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26 Ways

Road History

to spend a lazy weekend in Barrie

27 5 Leading Ladies

A history of the roads and streets that make Barrie

54 Barrie Theatres take centre stage


Business Profiles

56 Arts & Culture 6 | Our City • 2013




Barrie 365



Local events & festivals throughout the year

Where we eat

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82 Calm Cove A unique view of the hidden hideaways

70 Volunteer Ways to give back

89 Go Shopping! The ultimate destinations in Barrie

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Welcome to the 2013 edition of Our City. We have compiled everything you need to know to enhance your experience as a resident of Barrie into one complete package that will serve as a guide for the next 12 months. We feature amazing people, fantastic restaurants, excellent businesses, unique ways to give back to the community and more. Within these pages, you will discover 26 wonderful ideas to spend a lazy weekend in Barrie. Our writers had a lot of fun with this article as it allowed them to see what lurks behind our events and festivals to uncover what Barrie offers on any given weekend. We hope the list will inspire you to explore the city in a whole new light. We introduce you to the five powerful women who are shaping our future through their roles as leaders. Our City spoke to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Janice Skot, Carla Ladd of the City of Barrie, Base Borden’s Col. Tammy Harris, Georgian College’s MaryLynn West-Moynes and Barrie’s police chief Kimberley Greenwood about the opportunities and mentors that steered them towards leadership positions. Looking for a place to eat and want to try something new? We spoke to high-profile members of our community to find out where they go to enjoy a delicious meal. And, as well as restaurants, you will find a shopping guide within these pages to help you find whatever your heart desires, right in your own backyard, from the city’s premier businesses. Finally, in appreciation for all Barrie has to offer us, Our City would not be complete without offering ways for residents to give back to the plethora of charities and community organizations that make life better for us all. If you have money to donate, even if it’s $5 from a piggy bank, we offer suggestions on how that contribution could be used. For those folks who want to give of their time but find it impossible to match the amount of time they have available with a worthy cause, we offer ideas where an hour can make a difference. We hope you enjoy the 2013 edition of Our City as much as we enjoyed taking everything that is wonderful about Barrie and putting it at your fingertips!

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MP Patrick Brown’s Top 7 Local Priorities:

MID-TERM ACTION PLAN - 41ST PARLIAMENT (2013-2015) Protecting Lake Simcoe and our Environment

Supporting Recreational Facilities

In 2008, the Federal Government invested $30 million to clean up Lake Simcoe and in 2012 another $29 million was committed. Patrick continues his campaign to keep Springwater Provincial Park operational. MP Brown is working to ensure our lake is clean and our environmental assets are protected.

The Federal Government’s new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund helped Eastview Arena undergo a major renovation and Lampman Lane Community Centre is receiving nearly $1 million to upgrade their facilities. Patrick pledges to find further opportunities to enhance Barrie’s recreational infrastructure.

Aggressive Focus on Local Job Creation

Continued Support for our Seniors

Recent federal investments have brought skilled jobs to Barrie. $20 million from Ottawa was the catalyst to bring IBM to Barrie and a federal loan to Southmedic Inc. transferred jobs from China to Barrie. Patrick continues to work to bring more quality jobs to Barrie.

Seniors helped build our communities and our great country and MP Brown understands the importance these citizens play in our city’s success. Patrick will continue to utilize the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program which has already helped numerous Barrie seniors.

Investing in Infrastructure, Reducing Gridlock

Modernizing our Military, Helping Military Families

Federal funding triggered two new GO stations, the St. Vincent bridge renewal, the Barrie Transit Facility Project & planned improvements to the Duckworth/400 Highway Interchange. Patrick is working with all levels of government to see more common transportation goals realized.

MP Brown and Defence Minister MacKay announced $210 million to rebuild CFB Borden and the new Joint Personnel Support Unit is helping to improve the quality of care for ill or injured personnel. Patrick continues to support our men and women in uniform.

Supporting Local Charities Patrick supports local charities year round with his annual Pancake Breakfast, Family BBQ, Chilifest, Waterfront Half Marathon, Family Skate and Hockey Night in Barrie charity game in support of RVH. MP Brown understands the vital role local charities play in our community. Patrick’s fundraising events have raised nearly $1 million since he became MP in 2006.

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26 ways to spend a lazy weekend in Barrie

By Laurie Watt, Leigh Blenkhorn, Janis Ramsay Photos by Stan Howe, Sharon Bamford

If you find yourself with an entire Saturday or Sunday with nothing to do, there are literally hundreds of ways to spend a lazy weekend right here in Barrie. We have collected 26 of the best ways to make the most of a weekend stay-cation.


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26 FUN WAYS TO SPEND A LAZY WEEKEND IN BARRIE Artsy Looking to get a little artsy? Check out one of Barrie art galleries, including the MacLaren Art Centre which features programs for adults, kids and the whole family. Check out some of the work of local artists at the Edge Gallery, located on Dunlop Street. Make a stop and grab some of your own supplies, then head home to make your own masterpiece.

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FORE! Bring the whole family and head to Duffer’s Golf Centre on County Road 90 West. There are two minigolf courses to try, batting cages and a driving range. The winner can buy dinner. We suggest Market Buffet and Grill, on Mapleview Drive. The familyowned buffet offers a little something for everyone.

Berries & Books Berries, books and a back yard. What could be better? Trek up the road to Barrie Hill Farms, located at 935 Barrie Hill Rd., to pick the best berries around. Then head to the Barrie Public Library to scope out the latest and best in books. Head home and spend the day relaxing in the comfort of your own back yard.

Design Feeling creative? Head to Creative Café, 12 Commerce Park Dr., and paint your own creation. Maybe make a birthday present for mom, dad or grandma. Keep the creativity flowing and head to your closest grocery store. Stock up on all the fixing’s for a pizza and make your own special recipe.

Exercise Cribbage Try your hand at cribbage or darts at the Army, Navy, Air Force Club at 7 George St. Check www.anaf365. com for times. They have food if you want to stay for dinner. Then take a drive along the lakeshore at night and look at the Christmas light display thanks to the local Rotary Club. Nearest intersection is Victoria Street and Lakeshore Drive.

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Grab a soccer ball, football, baseball or any other ball and head to your local park. Enjoy some fun in the sun at one of the city’s many parks. Then get your PJ’s on and head to Sunset Barrie drive-in at 134 Line 4 South, off Highway 11 in Oro-Medonte.


Hop Aboard Hop aboard the Serendipity Princess for a cruise around Kempenfelt Bay. The boat leaves from its dock at the bottom of Bayfield Street for daily excursions, some that include lunch or dinner. After that, enjoy a scoop of ice cream from Kawartha Dairy, 10 Anne St. S. Nearest intersection is Dunlop Street.

Fresh Produce The Barrie Farmers Market at City Hall operates every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon. The market offers up something delicious for everyone, including fresh produces and baked goods. The perogies are a must-try. Then grab your four legged friend and head to one of Barrie’s two dog parks, located in Sunnidale Park and behind the Barrie Molson Centre. Dogs are free to roam off leash with other furry friends.





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Have a green thumb? Start your day with a trip to the arboretum in Sunnidale Park for some inspiration. Be sure to bring your camera to capture images of some of the amazing foliage. Then, head to Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery on Dunlop Street on County Rd. 90 and pick up a few flowers. Maybe even pick up some seeds and plants and make your own little vegetable patch.

Looking for a way to spend a rainy afternoon? Head to Bandito Video on Wellington Street in Barrie and grab a few classics. The Wizard of Oz is always a hit or maybe a romance like Casablanca. While you’re in the neighbourhood, swing by The Italian Bakery to grab some cupcakes and treats to munch on while you watch your flick.

Jump in the Pool Feel like going for a dip? Make a trip to the East Bayfield Community Centre and take the plunge with a family swim. Looking to continue the water theme? Try dropping a line and catching something for dinner along Kempenfelt Bay. Make sure you get your fishing licence first, then hit the shoreline and try your luck.


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Start the day with the family on a geocaching adventure. Try Audrey Milligan Marsh and explore the wetland to try and find the hidden treasure. The Milligan’s Pond closest intersection is at Perry and Boys Street. Then stop into The Farmhouse at Tiffin and Bradford Streets to refuel. The restaurant offers the freshest of fresh food, some grown on site.

Grab a camera and take a walk along the North Shore Trail, which is a continuation of the waterfront paths as they reach Owen Street. Head east towards Johnson’s Beach and check the views of the bay, as well as some interesting homes along streets like Kempenfelt Drive and Shanty Bay Road. Once you return, walk up the hill to Simply Tea and Chocolate which offers an incredible assortment of teas.

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Lakeshore Take a stroll along Barrie’s lakeshore. Park the car at the Southshore Centre then head east along Kempenfelt Bay. When you reach downtown, grab a bite to eat before the trek back. Try the healthconscious salad at Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, like the roasted beet salad, which includes goat cheese, spiced walnuts and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Make it even better with a grilled striploin steak, grilled chicken or smoked shrimp.

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Go for a skate at Circle in the Square. Other free outdoor rinks include Lampman Lane at 59 Lampman Lane and Shear Park 21 Holgate St. While downtown, grab a mug of hot chocolate or coffee at a Casa Cappuccino, 91 Dunlop St. by Memorial Square.

