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The City of Barrie Recreation Guide is distributed twice a year through Metroland: Spring/Summer distributed mid February, Fall/Winter distributed late August * view the guide on-line at For information about water quality, advisories or closures at City of Barrie beaches, contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or online at The City of Barrie partners with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This service allows visitors to borrow PFDs on a one day loan while at Centennial Beach. Weather permitting, PFDs are available 7 days a week through the Lifeguard Office from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. Users will be required to sign a waiver and are responsible for returning the PFD in an undamaged state. A $10 refundable deposit is required.

Organization: Barrie. Recreation Services Department  
Phone Numbers: 705-739-4223
Fax: 705-739-4236
PO Box 400
Barrie, ON
L4M 4T5
Street Address:
Recreation Services Department, Barrie City Hall
70 Collier St, 8th Floor
Intersection: Mulcaster St and Collier St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility Notes: Auto door, Elevators with audible indicator
Hours: Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Executives: Director, Recreation Services
705-739-4220 ext 4510
- Manager of Recreation
705-739-4220 ext 5166
Service Description: Organizes and runs recreational programs for the City of Barrie, including general interest, fitness and aquatic programs for all ages, as well as summer and school break day camps for children and programs on school professional activity days and holidays
  • Spring & Summer Guide lists beaches and times supervised and summer camps
  • School Break Planners have detailed information on school break camps, activities and programs
  • Guides list City of Barrie events, community information and available courses/classes for children, adults and seniors at various times throughout the year

RecACCESS, a fee assistance program provides support to low-income families and individuals in Barrie, by providing qualifying participants with credits which can be applied to the registration fee for qualifying programs and activities * interested participants must complete an application form and provide documents (as indicated on the form) related to financial and family situation * application form and more details available at
  • Weather permitting, from July 1st through to mid August, Centennial Beach and Johnson's Beach has fully qualified lifeguards on duty 7 days a week from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm * all other beaches in Barrie are unsupervised

The City prides itself on creating a safe, inclusive, unique and enjoyable environment for everyone who participates in their day camps * through the new blog, they are showcasing the fun, creative, and adventurous parts about summer camp by following campers and staff this season * follow their weekly posts through August at

Fees: Program - Surcharge for out of town residents
Application: Program Registration
Instructions are available in each Guide * registration can be done Online

To book a park for a community event contact Special Events Office at 705-739-4285 or email * parks cannot be booked for private functions

To book a hall, meeting room, baseball diamond, soccer pitch, ice rink, pool, or gym, contact the City of Barrie's Recreation Services Department at 705-739-4223 or complete an on-line application form on the City of Barrie's Online Facility Booking Form

Birthday Party Packages
For birthday party packages email or call 705-792-7925 Ext 5783
Eligibility / Target Population: No restrictions
Languages: English
Area Served:
See Also: Fitness Centres and Programs

This information was last completely updated on November 22, 2018

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