City of Barrie holiday season schedule changes, reminders

(Barrie, ON) The City of Barrie reminds residents of the following schedule changes during the holidays.

 Barrie Transit Holiday Schedule

Transit will operate a regular weekday service schedule on December 24. There will be no service on December 25 and January 1. On December 26, Transit will operate their regular Saturday service. On December 31, there will be regular weekday service with no extended evening service, but it will be free to ride Transit from 3 p.m. to the end of service. The City remains committed to providing the option of a safe ride home for those who may need it for work on New Year's Eve. for further detail.

Curbside Collection

There will be NO change to the curbside collection schedule resulting from the 2021 Christmas and 2022 New Year's Day holidays. Please place your materials curbside on your regularly scheduled day. Materials must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day. for more information about Christmas tree collection in January.


The landfill will close at noon on December 24 and remain closed for statutory holidays on December 25 to 28.

City Hall

City Hall will close effective noon on December 24 and remain closed for statutory holidays on December 25-28 and on January 3. Following the statutory holidays, City Hall will be open for pre-booked appointments only through Service Barrie daily Monday - Friday. Residents must call 705-726-4242 to book an appointment. 


Below are the holiday hours for the City's Recreation Centres (Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre and Holly Community Centre):

Christmas EveClosed at NoonChristmas DayClosedBoxing DayClosedDecember 27thOpen regular hoursDecember 28thOpen regular hoursNew Year's EveClosed at Noon (there will be special event programming, but no access to fitness centres, program spaces, guest services etc. outside of the event programming.)New Years DayClosedJanuary 2ndOpen regular hoursJanuary 3rdOpen regular hours



Enjoy 2-hour free on-street metered parking Downtown during December. Downtown parking (on-street and lots) is free on all statutory holidays. Waterfront parking is enforced 24/7/365; residents must display their permits and visitors are required to pay.

 From December 1 to March 31, on-street parking is not permitted from 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown BIA, and on other City streets from 12:01–7 a.m. for more information. 

If winter maintenance is not required, on-street parking will be permitted for the following dates and times:12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. on December 2512:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. on December 2612:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. on January 1

If winter maintenance is required on these nights, the City will ask residents to remove parked vehicles from the road to allow crews to effectively clear the streets. The City will advise media, and notice will be posted, Facebook, and Twitter by 4 p.m. on the day prior (December 24, 25, and 31) that will confirm whether overnight on-street parking is permitted. to confirm the current status of all City services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This holiday season, theSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and theGovernment of Ontario is advising that private social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.


Media Contact
Emma Sharpe
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4436