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Looking for something adventurous? Head to Tropical North on Dunlop Street in Barrie and rent a stand-up paddle board. After a paddle around the bay, drop by Pie, at Victoria Street and Lakeshore Drive, for a wood-fired oven pizza, baked in minutes, and enjoy with a cool drink on the patio that offers waterfront views.

Why not go and just window shop. Get in the car and head to the city’s south end, which has some small boutiques. Check out the Red Tulip, By the Sea Boutique and Brabary, in which local women offer up their unique styles along with personalized service, all in the Bryne Drive and Commerce Park area. While in the area, pop into William’s Coffee Pub, which offers salads, sandwiches and soups.

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Quit fighting winter Why fight winter? Give in and give in to your inner child by going tobogganing at Hillcrest Public School. There’s a couple of hills, and no doubt the local kids have added a few bumps to make the ride more interesting. Warm up afterwards by heading downtown, where there’s an array of restaurants, including Arabesque on Maple Street, where the owner cooks up an incredible lentil soup and offers daily specials which offer a healthy taste of the Middle East.

Snowshoeing Go snowshoeing in Sunnidale Park, a former golf course with trails through its ravine and woods. Warm up with a bowl of home-made soup, afterwards, at Warwick Hughes Food Market, on Ross Street, just a couple of blocks east of Sunnidale Road. Laurie Hughes cooks up an array of bone-warming soups and bakes up breads and deserts to round out a soul-warming meal.

Tennis Grab a racquet and hit the court at one of Barrie’s free public tennis courts. Courts are located throughout the city at parks, including Lampman Lane, Queen’s Park and Strabane Park.

Waterfront Spend the day at one of Barrie’s several beaches. Try Tyndale Park 45 Tyndale Rd., Johnson’s Beach at 2 Johnson St., or Minet’s Point at 10 Lismer Blvd. If you still can’t beat the heat, go to the City of Barrie’s splash pad, found at Heritage Park. Nearest intersection is Lakeshore Drive and Mulcaster Street. Lace up your bowling shoes and head to Bowlerama in the Bayfield Mall. The bowling centre even offers glow-in-the-dark bowling.

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If you’re in the mood for some history, wear something warm and visit the Barrie Union Cemetery, 338 Sunnidale Rd. Glance over the old gravestones to see familiar names that built the city’s past. Then head to Mulcaster Street to the Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum to learn a little bit about the military history of Barrie. While downtown grab a truly Canadian treat at BeaverTails, 19 Dunlop St. E., close to Bayfield Street.

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Yearning for Knowledge? Spend the day at the Simcoe County Museum, located on Highway 26 West, just a few minutes north of Barrie. Learn about our local history. On the way back, stop by Fresh-a-Fare on Bayfield Street for a bowl of its famous cheeseburger soup, a sandwich on any of its freshly baked breads or a salad you can build yourself.


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HELLO! my name is Dunlop

A history of the roads and streets that make Barrie By Laurie Watt Photos by Stan Howe

ROAD HISTORY Barrie’s downtown is full of Royal Navy officers. On the street signs, that is. Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield was a hydrographic surveyor who began his naval career at age 11. He served in the Napoleonic War and came to North America in 1816, where he surveyed Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Another major road nearby is named in honour Admiral Robert Blake, who rebuilt the navy for Oliver Cromwell, led the crushing of Prince Rupert’s fleet in the Mediterranean, sunk the Dutch from their reigning naval supremacy and died aboard his ship as it returned to England. Given a hero’s funeral, he is buried in Westminster Abbey. And Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth’s legacy lives on. Before attaining honours of his own, he served under Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney, who also has a street nearby. The city core also includes streets named for Commander Hugh Clapperton, Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, Sir Edward Collier, Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, Cpt. James Cook and Admiral Thomas Cochrane -- the 10th Earl of Dundonald. Kempenfelt Bay -- and Kempenfelt Drive -- take their name from another Royal Navy officer, the son of a Swedish officer. Kempenfelt won a brilliant victory over the French in 1781, and the poem “On the Loss of the Royal George” refers to his ode to the loss of his ship. He rose to the rank of Admiral and was a friend of Lt.Gov. John Graves Simcoe; for whom Simcoe Street is named. There has been some debate about the spelling of Kempenfelt, with some adding a “d”, but the British Admiralty confirmed in a letter to the city’s solicitor in 1974 that there was no “d”.

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The Dunlop debate There’s some debate as to the origins of Dunlop Street, however, writes Streetwise In Barrie author Brad Rudachyk. Capt. Robert “Robin” Dunlop, who joined the Royal Navy at age 13 who had such a colourful action-packed career, he retired at age 23 and came to Canada with his younger brother, “Tiger” Dunlop, The elder Dunlop served as Huron County’s first MP. Tiger was a doctor, and came to Canada in 1813 as assistant surgeon in the 89th Regiment. He patched up those who fought in the War of 1812, then later superintended a party opening up Penetanguishene Road. He later settled the Huron Tract and is considered the father of Huron County. A third possibility for Dunlop Street is Alexander Dunlop, who owned a lot of land in Barrie and Orillia. He constructed a large distillery in Barrie, Rudachyk added.

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ROAD HISTORY Steele - er, Steel - street Politics, not spelling, has perhaps gotten in the way of one of the city’s east-west collectors. The street signs say Steel, but the school is Steele Street. Like many other streets in old Barrie, this road is named in honour of British naval officer and politician Captain Elmes Yelverton Steele. His naval career included a raid in France in 1809. He came to Canada in 1832 and settled in Oro-Medonte. Allotted 1,000 acres, he was one of three “monied men” who helped provide work and assisted settlers. During the Rebellion of 1837, Steele raised volunteers in Medonte in support of the government and became a commander in 1838. He served as the first MP for Simcoe, and won the seat “after a turbulent, whiskey-sodden election battle”, writes Rudachyk. The 1837 plan in the Ontario archives shows Steele Street with an ‘e’. However, Rudachyk noted the plan had been altered and the document “almost looks like an attempt was made to change the streetname to Steep Street.” “One might speculate whether this change was motivated by a fit of nasty pique by a government functionary after Steele’s electoral defeat of (tory) William Robinson in 1841.”

Daughter a chip off the old block Barrie honours its civic leaders, and throughout the city there are former mayors, aldermen, MPs and MPPs. Perhaps one of the nicest stories is one of our newer ones. McCuaig Court – which runs off of Hickling Trail in the Grove Street East/Johnson Street area – honours local lawyer, politician and judge Duncan McCuaig. Raised in Guthrie, he graduated from Barrie Central, and earned his law degree at Osgoode Hall. He began his political career in 1925 as an alderman, then moved up through the city ranks to mayor in 1928, a job which he held for three years. In 1935, he became a Liberal MP for Simcoe North, a job he held onto for 10 years. After politics, he became an Elgin County court judge. He passed on his political gene to his daughter,

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Janice McCuaig Laking, who served as mayor from 1989 to 2000. Janice Drive – located off Anne Street North north of Cundles Road – is a quiet, u-shaped street. Laking, however, was never quiet. She taught high school phys ed, served as alderman from 1973 to 1978 and from 1980 to 1988. She has been a vocal advocate of seniors’ housing and served also as an immigration judge. She also raised seven children.

And also at the council table... Barrie’s first female alderman Mary Laurie served as alderman form 1946 through 1948. The wife of Dr. Neil Laurie, Mary was a nurse. The couple came to Barrie in 1930 and raised four daughters. As an alderman, she advocated for neighbourhood playgrounds and encouraged businesses to cooperate with the Chamber of Commerce. She was also secretary of the Barrie branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, president of St. Mary’s Parent-Teacher Association, an executive member for the Ontario CNIB, , a Red Cross Auxiliary member, and a nursing officer with the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Laurie Crescent is runs off Rose Street, near St. Vincent Street.

Cundles Road Another Barrie alderman, Thomas Cundle was a lumberman and farmer. He was a handson owner, who employed 60 men. Cundle sat on town council in 1864 and

1865, and served as first deputy-reeve. He purchased a chunk of land for his home and farm, and subsequently the small community of Cundles developed on Bayfield Street between what is now Ferris Lane and Cundles Road. Cundles was annexed by Barrie in 1959.

Dyment Road The Dyment family is a family of horse breeders, lumbermen and businessmen. Nathaniel Dyment came to Canada at the tender age of a year with his parents, and got into the lumber trade at age 17. He built several mills on the Great Western Railway line, and settled in Barrie in 1870. He sat on council from 1872 to 1876 and established Dyment-Baker Lumber and was one of the founders of the Barrie Gas Company. A quiet man but dubbed “Barrie’s lumber king”, Nathaniel also had interests in several other lumber companies in Ontario and was a director of the Collingwood Shipbuilding Company, the Goderich Elevator Company and the Barrie Carriage Company. His hobby was horses. His Brookdale Stable, located south of Dunlop Street West and west of Anne Street, had a couple of Queen’s Plate

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Hurst Drive Hurst Drive, which links the extension of Lakeshore Drive with the city’s southeast, is named for Nixon Hurst, who sat as an alderman in 1928, 1930 and 1931. Originally, it had been proposed the street be The Kingsway.

Poppies on the signs In 2002, Barrie began putting poppies on signs denoting streets honouring those who died in war. Names on the cenotaph are linked with those on the street signs. They include D’Ambrosio Drive, which runs off of Yonge Street, south of Little Avenue. This street honours Cpl. Dominic D’Ambrosio, who died in 1944 in France at age 24.The son of Italian immigrants, he was a well-known local athlete who played hockey and baseball. In the same area of town is Barre Drive. It honours Sub Lt. James Gordon Barre, who died at age 23.



