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Barrie Waterfront Trail


Located on Barrie's beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, the Waterfront Trail guides visitors through three large waterfront parks. Heritage Park is located on Barrie's north shore and features delightful seasonal gardens, a stone's throw away from Downtown Barrie. Children and adults alike enjoy the unique water spray pad during hot weather.



Heritage Park hosts many special events such as Theatre By the Bay, Winterfest and the Snowbirds. The Government Dock is available for day boaters. The 265-passenger Serendipity Princess paddle-wheeler operates both daily sightseeing cruises and Dinner/Entertainment cruises leaving from the Barrie Town Dock, by 'The Spirit Catcher', Barrie's signature waterfront sculpture. Along Barrie's west shore, the City Marina offers full-service facilities and is located next to Centennial Park. Centennial Beach is monitored by lifeguards daily during the summer and provides a food concession and washroom facilities. Two parking lots and on-street parking service the park. Mini Golf and the Tiffin Boat Launch are available to the public.



Barrie's famous Kempenfest is held here, as well as many other waterfront events. Barrie's Trans Canada Pavilion marks the south end of Centennial Park. Once home to the Allandale Train Station Roundhouse, the former CN Rail lands of Allandale Station Park holds the last segment of the Waterfront Trail and offers unparallalled views of Kempenfelt Bay, the historic Allandale Trail Station and the downtown skyline at night. Keep your eyes peeled for Kempenfelt Bay's elusive sea monster "Kempenfelt Kelly". The trail divides to separate cyclists from walkers. Parking is available at the South Shore Community Centre along Lakeshore Drive in the middle of the Park.



The Community Centre offers visitor information and washrooms. Visitors will find easy access to Barrie's waterfront by existing Highway 400 north to Essa Road north where it intersects with Tiffin Street East. These three waterfront parks form a continuous trail system around the west shores of Kempenfelt Bay.


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