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 works to improve beach water quality and waterfront parks. You can help by not feeding waterfowl.
Connection to Downtown
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. Check out upcoming events at Meridian Place.
A digital waterfront parking permit or hangtag waterfront pass is required to park for free at specific waterfront areas. You can park without a pass/permit for $10/hour with a daily max of $50 in waterfront parking areas, enforced 24/7/365.
Food & Beverage
The Centennial Beach Concession and Scoops & Cones ice cream hut offer seasonal service at waterfront locations: in Centennial Park and near the marina, respectively. 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.
Four main beaches are regularly maintained by the City and located around the bay: Centennial Beach, Johnson’s Beach, Minet’s Point Beach, and Tyndale Beach. Each summer, lifeguards are on duty and a PFD Loan Service is available on Centennial & Johnson’s beaches.
For Onshore Activities
|Beach Volleyball||Courts located at Will Dwyer Park & Tyndale Beach|
|Skating & Hockey||The Will Dwyer Park Community Ice Rink is seasonally open for pleasure skating and hockey.|
|Basketball||The Will Dwyer Basketball Court is open during the warmer months.|
|Fitness||Outdoor fitness equipment (PDF) is located at 6 areas around the bay (between Heritage Park and the Southshore Community Centre), offering visitors of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get active while enjoying the views. Fitness areas generously sponsored by CSR, Napoleon, Downtown Barrie, NetGain, Barrie Press, DriveWise, Skipwith, DV Systems, PyroPhobic Systems Ltd., TNR Doors, Busch Systems, and BDO.|
|Walking / Cycling||The Waterfront Trail spans approximately 6.7km around the lake, offering beautiful views and opportunities to walk, run, rollerblade, cycle, and more!|
For Offshore Activities
|Boating & Sailing||The Marina and Tiffin Boat Launch are available for boat owners. Chances ‘R’ Sailing Excursions operating out of the Bayfield Basin, offers tours of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay.|
|Water Play Park||SPLASH ON, a 13,000 square foot inflatable waterpark off Centennial Beach.|
|Wakeboarding||Surf, Wake, Ski offers wakeboarding & wakesurfing rentals, lessons and summer camps.|
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.
The Discovering the Waterfront Self-Guided Tour is one of seven Heritage Barrie walking tours (PDF). It follows Lakeshore Drive between Memorial Square and the Southshore Community Centre (approx walking time: 83 minutes). 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.
Trails & Parks
The Waterfront Trail is Barrie's most popular pathway, running approximately 6.7km around the lake. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail, and connects to the North Shore Trail.
The following parks are situated along Barrie's beautiful waterfront. Please review the Park Regulations.