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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:

  • Dogs are not permitted on City beaches.
  • Smoking is not permitted on City beaches.
  • Charcoal or propane cooking appliances are not permitted on City beaches. ​

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 1Oct. 31.
From Nov 1May 1 the family washrooms on the west side of the building will remain open 7 days a week from 8am5pm.  

Johnson’s Beach
2 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.

Minet’s Point Park & Beach
10 Lismer Boulevard, Barrie
Features: Sandy beach, play structure, parking lot, shallow boat launch, washrooms.
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: 7am–11pm daily (including holidays) from May through Thanksgiving weekend only.

Wilkins Parkette & Beach
121 Crimson Ridge Road, Barrie
Features: Small sandy natural beach next to Hewitt’s Creek, on street parking, small pergola structure and gardens, nearby Wilkins Walk Trail.

PFD Loan Service

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.

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. 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.

Beach Water Quality

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.

Water Quality FAQs
Which beaches are sampled for bacteria?
  • Centennial Beach
  • Johnson's Beach
  • Minet’s Point Beach
  • Tyndale Park
  • Wilkin’s Beach

For information, please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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


  • 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.


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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