The town of Barrie
In 2009, Barrie was designated an Urban Growth Centre by the Province of Ontario . Its population growth, has resulted in the development of numerous subdivisions on the South end of the city, largely due to its emergence as a bedroom community for Toronto.
In January 2010, Barrie successfully annexed 2,293 acres (9.28 km2) of land from the neighboring Town of Innisfil. The annexation was intended to allow Barrie to meet its growing population demands without having to extend into the countryside on the northern, western, and eastern boundaries of the city's limits.
Downtown Barrie is also home to numerous annual festivals and events such as The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrielicious, Winterfest, Celebrate Barrie, Ecofest, Jazz & Blues Festival, Promenade Days, Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, Caribfest, Lawnchair Luminata, Kempenfest, The New Music Festival, Barrie Film Festival, Santa Claus Parade and the New Year’s Eve Celebration.
During the summer months, Barrie offers several beaches which include Minet's Point Beach, Johnsons Beach, The Gables, Tyndale Beach, and Centennial Beach. Boating in also very popular in Kempenfelt Bay and Lake Simcoe as it connects to the Trent Severn Waterway. In 2011, Barrie's waterfront was under redevelopment, with the relocation of several roadways to provide more green space and parkland along the lakeshore.
There are numerous winter recreation activities and facilities nearby, offering skiing, snow tubing and snowboarding resorts, snowmobile trails and ice fishing.