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North Shore Trail

The North Shore Trail is a unique multi-use recreational trail running the entire length of Barrie's north shore of Kempenfelt Bay. This former rail corridor provides visitors with direct views of the bay from a wide pathway. Hats are recommended as the adjacent vegetation allows for both sun and shade.

North Shore Trail Vegetation Management feedback requested!

The City of Barrie is looking for your feedback on the updated North Shore Trail Vegetation Management Plan. The plan is used to implement vegetation maintenance work along the trail system, including views from the trail.

F​or more info and to complete the survey, visit​.

The North Shore Trail is accessible by wheelchair from Heritage Park at 5 Simoce St. and from the Johnson Beach parking lot at 2 Johnson St. The trail is approximately 3 kilometres from Heritage Park to Penetanguishene Road. View the trail map.

​​At Penetanguishene Road, the rail trail ends. At this point, visitors can follow Shanty Bay Road into the Township of Oro-Medonte past various residential properties until the rail trail is continued again.The trail continues along the north shore of Kempenfelt Bay all the way to Orilla. A great trail for biking.

At a Glance

North Shore Trail
  • Distance: 3km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Surface: Granular/crushed stone, considered accessible by Barrie's Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • Terrain: Level
  • Width: 4 metres
  • Suitability: Walking, strollers, snowshoeing, skiing, biking and wheelchairs.
  • Seasonal Use: Not maintained during the winter months.
  • Parking: Parking at Heritage Park, on street along the trail and Johnson Beach Parking Lot
  • Washrooms:  Johnson Beach during the summer months. Heritage Park from May through until October.
  • Amenities: Swimming at Johnson Beach during the summer months.  Spray Pad and Gardens at Heritage Park.
  • Refreshments: Restaurants available in the downtown area .
  • Trail Rules: No motorized vehicles permitted on the trail, such as snowmobiles.  Dogs must be on leash, please stoop n'scoop.
  • Hours of Operation: Trail is open from 5 am to 10 pm.
  • Trail Hazards: Poison ivy occurring along trail edges, steep side slopes - please stay on trail. Please note that both cyclists and pedestrians are using the trail. Trail is not lit after dark.
  • Trails in Area: Waterfront Trail, Nine Mile Portage Trail, Trans Canada Trail. Kempenfelt Drive has a paved recreational pathway popular with roller bladers.
  • Trail Features: Johnson Beach Bridge has a high view overlooking Johnson Beach and Kempenfelt Bay.


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