All of the businesses listed in the itineraries below are adopting sustainable action plans!
ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: We all love being out on the open roads for the joy of being able to ride from Point A to Point B and beyond. Cycling offers a great alternative mode of transportation, however; the routes between the sustainable attractions in Barrie come with inherent risks. The routes are not cycle friendly as they share the road with vehicles, pedestrians, and other unknown factors. Therefore, you may ride at your own risk. Please ride safely and with caution. Wear a helmet, obey traffic laws, and be courteous to motorists and other cyclists alike.
For the Outdoor Adventurers: A journey to the north of Barrie in the Horseshoe region
Distance: 29.4 kilometers over three days
On your first day of traveling: Begin at Nicholyn Farms and take advantage of their locally grown food! From meat to giftware to their fresh bakery, Nicholyn Farms has many products to offer. Enjoy their pastries and local grocery for a wonderful breakfast in the morning before heading out for the day! Don’t forget to pack your lunch to go!
For more information about Nicholyn Farms, visit their website: https://www.nicholyn.com/
Make your way over to Horseshoe Valley Resort. At Horseshoe Valley, book a tour of the trees with the Treetop Trekking team! The experience offers a three-hour adventure that will take you from after lunch to dinner. You will love soaring through the tall trees and climbing around the obstacles courses they have at Horseshoe Valley! Don’t forget to book ahead of time to reserve your spot at: https://treetoptrekking.com/
After an exciting adventure in the trees, make your way to Forks in the Trail Bed & Breakfast. Once arrived at the beautiful bed and breakfast, take a Nutritional Cooking Class at Forks in the Trail. The classes are three hours in length Wednesday or Saturday evenings and include your meal, recipes and powerpoint presentation. They offer a wonderful way to learn and a great relaxing experience after a busy day of traveling.
After making and eating a fantastic meal, take time at their Yoga Studio to wind down before the next day’s adventures. Each class offers strengthening exercises and ends with a period of relaxation designed to restore and rejuvenate the body while calming and elevating the mind. To see more of the packages offered by the Forks in the Trail Bed & Breakfast, see: http://www.forksinthetrail.com/packages. Stay overnight at the Forks in the Trail Bed & Breakfast at one of their three beautiful rooms.
On your second day of exploration: Wake up and eat breakfast at Forks in the Trail Bed & Breakfast before starting your adventure for the day. They understand the importance of wholesome ingredients to overall health while, at the same time, recognizing the value of taste and flavour in satisfying the palate. Breakfast is not only an opportunity to jump start your day, but also gives you a chance to chat with family and friends about yesterday’s journey and the fun ahead.
Once finished with breakfast, make your way back to Horseshoe Valley Resort. At Horseshoe Valley, take advantage of the fun and exciting Segway Tours with Go Tours Canada offered at the Resort. Perfect and recommended for beginners, you won’t believe how fun and easy the machine is to ride. The resort offers a huge variety of terrain, emphasis on safety, and a great family adventure! Don’t forget to make your reservation in advance at: https://www.gotourscanada.com/
When you have completed the fantastic new adventure that is the Segway Tour, take advantage of the hiking and biking trails on the Resort. The woodland area offers many different routes and trails to explore, for both the mountain biker and the road biker alike. Do not forget some snacks and plenty of water! The Copeland Forest, for one, is an ideal example of deep woods habitat as it contains the highest quality of mature upland deciduous forest in the region. It undulates and eventually drops 55 meters to a complex of wetlands containing the headwaters of three major watersheds that all drain into Georgian Bay. Other wonderful trails can be found using the following link: http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/barrie-ontario/
Later, when you have completed your venture through the spectacular trails, make your way to Barrie KOA Holiday. You can reserve your campsite at: http://koa.com/campgrounds/barrie/. At Barrie KOA Holiday take advantage of their many amenities including cooling off in one of their two crystal swimming pools, the modern playgrounds for kids, and Barrie KOA’s newest mining sluice offers all the excitement of panning for semi-precious gemstones in a sluiceway of rushing water similar to the gold rush days. Fun offered for the whole family! To finish off the day have a fun and relaxing family evening around the campfire.
Stay overnight at Barrie KOA Holiday by either camping or trying out their cabin accommodations on the Campground.