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Other streets in that neighbourhood include those named for Pilot Officer Leonard David Gosney, Lt. Charles Edward Harwood and Pte. Wilson Ross Knicely.

Another lawyer and politician Located just off of Mapleview Drive West, Wessenger Drive honours lawyer and politician Paul Wessenger. Wessenger has spent 50 years working on campaigns for the New Democrats. He also carried the NDP banner successfully to Queen’s Park in 1990. He got into municipal politics by getting onto Barrie’s Social Planning Council, which was instrumental in organizing the Raggedy Ann Day Care Co-operative, which was Barrie’s first non-profit childcare centre, as well as the youth hostel. He also served on the city’s non-profit housing committee. He served on council from 1973 to 1976. For more information on all the streets and their histories, visit the Barrie Public Library and check out Streetwise in Barrie by Brad Rudachyk.

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For the first time in Barrie’s history, we have a female at the helm of Barrie Police Services. But Kimberley Greenwood isn’t the only woman leading the way. Our City takes a look at the female leaders of the community in charge of health care, the city’s services, post-secondary education, our military base, and public safety. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Janice Skot, Carla Ladd of the City of Barrie, Base Borden’s Col. Tammy Harris, Georgian College’s MaryLynn West-Moynes and Greenwood talk about what has inspired them to reach the top.


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“These women have worked long and hard to become successful in their careers and their determination to achieve is clearly evident by the positions that they hold. Kudos to all.”

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre CEO Janice Skot has always kept her eyes on the prize. In her case, the prize is her family, balanced with a career in leadership.Skot didn’t set out to be a leader. After taking chemistry in school, Skot switched to nursing and spent four years in the field before pursuing administration. Adding four children to the mix didn’t negatively impact her career ambitions, she said. “I have the incredible good fortune to have a supportive spouse who helps make everything happen for us as a family,” Skot said. “It has to be an intentional discussion about how the roles will be shared.” Having a supportive employer is also important to becoming a leader, said Skot. “We want young, bright women to have babies and have opportunities for maternity leave, so they can enjoy that, and return to the workforce to have fulfilling careers.” Skot stressed she doesn’t run the hospital alone. After a $450-million expansion project, hiring more staff, treating more patients and opening the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Skot is thankful for a good team behind her. “It’s a huge team of people, including our board, 28 | Our City • 2013

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and we have changed the health sector and the economic drivers.” She said the hospital intends to expand into more teaching and research projects in the future. Tips for younger women climbing the corporate ladder include preparing academically, gaining the experience, being willing to move for the job and having a strong work ethic. “It’s also about being in the right place at the right time.” After working at RVH for eight-and-a-half years, Skot recognized, “I’m now the most-seasoned leader in this group.” “In this first year of working together, I’m enjoying the camaraderie and leadership the others bring to their positions and to our community.”


MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO, doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. “Much has been made of late of women in leadership roles – the selection of our new premier is a prime example,” West-Moynes said. “What’s most important is to ensure the right people are in the right roles at the right time. We have always had great female leaders, perhaps

now the numbers are building to a critical mass and people are taking more notice.” To her, a commitment to innovation and operational excellence will bring results to anyone seeking a promotion. “I believe that is the message we need to impart to future leaders – both women and men.” And she knows, from interacting with the other four female leaders, that commitment is there. “I know first-hand that my colleagues are strongly committed to excellence in their organizations and to ensuring the continued success across the communities we serve. I look forward to many opportunities for us to collaborate in the future.” As far as what she hopes to bring to the Barrie community, West-Moynes said it has to do with financial strength. “We know the economic vitality and longterm prosperity of this region rests with the growth and success of small and medium-sized businesses,” she said. “At Georgian College, we are committed to supporting this prosperity by infusing entrepreneurial principles throughout our curriculum and across our operations. (We are) ensuring our graduates are equipped to be not only job seekers, but job creators.”



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It doesn’t mean all of her students will start their own businesses. Some need to be “intrapreneurial” and bring skills and innovative thinking to those small and medium-sized employers, she said. West-Moynes got her BA in science from the University of Guelph, then a Masters in adult education from Central Michigan University. Her PhD was earned from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Previously, she was vice-president of external relations at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and president of Mohawk College.


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It’s been over a month since Barrie police Chief Kimberley Greenwood took her seat as head of the service. And as one of five women in control of local large-scale organizations, she said gender doesn’t matter for a leader. “I don’t focus on being a top woman in Barrie, I focus on being the chief. It’s not about gender at all,” said Greenwood in her office. She worked her way through the ranks, and said becoming a leader is more about knowledge and developing skills along the way. “I have been very fortunate, I have been given more opportunities, based on my work ethic,” said Greenwood. Following in her father’s footsteps, Greenwood started her policing career in 1981. “There weren’t many women in policing then, but when you had the passion and drive, you were recognized,” Greenwood said she had great mentors who directed and encouraged her in her career. “As a uniform officer at the beginning of my career, I started my staff development and job enrichment program early. It was very helpful because it set the foundation, and it’s something I feel was very important.” And she intends to give all of her staff the same guidance she received. “I never focus on just helping younger women. I focus on giving younger people similar opportunities I was given,” said Greenwood. She wants to create similar job development programs here in Barrie, to “ensure that officers are given opportunities to develop at the appropriate time.” She realizes the City of Barrie has grown quickly over the last decade, and said with that growth came an expansion of the city’s diversity. “The police service will be qualified to deal with those changes (that come with growth).” She noted Barrie is one of the safest cities in Canada, as ranked in a Statistics Canada violent crime index, and said she will continue to ensure it stays that way. “My focus is on customer service, community engagement and relationships with out partners.

“But keeping the city safe is not just about the police service; it’s kept safe by everybody,” she said.


As valedictorian from her graduating class from Acadia University, Col. Tammy Harris is familiar with having all eyes on her. As a woman leader of Canadian Forces Base Borden, gender hasn’t been a barrier to her career path. The sky has always been the limit to Harris, who joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an air traffic controller after her 1987 graduation from Acadia. Harris’ early career led her to Lahr, Germany, where she was a tower chief controller until 1993. She was then posted to Sault Ste. Marie, and opened a recruiting centre and became the detachment commander. She then took various positions around the county, as an operations officer in Moose Jaw, in Borden as commandant of the Air Command Academy, then to Gander, Newfoundland in 2007 as a commander. She was named the commander of Base Borden on July 6, 2012, and looks to her colleagues with equal admiration for their own achievements. “It is fantastic to see anyone achieve the levels that these individuals have,” said Harris. “These women have worked long and hard to become successful in their careers and their determination to achieve is clearly evident by the positions that they hold. Kudos to all.” According to Harris, part of the secret to making it to the top is keeping a balance in life. “To rise to a top position in any career, regardless of gender involves hard work and determination. You need to leverage your best attributes and view every experience as a positive that will give your new skill sets and new opportunities to grow.” You need to set goals and work towards them, she said. That includes challenging yourself in your career. “Life is about finding the right balance for you. If you do that, success is already yours,” said Harris.



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Cold War Heroes Air Show July 12-14 Burl’s Creek Family Event Park A weekend of flying, music, remembrance and reunion, featuring UH-1 Huey helicopters, MiG 15, T-28 Trojan, re-enactment of a downed pilot rescue over South Vietnam and more. Night Air Show Friday, a USO Theme Party Saturday, presenting 1960s and ’70s hits with CCR, Eagles, Beatles and Supremes tribute bands. 705-487-0213 Waterfront Festival Kids Fishing Day June 23 Heritage Park and Downtown Barrie This event provides children with the opportunity to experience fishing, learn about conservation and have lots of fun compliments of the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. Promenade Days June 29-July 2 Downtown Barrie Enjoy Downtown Barrie’s longest standing Canada Day family weekend. Dunlop Street is closed to traffic from Mulcaster Street to Mary Street. The downtown merchants will showcase all their products during the street market. There will also be a family and kids

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Romeo and Juliet July 8-27 Heritage Park Theatre by the Bay presents the Shakespearian classic that is being given a 1950s spin. This production will be performed under the stars. or 705-735-9243

Barrie New Music Fest July 18-20 Heritage Park and various venues The 6th annual New Music Fest is a live music festival featuring approximately 70 live touring artists of various genres, performing a series of concerts and showcases at Barrie’s live music venues. or 705-241-3167


Kempenfest Aug. 2-5 Barrie’s waterfront This annual festival features live entertainment, the Huronia Festival of Arts and Crafts, antique vendors, a midway and more. Crazy For You Aug. 8-30 Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre By The Bay presents this Tony Award winning musical about Bobby Child, a wellto-do 1930s playboy, who’s dream in life is to dance, despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée. The show is chock full of memorable Gershwin tunes. or 705-735-9243 Rhythmfest Aug. 10 Heritage Park Celebrate the universal language of rhythm at Barrie’s fourth annual interactive festival. The festival, which runs from10 a.m. to 9 p.m. will feature entertainment, workshops, food and merchandise from around the world. Grab an instrument and be part of it.

