The established East End neighbourhood of Barrie is filled with wartime brick bungalows, newer luxury homes, mature trees, large lots and breathtaking views of Kempenfelt Bay.
You could say this is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Barrie as this area was initially a series of warehouses and houses at the foot of the Nine Mile Portage from Kempenfelt Bay to Fort Willow. It was an aboriginal transportation route that existed centuries before Europeans arrived in Simcoe County and later became a key supply line during the War of 1812.
In 1833, the city was named after Sir Robert Barrie, who was in charge of the naval forces in Canada and frequently commanded forces through the city and along the Nine Mile Portage which is now marked and accessible to visitors year-round. The Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail aims to be a vehicle of connecting the past with present, the water with land, the urban with rural and the recreation with discovery. Opened in 2003, the initial route mainly follows sidewalks and roadways. In time, it is intended to develop the Trail to follow the original historic route as closely as possible. If you’re feeling restless why not take a long walk along a piece of the city’s history?
Kempenfelt Park which is located just above the North Shore Trail is truly a hidden gem in this city and is said to feature the best swings in town. If you want a nice place to take a rest from walking the dog or curl up with a good book, Vancouver Lookout and its sister spot, Nelson Lookout, are perfect. And, if you can find room, both of these lookouts are great places to catch the many fireworks shows the city puts on over the bay.