10 Day Trips From Barrie You Have To Put On Your Summer Bucket List

Get Out & Explore!

Barrie is arguably one of the best places in Ontario to be for the summer. Why? Not only is Barrie a beautiful city full of things to do, but it’s also conveniently located near so many other prime locations. We’ve picked out some of our favourite summer destinations to help you make the most of the sunshine and warm weather. Check them out below!

1. Dundas Peak

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr 45 mins

Dundas Peak is a family friendly hike with absolutely gorgeous views overlooking Hamilton. To make it worth the drive, checkout some incredible nearby waterfalls including: Webster’s Falls, Tews Falls and Albion Falls.

There is a parking fee of $10/car and an entrance fee of $5/ person over 5 years of age.




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2. Arrowhead Provincial Park

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr 20 mins

Arrowhead is a beautiful Provincial Park with lots to keep you busy for a day trip. The park has 3 quiet, motorboat-free lakes and over 15 km of trails with one leading to a secluded waterfall.

Looking for a little extra activity? Canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes are available to rent! The day use vehicle entrance fee is $12.25.




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3. Haliburton Forest

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr 54 mins

You have to checkout the Haliburton Forest for their one of a kind Canopy Tour experience. The entire tour takes about 3.5-4 hours and includes:

  • a scenic drive through the private forest
  • canoe ride across a wilderness lake
  • guided walk along the Pelaw River Rapids
  • walk through the trees across a suspension bridge 10-20 m above ground

You can book your tour online for $95 per person.

4. Balm Beach

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 45 mins

Balm Beach is an adorable little getaway spot located in Tiny Township. Pack a cooler and grab your pals because you can easily spend an entire day soaking up the sunshine here. Balm Beach is a nice, smaller alternative to Wasaga Beach.

While you’re there, treat yourself to a tasty snack or refreshing drink with a great view on the patio at Balm Beach Bar and Smokehouse.

5. Inglis Falls & Indian Falls

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr 45 mins

If you’re a waterfall fanatic, you most definitely have to cross these two off your list. They are a bit of a trek outside of Barrie, but if you want to make a day of it you can stop in at Blue Mountain Village along your way.

The two waterfalls are about 15 minutes apart from each other and easily accessible from the parking lot. We think the views are perfection but you’ll have to go see for yourself!




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6. Bala

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr

Bala is a town in the Muskoka Region located just an hour up the 400. With so many great shops and restaurants surrounded by picturesque scenery, it makes for a great place to spend a summer day. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!

7. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr

Mono Cliffs is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to get active and immerse themselves in nature. The park is located along the Bruce Trail with seemingly endless twists and turns to explore. You can walk through a canyon on the spillway trail or past 30 meters of cliffs on the cliff top trail!

Ontario Parks day use vehicle fee of $12.25 applies.

8. Elora Quarry

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 1 hr 46 min

A visit to Elora Quarry feels like an escape to another world. It’s a peaceful and absolutely breathtaking place to spend the day sunbathing and swimming. Some visitors also like to spice things up by jumping off small cliffs surrounding the quarry.

If you’ve got the time you can also visit the Elora Gorge nearby and ride a tube down the rapids. Tubing costs $10/person plus rental deposits.




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9. Heritage Estate Winery

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 10 mins

You don’t have to go too far for this day adventure! For just $15/person you can book group tours at Heritage Estate and Winery. Your admission includes a 4 flight tasting and tour of the cider and wine making process.

After your tour, sit back and stay a while. Order a glass (or a few) of your favourite beverage and hangout on the patio or by the cider garden.




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10. White’s Falls

Travel time from Barrie: Approx. 40 mins

White’s Falls could be a trip of its own or even tied in with a visit to Bala. Stop in here for a stunning place to swim and play safely in the bottom of the rapids.

Grab something to eat in Bala after your adventures. Mrs. H’s Fish and Chips are some of the best in Muskoka!

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