Caribfest Aug. 15 to 18 Centennial Park This annual festival features a parade, Caribbean food, vendors and lots of music. The festival shines a spotlight on Soca, Calypso, Reggae and many other genres of music. or 705-790-4878


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FESTIVALS & EVENTS Canadian with focus on the iconic beaver. Beaver Lane runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include a display of exhibitors, artisans and vendors that are all representative of being Canadian. Barrie Oktoberfest Sept. 27-28 Eastview Arena The Rotary Club of Barrie hosts a traditional German celebration with authentic food, festhallen and entertainment. Canada’s King of Polka, Walter Ostanek, returns to headline the entertainment. The event runs from 4 p.m. to midnight and admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Culture Days Sept. 27-29 Various venues Check out Barrie’s arts and culture scene and participate in hands-on and behind-thescenes activities in unique venues throughout the city, including the MacLaren Art Centre.

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Fall Automotive Flea Market Sept. 5-8 Burl’s Creek Family Event Park This annual market offers more than 2,500 vending spaces and 1,000 camping sites. There is everything from collectibles and classic cars to those hard to find car parts. If you can’t find it here, you can’t find it anywhere. or 705-487-3663

and rug hooking items on display by the guild members who handcrafted them. Admission is $6. Great Canadian Beaver Race and Festival Sept. 22 Heritage Park This annual event, hosted by the Kempenfelt Rotary Club, is a celebration of being

Colours of Music September Various venues Wonderful music performed by talented artists from across Canada and around the world. Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair Sept. 20-22 Simcoe County Museum This event is a showcase of heritage crafts from throughout the region. There will be quilting, embroidery, spinning, handweaving 36 | Our City • 2013


Arts Ce Soir Sept. 28 Lakeshore Mews This all-night contemporary art event is a tribute to the Nuit Blanche phenomena. Artists will transform Lakeshore Mews into an engaging place of art, whether it be visual, musical, theatrical or literature.


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The Sneeze Nov. 28 – Dec. 7 Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Talk is Free Theatre presents this hilarious play based on Anton Chekhov’s short stories and short plays. or 705-792-1949

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Barrielicious January Various Restaurants Barrielicious gives residents the chance to try a diversity of culinary experiences in Barrie. There are an array of three course prix fixe menus from restaurants in the area for the price of only $15, $20 or $25 per person.


Winterfest Feb. 1-2 Downtown Barrie and various venues One of the top-100 festivals in Ontario, this event includes ice sculptures, polar bear swim, horse-drawn wagon rides, lumberjack shows, ice maze, pancake breakfast, storytime and crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival Feb. 1-2 Various venues Get out of hibernation and hit downtown Barrie for this annual festival that brings the best in jazz and blues to local bars, restaurants and libraries. Barrie Film Festival Reel Stories Feb. 1-2 Uptown Theatre and various venues Discover extraordinary things about the world from this thought-provoking weekend of films, which includes documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people.


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Often the best way to find out about a great restaurant that has delicious food and super service is by word of mouth. Family, friends and neighbours are quick to share excellent culinary experiences with each other. We’ve asked some of Barrie’s well-known residents to let us in on their favourite places to enjoy a meal. By Colleen Winter

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raig Stevens, Managing Director of the Downtown Barrie BIA, has close relationships with many of the downtown businesses in the city. As a result, he had a hard time choosing from the many establishments he regularly frequents. When pressed, he confessed to enjoying the Americano from the Barrie Bean Counter on Dunlop Street, particularly because he likes Balzac’s coffee. For lunch he enjoys Groovy Tuesday’s Bistro with its relaxed atmosphere and great specials. His dish of choice is the calamari. Stevens likes to cook so he also appreciates the Local Gastro Pub where the mac and cheese with triple-smoked bacon is his favourite as well as the monthly beer tasting menu. “I’m really interested in craft beer and love trying it out.” For the same reasons, his favourite watering hole is the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.



reg Rennet, the Head Chef at Painter’s Hall Bistro, is a self-professed lover of food. He samples widely across the restaurants in Barrie and there isn’t a food that doesn’t interest him. His first choice is The North Restaurant, partially because he’s friends with the owner, Marco Ormonde, but mainly because of the exceptional food and the great atmosphere of the recent addition. As a connoisseur of sushi restaurants, Rennet has tasted sushi across Canada and has been to every sushi restaurant in Barrie. He named Konoe Sushi as his personal favourite. His final selection is Spice, an Indian restaurant downtown. He’s currently self-teaching himself about Asian food and Spice provides excellent examples of “really good Indian food.”

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s a curry lover, one of Mayor Jeff Lehman’s choices for favourite eating places is Tiffin’s Curry in a Hurry on Dunlop Street that cooks its food fresh on site. “It’s wonderful, fresh spicy food that doesn’t blow your head off,” said Lehman, who also likes the location relatively close to the office. He and his wife Jenn have a long time ritual of weekend breakfasts out and Lehman chose Wimpy’s Diner as his favourite place for good breakfast eats. For dinner he chose Thai Bamboo that is located on King Street, well off the normal culinary beaten track. “Its atmosphere is very welcoming and the food is great.”

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or chefs and restaurant owners their choice of favourite restaurants is often a reflection of their own establishment. Melanie Barrett, owner of Groovy Tuesdays, chose the Arabesque Restaurant on Maple Avenue as one of her top choices due to its small, intimate atmosphere and its impeccable food. “No other Hijak in the world compares to theirs.” For drinks and getting together with friends, she likes Kenzington on Dunlop Street due to its good service, great bands, and its patio in the summer. Her final selection is the new PIE restaurant at Victoria Street and Lakeshore Drive that offers the ‘best pizza in Barrie’ in an amazing new location.

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uzanne Legue, Chief Communications Officer at Royal Victorial Regional Health Centre, knows her favourite places to eat and she knows what she likes. Her first choice is Tara Indian Cuisine on Dunlop Street where she eats as often as once per week. “The food is authentic and delicious. It is truly outstanding but more than anything else when I come here I feel like I’m being welcomed into [Chef Yar and Nur Mohammad’s] home.” Her second choice is her weekly Saturday morning stop at the Midhurst Coffee House. “It’s a small, independent coffee shop with an emphasis on service and relationships.” And while she doesn’t eat red meat very often, when she does her preference is for the Chateaubriand at Town and Country Steak House on Dunlop Street. “You can cut it with a fork. And all the meat is like that.”


s a lover of Italian Food, George Bryson, host of The Scene Simcoe County on Rogers TV chose Gio’s Italian Restaurant on Anne Street as his first choice of places to eat in Barrie. “I’ve been going there a long time. The food is great, it has a great atmosphere, and I’ve never had a meal I didn’t like.” For a change of pace he often goes to Doc Malone’s on Bradford Street where he gets what he feels “are the best wings in town.” His breakfast destination of choice is Linda’s Eating Place in Midhurst that has freshly made breakfasts at reasonable prices and with meals delivered the old fashioned way. “They have big vinyl benches and bring the jam to the table in three separate dishes. Their breakfasts are outstanding.”

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or Chay Today 93.1 Morning Show host Jamie Hall his preferred places to eat and drink reflect the different stages of his life. At the top of his list is the Maclaren Art Centre partially because he got married there but also because the Radio Café has a Thai curry chicken wrap that is to die for. Prior to getting married, Hall did a fair amount of courting, and chose the exceptional food and style of Michael and Marion’s as he preferred place to impress. Now that he’s a family man, he’s a frequent visitor to Ye Olde General Store in Midhurst where the ice cream is “the best deal in town.”

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uammie Williams, Director of Culture for the City of Barrie, has a long list of places he likes to eat. First is The Urban Dish on Yonge Street where he loves the ‘eclectic variety’ and its creativeness in terms of taste and presentation. He finds the same creativity and variety at Painter’s Hall on Clapperton Street, where he enjoys its ambience and exceptional quality and service. “When I’m there I know that I could not eat this exact same thing anywhere else.” For Sushi, he likes Aji-Sai Japanese Restaurant on Bayfield Street but when he’s craving comfort food its Donaleigh’s Irish Public House on Dunlop Street all the way. “They’ve got great food and there’s also music, guitarists and singers. The people there always look like they’re having a ball.”

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espite his busy schedule, MPP Rod Jackson does get a little time to frequent local restaurants. He chose At the Five on Dunlop Street for its attention to detail on everything from its food, décor and service. He said he appreciates that the staff remember people’s names and that the restaurant is involved in the community. He describes Crazy Fox as the original fine dining restaurant in Barrie that has maintained its quality through attention to customer service and food that is guaranteed to be awesome. “They do a great job on frog legs.” His final choice is The Farm House newly located on Bradford Street with its great atmosphere and a focus on local food . “Barrie is surrounded by farm land. I like their unique focus.”

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ot surprisingly one of Dylan Corson’s favourite places to eat is at Corson’s restaurant on Bryne Drive. Operated by his father, aunt and grandmother it’s a second home to him where he and the Barrie Colts often go after games. He likes the home style meals with the Corson Clubhouse his selection of choice. Jack Astor’s is another venue close to the Barrie Molson Centre where he and the team like to spend time. “It’s got a great atmosphere and is really lively,” said Corson. His favourite meal would be the chicken stir fry. Large amounts of food are par for the course for OHL hockey players and Fresh-a-Fare got top billing with Corson for “unbelievably” good meals that come in large quantities. He recommends the corned beef – bar none.

