Barrie is home to the Royal Victoria Hospital , a regional health care facility which recently expanded its Cancer Care facilities; Georgian College , which now offers university programs; a strong and diverse retail and commercial sector; and first class recreation, transportation and municipal services.

Georgian College: Georgian College is a highly regarded institute offering a wide range of dynamic programs including university and advanced studies. More information: www.georgianc.on.ca
Barrie Public Library: A community information and referral service offering information on everything from child care to support groups, also includes an extensive Community Events Calendar.More information: www.library.barrie.on.ca

Visit the City of Barrie’s website for city information ranging from current population, community information, and council updates at www.barrie.ca.

Cultural attractions include the renowned Gryphon Theatre, new Downtown Community Theatre facility (to be completed June 2011) Sports and performance venue at the Barrie Molson Centre , a 4,200 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility, and the MacLaren Art Centre

Barrie has two major English school boards that operate inside the city at a public level. The Simcoe County District School Board administers a 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.

Information Barrie – a searchable directory of non-profit agencies, government offices, clubs and special interest organizations, volunteer opportunities, daycare services, support groups and listings for many private counselors and counselling services in the Barrie area.

Barrie Arts Network is your online connection to artists and art organizations/groups in Barrie. As the only comprehensive multi-disciplinary on-line art database for our region, the Barrie Arts Network is your way into the work of visual, performing, and literary artists and organizations living in Barrie and surrounding area.