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.
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.
1999 - City of Barrie obtained a licence from the Allandale Community Development Corporation (ACDC) to develop a public trail on the former Canadian National Railway lands extending from Mulcaster Street east to the City of Barrie limits at Penetanguishene Road.
2000 - Existing rail ballast capped from Kempenfelt Park east to the City limits.
2002 - Barrier wall along the shoreline between Berzcy Street and Duckworth Street is excavated and undergoes environmental remediation to remove contaminents from the former Barrie Gas Company once located there. Restoration of the barrier wall permits the remaining trail to be completed. Works completed include general site clean up, tree pruning, installation of garbage barrels, signage and barriers to restrict motor vehicle access. The trail is now on a routine parks maintenance schedule and will be monitored and maintained as required. A Master Plan is undertaken to determine the long-term development of the trail and is approved by Council (see below for North Shore Trail Master Plan details).
In the spring of 2002, the City of Barrie retained E.S.G. International to develop a Master Plan for the North Shore Trail. Three preliminary trail concepts were prepared and presented to a focus group consisting of neighbouring residents and trail users. Feedback from this meeting was consolidated into a fourth concept. The four concepts were presented at a Public Meeting on March 20, 2002. The results from the public meeting were tallied and later presented to Council during the presentation of the Final Concept.
In April of 2002, staff met with several advisory committees of Council to review the four concepts. The committees consulted included the Waterfront Advisory Committee and The Trans Canada Trail Committee, the Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Transportation Advisory Committee. Comments from these committees were incorporated into a Final Concept. The North Shore Trail Final Concept - Multi-Use Trail was presented to Council in June 2002 and was approved.
Master Plan map
Presentation to Barrie City Council
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