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YOUNG AND TALeNTeD By Leigh Blenkhorn

Lyric Dubee

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Lyric emerged himself in music at the young age of nine. At the age of fourteen he has already released two full albums, played in benefit concerts and large music festivals such as NXNE. Lyric is a rock/pop/blues/jazz artist, but he has personalized his music and created his own genre call revolution rock. What most people don’t know is Lyric writes all his own music.

This energetic and creative teen Canadian singer/songwriter is confident and following her dreams. Her biggest musical influence has been Taylor Swift. Growing up with a family of professional musicians she started her career at a young age. She is a talented vocalist and guitarist and also plays the violin, piano, and drums. Tori continues to revise her work and make it better, but also performs entertaining covers. She has performed in both Canada and the U.S. and has been a features artist at the at the Arizona Opry and the Dutton Family Theatres in Branson, MO and Mesa, AZ.

Barrie musician Brittney Fulton only started performing last year, but she is making a name for herself on the local music scene. Fulton, who has always been interested in music, started taking things seriously in August 2010. Her debut EP Somebody to Love Me is a labour of love she’s spent most of 2011 working on. Between two different studios and several changes in arrangements and style she settled on what is now her first official release.

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Sarah Melody

With Melody being her middle name, it is destiny that she is an amazing vocalist. She jumped into music at the age of 14 and released her first four-track demo and sent a song into the radio. She won the Emerging Artist Award from the Barrie Arts Awards in 2011. At the time of the awards she was in Glasgow, Scotland to get her BA in commercial business. She released her first album in 2007 called Side Two. She has performed in a number of shows in Barrie including Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrie New Music Festival and at the 2012 Barrie Downtown Countdown.

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Abigail Johnson Johnson wasn’t born with the passion but her family knew she had a gift from the beginning. Her mom made her practise and her grandparents said she had to play piano like they do. Her grandparents paid for her lessons as a child, and by age 10 she started to enjoy it. She didn’t like classical piano but by age 12 she fell in love. Her inspiration comes from Frederick Chopin. The pianist currently works with Cheryl Graham, a longtime piano teacher. Abigail says that without Cheryl she would be nowhere. She has performed in the Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival and festivals in Orillia and Alliston. She received the Most Promising Youth Award at the 2011 Barrie Arts Awards. 54 | Our City • 2013

The 10,000-square-foot theatre features automated retractable tiered seating that can accommodate up to 200 people. The sprung floor performance space allows for a more powerful dance show and the state of the art lighting and sound system is a major contributor to the overall feel of the many concerts that are housed at the Mady. Fred Andrews, Culture Officer (Programming) with Barrie’s Department of Culture, believes that the Mady is not only the area’s best new venue for all performing arts, but is absolutely vital for the revitalization of the downtown core. “Attracting people to our beautiful waterfront was one of the reasons we were so excited about getting the Mady up and running,” Andrews said. “The downtown portion is where you tend to find a city’s character; we want folks who come to Barrie to feel like they got more out of the visit than they expected.” Andrews also feels that people should have a sense of pride of what their city offers.

Not only was the Mady booked for 270 days in 2012, but the sleek design of the theatre catches your eye as you walk by making you feel like you are in the heart of a cultural movement. While the downtown theatre has refreshed the arts spirit of the area’s theatre-goers, the Georgian Theatre has been putting on a show for more than 30 years. Located at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus, the theatre holds nearly to 700 people, this is helpful for any large collegiate lectures booked for the school. Also used for concerts and shows that range from respected fiddler Natalie McMaster to celebrated live kids show Toopy and Binoo, the Georgian serves a special purpose on its own just like its downtown counterpart. “Georgian College is home to many students from all over Canada and some from different countries,” Andrews said. “Having a sense of culture at their doorstep can really boost not only the residents of our city, but also those who are visiting from far away.”

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It’s a wonderful thing when a city can express its love of culture through a locally renowned theatre. Barrie is fortunate to have two such theatres and enough appreciation to fill them both.The Mady Theatre for the Performing Arts is the focal point of Downtown Barrie and has been since it opened in September of 2011.

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FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE & MAINTENANCE NEEDS. From a performer’s point of view, both venues are unique in their own right. Jason McCoy is a Canadian country music superstar who also calls the Simcoe County area home. “They are two wonderful facilities and it’s always nice to perform at home,” McCoy said. “Georgian is so big and has that large crowd concert feel while the Mady can have a very personal performer to audience atmosphere that you just don’t find in every city.” Mady Centre for the Performing Arts Features: a versatile and flexible stage area using a system of stage lights and sound reinforcement for professional theatre, music, dance and other formats. A sprung performance floor, artist’s green room/lounge and performers dressing rooms with showers. Seating: Flexible seating capacity of 120-200 Location: Downtown Barrie – 1 Dunlop St. W. – at the corner of Bayfield Street and Dunlop Street City of Barrie Theatre Box Office The Box Office for both theatres is located at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St. W. Office hours are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 705-739-4228 or email:

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TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS 12-year-old takes magic world by storm By Leigh Blenkhorn Photo Stan Howe Owen Wong’s idea of fun involves tying himself in ropes, adding leg and neck shackles, climbing in a mailbag and jumping in a crate that’s been chained shut with pad locks. Then he escapes. The 12-year-old is an up and coming magician who has been performing tricks and illusions since he was three years old. Wong was first bitten by the magic bug after seeing a magician perform at the Barrie Public Library. “The magician was Frank Clarkson and as soon as I saw him perform, I knew what I wanted to do,” Wong said. Wong has come a long way from his first trick, which involved asking his parents to close their eyes while he hid a crayon. On a trip to Toronto, Wong found The Magic Store, and his life was changed. “When you walk in the store, there is magic stuff everywhere,” he said. “They have a lot of books, so I started reading about magic. I have also gone to conferences and watched DVDs.” Wong can do card tricks, coin tricks, prop tricks and some mentalism. “I came up with the crate trick on my own. We have a family friend who is a carpenter, so he helped me build the crate,” Wong said. “It’s built so it can fit in the trunk of the car.” This makes Wong’s dad, and biggest fan, Jason proud. “I drive him to all his events, but when it comes to the magic, he comes up with it all on his own,” his dad said.

Wong’s magic career came full circle recently when he performed at the Barrie Public Library Painswick branch’s first anniversary. “It was great to be performing at the library. I hope that some of the kids that saw me will get interested in magic,” he said. Wong can often be seen performing his illusions at the Barrie Farmers’ Market. He has also performed magic shows for a number of corporate events including the TELUS annual picnic. Wong has performed for the Ontario Educational Leadership Center (OELC) for the past six years and has been featured on Rogers TV three times “I have also started performing at kids birthday parties.” Wong provides a 45 to 60-minute show for ages three and up. If it is for a kid’s party, the birthday boy or girl will be secretly instructed before the show on how to do a top-secret trick. Then later on in the show he or she will have a chance to come up to perform the trick for friends. “The best part of doing magic is doing something in front of a person’s eyes that they don’t see,” Wong said. Wong also plays piano, which helps him with his slight of hand and quick hand movements. The Allandale Heights Public School student is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) Ring 17, the Hat and Rabbit Club and the Canadian Association of Magicians. But while he may have mastered a number of magic’s secrets, Wong has his sights set on bigger illusions. “I really want to do a big public prediction,” he said. “Maybe I’ll predict the winner of the next election or something big like that ahead of the results.” This summer Wong will have the opportunity of a lifetime when he heads to magic camp in Haliburton. “It’s really expensive, but the Magic Store put up an article about me on the store’s bulletin board and someone saw it and said they wanted to sponsor me,” he said. “Ryan Joyce is a professional magician and an international grand illusionist. He’s going to help me go to camp.” Wong will head to the camp at the end of August, but until then he is available for parties and events. “I love performing in front of people.” For more information, visit www.owenthegreat. com.

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Barrie was introduced to luxury living and awarding-winning design. Since their debut, Total Living Concepts has become a premiere destination for home remodelling. A team of experts transforms home interiors and makes old new again. They help their clients choose quality materials and smart designs, to create living spaces to match the lifestyles of their clients. What exactly is Total Living Concepts? We’re a full-service contractor. We do interiors. Kitchens and bathrooms are our primary focus. We update older homes, transforming them into new homes, and we work with customers anywhere from Toronto to Muskoka. What can a client expect when they enter your beautiful showroom? We sell high-quality products and give the best service in the industry. You get comprehensive expert advice. We will come to your home to do an in-home consultation. We will give you a survey, where you answer questions about what you want. Then we can figure out what needs to be done to the space you want to remodel. Basically, we will take your remodelling ideas and turn them into reality.

How does your team bring dreams to fruition? First, we have to figure out that is wrong with the space right now. What is working for you and what’s not? Is lighting a problem? Is it the floors, or cabinetry? The other problem is people don’t really know what they’re buying. There is too much selection. We will design something, within a specific budget, that checks all the boxes, is going to last and be sustainable. Who are the masterminds behind the designs? We have two graduates of the Georgian College interior design program – Céleste Pilon and Kim Stovold. They work closely with all our clients, and we work as a team. The most important thing we do is create the design right for each individual, regardless of how much money they’re spending. How much does someone have to spend to remodel their home or a room, like a kitchen or bathroom? It depends on your goals. You can spend all your money on one room or spread the budget out throughout the home. We balance the budget. From a real estate point of view, we want to make sure you get a return on your investment, and that your home retains the value you put into it. At the end of the day, the decision really depends on what you want to do, and how much money you can spend. Do you want to spend $5,000 or $50,000? From there, we can develop an idea of where to go with the remodel.

