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Recreation Updates
& Cancellations

This page contains up-to-date information about closures impacting recreation services, as well as closures and cancellations unrelated to COVID-19.

The City regularly consults with, and follows advice from, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit​.​

Recreation services impacted by the Provincial move to a Modified Step Two (effective January 5, 2022) 

  • The City’s recreation facilities and 55+ Centres are closed. In-person registered recreational programming is delayed by three weeks. ​Staff are reaching out to participants with new start dates.
  • Some athletes who meet the Provincial criteria will be accommodated at City facilities as per the Provincial guidance for Professional and Elite Amateur Sport.
  • recPASS membership payments are paused for the duration of the closure; members may still access virtual activities​. Upon re-opening, all memberships (including RecACCESS and 55+) will be extended by the duration of the closure so members can enjoy the membership for a full term.​
  • Online virtual programs such as fitness classes will continue. While facilities are closed, current and new recPASS members can register for virtual fitness classes for free at Non-members can purchase a monthly virtual fitness pass​. ​
  • The city’s outdoor rinks, tra​i​ls and parks remain open.​

See the full list of Impacted City Services.  

Closures & Cancellations

​The below closures or program cancellations may be due to weather, instructor availability, facility issue, or other reason.​

There are no cancellations or updates at this time. Please check back soon.

About Unplanned Cancellations & Closures

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.

Contact information

For more information, please contact the Inclement Weather Hotline at (705) 739-4215 email at

Reasons Explained

Programs: 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 Availability
Instructors may have an unforeseen availability due to extenuating circumstances. Every effort will be made to reschedule any affected classes.

Facility Issue
Unforeseen 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 Closure
As a result of Health Unit orders.

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