City Of Barrie
Barrie is a vibrant and attractive city with swimmable beaches and challenging ski opportunities on our doorstep. An abundance of parkland, totalling over 90 parks, comprising in excess of 300 ha. are scattered throughout the city. Several of these parks line beautiful Kempenfelt Bay with extensive biking, roller blading and walking trails. Cultural attractions include the renowned Gryphon Theatre, and international concert and performance venue at the Barrie Molson Centre, a 4,200 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility, and the MacLaren Art Centre.
A $120 Million, health care facility was constructed in 1997 adjacent to Georgian College. The location provides easy access for those in need of its services. The hospital provides 297 acute care beds and 270 operational beds. The hospital location adjacent to the college provides a unique opportunity for cooperative training, research and clinical trials, unequaled in North America.
The City is home to a 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art public library, located in Downtown Barrie at the junction of Worsley and Owen Street. Barrie Public Library is open 7 days a week and houses a multimedia collection that serves residents of all ages in the City of Barrie. Alongside usual library services the library also offers free Internet access to patrons, plus a wide variety of adult and children’s programmes. Information Barrie is a service of the Barrie Public Library, providing information about community groups, agencies, government offices, churches, daycare, schools, etc.