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You have an idea and a budget. What’s the next most important thing? You have to understand the structure of the house in order to do work properly. Our team does understand house structures. We are working on a home right now that underwent two previous renovations, and the cost to fix errors was extensive. The structural work needs to be there before we can work in our design. How can you be certain a contractor is qualified to do the work? Go to someone you can trust. Check their references. Make sure they have good standing. Make sure they have all the right qualifications and licences. Make sure they are members of their local builder’s association. What’s the one thing you would tell to potential clients then, before they choose to begin a remodel? When someone walks through our door, we ask questions. If the person you’re hiring isn’t asking questions, they are not doing their job. That’s why we have the survey. It’s 18 pages long, but we want to know what your wish list is so that we can help create a design that has all the right ideas integrated into the final product. As a final word of advice, what would you say? Will it satisfy your needs? Is the plan you choose, the oven you choose, or the flooring you choose going to satisfy your needs? If it is, then you’ve made the right choice.

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To our loyal customers, our staff, both past and present, friends and family. My sincere thanks to all of you for making Munro’s Furnishings what it is today. During the recession of 1978 when I was unemployed, I told Janet that I could build furniture, her response was “Yeah, Right!!” I have

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spent the last 35 years proving to her that I knew what I was talking about. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities I have been given to hone my craft and produce a solid wood product that will last more than my lifetime. I would like to thank the customers from both the Pickering and Stouffville flea markets where we began, from our Maple and Schomberg locations and those who took the time to exit the 400 highway to find out what we were about. My thanks to Jill who will continue the Munro’s tradition of quality and solid wood but with her own unique style. And to my wife, Janet, whose retirement is still a few years away... I couldn’t have done it without you.

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next medical imaging service. Georgian Radiology Consultants provide state of the art medical imaging and specialized radiology services at many facilities throughout the Barrie region. Being Barrie’s only radiology services outside of a hospital environment, you can rest assured that the quality of service and results you’ll receive will be outstanding. All 13 Radiologists are board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They have extensive experience in all imaging modalities. Each Radiologist holds hospital affiliations at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Georgian Bay General Hospital. This dynamic team, known as the Georgian Radiology Consultants, has recently invested in leading edge technology to offer its patients the highest quality of service and results. The clinics have grown from one x-ray machine in 1972, to seven digital x-ray machines, eight state of the art ultrasound machines, and Barrie’s only bone densitometry machine. The team understands the significant role that

imaging plays in the overall management of patients’ health, with one of Ontario’s first certified bone densitometry programs. The staff at Georgian Radiology Consultants is highly skilled and personable to ensure that all imaging is performed to the highest standards, with particular attention to patient privacy. The newest advance to Georgian Radiology Consultants is the addition of musculoskeletal and vascular imaging services. “Most reports are provided to the patients’ physician within 48 hours or less,” said Mariann Canova, Administrative Director at Georgian Radiology Consultants. “Physicians can now access images and results electronically from the convenience of their own clinics,” she added. The technologists are well trained, and fulfill all of the standards for registered technologists as set out by the province of Ontario. The friendly clerical team is knowledgeable, to guide you through the examination in the best way possible. Understanding the need to be open for all, Georgian Radiology Consultants provides access and assistance at all their clinics for those with disabilities and special requirements or needs. “A lot of people are unaware that regardless of

which city your doctor’s clinic is located, as long as you have a requisition, you can get your medical imaging done at one of our many locations” said Canova. Save yourself any unnecessary trips. This outstanding team is here to serve you out of three locations in north, central and south Barrie, as well as Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. The Huronia location is open on Saturdays and as late at 8 pm on weekdays. Appointments for x-rays are unnecessary; they’re open for walkins. However, ultrasounds and bone densitometry exams require appointments that can be conveniently scheduled over the phone through the central booking number 705-726-7442. Both Huronia and Wellington locations are in the same building as walk-in clinics. So if you need an x-ray you can conveniently walk over from the clinic. Parking is also free at most locations. Georgian Radiology Consultants are committed to the same high quality of medical imaging service they provided to Simcoe County for over 40 years. To find out more about locations and working hours visit www.georgianradiology. com.

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Not only have we just completed our best year ever, having handled more than 2,000 transactions in 2012, we have grown to be the largest real estate company in Barrie and we have some unique anniversaries to celebrate as well. 2013 represents the completion of 10 years of Sutton Group ownership for Bill Kindou, during which time he has grown the company to a staff of more than 200, spread out over six branch offices across the county. Bill’s fairness and forward-thinking approach to business has resulted in this phenomenal growth of positive successes for both clients and sales representative alike. Sutton’s success is clearly beneficial to the local businesses we proudly support in our day-to-day operations, along with

charities such as Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Care Center (RVH), The Barrie Women and Children’s Crisis Centre, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and other worthy causes throughout the county. 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 2013 represents 20 years of Sutton Groups presence in the Barrie real estate market. In 1993, Don Jerry embarked on a new business venture introducing Sutton Group’s real estate concept to Barrie. As in any business startup, the first years are the most challenging and during those 10 years of ownership Don continued to grow the business until in 2002 he decided to offer it for sale and turn the reins over to new management. 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Thirty years ago Sutton was founded in 1983 in Vancouver offering a revolutionary new business concept for Realtors that quickly gained the attention and momentum of many, causing the industry to restructure its business thinking and practices. Sutton now has approximately 200 offices across Canada and more than 9,000 Sales Representatives.

It is a 100-per-cent Canadian owned Real Estate Franchise who has made its mark and its presence in the Canadian Real Estate Market altering the course of an entire industry by adopting a business philosophy designed to put the Realtor not the real estate company at the centre of each business transaction. Part of the same vision that Bill Kindou, Broker of Record, at Sutton Group Incentive, Barrie carries on today, by fostering rewarding relationship, training and leadership programs that empowers our sales representative by providing a cost controlled, creative business environment where we all continue to grow and succeed while keeping pace with today’s ever-changing industry, technology and marketing tools. IT IS OUR FOCUS TO ENSURE THAT SUTTON GROUP SERVICE ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION … TODAY … TOMORROW AND IN THE FUTURE WE KNOW HOW TO MOVE YOU – IT’S OUR BUSINESS

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Downtown Barrie

Uptown Theater Since 1936

this landmark theater house located in the heart of downtown Barrie has reopened its doors, bringing to Barrie a state of the art theater for live performances and cinema. In addition to hosting the Barrie Film Festival, the Uptown Theater offers the comfort of leather recliners in their newly updated cinemas. With over 90 public events and screenings per year, there are many opportunities to enjoy award-winning and festival favorites on the big screen. Whether you are looking to watch a movie after a dinner out or want to enjoy an afternoon matinee, Uptown Theater brings a sense of nostalgia

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and charm to Dunlop St. Come see what the wide world of cinema has to offer. Film Festival You can discover unique films year-round through Barrie Film Festival programming. We provide film fans unique experiences and seek out the best of the best in Independent cinema, featuring films from Canada and around the world. Our Lobby is Licensed by the LLBO so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail to unwind before your show begins. The theatres have been completely renovated with the added comfort of recliners in some. New state of the are sound systems so you

get the whole theatre experience. We have our popular Screen One monthly film series at the Uptown Theatre the first Wednesday of every month, where we showcase an international line up of cinematic gems. Every February the Reel Stories winter mini-festival returns downtown where we present the most current in documentary and fact-based films. During the summer months we offer free outdoor screenings on Barrie’s waterfront. In the Autumn months the film festival includes over 34 screenings, a Short Film Competition, Director’s Brunch, guest Q&As and receptions.

Health & Well Being

Located in the Royal Court Medical Centre at 1 Quarry Ridge Road, next to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, you will find Dr. M. Yan & Dr. K. Jefferson Dental Care situated on the third floor of this bustling, modern, professional facility.

Upon opening the door into Suite 308, you are greeted with a very inviting reception area decorated with warm colour tones, tasteful design, and always a beautiful, fresh, floral arrangement. Familiar faces, friendly smiles and welcoming conversation soon make you feel right at home. In having contemplated a somewhat reduced work schedule in order to allow him some time to enjoy travel and family, Dr. Ken Jefferson had questions and concerns weighing heavy on his mind. How could he accomplish this without compromising his loyal clients’ care and the needs of a growing and thriving practice?... After forty-one years of practicing dentistry in Barrie, Dr. Ken Jefferson has welcomed Dr. Mingming Yan to his team.

Secret to your success?:

“Success can be measured in so many different ways. We believe the devoted long-term relationships we form with people we care for have been in themselves a fine reward. However, to have built the strength of trust and confidence in our care with our clients, and to have them respond by voting us ‘Favorite Dentist’ several years in a row, is truly our measure of success. This recognition is a genuine, heartfelt compliment… one we take great pride in.”

Dr. Jefferson, what more than anything, had you decide Dr. Yan was the right candidate to join your practice?:

“After a lengthy search, I could see Dr. Yan was a dentist who exemplified the same values and high standard of dental care that my team and I have established, and our clients have come to expect over the past years. Her exceptional clinical skills and attention to detail are first class. No question. However, equally important is her gentle manner and warm, caring way.”

