Residents and visitors to Barrie enjoy over 88 kilometers of public trails, each showcasing natural beauty throughout the changing seasons. The Development Services Department oversees the planning, design, and construction of the City's trail systems, while the Operations Department takes charge of maintenance activities.
Dogs must be leashed on all trails. Please be respectful of all trails and nearby residents, bring litter-less lunches and snacks, and dispose of any litter in the proper waste receptors.
Ardagh Bluffs Natural Area
The Ardagh Bluffs Recreational Trail System is located between Ardagh Road and Mapleview Drive, west of Essa Road. It boasts over 17 km of recreational trails and has a total area of 518 acres. Most of the area is zoned Environmentally Protected (EP) and houses a variety of species. The trail system is used for walking and hiking. The use of motorized vehicles within the area is prohibited. There are no picnic tables within the Bluffs.
Beacon Glen Trails
The entrance to Beacon Glen Trails is located at 7 Beacon Road. The entrance can also be accessed by the nearby Barrie Transit stop on Essa Road near the Beacon Road intersection. The main trail is approximately 533m long with an elevation change of 28.5m. The main trail features four lookout points.
Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail
This trail is a multi-use recreational trail running between Meridian Place in downtown Barrie and Fort Willow in Springwater Township. Brochures are available at City facilities and via Tourism Barrie, the Township of Springwater, and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
The North Shore Trail is a unique multi-use recreational trail running the entire length of Barrie's north shore of Kempenfelt Bay. This former rail corridor provides visitors with direct views of the bay from a wide pathway. A great trail for biking. Hats are recommended as the adjacent vegetation allows for both sun and shade.
A June 2023 staff report includes recommendations for vegetation maintenance improvements, shoreline erosion mitigation, and rezoning of City-owned lands along the North Shore of Lake Simcoe during the comprehensive review of the Zoning By-law.
Trans Canada Trail
There are approximately 20 kilometres of the Trans Canada Trail through Barrie, connecting in the south at Essa Township and to Springwater Township in the north, and passing through many of Barrie's parks. Discover Indigenous culture and history along the TransCanada Trail.
The trail is complete in the old Barrie lands and is temporarily routed along roadways in the undeveloped southern portions of Barrie. The route will return to parkland in pace with development as the City receives new parkland and environmental land dedications.
The Waterfront Heritage Trail is approximately six kilometres from White Oaks Road to Penetanguishene Road, and offers a historical experience around the length of Barrie’s waterfront. The idea came from Willard Kinzie, first mayor of the City of Barrie from 1957 to 1961. An avid trail user, Mr. Kinzie envisioned a way for residents to learn about our history while enjoying an open air, self-guided interpretative experience on Barrie’s waterfront.