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Local Area Attractions Near Barrie KOA
Escape to Barrie KOA and explore the BruceGreySimcoe region this summer. Featuring sparkling waterfronts and superb hiking trails, there's no shortage of recreation options and outdoor fun when you set your compass for Ontario's "nearer than you think" north!
What will it be?
A large number of our campers like to just tour the area and take in the sights. Because we are in the “Heart of Huronia” there is breathtaking scenery in all four directions. Whether the camper is a “water enthusiast,” “wild fan,” “craft explorer,” “antique collector,” “sports buff” or simply a “leisure technician,” there are many things of interest to entertain and occupy the entire family.
Craighurst/Dalston - minutes
Craighurst provides shopping, golf, cycling, mountain climbing, movies, restaurants, repair and fuel for all your entertainment and camping needs. All this conveniently located within minutes from the campground. Visit Chelsea Chocolates, Loobies, Amiche, Craighurst Autopro, Whistle Stop Pet Shop, Garrett's Farm Market & Greenhouses, Brown's Farm, Dalston General Store, Simoro Golf Links.
Barrie - 15 minutes
Spend a day in Barrie and enjoy the beautiful waterfront, newly renovated Georgian Mall, delectable restaurants, festivals including Waterfront Festival, Promenade Days and Kempenfest, boat cruises and much more, all within 15 minutes of the campground. Mariposa School of Skating-National Training Center Mariposa School of Skating-National Training Center Mariposa is a world-renowned training center for figure skating. It is home to an elite staff of coaches with expertise in technical, artistic, mental and physical aspects of figure skating. The Mariposa School of Skating offers expert training at all levels from beginner to World and Olympic caliber skaters.
Orillia - 30 minutes away
Stephen Leacock Museum, Casino Rama Orillia Opera House
Collingwood - 40 minutes
Explore the caves and crevices, enjoying breathtaking sights along the way. Build up your courage for the 126 meter suspension bridge, the longest suspension footbridge in Ontario, and experience the thrill, excitement and beauty that this area has to offer. For more information call (705) 446-0256.
Village at Blue Mountain
There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE!
The Blue Mountain Village is located in the Town of the Blue Mountains, nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury, at the foot of Ontario's largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain. The Village offers a vibrant social and cultural scene combining unique attractions, dining and shopping experiences. There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE including 38 retailers, 20 cafes & restaurants, year round award winning Festivals and Events plus Activity Central to book your hiking, biking, caving, climbing, spa, Apple Pie Trail adventures and more! Please visit www.bluemountainvillage.ca.
Le Scandinave Spa at the Blue Mountain
Located in South Georgian Bay, minutes from downtown Collingwood and Blue Mountain Resort, this unique spa offers expansive views of the World Biosphere designated Niagara Escarpment. Nestled in a natural forest setting, invigorate and cleanse your body & mind in the hot baths & refreshing cold plunges & relaxation areas. For the ultimate treat, enjoy a massage and lunch at the spa bistro. More great paces to visit- Great Slide Ride, Candy Factory, Blue Mountain Pottery a short drive from KOA.
Elmvale - 20 minutes
Explore Elmvale Jungle Zoo, an exciting and educational adventure. Enjoy exotic wildlife from around the world. Over 300 animals, birds and reptiles, giraffes, white tigers in the natural surrounding of the Zoo's 25 acre site. Walk the shaded trails and take part in interactive educational animal presentations. Open 7 days a week May 21st through Labour Day.
If you're "a little bit country", then Elmvale is the place to visit. Unique shopping where friendly service prevails is just the beginning of what this quaint village surrounded by gorgeous homes, history, antiques and beautiful gardens has to offer. Main Street Market Bazaar is "a treasure hunting experience" for the "picker" in you. And be sure to drop by the Elmvale bakery for a sinfully delicious treat if passing through on your way to Wasaga Beach.
Wasaga Beach - 20 minutes
For over a century tourists have traveled to the welcoming shores of Nottawasaga Bay, to stroll along 14 kilometers of white sand beach, swim in warm, clean waters and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the Bay. The Town offers an excellent variety of restaurant choices, special events almost every weekend and evening entertainment abounds. Perhaps the best kept secret in Wasaga Beach is the endless recreation trails for hiking and cycling. Waterworlds, go-carts, batting cages also abound.
Midland - 30 minutes
Wye Marsh Wildlife Center
Offering 22 kilometers of hiking trails, self-guided or guided walking tours, guided canoe tours, observation tower, floating boardwalks and tons of wildlife, the Wye Marsh is a great place to get close to nature.
Discovery Harbour is one of the most picturesque historic sites in Ontario, with a scenic shoreline, replica ships and smaller vessels, historic buildings, and an original Officers' Quarters along beautiful Penetanguishene Bay.
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The impressive reconstruction of Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama, and survival. As you explore the site you'll sense the challenges faced by those who founded and worked at this famous fortress-mission.
Set on 75 acres of beautifully landscaped property, the Martyrs' Shrine has a tranquil and serene atmosphere, honouring the eight Jesuit saints that lived, worked and died there over 350 years ago.