Dr. Yan, what made you realize Dr. Jefferson’s practice was right for you?:

“When I read Dr. Ken Jefferson Dental Care had been voted ‘Favorite Dentist’ four years running, I was keenly interested. In meeting with Ken and his staff personally, I understood why. They believe their achievement is the result of loving what they do and sharing each day together with an extraordinary team and wonderfully, loyal clients, new and old. It was evident to me these individuals were truly devoted to their profession. My philosophy of practice was clearly an excellent fit to theirs.”

What sets your dental office apart from others?:

“Our team is committed to making each clients health experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible… always making them feel at home… always treating them as we would family. Many have come to know their experience here at 1 Quarry Ridge as being “a spa-like treatment for teeth… relaxed and pampered.”

What do your clients mean to you?:

“When you walk into our office as a client, the most important person in our practice is you. You are never an interruption to our work, but rather the reason we work so hard. You are the reason we are here each day, the reason we have studied and trained to be highly skilled at what we do as individuals and as a team, and the reason we chose to dedicate ourselves to our profession in dentistry.”

Is your office accepting new clients?:

“Yes, our doors are always open to new client friends, simply to introduce ourselves, offer an office tour, or to help out with any question or dental concern they may have. Unfortunately at times for some people fear can be overwhelming, and we understand this anxiety is why they may avoid care. Our team is well trained to respond effectively to dental apprehension. We warmly welcome each and every client into a relaxed, reassuring environment. We are gentle, compassionate, and are truly here to help.”



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Simcoe County Museum Ta k e t h e I n f i n i t e J o u r n e y

Retracing the past

The 1970s may not seem like long ago for some, yet there’s already a replica basement showcasing the decade on display at the Simcoe County Museum.

Designed with conversation in mind, the Living and Working Gallery aims to not only get families together, but have them share stories about the ‘good old days’.

“We have artifacts from the late 1800s to the 1990s, even toys I remember playing with,” said Events Programmer Shaughna Crew, who has shared a story or two with her family while touring the Museum. “My mom and aunt saw the gallery and started telling me things I didn’t know about them. One key purpose of the Museum is to keep that information alive and keep it flowing between generations.”

Born from an assortment of historic pieces collected by two local women from the Simcoe County Women’s Institute in 1928, the Museum has called a few different places home, including the Barrie Public Library, the Barrie Registry Office, and its current location, where it has remained since 1962.

Since its first public display in 1930, the Museum has exhibited thousands of unique artifacts, including a chair made of buffalo horns, old tools and instruments, vintage furniture and supplies, and construction equipment.

With 327 acres, the Museum is also home to some amazing buildings, including the Cedar View Cottage. One of the Museum’s latest additions, the 1922 summer home had spent almost

a century on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Innisfil.

Instead of tearing it down to make room for a new home on the property, Marj Mossman and her family donated it—and its many fond tales—to the Museum.

“Marj and her sister have fond memories of summers there in the 1950s, and it’s been restored to that timeframe,” said Shaughna, adding that the Museum has reproduced some of the Mossman’s handmade board games and play era-specific music to add to the nostalgic feel.

But not all has been restored; the Museum made sure to leave the conversation-starting stain on the ceiling.

“Marj told us her mom always told her and her sister not to leave their wet bathing suits on the floor in the loft,” said Shaughna. “Well, they did, and that’s how the stain came about.” The Museum’s heritage buildings are open to the public May through November, while the Museum itself is open year-round, offering five indoor galleries and many special events throughout the year, including Summer Sundays, which runs July to mid-August and features live demonstrations such as a leather workshop, baking in the stone oven, and blacksmithing.

In June, the Museum plays host to the annual Wheels & Tracks in Motion event, showcasing historical construction equipment in action, including a 1917 Buckeye Traction Ditcher. “It was used to build trenches at Base Borden, but when it

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came here, it was in pieces and didn’t look at all like a machine,” Shaughna said, adding that whenever possible, the Museum uses the antique machinery to level its gravel paths or remove trees from the property. “(The Buckeye) was rebuilt so it actually runs, and I got to see it as it was started for the first time. It’s exciting to see history come back to us.”

When summer beings to fade and there is a chill in the air, the Museum invites you for An Evening of Halloween, offering treats for all ages, a haunted barn, and spooky games. This is followed by Christmas Past and Present, a winter wonderland celebration of caroling, sleigh rides, tasty treats, and lanterns. And once winter is in full swing, grab a pair of snowshoes to tour the grounds or join in the annual Family Day snowshoeing and tobogganing party.

The Museum does welcome new donations, provided the items relate to Simcoe County’s history, and that there are no similar objects already in the collection. Those interested in donating objects are encouraged to call the Museum for details.

The Museum, located at 1151 Highway 26 in Minesing, is open seven days a week. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for children, and free for preschoolers. For more information, call 705-728-3721 or visit online at

Downtown Barrie

Established in 1991.

We are Barrie’s first and finest board shop. Specializing in Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Longboarding, Wakeboarding and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We offer year-round equipment and clothing for Skateboarders and Snowboarders. We have a large selection of watersport products including Wakeboards, Kiteboards, and the new and popular Stand-Up Paddle Boards. We also rent them all summer long. People are surprised when they come into the store to see how large it is and that we have such a huge selec-

tion with all the latest in clothing and outerwear. They are also happy to find out that we carry swimwear and vacation wear all year long and that we offer windsurfing lessons in the summer on Kempenfelt Bay. All of our staff have participated in most of the sports we represent, so our staff is very knowledgeable about the sports and the products we carry. Brands we Carry: Landyachtz, Libtech, Union, Starboard, Boardworks, O’Neill Wetsuits, Sabre, LRG, Cabrinha, Rome, Entitie, Technine, Libtech, Quiksilver, Holden, Fallen Toms, Roxy, Circa, Billabong, Volcom, Supra, Emerica plus more.

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innovative packing solutions for more than just boxes Moore Packaging Corporation has seen plenty of change since it began operations in 1979 but few would compare to the changes that have occurred at its 200,000 square foot facility in the 18 months leading up to December 2012. Moore Packaging produces all types of containers and packaging units and continues to be the largest corrugated packaging operation in Ontario but as of last December they can now boast that they are the first independent corrugated packaging producer in Ontario to become HACCP certified under the PACsecure product safety standards. “Half of the market for corrugated packaging is in the food and beverage industry,” said founder and CEO Peter Moore. “We made a conscious decision to focus on that market so we could continue to thrive and expand.” PACsecure product safety standards were developed by PAC, The Packaging Association, specifically for the producers and suppliers of food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging products. Traditionally, Moore has supplied packaging to the manufacturing industry in Ontario but with the recent reductions in the manufacturing in-

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dustry, Moore knew they had to re-focus in order to remain viable. “Much of the remaining manufacturing industry in Canada is in food and beverage,” said Moore. With increased concerns over product contamination and product re-calls, due to several high-profile cases in both North America and Europe, companies were required to have the necessary food safety certifications to bid on supply contracts. When Moore Packaging found themselves being kept out of bidding, HACCP certification became a matter of priority. “We had to decide whether to enter the stiff competition for the food-and-beverage business or not,” said Moore. What followed was a year of planning and then six months of facility upgrades that encompassed not only the plant floor but the entire operations. The production and handling processes were changed almost entirely with a full-blown re-vamping of almost all their existing procedures. “Before we started we had a meeting with our

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employees to keep them informed about what we were doing and the reasons behind it,” said Moore. “We had complete buy-in by the employees since they understood why we had decided to implement a company-wide certification program.” The most obvious change for plant employees was the necessity of wearing hair-nets but people were open to it and ready to do what was necessary. The new procedures and processes weren’t easy to implement and the retraining program required a lot of effort and cooperation but in the end the resulting work environment is better for both their customers and their employees. With the changes behind them and the essentially new plant operating at full steam, making hard choices and taking the risks of upgrading to HACCP certification has been worth it. Due to the increase in sales, Moore Packaging has hired new sales staff and for the first time in its history has added a third shift. “We will be hiring 50 more people as the third shift builds,” said Moore.

