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Beaches

Barrie’s beaches offer residents and visitors opportunities to beat the summer heat on the shores of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. Be water safe!

Are you Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19?

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 symptoms, 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.

  • fever
  • new onset of cough
  • chills
  • unexplained fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • stuffy or congested nose
  • lost sense of taste or smell
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • pink eye
  • digestive issues
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite
Source (via SMDHU)

Lifeguards Off Duty

Lifeguards were on duty daily from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Johnson's Beach (until August 21, 2020) and at Centennial Beach (until September 4, 2020). The increased lifeguard service at Centennial Beach was approved by City Council in the 2020 budget, as Centennial is traditionally busier. Parents and guardians are always 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 water safety.

Beach Locations 

The beaches listed below are regularly maintained by City staff. Please note:

  • Check the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit beach water testing results before heading to the beach.
  • Stay home if feeling sick or unwell.
  • Practise physical distancing at all times to protect yourself and others. If physical distancing is not possible due to crowds, please come back another time.
  • If garbage cans are full, please take your garbage with you.
  • Do not gather in large groups.
  • Dogs are not permitted on City beaches.
  • Smoking is not permitted on City beaches.
  • Effective July 25, 2020, barbecues and tents are temporarily banned at all City of Barrie waterfront parks, beaches and trails.

​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 enforcement.services@barrie.ca. 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.

Accessibility:
Mobi Mats are installed for the duration of the City's lifeguard season at Centennial Beach. They are portable and durable rollout mats designed to enhance mobility for pedestrians, individuals experiencing mobility related disabilities, wheelchairs and parents using strollers. The mats provide a portable path of travel across the sand allowing for easy access to the water’s edge from the boardwalk. 

Washroom hours: Effective November 1, only the FAMILY washrooms at the Centennial Park building are daily through the winter, 8am–5pm. These heated washrooms remain open year-round.              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 Beach
2 Johnson Street, Barrie


Features:
Sandy beach, seasonal lifeguard (daily 11:30am–5:30pm), parking lot, nearby North Shore Trail, washrooms.

Washroom hours: 
closed for the season.
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 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. 

Construction began October 5 and was complete by October 22, 2020. 



Minet’s Point Park & Beach
10 Lismer Boulevard, Barrie


Features:
Sandy beach, play structure, parking lot, shallow boat launch, washrooms.

Washroom hours: Closed for the season. Washroom hours: 7am–11pm daily (including holidays) from May through Thanksgiving weekend only.


Tyndale Park & Beach           
45 Tyndale Road, Barrie


Features:
Sandy/stony beach, large picnic shelter, play area, parking lot, trails, beach volleyball court, washrooms.

Washroom hours: Closed for the season.

Washroom hours: 7am–11pm daily (including holidays) from May through Thanksgiving weekend only.


PFD Loan Service

The PFD Loan Service was 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.

Beach Maintenance

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.

Beach Water Quality

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.

Water Quality FAQs
What causes increased bacteria levels in our lake?
  • Bacterial pollution (E.coli) from the feces of warm blooded animals such as birds and domestic pets
  • Contaminants such as; organic chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides
  • Water gaining heat, as it runs over hot streets and parking lots
How can we reduce the impact on our lakes?
  • Clean up your pet waste
  • Minimize fertilizer use and avoid applying lawn and garden pesticides
  • Consider lot designs that minimize paved areas, encourages infiltration of rainwater and reduces erosion

Open Water Safety

Swimming

  • Never underestimate the power of current. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non-swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by current in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs.
  • Be cautious about swimming in currents, and know what to do if caught in a current.
  • Swim with a buddy. Buddies can help each other or go for help in case of an emergency.
  • Avoid diving unless the you're properly trained and certain that the water is deep enough.
  • Get trained. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help you save a life. Courses are available through the City. Courses are currently unavailable due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boating

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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