Barrie is Ontario’s Premier Waterfront Community where living really is better!  Centrally located, Barrie places you less than an hour’s drive to the cottages of Muskoka to the north and the City of Toronto to the south.   With the friendliness and beauty of a small town and the amenities of a large city, it’s not surprising that Barrie is one of the fastest growing places in Canada.

Barrie offers a magnificent waterfront including trails suited for walking, running, rollerblading or biking. The city has more than 300 hectares of parkland to enjoy year round.  Barrie is home to the Barrie Colts OHL hockey team and the world-renowned Mariposa School of Skating.  Year round sports, recreation and adventure are at your doorstep!

Arts and culture are an important part of Barrie community life.  The new Mady Centre for the Performing Arts brings a range of lively and diverse productions to the stage.  Spectacular exhibits and family friendly programs await you at the MacLaren Art Centre.  Barrie enjoys many cultural events and festivals throughout the year that bring together talented performers, artisans and community spirit.

As a shopping destination, find that one-of-a-kind item in our boutiques in vibrant downtown or visit your favourite retailers in our north and south shopping districts.  Experience dining at its best at one of hundreds of restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe.

Private, public and separate schools offer a variety of top quality English and French education alternatives.  Home to more than 8,000 full-time students, Georgian College provides multiple pathways to degrees and graduate studies and is ranked among the top post-secondary education institutions in the province.

Barrie is a complete and vibrant community offering a wealth of amenities for a variety of lifestyles in an affordable setting.  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more and connect with a member of our team who would be happy to introduce you to our great city!

City of Barrie Economic Development Office:
Phone: (705) 728-9850

Community Information:

Community Profile:
Cost of Living:
Arts, Culture & Tourism:
Life in Barrie: