Published: June 30th 2011July 1st 2011
Biking Barrie’s Waterfront Trail Text and Photos last updated:
June 2011 Number of times we have biked this trail:
Many Times The Basics: Location:
Barrie's Waterfront (around Kempenfelt Bay) Distance:
5 km Trail Surface:
paved 3.5 km and crushed limestone Access & Parking:
Many places along the waterfront Trail Head:
Centennial Park and Allandale Station Water:
Centennial Park and Allandale Station Food:
Centennial Park or in the city Signage:
None (but none needed) Rest areas:
Many Garbage disposal:
Lots Points of Interest:
From Highway 400 take either Dunlop Street or Bayfield and head towards the waterfront. Other:
Is part of the Trans Canada Trail
The Barrie Waterfront Trail
l is not a “rails to trails” but it shares the characteristics of most city/town waterfront trails in that it is FLA,T easy to ride and not very long.
Most of the trail has a yellow line, with bikers on one side and all others on the other side.
Since it is an “urban” trail not only will you see walkers and bikers and roller bladders but lots of mom’s pushing/pulling
buggies and lots of people walking dogs, powered wheel chairs etc.
In the centre and south end there is lots of green space with grass, trees and benches. Centennial Beach
in the centre, has everything you would expect in a city beach: Sandy beach, swimming (with lifeguards in summer) playgrounds, benches, tables, washrooms, food and drink outlets and lots of parking.
A portion of Barrie’s Waterfront Trail co-exists with the Trans-Canada Trail
which also includes one its pavilions.
Past the downtown area and heading north, the trail is crushed limestone, but easily handled by a street bike with skinny tires.
Continue on towards Johnson Beach and then if you want, you can connect (not signed) with the Oro-Medonte Trail
that will take you all the way to Orillia
(See my blog on the Oro-Medonte Trail with detailed information)
There are more photos below