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!
If you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone who has developed new respiratory
please do not visit the beach AND contact either your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), or visit an
Assessment Centre for testing.
Washrooms at beaches are open for reduced hours this summer due to COVID-19 impacts on staff levels. Please note hours for each beach further below.
Lifeguards are on duty at Centennial and Johnson's beaches daily from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Parents and guardians are reminded that children require direct supervision at the beach. When lifeguards are on duty, signs are posted; buoy lines mark the designated swimming areas supervised. As in previous years, there is NO supervision at any other waterfront locations. Always practise
The beaches listed below are regularly
maintained by City staff. Please note:
If you have concerns with how someone is using a public beach or outdoor space, please call the Enforcement Line 705-739-4241 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. A Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint to ensure compliance and may lay charges when appropriate.
Centennial Park & Beach 65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie Features: Sandy beach, seasonal lifeguard (daily 11:30am–5:30pm), 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–9pm.These are reduced hours due to COVID-19 impacts on staff levels.
Washroom hours: daily 7am–11pm May 1–Oct. 31.
From Nov 1 May 1 the family washrooms on the west side of the building remains open 7 days a week from 8am 5pm.
Johnson’s Beach2 Johnson Street, BarrieFeatures: Sandy beach, seasonal lifeguard (daily 11:30am–5:30pm),
parking lot, nearby
North Shore Trail, washrooms.
Washroom hours: 7am–7pm. These are reduced hours due to COVID-19 impacts on staff levels.
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 work includes removal of the existing rock swale, new swale, a new hand rail and restoring the beach area to sand. 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. A Public Information Centre was held January 16, 2020 to provide further information to the public. The closure of the beach for construction is scheduled to start in October 2020 and the beach would be reopen in January 2021.
The PFD Loan Service is not available for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, the City of Barrie has partnered 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. The beaches listed above are cleaned regularly, including weekends, during official beach season (typically July and August). 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. Warnings will be posted at designated swimming beaches when bacteria levels exceed provincial guidelines.
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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