With summer comes the heat, although it can be enjoyable it’s often hard to find ways to stay comfortable, yet entertained. Hiding indoors with the AC is a good solution at times, but what about those days where you just want to get outside?

Here are six ways to embrace the heat this summer in Barrie

  1. Head to the Beach

Barrie has an amazing waterfront located Downtown close to an assortment of shops and restaurants. There are several beaches along Kempenfelt Bay such as Centennial Beach, Johnson’s Beach and Minets Point, to name a few. With tons of play structures, open grass to toss a frisbee and sand to soak it all in, a beach day is a great affordable way to take on the heat, while staying cool.

  1. Bike Ride on Local Trails

Feel the wind in your hair as you hop on your bike and explore the trails in Barrie and Simcoe County. The Waterfront Heritage Trail wraps around Barrie’s beautiful waterfront which can give off a nice breeze. You can even continue the trail north through Oro and beyond which makes for a great day trip. Cool off in the water at one of the many beaches along the trail while riding the Barrie portion. 

Looking for more trails to enjoy this summer? Check out the Simcoe Trail Guide here.

  1. Kayak, Canoe or Paddle Board

Get on the water and enjoy a paddle! Don’t own any equipment? Not a problem! Happy Paddling Co. offers Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Board rentals. You can book a time slot on their website here. They are located at 81 Lakeshore Drive, downtown Barrie conveniently on the waterfront!

  1. Enjoy a cold beverage on a patio

Barrie is ready to welcome everyone back downtown for Open Air Dunlop. Every Saturday throughout the entire summer (and into the spring!) the downtown core opens up to pedestrians, closing down Dunlop street to motor traffic, allowing shops and restaurants to take advantage of extra foot traffic downtown. Grab a seat on a patio and cool off with a cold beverage, or take a walk and shop through the unique stores that line the streets of the downtown core.

  1. Have some Ice Cream

Who doesn’t like ice cream on a hot day? Check out some of Barrie’s well-known ice cream shops and have a scoop on the next hot day:

  1. Splash Pads

Lastly, this one’s for the kids! There are two splash pads located in Barrie, and they’re a big hit with the littles. The first is located at Lampman Lane (59 Lampman Lane, Barrie) and the other is at Heritage Park (Simcoe St and Bayfield) on Kempenfelt Bay.

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