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Overview of Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Barrie is a lively and attractive city with excellent swimming beaches and challenging ski opportunities. With over three hundred hectares of parkland scattered throughout the city, there are numerous opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. Many of these parks are on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, with extensive biking, roller blading and walking trails. In 1997, a $120 million health care facility was built next to Georgian College. The City is home to a 40,000 sq. ft. public library, located downtown at the junction of Worsley and Owen Street. Alongside usual library services, the library also offers free Internet access to patrons, plus a wide variety of adult and children's programs.

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  • Population: 134 000
  • Population Density: 897
  • Area: 165.4 kmĀ²
  • Latitude: 44.3905
  • Longitude: -79.6857
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 221m
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Barrie, Ontario

During the War of 1812 British troops used Kempenfelt Bay to bypass the American forces at Detroit. Their presence is reflected in many street names, and the city itself is named after a British Admiral - Sir Robert Barrie Commodore. Between the late 1800s and early 1900s, numerous changes occurred. In 1865 the railway joined Barrie to the City of York, its resources and industry, and the building of Highway 400 in 1950, provided easy access to the area making Barrie a tourist hot spot.

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Barrie's Demographics

Barrie grows at approximately five per cent a year as it attracts people from all over Ontario. It is currently one of Canada`s fastest growing cities. Predominately a white, English speaking population, other cultures are evident, with people of Aboriginal descent being the most visible minority in the area.

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Barrie's Climate

The average summer temperatures in Barrie fall in the mid to high twenties, with the waters from Lake Simcoe keeping the climate fairly moderate. The average rainfall through the summer months is generally between 85 to 100 mm Snowfall averages in December and January range from 60 to 80 cm with average winter temperatures lying around the -8 degrees Celsius mark.

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Education in Barrie, Ontario

Georgian College, one of the finest community colleges in the area is located in Barrie. This is Canada's leading post-secondary institution for students in the Automotive Sector. The College has a strong co op program and offers a variety of programs in the science and technology fields. In addition, Georgian College has formed partnerships with several universities in Ontario to offer degree-granting status in selected fields of study.

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Transportation around Barrie, Ontario

The City of Barrie offers both conventional bus service with Barrie Transit and specialized transit services for people with mobility restrictions with Barrie Accessible Transportation Service (B.A.C.T.S). Located 80 kilometres north of Toronto on the six-lane Highway 400, and only minutes away from the East-West Highway 401 and 407 corridors, Barrie is highly accessible. Provincial Highways 11, 27 and 90 provide quick, regional connections to points in all directions.

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Tourism and Attractions of Barrie

Barrie`s waterfront is at the heart of its tourism industry. As well as the beautiful beaches, the Kempenfest arts and crafts festival draws more than 300,000 people annually and the Serendipity Princess offers scenic cruises around the bay. Casino Rama, less than half an hour away is another major attraction.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Alcona
  • Phelpston
  • Huronia
  • Barrie
  • Hillsdale
  • Innisfil
  • Painswick
  • Stroud
  • Holly
  • Mansfield
  • Midhurst
  • Vespra
  • Thornton
  • Borden
  • Springwater
  • Edenvale
  • Shanty Bay
  • Oro Station
  • Angus
  • Edgar
  • Churchill
  • Gilchrist
  • Lake Simcoe
  • Minesing
  • Midhurst Station
  • Snow Valley
  • Anten Mills
  • Apto
  • Craighurst
  • Horseshoe Valley
  • Dalston
  • Crown Hill
  • Guthrie
  • Big Bay Point
  • Sandy Cove
  • St. Pauls
  • Sandy Cove Acres
  • Innisfil Heights
  • Essa
  • Everett
  • Alliston
  • Baxter
  • Nicolston
  • Cookstown
  • Lefroy
  • Utopia
  • Beeton

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Geography of Barrie, Ontario

The north and south ends of the city are separated by a deep valley, which contains the downtown area. Barrie hosts a variety of terrain, from the waterfront of Kempenfelt Bay, to hills high enough for challenging skiing opportunities, to miles of rolling, forested park land and hiking trails.

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Barrie's Government

The current mayor of Barrie is Rob Hamilton, who presides as chair over the General Committee, which is the only standing committee of the Barrie City Council. This committee studies and reports to council on matters brought forward by the three Reference Committees, which are the Community Services, Corporate Services and Development Services committees.

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Barrie's Economy and Industry

The manufacturing, sales, service and transportation sectors are all strong employers in the Barrie area. Exceptional growth in the construction, utilities, trade, finance, business services, food and accommodations, health and social services, education, other services and public administration sectors are anticipated over the next ten years. Because of its accessibility and its location, tourism is one of the strongest industries in Barrie.

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Barrie's Culture and Significant Events

Cultural attractions include the renowned Gryphon Theatre, offering special fall and winter performances as well as children's series. Molson Park, the site of the Live 8 benefit concert, hosts numerous events throughout the year. McLaren Art Center is the leading non-profit public art gallery for south central Ontario, and holds monthly exhibits. The Canadian Forces Base Borden offers the public a significant aircraft and military artefact museum.

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Sports in Barrie, Ontario

Barrie is a popular place for sports in both summer and winter. Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the area, with a wide selection of slopes to choose from as well as numerous trails for cross country fans. Barrie has its own Junior A hockey team, the Barrie Colts. In summer, swimming at the local beaches or one of the indoor pools is likely to hold top spot.

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Media of Barrie

Barrie boasts a wide range of media avenues, including CHAY radio and CKVR-TV that transmit from a tower on the southern hill of Barrie. It also has several newspapers published on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

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