Recreation & Culture Services email@example.comMonitored Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm
To book ice time please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page contains up-to-date information re COVID-19 impacts on recreation services.
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Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre, and Holly Community Centre are open for the following activities only:
book an appointment time online in advance for all activities. Please follow all stated health and safety protocols while using these facilities.
For ice rental opportunities please email
email@example.com. Public rentals of the City’s community facilities (including Parkview, Dorian Parker, Lampman Lane and Southshore Centre) are unavailable until further notice. For current fee information please refer to
Rentals and Bookings.
Regular fees apply for single visits (for fitness centre, pool or fitness class use) and recPASS memberships are available to purchase. Users that had
recPASS memberships that were on hold due to COVID are able to attend the City's recreation centres to take part in activities that are currently being offered.
After consultation with and following the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the City has implemented some changes to ensure our area residents have access to our programs, ice bookings and instructional classes at our recreation centres. This is in response to a large influx of individuals and groups using our recreation facilities from outside the Simcoe Muskoka region. Effective October 22, 2020, the City:
The City continues to follow the guidelines of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on the safe reopening of our recreation facilities, including:
For Open Swims, we have new safety measures in addition to our existing admission standards:
For the Fitness/Lane Swims:
For Gym Programs (basketball, badminton, volleyball, etc.):
No. However, you will have to put on your mask or face covering when transitioning between pieces of equipment (e.g. moving from the treadmill to the bike). Masks or face coverings are also required on the pool deck before entering the water, and immediately after exiting the water. Masks or face coverings are also required immediately before entering the ice, and immediately upon exiting the ice.
While using the fitness equipment, you can place your mask in your pocket.
Please arrive at the facility already changed and bring your refillable water bottle and your mask. You may also bring a small bag for your belongings but change rooms and lockers will not be available at this time. If you are using the indoor pool, please bring your own PFD (if required) and a towel.
Youth aged 13–17 are invited to use the fitness centre if they have completed the Smart Start Youth Orientation. The City is currently not able to offer the orientation program, however youth who do not have their Smart Start Youth Orientation are still welcome to use the indoor pool.
Yes. Recreation staff will sanitize each piece of fitness equipment after every use.
The City is looking at offering a number of different classes, but the full schedule and variety may not be available as classes are subject to instructor availability. Visit
play.barrie.ca to see what classes are currently available.
Fitness class participants will need to follow all safety guidelines, including physical distancing guidelines/markers while in the classes (space between patrons should be 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes). Participant numbers will capped based on capacity limits at each facility location.
Masks/face coverings are not required while actively taking part in fitness classes, but are required while entering and exiting the class, and moving throughout the recreation facility.
Please arrive at the facility already changed and bring your mask. You may also bring a small bag for your belongings but lockers will not be available at this time. Please bring your own PFD (if required) and a towel.
Yes, one toy or ball per child is permitted during family swim time.
Due to restrictions for physical distancing, lesson participants for Preschool 1-5 and Swimmer 1-3 must be accompanied by a guardian responsible for managing and assisting the participant.
The guardian must go in the water with the participant. For lesson participants in Swimmer 1 to 3, the guardian must have a proficient swimming ability, defined as the ability to complete the Deep End Test consisting of 1 full width of the shallow end of the pool, with their face in the water (breathing when needed), with big arm circles coming out of the water.
All swimming lesson class sizes are capped at four people to ensure physical distancing. Please come ready in your swimming attire. A designated change room will be available at the end of the lesson.
Participants of pool activities must maintain
3 metres distancing.
Yes. Members are not limited to the number of select fitness classes they can book with their membership.
If you cancelled your
recPASS membership during the time the Recreation Centres were closed, you will have to sign up again for a new membership. New recPASS memberships purchased starting September 8 and afterwards will be charged effective immediately.
Residents and non-residents will be able to purchase new recreation memberships starting September 8.
recPASS memberships can be purchased in person at Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre or Holly Community Centre.
Members can cancel their existing fitness memberships by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a local recreation centre.
Effective September 8,
regular fees will apply for single visits (for fitness centre, pool or fitness class use).
The City is taking a phased approach to the opening of facilities, and program offerings. Staff are monitoring each program on an ongoing basis. Every sport has specific return to play protocols based on the Provincial Order at the current date. The City will adjust programming based on all these factors.
There is no approximate date for the re-opening of the seniors centres. We want to be extra vigilant about keeping seniors safe as they are a high-risk group.
There is no approximate date for public rentals of the City's community facilities (including Parkview, Dorian Parker, Lampman Lane and Southshore Centre).
More information about the reopening of the remainder of the City's recreation and community facilities will be shared as it becomes available. Updates will be
sent to media, posted to this webpage,
Twitter, and sent by
The City continues to follow the
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's guidelines on the safe reopening of facilities.
The City currently has no approximate reopening date set for the seniors centres. We want to be extra vigilant about keeping seniors safe as they are a high-risk group. The City continues to offer ‘Seniors Centre Without Walls’ programming. Some additional seniors programming is scheduled to begin in late fall.
Our priorities are safety and communication. Sometimes unexpected events necessitate that a program or service must be moved, postponed or cancelled outright. In those circumstances we will post the relevant information as soon as it is available. Every effort will be made to makeup the affected missed classes.
On inclement weather days, decisions about program cancellations and outdoor sports fields closures will be made by 3:00 p.m. and the information posted. We endeavor to list all current emergency or unexpected cancellations or closures for City of Barrie recreation programs, events, skating and public swimming times as well as recreation facility and outdoor sports field closures. However, we cannot guarantee that all cancellations and closures will be listed here. All City of Barrie programming may be subject to change. Please use your own best judgment to assess local road conditions before venturing out.
For more information, please contact the Inclement Weather Hotline at (705) 739-4215 email at
WeatherPrograms: Activities may be cancelled, postponed or moved due to inclement weather. Outdoor Facilities/Sports Fields: In the event of heavy rains, the Department may close or restrict the use of outdoor facilities and sports fields if they are deemed to be unplayable.
Instructor AvailabilityInstructors may have an unforeseen availability due to extenuating circumstances. Every effort will be made to reschedule any affected classes.
Facility IssueUnforeseen circumstances may cause a facility to be unavailable or unusable. Every effort will be made to relocate and/or make up the affected classes.
Beach ClosureAs a result of
Health Unit orders.
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