On the third day of your exploration: Spending the third day at Barrie KOA Holiday starting with a delicious pancake breakfast (July & August). As you may not have gotten the chance to fully explore all the amenities the campground has to offer, this third day will give you lots of time to explore. You can also bike around the area on the many trails in the region.
For the Family Getaway: A journey to the south of Barrie in the Springwater region
Distance: 42.5 kilometers over two days
On your first day of traveling: Start your family adventure at Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday before venturing out for the day. Bring your bikes for the journey to ride around the campground and area. For booking information and amenity options, visit: http://koa.com/campgrounds/toronto-north/.
Once you have set up at the campground, make your way to Dickey Bee Honey Inc. At the beekeeping facility, take in an adventure of a tour, workshop, or course to learn the importance of the honey bee. Inside their building, they have a Museum, which showcases the tools and equipment that have been used; packaging rooms where you can watch them make creamed honey or prepare honey butter, and many more of the established functions in honey production. They teach of the valuable importance of the honey bee and what a community can do to protect and nurture the amazing pollinators. To see their upcoming events for the summer, visit: https://dickeybeehoney.com/pages/upcoming-events.
After an informative and exciting lesson about bees, make your way to Dingo Farms. There is nothing quite as exciting as a trip to the farm and the fact that visiting is part of a unique shopping experience makes it even better! Meat can be ordered/picked up on Saturdays (hours on their website https://dingofarms.myshopify.com/pages/visit-us) or by appt.
After venturing out and about the Springwater region, finish your day off at Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday. At Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday take advantage of their family friendly options including their rock climbing wall, mining experience, and mini golf, Volleyball/Basketball courts, or horseshoe pits. They also have two playgrounds that are abundant in kid’s activities.
Before calling it a night, enjoy an outdoor movie or family campfire in the evening at Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday.
On your second day of traveling: leave Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday to explore Foxwood Farms. During the one hour lesson, students learn all aspects of horsemanship including proper horse care, grooming and tacking up, as well as stable management. Foxwood Farm hosts several shows each year for all rider levels. To book your lesson at Foxwood Farms, head to: http://foxwoodfarm.ca/lessons/.
Once finished with the horses, take advantage of the beautiful area around Innisfil to cycle some of the trails in the area. There are many different options, and various lengths, making it a wonderful experience for all ages. For great route ideas check out the Map my Ride cycling trails in Innisfil: http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/innisfil-ontario/
You can also enjoy some time indoors at Creative Café in Barrie. The location is a family-friendly paint your own pottery studio which also offers glass fusing, mosaics, canvas painting, pottery wheel, and clay hand building—perfect for day excursions. To see their calendar of events and learn about their process, visit: http://www.creativecafe.ca/barrie_calendar.html.
Return to Toronto North / Cookstown KOA Holiday and enjoy the day exploring the campgrounds with their many activities.
Eat your way through Downtown Barrie:
On your first day of traveling: Start your journey early at the Lazy Tulip Café with wonderful breakfast options. They are a quaint, mindful, independently owned cafe in the heart of downtown Barrie with a focus on real food and conscious eating. Their menu and hours can be found at: http://lazytulipcafe.com/.
Once you have finished indulging in the wonderful food, stop off at Flourish Vitality Centre for one of their yoga which is calming to the mind and body, balancing out the more active practices. Do not forget to book a class in advance, information about the classes can be found at: http://www.flourishvitality.com/schedule.
After a great stretch and relaxation, make your way to Barrie’s Waterfront downtown right off of Lakeshore Drive. At Happy Paddling location on the waterfront, enjoy trying one of their three water sport activities including stand up paddle board tours, kayak programs, and canoe programs. So book your rental or lesson, go to: https://www.happypaddling.com/.
You can also take advantage of the many events that MEC will have for the summer by the lakeshore. The MEC store is located on the south end of barrie and offers all the equipment while keeping the environment in mind. The innovative company often has events in the region to promote sustainable travel and sports. To look at the diverse events being offered, visit: https://events.mec.ca/
After exploring the waters go to Boon Burger Café for lunch. They proudly offer a 100% animal-free, plant-based menu with ingredients that are sustainable. A large part of their menu is organic, local or fair-trade, with new ingredients being added regularly. To look at their menu option further, check out http://boonburger.ca/menu/.
