Barrie is a city in Ontario, Canada. It sits on the west shore of Lake Simcoe and is known for its ski resorts. Centennial Park has trails, a playground and a sandy beach. Other beaches include smaller Johnson’s Beach and Minet’s Point, across Kempenfelt Bay. The “Spirit Catcher” is a large, birdlike sculpture on the waterfront. Barrie is the ninth-largest population centre in Ontario by population (145,614)
Some Interesting Facts about BARRIE:
The Barrie area was first settled during the War of 1812 as a key supply depot for British forces. It would be named twenty years later for Sir Robert Barrie, who consistently commanded forces through the region. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Barrie’s emergence as a bedroom community for the city of Toronto grew in prominence, and its economy would be wrapped around the education, healthcare, information technology and service sectors. Being located in the climatically deterrent snowbelt, region of southern Ontario, Barrie is notorious for its deluging snow squalls in the winter. In the summer, its position within a convergence of breezes originating from the surrounding Great Lakes can provoke intense thunderstorms, some of which defying severe limits. Barrie’s climate is fairly seasonal, with average January minimums of −12.4 °C (9.7 °F) and average July highs of 26.3 °C (79.3 °F).