Barrie is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada, on the western shore of Lake Simcoe. Although located in Simcoe County, the city is politically independent. Barrie is within the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a densely populated and industrialized region of Ontario.
The City of Barrie is a Central Ontario leading city and most dynamic waterfront community of approximately 127.000 people. Convenient access to highways 401 and 407 are provided by the 400 and, highways 90, 27 and 11 provide alternate access routes to the rest of Ontario. Our local airport, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, offers customs and cargo handling capability.
Also, the GO Train service from Toronto to Barrie has been operational since December 2007.
The City of Barrie has invested in many neighborhood parks and recreation centers making the city very family friendly. There are activities and festivals almost every weekend of the summer with a wide variety of interests for people to attend.
Barrie's historic downtown area is situated in a distinct curved or wrapped valley, surrounding the western edge of Kempenfelt Bay. Terrain is generally flat near the city's centre. Moving up the valley slopes toward the city's north and south ends, the terrain can be rather steep in some areas. The city does not have any major rivers within its limits, but does have numerous creeks and streams, most of which empty into Kempenfelt Bay.