Barrie [Simcoe County] - Community Summary
Barrie is located on the western shore of Lake Simcoe, within the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe - a densely populated and industrialized region of Southern Ontario. Barrie's beautiful, historic downtown is adjacent to the waterfront surrounding the north-western edge of Kempenfelt Bay. Moving up the valley slopes toward the north, west and south, the terrain can be rather steep in some areas leading to wonderful panoramic views.The city's numerous creeks and streams empty into Kempenfelt Bay.
Communities include Letitia Heights, Cundles, Ardagh Bluffs, Eastview, Holly, Downtown, Painswick and Allandale.
Barrie's historic downtown and waterfront drive its tourism industry. Many specialty shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants are located throughout downtown Barrie, most notably along Dunlop Street East.
Annual festivals and events include "Kempenfest", The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrielicious, Winterfest, Celebrate Barrie, Ecofest, and others.
In the summer months, visitors and residents enjoy several beaches including Minet's Point Beach, Johnsons Beach, The Gables, Tyndale Beach, and Centennial Beach. Boating is also very popular in Kempenfelt Bay and Lake Simcoe as it connects to the Trent Severn Waterway.
Barrie has two major English school boards. The Simcoe County District School Board administers Public education in Barrie and Simcoe County, while the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board administers to the Catholic population and serves the Simcoe and Muskoka areas. Barrie also has two French school boards, Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud and Le Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest. There are also several private schools both for K-8 and K-12.