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Historic Waterfront Locations

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

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.

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.

Barrie Carriage Company

The Barrie Carriage Company was incorporated in 1903 and opened a factory at the northeast corner of Ellen and John Streets. In 1916, Vice-President Simon Dyment agreed to assemble the lightweight Bell automobile that came to be known as the Barrie Bell.

Barrie Tanning Company

In 1850, Andrew Graham oepned a tannery at the waterfront in the east end of Barrie. In 1901, the Barrie Tanning Company built a modern plant on the east side of Bradford Street at the end of High Street.

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.

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.

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