By Boat: The Barrie Marina has 15 boat slips that can accommodate boats up to 60' exclusively for use by transient boaters.
By Land: Drive, bike or bus to the bay!
Waterfront Parking options span the shore, and
Barrie Transit's downtown terminal is walking distance from shore.
The City works to improve beach water quality and waterfront parks. You can help by not feeding waterfowl.
Barrie Canoe & Kayak Club
Barrie Navy League Sea Cadets
Barrie Rowing Club
Barrie Yacht Club
Festivals & Events
Kempenfelt Bay Yacht Club
Waterfront Features Map
At the heart of the city, Barrie’s waterfront is a major attraction for residents and tourists. Spanning more than 5km, the waterfront is yours to experience! Check out the
Waterfront Features map to help plan your trip.
The features outlined below are situated within the public space from Johnson’s Beach to Tyndale Park, between Kempenfelt Bay and the roadway.
The City of Barrie is updating the Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan, and wants to hear from residents, businesses and organizations about their ideas for the waterfront. For full information please visit buildingbarrie.ca/WaterfrontPlan
The City offers free public Wi-Fi from Southshore Centre to Heritage Park, including Meridian Place. No personal information is required to access:
Each devices accesses Wi-Fi differently. City staff cannot provide technical support for your device. If service is down please notify
Service Barrie. When using any public Wi-Fi it is recommended to have the latest patches and updates applied to your device and exercise caution when using.
A digital waterfront permit or hangtag waterfront pass is required to park for free at specific waterfront areas. Apply for a digital waterfront permit via the HotSpot app or website. You can park without a pass/permit for $10/hour with a daily max of $50 in waterfront parking areas, enforced 24/7/365.
The Centennial Beach Concession and Scoops & Cones ice cream hut offer seasonal service at waterfront locations: in Centennial Park and near the
The City periodically offers
bidding opportunities for vendors to offer goods or services along the waterfront, and is committed to securing products and services that provide significant value to stakeholders.
Connecting the downtown corridor with Barrie's beautiful waterfront,
Meridian Place and Memorial Square provide the perfect place to enjoy some of the best vistas Barrie has to offer. Enjoy an unobstructed view of Kempenfelt Bay from Memorial Square or kick back on any of the three patios that hug the tree-lined promenade. Check out upcoming events and plan your visit at:
Discovering the Waterfront Self-Guided Tour is one of seven
Heritage Barrie walking tours. It follows Lakeshore Drive between Memorial Square and the
Southshore Community Centre (approx walking time: 83 minutes). Historic locations along the waterfront are indicated by
six interpretive plaques that share insight into Barrie's history, and the Waterfront Heritage Trail includes 11 interpretive stations, each with a different historical theme, that tell the story of Barrie’s past with a journey from the last ice age to the present.
The Spirit Catcher is part of the MacLaren Art Centre’s permanent collection and has been a focal point at the waterfront since 1987. The Sea Serpent serves as the companion piece to the Spirit Catcher, and is the first large donation accepted into the City’s collection by the
Public Art Committee.
City facilities along the waterfront include the
Bayfield Basin Transient Marina and Marina facilities, the
Southshore Community Centre, and washrooms in some beaches and parks (outlined below).
Four main beaches are regularly maintained by the City and located around the bay: Centennial, Johnson’s, Minet’s Point, and Tyndale. Each summer, lifeguards are on duty and a
PFD Loan Service is available on Centennial & Johnson’s beaches.
Along Lakeshore Dr. between the Allandale GO StationSouthshore Community Centre Allandale Station
Park is a picturesque waterfront setting featuring biking & walking paths, and nearby
Lakeshore Dr. between Bayfield & Tiffin Streets Centennial
Beach is the most popular destination along Barrie's waterfront and features the Rotary Club's
fountain landmark, accessible
playground equipment, biking & walking paths, picnic tables, washrooms, concession stand, flower gardens, beach volleyball courts,
boat launch, and
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
Lakeshore Dr. between Bayfield & Mulcaster Streets Heritage
Park features a gazebo,
water feature, walkway/paths, changerooms & washrooms, duck pond, gardens, transient boat docking, and
Northeast of Bay Lane on Tollendal Mill Rd Gables
Park features wooden trails and picnic shelter.
2 Johnson St.
Park is close to the
North Shore Trail and features washrooms, change rooms and
Washroom hours: daily 7am–11pm May through Thanksgiving weekend only.
South side of Kempenfelt Dr. between Duckworth St. & St. Vincent Square Kempenfelt
Park has a picturesque waterfront setting close to the
North Shore Trail, and features playground equipment.
South shore of Kempenfelt Bay beside the
Southshore Community CentreHonouring our military, the Military Heritage Park symbolically references Canada and the City of Barrie’s military history, and relationship with CFB Borden, by including landforms distinct to each era of overseas and national military commitment.
6 Brennan Ave. Minet’s Point
Beach is a short walk from biking and walking
paths and features playground equipment, picnic shelter,
parking and washrooms.
daily 7am–11pm May through Thanksgiving weekendonly.
West side at the end of Cox Mill Rd. One of Barrie’s smallest parks, Pioneer
Park features picturesque views of Kempenfelt Bay.
South side of Dunlop St. E between Mulcaster St. & Poyntz St. Sam Cancilla
Park has picturesque waterfront views, is close to the
North Shore Trail, and features playground equipment and a picnic shelter.
North of Lakeshore Dr. between Tiffin St. & the
Southshore Community Centre
Park is along the biking and walking
paths and features Rotary Fish Habitat Islands, picnic shelter, washrooms and nearby
40 Royal Oak Dr With roadside parking beside the park, Tollendale Woods
Park features playground equipment, picnic area and bench seating.
On the lake side of Tyndale Rd, east of Cox Mill Rd & north of Tollendal Mill Rd
Beach features playground equipment, washrooms and change rooms, picnic shelter, beach volleyball courts and
daily 7am–11pm May through Thanksgiving weekend only.
Trails and pathways surround Barrie waterfront, connecting all of the amazing features on this page. These trails offer beautiful views and opportunities to walk, run, rollerblade, cycle and more. The Waterfront Trail is Barrie's most popular pathway, running approximately 6.7km around the lake. It connects to the
North Shore Trail and also becomes part of the
Trans Canada Trail.
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