10 Best Places Nearby To Enjoy A Summer Stroll

Don't Let A Summer Day Go To Waste

Summer is underway, and while there are a few summer activities that have taken a hit thanks to COVID-19 we can still get out and enjoy these beautiful days! Here’s a few beautiful locations nearby that are perfect for a summer stroll:

1. Bear Creek Eco-Park

At the bottom of Ferndale Dr. just past Summerset Dr. is the Bear Creek Eco Park. This time of year is great for spotting all sorts of wildlife including ducks, frogs, turtles and more. The kids will love this place!

 

 

 
 

 
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2. Fort Willow

About 10-15 minutes outside of Barrie is this unique spot where you can wander and learn about some local history.

Fort Willow is a historical site traveled by Canada’s early explorers. It was long used as a trading route by First Nations people and then a critical supply depot during the War of 1812.

This is a beautiful area to explore, while learning something new along the way.

3. Sunnidale

This is a popular spot for families and dogs. You can enjoy peaceful walks in the garden area or trek through the trails in the woods. For a little extra fun, bring a frisbee or football to toss around or have a picnic under the trees.

 

 

 
 

 
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4. Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is a fun-filled day trip from Barrie at any time of year. During the summer you can challenge yourself to hike up the ski hills for incredible views of the village and Georgian Bay. You can always opt to take the gondola up or down as well.

Don’t forget to reward yourself with a delicious lunch in The Village afterward.

5. Springwater Provincial Park

Springwater offers beautiful scenery and over 12 km of hiking trails to explore. It’s a great place to bring the family for a summer picnic or bbq. The park is located about 10-15 minutes outside of Barrie.

Provincial Park entrance fees apply.

 

 

 
 

 
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6. Barrie Sport’s Complex

Just inside the Barrie Sports Complex (on the right side of the entrance) is the perfect place to take your furry friend out for some summertime fun. A quick walk through the woods will take you to a stunning, unbelievably blue pond. This spot has become an absolute favourite for local dog lovers!

 

 

 
 

 
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7. Tiny Marsh

Tiny Marsh is a great place not just for walks, but to spend an entire day! The wildlife area consists of 8.5 square kilometres of marshes, open water, bog, and upland forest. Visitors can enjoy trail walks, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife sightings and the interpretive centre.

 

 

 
 

 
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8. Tiffin Centre

This conservation centre, located just outside of Barrie, is a four-season destination for environmental recreation and education. Visitors can walk throughout 17 kilometres of trails that loop through wetlands, forests, open meadows and ancient lake beds.

The Tiffin Centre is located at 8195 8th Line of Essa, Utopia and parking will cost $6.50.

9. Ardagh Bluffs

The Bluffs are a popular wooded area in between Ardagh, Ferndale, Essa and Mapleton. There are a number of different access points you can find here. These trails are peaceful and usually not too busy.

 

 

 
 

 
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10. Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves is an adventurous destination in Blue Mountain. Explore natural caves, rip down the zip line and trek across Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge!

Admission is $26.50 for ages 18-64 and $24.25 for ages 3-17 and 65+. A ride on the zipline costs an additional $20 per person.