Penetanguishene/Georgian Bay - 35 minutes
Discovery Harbour is Ontario's most picturesque marine heritage site and takes guests back to the 19th century days of Royal Navy sail on scenic Penetanguishene Bay. Visitors can chat with friendly interpreters aboard the magnificent replica schooners H.M.S.. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. The site also features beautiful boardwalks, the waterside restaurant Captain Roberts' Table and historic grounds. Discovery Harbour is also home to the King's Wharf Theatre, which presents an outstanding lineup of Music and Laughter during the summer season.
King's Wharf Theatre
IIt is hard to imagine a more ideal setting for summer theatre with the breathtaking natural beauty and historic significance of Discovery Harbour. This unique, rustic theatre sits on the shores of Georgian Bay with its 30,000 islands, flanked by majestic tall ships and historic buildings that represent the original 19th-century British naval and military base. At the King's Wharf Theatre, you will experience the same high standard of theatrical entertainment that theatregoers in our other locations across Ontario have come to expect.
Just steps from the theatre, is Captain Roberts' Table, a charming air-conditioned restaurant, offering outstanding friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere, with yet another spectacular view of the Bay.
Bricebridge - 45 minutes
Vaughan - 50 minutes
Canada's Premier Amusement Park with over 200 attractions is sure to have something for everyone. New in 2015, Splash Works will be home to Typhoon, a thrilling new water slide featuring oscillating funnels and hairpin turns! As well, the 20-acre water park will introduce Splash Station, a wet and wild interactive children's play area. Both new additions will join The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River, and many more of our water attractions that make Splash Works one of Canada's largest water parks. With one of the world's biggest and tallest coasters - Leviathan, Canada's Longest Wooden Coaster - The Mighty Canadian Minebuster and Canada's First Inverted Coaster - Flight Deck, North America's largest variety of coasters can be found here! If roller coasters aren't your game, test your level of thrill being spun 360 degrees on Riptide, soaring 301' high above the park on Windseeker, or be courageous enough to catch some 120 foot hang time on Psyclone. Dinosaur Alive, an opportunity to take a journey back in time through one of the world's largest animatronic dinosaur parks! Add the FAST LANE ticket option and you'll get a wristband that allows you to bypass the regular line on 15 of our most popular rides as many times as you want all day long! Wonderland opens Sunday, May 3 2015.
Vaughan Mills Mall
Fashion, outlets, dining and entertainment combine to create not just an incredible place to shop, but rather, a destination in itself. You know style isn't what you do, it's how you do it!
Toronto - One Hour
If you want the best of both worlds, central location to some of the world's most amazing beaches and vacation attractions and Toronto feature attractions like the Roger's Centre, Stock Market Place, CN Tower, Science Centre, Medieval Times, Ontario's Place, Playdium, make Barrie KOA your vacation destination.
Fairs and Shows
Held the first weekend in August is Kempenfest. This family waterfront event includes; the Huronia Festival of Arts & Crafts, The Kempenfest Kiwanis Antique Show, The Rotary Club's Sports and Leisure Show. Hundreds of arts and crafts on display and for sales, antiques, sports, midway, helicopter rides, and tethered balloon rides (weather permitting). Visit Kempenfest online for more information.
And this is just the beginning of the numerous fairs and shows in the Barrie area. Come and enjoy the fall colours and venture through the countryside visiting local artisans, roadside flea markets or just stroll the area and take in the breathtaking views.
Just 15 minutes to three malls Bayfield Mall, Georgian Mall and The Kozlov Centre with major department stores (The Bay, Sears, Zeller's, WalMart, 24 hour supermarkets). Want a more home grown shopping experience? Visit the "Barrie Farmers' Market" in downtown Barrie for some locally grown produce, meats, baked goods and crafts, from farmers' markets.
400 Market and Antiques Mall
Heading to KOA? Make sure The 400 Market is your summer supplies destination, with the largest selection of fresh meat, pastries, local produce, and summer toys. Open every weekend, the 400 Market is fun for the whole family. Located at Hwy 400 and Innisfil Road.
Tanger Outlets Cookstown
Formerly Cookstown Outlet Mall is now a Tanger Outlet Center. Located 30 minutes south of Barrie KOA, this mall is worth the drive for name-brand offerings at outlet prices.
Waterfronts and Sandy Beaches
Just 10 minutes away, Barrie's waterfront features beaches, water play area, picnic tables and pavilion, concession stands, 6.7-kilometer walk & bike path, volleyball courts, playground, mini putt, washrooms, change rooms and parking.
Only minutes from KOA, Wasaga Beach with the longest freshwater beach in the world has been long hailed as one of the premier tourist destinations in Ontario. A family destination that has lots to offer including water slides, walk & bike trails, shops, restaurants and go-karts.
A number of campers like to take their families to a Drive-In Theatre. Sunset Barrie Drive-In (formerly Barrie Triple Drive-In) is located approximately 20 minutes away. Prefer a motion picture in a dark theatre? Galaxy Cinemas Barrie -Cineplex features first-run movies, or try the newly renovated Bayfield 7 Cinema in Barrie only minutes from KOA.
