Hundreds take part in Barrie ‘convoy’ to support ‘Freedom Rally’ in Ottawa

Small cars and big rigs covered with signs and flying Canadian flags

Hundreds of vehicles, from small cars to big rig cabs, took to the streets of Barrie Saturday afternoon to show their support for the so-called Freedom Rally in Ottawa.

They carried signs reading ‘Anti-Mandate’ and ‘Freedom to Choose’.

Canadian flags waved from hockey sticks and snowshoes.

And there was horn-honking. Lots of horn-honking. Many travelling in the opposite direction honking back in kind.

For more than an hour, they rolled past City Hall, rounding the corner onto Mulcaster Street en route to the waterfront.

Their journey had begun at noon at Sadlon Centre, taking them along Mapleview Drive, Essa Road, Highway 400 north to Bayfield Street, circling the downtown before heading back toward the arena. Along the way, they were cheered on by pockets of people standing in the cold awaiting their arrival.