, the Historic Neighbourhood Strategy will address the livability and sustainability of Barrie’s historical City Centre, which has been identified in the Province’s Places to Grow Plan as an area for residential and employment intensification. Learn more about this initiative and find out how you can get involved at http://hns.barrie.ca/

Roots Spirit of the City - Tree Carving Initiative

This initiative was directly aligned with one of Council's Strategic Priorities of "Enhancing Public Spaces."  It was decided that up to six trees would be carved and all plans and locations would be reviewed and approved by Communities in Bloom Committee in consultation with the Operations Department and the Department of Culture.

         

Below are some carvings that have enhanced our public spaces.  The Department of Culture encourages all City residents to view these works of arts.

  • Colin Partridge was selected to carve a tree located at the corner of Hurst Drive and Tollendal Mill Road, close to the Gables property, and he chose an interesting pattern of creative faces.
  • Colin also carved a remarkable likeness of Sir Robert Barrie on one of the trees in the north end of Queen's Park across from Victoria Village.
  • Bob Jenkins, another local carver, completed a tree at 35 St. Vincent Street of a mother bear and her tiny cubs nestled into the tree trunk.

Barrie's Waterfront Historic Locations Plaques

Tour the delightful waterfront and discover part of Barrie's History!  Please click here for a map.  There are six interpretive plaques for viewing, all sponsored by the Barrie Historical Association in cooperation with the The City of Barrie. 

  1. ALLANDALE TRAIN STATION
    In 1853, the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Railway line opened between Toronto and Allandale.  In 1905, the Grand Trunk Railway built a flagship station in a shape that imitated the curve of the shoreline.
  2. ICE HARVESTING
    Commercial ice harvesting on the bay began in the 1870s.  In 1889, five large American ice companies united and formed The Ice Union to supply major American cities with Lake Simcoe ice.
  3. BARRIE CARRIAGE COMPANY
    The Barrie Carriage Company was incorporated in 1903 and opened a factory at the northeast corner of Ellen & John Streets.  In 1916, Vice-President Simon Dyment agreed to assemble the lightweight Bell automobile that came to be known as the Barrie Bell.
  4. BARRIE TANNING COMPANY
    In 1850, Andrew Graham opened a tannery at the waterfront in the east end of Barrie.  In 1901, Barrie Tanning Company built a modern plant on the east side of Bradford Street at the end of High Street.
  5. MEMORIAL SQUARE
    Memorial Square is located at the southeastern end of the Nine Mile Portage and was the site of the Barrie Railroad Station and the Post Office. In 1922, a cenotaph was dedicated to those who had lost their lives in World War I.  Today, the site remains a focal point of the downtown.
  6. BARRIE GAS WORKS
    In 1878, Barrie Town Council sanctioned the establishment of the Barrie Gas Company. The plant was located on the water side of Kempenfelt Drive, and soon gas became the preferred method for cooking and lighting.

Heritage Barrie Walking Tours

The following pamphlets are available in Planning Services Department at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, 9th Floor: 

  • Grand Homes Tour
  • Downtown East Walking Tour
  • Downtown West Walking Tour
  • Rodney and Blake Streets Walking Tour
  • Allandale Walking Tour
  • H-Block and Court House Hill Walking Tour
  • Discovering the Waterfront Tour

Free walking tours of the city are also provided by Barrie's Official Town Crier, for more information click here.