A historical experience was created around the length of Barrie’s waterfront. Eleven interpretive stations, each with a different historical theme, tell the story of Barrie’s past with a journey from the last ice age to the present.
The idea came from Willard Kinzie, first mayor of the City of Barrie from 1957 to 1961. An avid trail user, Mr. Kinzie envisioned a way for residents to learn about our history while enjoying an open air, self-guided interpretative experience on Barrie’s waterfront.
With endorsement from Council in late 2012, a Heritage Trail Working Group was created to help initiate the creation of the trail; over the next 24 months, the concept was refined and detailed as a series of 11 interpretive stations around Kempenfelt Bay from Allandale Station Park, near White Oaks Drive, to the east end of the North Shore Trail.
Approximately six kilometres from White Oaks Road to Penetanguishene Road.
There are a number of waterfront parking options along the trail.
Washrooms exist at the Southshore Community Centre, Centennial Park and in Heritage Park. Visit the Beaches page for specific locations and hours of operation of washrooms.
The section of trail on the south and west shore is asphalt pavement and is maintained through the winter. The North Shore Trail has a granular surface and is not maintained during winter months. Both trail surfaces are considered accessible by Barrie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.
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