Simcoe County is proud of its history. The list below highlights some of our early accomplishments:
- First European community in Ontario - The Residence of Ste. Marie, 1639-49
- First recorded lacrosse and hockey games in Canada - by Huron Indians in 17th century Huronia
- First newspaper in Ontario north of Toronto - The Magnet, in Barrie, 1847
- First delivery of freight by rail in Canada - to Bradford, 1853
- First flight, Canada to England - From Wasaga, 1934
- First County Rescue Program established in 1982
Surmounted by a sword arm and broken sword, the crest of Simcoe County was used for the first time in 1912. It is an adaptation of the coat of arms of John Graves Simcoe, who was appointed Governor of Upper Canada in 1791, and of the coat of arms of his wife, Elizabeth Gwillim.
On November 22, 1983, the crimson and yellow Aquilegia Canadensis, more popularly known as the Columbine, was approved as the official flower of Simcoe County. The flower is found throughout the County, natural to this area, it has been used by natives and settlers alike for a variety of purposes.
Link to more information: http://www.county.simcoe.on.ca/
Simcoe County is home to many of the major retail chains, unique boutiques and Farmer's Markets. Business in the area ranges from the cutting edge of today’s technologies to the traditional business of farming. Anything you need can be located here.
Looking for an exhilarating evening out?
Simcoe County is home to Casino Rama and Georgian Downs Raceway. If you are looking for the fine arts, visit the King’s Wharf Theatre, Simcoe County Museum and the South Simcoe Theatre.
Due to the diverse landscapes of Simcoe County, the area is covered in beautiful beaches, the Bruce Trail, ski hills, fishing, rock climbing walls and many other natural attractions for locals and visitors to enjoy.
"The People are the City"
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Sir Robert Barrie received the honour of having the City of Barrie named after him in 1832. At the time he was in command of Canada’s Naval Forces, he passed through Barrie for the annual inspection of the naval establishments at Penetanguishene, using the portage from Kempenfelt Bay to the Nottawasaga River.
Since Barrie was situated in the centre of a thriving agricultural community, it was only natural that Barrie would become a market town. The centre of Barrie consisted of a three acre parcel for a market, which was from the early times of the Community known as "The Market Square".
Barrie is home to the "Golden Mile" of shopping also known as Bayfield Street. With three malls and many new retail outlets opening all the time, Bayfield Street has become a one-street-stop for all your shopping needs. The south end of Barrie is continuously growing in business and retail locations and provides another option for shopping. While Barrie’s downtown core provides a smaller hometown feel to its shopping and restaurant district.
Central Ontario’s most dynamic waterfront community is a reputation Barrie is proud to have. In addition to the thriving business within the city, “over 6.2 million people, representing 40 percent of Canada's total buying power, live within a 100-mile radius of Barrie,” according to the City of Barrie website.
Link to more information: http://www.city.barrie.on.ca/
Barrie has a strong foundation for businesses to thrive in, from the Greater Barrie Business Enterprise Center to the Business News and several different business groups; Barrie is place for businesses to grow and prosper.
The businesses in the downtown core have come together to form a group dedicated to maintaining the area and ensuring the continued success and growth of the area. For more information.
While Barrie is a thriving city, it is also a picturesque community with over 300 hectares of park space. If you are looking for a place to relax and take a walk Barrie has a variety of paths and trails. The list of trails includes the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail, running between Memorial Square in Barrie, the Fort Willow Heritage Site and the Conservation area in Springwater Township.
Kempenfelt Bay is located in the heart of Barrie, lined with sandy beaches and home to many water sports and events. The Serendipity Princess Cruise is an excellent way to enjoy Kempenfelt Bay, boat cruises run frequently from June to September.
Among the winter activities in Barrie is the Barrie Colts Hockey team who can be found playing at the Barrie Molson Centre, Central Ontario’s premier sports and entertainment centre.
Barrie Festivals include, The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, Barrie Jazz Blues Fest, Kempenfest, The Festival of Ice and many more.
Barrie’s fine arts community includes live theatre at the Gryphon Theaterand some of Canada’s most famous works of art at the MacLaren Art Centre.
Night Life in Barrie includes a collection of night clubs, bars and lounges, many of which are located in the heart of down town. There are also sporting events, gambling, pool halls and the famous Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club.
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This street is close enough to walk to the downtown core to enjoy the many events and activities, but far enough out of the bustle that peace and quiet is easily obtained. Penetang Street is within walking distance of the downtown core shops and night life as well as the Kempenfelt Bay beach. Just around the corner is the Barrie City Hall where an outdoor skating rink can be enjoyed during the Winter months.