SMDHU Beach Postings
You can help improve beach water quality by not feeding birds, ducks, geese, gulls or swans.
Barrie’s beaches offer residents and visitors opportunities to beat the summer heat on the shores of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay.
Be water safe!
Signs are posted at Centennial Beach and Johnson's Beach when lifeguards are on duty; buoy lines mark the designated swimming areas supervised. There is NO supervision at any other waterfront locations. Always practise
water safety. Please note:
The beaches listed below are
maintained by City staff and are monitored for
water quality by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
Centennial Park & Beach 65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie Features: Sandy beach, seasonal lifeguard, accessible playground, beach volleyball court, food concession, parking lot, walking distance to downtown, paved 4-season multi-use recreation trail, washrooms.Washroom hours: daily 7am–11pm May 1–Oct. 31.
From Nov 1–May 1 the family washrooms on the west side of the building will remain open 7 days a week from 8am–5pm.
Johnson’s Beach2 Johnson Street, Barrie Features: Sandy beach, seasonal lifeguard,
parking lot, nearby
North Shore Trail, washrooms.Washroom hours: 7am–11pm daily (including holidays) from May through Thanksgiving weekend only.
Johnson’s Beach Enhancement Project The beach area will undergo modifications to regain some additional area for beach use. The project will also ensure that there’s an area for storm water to flow properly to reduce the chance of flooding. The design phase began in July 2019 with a topographical survey of the beach. As the design progressed, a
Public Information Centre (PIC) was held January 16, 2020 to provide further information to the public.
Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This program allows visitors to borrow Personal Flotation Devices for FREE (a $10 refundable deposit is required) from the Lifeguard Office at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach, 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The PFD Loan Service – recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Red Cross in 2012 – is an important way to increase usage and public education surrounding the value of properly fitted PFD’s. Approximately 90% of drowning victims are found not wearing a lifejacket or PFD.
The City asks residents and visitors of our beautiful beaches to pitch in where they can, and do their best to leave only footprints. Centennial, Johnson's, Minet's Point, and Tyndale beaches are cleaned regularly, including weekends, during official beach season (typically July and August); Wilkins Beach is groomed a number of times during official beach season. Grooming machines remove grass, plastic, cans, stone, wood and other debris. Off-season, beach cleaning methods depend on weather and use.
To ensure our beaches are safe for swimming, weekly water samples are analyzed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit using water taken from Centennial Beach, Johnson’s Beach, Minet’s Point Beach, Tyndale Park, and Wilkin’s Beach. Warnings will be posted at designated swimming beaches when bacteria levels exceed provincial guidelines.
For information, please refer to the
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
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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