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Community Beaches
& Splash Pads

Enjoy a day at one of Barrie’s beautiful waterfront beaches. Take your family to Centennial Beach and keep everyone entertained with the children’s playground, beach volleyball courts, and large sandy beach or venture a little further down the shoreline and enjoy a quieter day. Be water safe!

2016 Dates Coming Soon!

Beach Season Officially Opened: Friday, June 26, 2015 
Beach Season Officially Closed: Sunday, August 23, 2015 
Lifeguards on duty and PDF Loan Service available (Centennial & Johnson’s beaches only) from 11:30am–5:30pm daily.

Please be aware that there is NO supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations, including Minet’s Point Park Beach, Tyndale Park Beach, Heritage Park Water Feature, & Wilkins Beach. Always practise water safety.

Centennial Park

65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

Features: Sandy beach, Lifeguard, Washrooms, Accessible playground, Beach volleyball, Food concession, Parking lot, Walking distance to downtown, Paved 4-season multiuse recreation trail that is part of the Waterfront Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.


Johnson’s Beach

2 Johnson Street, Barrie

Features: Sandy beach, Lifeguard, Washrooms, Parking lot, Adjacent to North Shore Trail, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.


Minet’s Point

10 Lismer Boulevard, Barrie

Features: Sandy beach, Unsupervised, Washrooms, Play structure, Parking lot, Shallow boat launch, popular with windsurfers, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.


Tyndale Park

45 Tyndale Road, Barrie

Features: Sandy/stony beach, Unsupervised, Large picnic shelter, Washrooms, Play area, Parking lot, Trails, beach volleyball, used for City day camp programs in the summer, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.


Wilkins Parkette

121 Crimson Ridge Road, Barrie

Features: Small sandy natural beach next to Hewitt’s Creek, Parking on street only, Walk down from Parkette to beach, Small Pergola structure and gardens in parkette, No washrooms, Next to Wilkins Walk Trail along Hewitt’s Creek connecting south to Big Bay Point Road and further, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.


Heritage Park Water Feature

Location: Heritage Park, Barrie
Contact: (705) 739-4223
Hours: 9am – 8pm daily
Open for the 2016 season
Features: Water sculpture courtyard consists of a series of water fountains, changerooms, washrooms.


Lampman Lane Splash Pad

Location: Lampman Lane Park, Barrie
Contact: (705) 739-4223
Hours: 8am – 8pm daily
Open for the 2016 season


PFD Loan Service

The City is proud to be partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This service allows visitors the opportunity to access PFDs on a one-day loan while at Centennial or Johnson’s Beach and is available 7 days a week during the season, through the Lifeguard Offices.

Users will be required to sign a waiver stating they will use the PFD in accordance with the instructions provided. The user is responsible to properly care for the PFD and if returned in a damaged state, the user is responsible for the replacement of the PFD. A $10 refundable deposit is required. For more information please visit www.redcross.ca/swim.

Beach Closures

During the summer months, the beaches may occasionally experience unusually high levels of bacteria. When this happens, the affected beaches are posted and people are discouraged from swimming. To keep the beaches safe for swimming, selected beaches are sampled for bacteria weekly.

Warnings will be posted at designated swimming beaches when bacteria levels exceed provincial guidelines. High levels of bacteria in the water may pose a health risk. For information, please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Frequently Asked Questions
Which beaches are sampled for bacteria?

To keep the beaches safe for swimming, the following beaches are sampled for bacteria weekly:

  • Centennial Beach
  • Johnson's Beach
  • Minet’s Point Beach
  • Tyndale Park
  • Wilkin’s Beach

For information, please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

What causes increased bacteria levels in our lake?
  • Bacterial pollution (E.coli) from the feces of warm blooded animals such as birds and domestic pets
  • Contaminants such as; organic chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides
  • Water gaining heat, as it runs over hot streets and parking lots
How can we reduce the impact on our lakes?
  • Clean up your pet waste
  • Minimize fertilizer use and avoid applying lawn and garden pesticides
  • Consider lot designs that minimize paved areas, encourages infiltration of rainwater and reduces erosion

Open Water Safety

Swimming 

  • Actively supervise children around water, even if they can swim.
  • Never underestimate the power of current. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non-swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by current in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs.
  • Be cautious about swimming in currents, and know what to do if caught in a current.
  • Swim with a buddy. Buddies can help each other or go for help in case of an emergency.
  • Avoid diving unless the you're properly trained and certain that the water is deep enough.
  • Get trained. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help you save a life. Courses are available through the City of Barrie.

Boating

Be Prepared
Ensure your vessel has the required safety gear on board and sufficient fuel. Carry a VHF radio or cell phone with you when on the water. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Get trained. Learn how to survive an unexpected fall into the water.

Be Aware of Environmental Conditions
Check weather and water conditions before heading out and monitor for changing conditions while out. Return to the nearest point of safety if the conditions change. The presence of cold water, wind, waves, current and darkness make recreational boating activities much more dangerous.

Stay Alert and in Control
Never consume alcohol before or during a boating outing. Plan and prepare: Ensure the operator of the boat is experienced, the vessel is loaded properly, and that appropriate safety equipment is on board. An emergency plan should be established ahead of time. Drive powerboats responsibly – use appropriate speed, especially when the water is choppy. Stay seated! You can easily fall out of a small powerboat, canoe or kayak.

Always Wear a Lifejacket or PFD
A properly worn flotation device is the fundamental safety item for anyone heading out on a boat. It keeps you at the surface of the water during unexpected or unintentional entries into water, reduces the initial impact (cold water shock to your muscles) of a fall into cold water, and can help you reach safety. All persons on board, even strong swimmers, should be wearing a lifejacket/PFD.

For more boating safety tips please refer to the Lifesaving Society or Canadian Red Cross.

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