After lunch, take advantage of the beautiful waterfront trails downtown to bike or walk. Many different routes are mapped out using the following link: http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/barrie-ontario/.
After an afternoon of exploring, stop by Donaleigh’s Irish Pub for supper. Whether it is a stool at the bar, a table in the library, a cozy booth or a spot on one of our two awesome new patios you will find a place that is just right for you and your friends. Donaleighs Irish Public House carries on the fine Irish tradition of great food, quality ales and, genuine hospitality. To look at their menu option further, check out https://www.donaleighs.com/menus.php.
Refer to www.tourismbarrie.com for Hotel options close to Downtown Barrie.
On your second day of exploration: Start the morning with relaxation at Bliss Ann Green Yoga with their many diverse yoga and fitness classes available depending on the day and time. They offer a variety of yoga and fitness classes including hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, aerial yoga, kids yoga, prenatal yoga, hot yoga, warm yoga, SURFset fitness, TRX, boot camps, cycle, and spin. They also have a boutique area where you can shop. Don’t forget to call ahead and book your spot in one of their classes using: https://www.anngreenyoga.com/classes/schedule/.
After relaxing, make your way to RIPE Juicery for breakfast. RIPE is committed to offering raw beverages hand-crafted with deep regard for organic growing practices, seasonal harvests, and local suppliers. Their juice is incredibly tasty, nutritious & sourced from local and organic ingredients. To look at their menu option further, check out https://www.ripejuicery.ca/.
With the energy from the juices, you will be up to make your way to the Waterfront and join the Chances ‘R’ Sailing team for the morning. Spending time on the water is the best way to appreciate the beauty of Lake Simcoe. Chances “R” Excursions out of Barrie offers an environmentally friendly, low impact experience that is both tranquil and exhilarating. To book your sailing adventure, go to http://www.chancesrsailingexcursions.com/tours.html.
Hop on over to the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery for great food and amazing innovative beer. The fun and funky environment in the Flying Monkeys is a captivating sight with a great ambiance and staff. After you eat lunch you can even tour their brewery and check out how it’s all made! To get more information about their tour times and beer, go to http://www.flyingmonkeys.ca/brewery-tours/.
Once the tour is done and you’ve had your fill, walk next door to J’adore Fromagerie & Chocolate for a great desert. The ambiance and delights at this shop allow those with curious pallets a spectacular way to finish up an afternoon. You can even pick up some cheese and snacks to enjoy by the lakeshore for later in the day! Check out their amazing menu at http://jadorefinecheese.com/menus/.
Refer to www.tourismbarrie.com for Hotel options close to Downtown Barrie.
On your third day: Around my gluten free table is a great spot to eat after sleeping in and enjoying a lazy morning around the city. Pick up some of their wonderfully delicious gluten-free options. Chef and owner, Laurie has combined her experience as a chef with gluten-free ingredients to offer a variety of made-from-scratch gluten free foods. Look into their available options at: http://jadorefinecheese.com/menus/.
Since it is the 150th birthday of Canada, head down to Barrie’s Downtown Waterfront area where many diverse activities will be taking place. During the summer months, there will be a public art display by the Waterfront, exhibiting the wonders of Canadian artists.
After your leisurely stroll by the beautiful waterfront, make your way to the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery for lunch. Check out their cheesy menu at: https://www.facebook.com/GrilledCheeseSocialEatery/.
As the weather starts to get nice, you can make your way to the Lakeshore to one of the many beaches on Lake Simcoe. At Centennial Beach, make sure to take advantage of the large children’s playground, beach volleyball courts, and the large sandy beach – perfect for swimming! Restaurants and cafés are within walking distance. If you’re interested in a quieter beach, venture a little ways down the shoreline to swim from Johnson’s Beach or Minet’s Point Beach. To check out more information go to: http://www.tourismbarrie.com/things_to_do/Beaches_and_Picnics.aspx.
Desire a beautiful view of downtown in Barrie for supper? Well, the Farmhouse restaurant has the best view in town and certainly has a boundless variety of delicious supper options. The only thing better than the exquisite view they have to offer from their patio is the variety and quality of their food. The ambiance is wonderful at the Farmhouse and is a fantastic way to finish up your travels in eating your way through downtown Barrie. They have a great mix of a family friendly and date night ambiance. Their menu can be found at: http://www.thefarmhouse.ca/.