Take a Chance
Casino Rama is Ontario's First Nations commercial casino offering a complete entertainment experience with more than 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 table games, 10 unique restaurants and a world-class 5,000-seat Entertainment Centre.
Fancy a little harness racing? Visit Georgian Downs, just "down the road" from KOA. Post time is 7:25 every Tuesday and Saturday night. Or for some good eats, try the Tuesday Night Buffet in the Governor's Dining Room Restaurant
The Slots at Georgian Downs
Enjoy the excitement of the Slots floor, with 1000 slot machines. The new stylized, ultra modern gaming floor opened in August 2009 and features interactive machines like Blackjack, Poker and Roulette, plus classic favourites like Blazing 7s and Wheel of Fortune. Take a chance on the progressives including Red Hot Jackpots and Megabucks.
Golf fore all!
There are over 20 courses within a one hour range of our campground, from par-9 to PGA 27-hole ranges to challenge the beginner or serious duffer. There are three major courses within 15 minutes of Barrie KOA.
Hardwood Ski & Bike - Mountain Bike
Great trails, great riding, everyday! 80 km of trails for every level of rider on single or double tracks., marked and maintained one-directional trails. New, Disc Golf Course with rentals available. KOA Guest Discount - 20% Off Trail Passes or Rentals by showing your current vehicle tag.Come see Canada's Best World Cup and Olympic mountain bike riders in action! This world-class competitive course (located minutes from the campground) host's special events each year attracting cyclist and cycling enthusiasts from all over Canada. For all Hardwood has to offer, visit Hardwood Ski and Bike online.
All types of freshwater fishing within 40 minutes. Boat, motor and equipment rentals are available nearby. Georgian Bay and its tributaries, as well as Lake Simcoe and Couchiching, offer pike, pickerel (walley), small-mouth bass, perch and for the serious fisherman -- muskellunge! There is a “Perch Festival” from mid-April to early May, in Orillia, with great prizes.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Festival
The Wildlife Festival is a two-day event that celebrates nature in all aspect of art - International Woodcarving contests - wildlife preservation/displays - roots and traditional music. The Wye Marsh website has more information.
Barrie Automotive Flea Market
Held Spring (the first weekend in June), and Fall (early September). Swap meets, vintage autos and collectibles, auctions, an annual tradition that brings car buffs to the area from all points. Acres of "wonderment" for the auto enthusiast. Located at Burl's Creek only minutes from KOA Barrie.
Born to Ride Bicycle-Cycling and Powerbocking Adventures
Bicycle rental and exciting Guided Tours for your cycling adventures. Onsite in Horseshoe Valley from May to October Rent a bicycle and take a self-guided tour, enjoy some mountain biking through forest trails, or...a Guided Tour can take you on the roller coaster roads that make Horseshoe Valley famous...serene natural trails on abandoned rail trails... through majestic forest trails and breathtaking waterfronts that make up Simcoe County! Minutes from KOA. Born to Ride Bicycle has added Tasting Tours too; the local cycling tour includes a visit to Chelsea Chocolates. Powerbock training is also available on-site to groups of 4-8. Learn to run faster, jump higher and leap farther than you've ever done before! Learn to powerbock for great fun and fitness.
Take a sightseeing cruise through beautiful Kempenfelt Bay aboard the triple deck paddle-wheeler, the Serendipity Princess.
Miss Midland is one way to experience the windswept pines and rocky outcrops of Georgian Bay.
Penetanguishene 30,000 Islands
Board the M.S. Georgian Queen for a spectacular cruise through Georgian Bay. Learn about historical sites and points of interest along the way.
Georgian Bay - Port Severn - 45 minutes
Big Chute: North America's Only Marine Railway
See the awe-inspiring site of boats gently lifted from the waters of the Upper Severn River and Gloucester Pool and transported via train car to the opposite side. One of just two marine railways in the world, the Big Chute offers
a breathtaking spectacle that happens every day mid summer just 45 minutes from Barrie KOA. While you're there, take a free tour of the Big Chute hydro generating stations, too. Ask for directions, tour details and additional information at our front desk.
Simcoe County Quilt Rug & Craft Fair
Simcoe Country Museum hosts this special event featuring a quilt show and sale, demos of spinning, weaving, rug hooking, and quilting, vendors, raffles and childrens' activities. Just one of many engaging events! The Simcoe County Museum was created in 1928 by Women's Institute members Mrs. C.P. Stocking and Mrs. R.A. Sutherland. Over the years, the museum has grown significantly, and now is composed of a five gallery facility with sixteen outdoor heritage and display buildings. At the Simcoe County Museum, visitors are able to experience history first hand in a museum that is engaging and exciting. Come to the Museum and discover the stories behind a collection of over 30,000 artifacts!
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After 43 years in business, The Hitch House has a 14-acre display lot, as well as a 35,000 square foot facility, a 11,000 sq ft indoor showroom and a large RV parts and accessories store. A 15-bay RV service centre is fully optimized for Motorhome and RV repairs of all types including paint and bodywork. Located only minutes from Barrie KOA Campground visit the Hitch House during their Open House Spring "We're Back Event" April 26 - May 11, 2014.
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