Homes, Renovation & Real Estate

{realtor profile} The Chilton Team at Royal LePage First Contact Realty is a team in the true sense of the word. With three Sales Representatives, and two Brokers assisted by three support staff, they bring resources, expertise and extensive experience to every home they sell. “We believe in strength in numbers. The Chilton team has five Realtors, an office administrator, a dedicated marketing co-ordinator, and a presentation designer all working together to provide the best possible service to our clients. We want our clients to have prompt, professional service and we’ve put together a team that is always there when they call and can respond to whatever they need,” said Lance Chilton. Founded by Anne Chilton, the Chilton team first came together in 2007 and combined they have more than 50 years of Real Estate experience. Three members of the team also share more than 40 years of professional media experience, which gives them an edge when it comes to presenting clients’ homes. “Anne was one of the top television photographers for over ten years. She has had her eye tested internationally, which gives her work an extraordinary level of quality, the kind you can’t just hire. The final product is really exceptional in the industry. Michelle Keast, our marketing co-ordinator has 18 years of media experience, and she focuses that knowledge and ability on creating marketing that is unique to every home, and accesses to an extensive field of online audiences.” Lance, as a former reporter, anchor and producer in both national and local news organizations has more than twenty years of research and presentation experience, ideal skill sets for a Real Estate Broker

with an understanding and awareness of market and industry trends. “We provide custom marketing specifically tailored for each property. By putting in the extra effort, we’re working to showcase the home to its fullest and to let potential buyers see all the features of every property. It’s a very competitive market and we make a point of prioritizing our client’s listings and giving them maximum exposure on the internet and social media.” One of the elements that is an essential part of what makes the Chilton Team stand out is the quality of the brochures they produce. “What we’re producing is a high-quality, glossy brochure that one of our clients described as a “mini-magazine.” It allows potential buyers to get a full and vivid sense of the home that is more compelling than what is offered by a simple data sheet. We’re exposing our clients to local buyers as well as buyers in the GTA; and of course nationally and internationally; and we want to make sure we put our best effort forward so that client’s get the all-important response from the market.” What clients experience when beginning the process of selling their home with the Chilton Team is a no-cost market assessment, to gain an understanding of where their home fits in the market. Following that they receive a full staging consultation, again at no cost. “We provide a full staging service so that the home looks its best. We compare it to getting ready for a first date - when you want to look your best.” said Chilton. The Chilton Team provides real estate services from Thornton to Orillia and have made a commitment

to the growth and development of the Barrie area. Their office is located one block from City Hall and with two new Realtors, Sue Robertson and Jody Stevens. Both are extremely knowledgeable about Barrie and its various neighbourhoods. The quality of care the Chilton Team provides is reflected in their success. They have achieved the top one percent nationally for Royal LePage for the third year in a row. As part of their belief in the strength of Barrie and its communities, The Chilton Team is also heavily involved in the community. Lance Chilton was the recent Chair of fundraising for the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, they also sponsor the “Inside the Music” series at the Mady . “We believe that culture is an important part of what makes a city attractive and marketable. That’s why we have made a commitment to the Mady, and its vital role as part of Barrie’s downtown rejuvenation. The Team’s commitment to the city goes beyond culture. Lance has also been extensively involved in fundraising for Gilda’s Club, Princess Margaret Hospital, MADD, the United Way, the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County, the Georgian College Foundation, and Royal Victoria Hospital to name a few, and Anne is a top 10% donor among Royal LePage Realtors to the Women and Children’s centre. “The Barrie area is one of the best places in the country to raise a family, and we are 100% committed to being a part of that.” says Anne. “And helping people to find a home here is a privilege we are grateful for.” For more information on the Chilton Team, please see

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Ways to

give back

By Laurie Watt, Janis Ramsay

One hour:

A half-day:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie takes one hour a week of your time to spend some time with a child in need of a friendly role model. or 705-728-0515.

• Roll up your sleeves to volunteer at the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen at 16 Bayfield St. The four hours includes prepping the meal, serving and cleaning up afterward. 705-728-3737.

• Be a reading buddy at a local elementary school. Schools accept volunteers for reading or for various programs. Check with a school near you. Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board at 705-722-3555 Simcoe County District School Board at 705-728-7570.

• Every year, volunteers are needed for The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Spend a few hours walking near the Lake Simcoe waterfront to pick up debris left behind by litterers. www.

• Make a meal for Barrie Out of the Cold program. Many local churches already participate, and individuals can also make a dinner or breakfast to the program to be served to its participants. 705-331-1396.

• Work with youth through one of the City of Barrie’s youth centres. Volunteers help staff with programs and activities, have conversations with youth, organize activities and programs and clean the centres.

• The Barrie branch of the Ontario SPCA takes volunteers 16 and older, and with an hour you can walk a dog or two. Volunteer forms are available at the branch, 91 Patterson Rd. 705-728-7311.

• Get behind the wheel for the Canadian Cancer Society and be a volunteer driver. Pick a day and choose a.m. or p.m., and whether you want to drive locally or to Toronto. Drivers are interviewed and go on a ‘buddy run’ first to know the route. 705-726-8032 ask to speak with Natalie Beaudet.

• Hospice Simcoe will take an hour of your time to help with fundraising. And in the summer, feel free to help with the gardening. Hospice Simcoe is found at 336 Penetanguishene Rd. There are several other types of volunteer opportunities, and some require special training. Katherine at 705-722-5995, ext. 230.

• Sign up for a two to three-hour shift with the annual Christmas Cheer campaign which kicks off in November. Volunteers are needed for shifts during a six-day period near Christmas time, but the volunteer board and committee members also work year-round. www.ChristmasCheerBarrie. com.

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One day: • Habitat for Humanity Huronia homebuilding takes place at different times during the year. Or, you could offer your time at the ReStore. To volunteer call Julie Brennan at 705-727-0802. • Learn about culture while volunteering your time, such as at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre’s annual Pow Wow June 8 and 9. Volunteer forms are available at the centre, 175 Bayfield St. 705-721-7689. • Volunteer at a community festival like the Barrie East End Social, Kempenfest or Winterfest. The Barrie East End Social is May 25 at Strabane Park from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. barrieeastendsocial@ Kempenfest runs Aug. 2 to 5. Winterfest is Feb 1 and 2, 2014. 705-737-5839 for Kempenfest or 705-739-4220 for Winterfest. • There are plenty of all-day cancer fundraisers in the community. The Relay for Life is June 7, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Call 705-726-8032 to help. The Rally for Gilda’s Club of Simcoe Muskoka is Sat., June 8 at Sunset Speedway. Call 705-4316276. The CIBC Run for the Cure is Sunday, Oct. 6 at Heritage Park. Call at 705-734-2873.

Whether its $5 or $100, an hour or one day, there are thousands of ways to give back to your community and numerous charities waiting for that help. Here are just a few of the local charities looking for a hand if you have some free time or a bit of cash to spare.

FIVe DOLLARS • Help plant trees as part of the Scoutrees program each spring. The Canada-wide environmental program is run by Scouts Canada. www. • Give $5 or buy a box of cereal and some fruit for a local school’s breakfast for learning program. When a child is well-nourished, they perform better in school and these programs work to ensure that students receive the healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks they need to succeed. • Give $5 to your neighbour’s kid for the Terry Fox Run at school in September. The annual run raises funds for the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research. • Buy a poppy. The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign raises funds to ensure that veterans and their dependants are cared for and treated with the respect that they deserve. http://

TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS • Buy some pyjamas and drop them off at the Women and Children’s Centre of Barrie. The organization maintains a 27-bed shelter location for women who have left abusive relationships with or without their children and an off-site location for women in the community who are seeking support. • Pick up some pop, chips, crackers, pretzels and juice and drop it off at the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children to feed the teens who attend the drop-in program. At the centre, grieving children find a safe, home-like place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel, while they begin to heal after the death of a loved one. • Buy some kitty litter, treats and food and take it to either of Barrie’s no-kill shelters, Furry Friends or Street Cats. Both help stray felines find new homes or live out their lives in an environment with other cats. or

• Invest $20 and enjoy the tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes in Gilda’s Club’s cookbook. Gilda’s Club is an international network of affiliate clubhouses – a non-residential, homelike meeting place – where people meet to learn how to live with cancer. • Drop off a donation to the Barrie Literacy Council. The council is registered charitable organization that has been providing one-to-one and small group tutoring to adults since 1979. The organization also hosts an annual spelling bee.

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS • Buy two tickets ($50 each) for yourself and a friend to Autism Ontario’s Girlz Night Out, at the Southshore Centre June 15, where you can sip, shop, savour and socialize, as well as support resources to help families coping with Autism. 705-252-7429.

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Travel in any directon from the city’s core and you will find yourself on a spectacular golf course. By Shawn Gibson


Barrie Country Club The Barrie Golf and Country Club is celebrating 100 years this season and while looking to the future, the BGCC will be honouring the past as well. Located on the north-eastern edge of Barrie, 635 St. Vincent St. N., the 200-acre 18-hole championship course boasts spectacular scenery during its estimated four-hour and 10-minutes pace of play. The brand new luxurious clubhouse is only six years old and is suitable not only for some post-golfing refreshments and food, but an ideal location for weddings and banquets. Kelly Dixon is the club’s Membership Marketing and Communications Director and is excited about the upcoming season. “It’s a great buzz going around the club lately and we’re anticipating not only a record season, but an interesting year to say the least,” Dixon said. Dixon joined the staff at the BGCC about a year ago and says the history of the club is something she has enjoyed learning throughout her tenure. “We have an excellent facility and stunning course, but our beginnings are humble and pretty unknown by the community,” Dixon said. Originally located at Sunnidale Park, the club was nine holes and even extended down the steep hill that is now famous for tobogganing. The original clubhouse was where the Dorian Parker Centre is located and the park’s creek was a great spot for golfers to stoop and get a drink to cool off. “We moved to St. Vincent Street in 1969 but still used Sunnidale while the club here was finished,” Dixon said. “As an honour to our past, on July 14 we are going to go back to where the tee off where the first hole was located and allow folks to use old hickory equipment like what would have been used in our early days.” The on-site Golf Professional, Bill Wogden, sees a bright future with the BGCC and is proud of what the club has become known for. “Our grounds are phenomenal,” Wogden said. “If you drive by, you’ll see how extravagant the location is, but that’s not the real best part of this club. The people make us what we are and it’s a very family friendly place to be a part of.” The family friendly atmosphere that Wogden is happy to boast about includes a large couples Friday night league.

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The league is usually 60 strong, but the club expects closer to 100 this season. The junior program is a much-heralded part of the BGCC success with many of the youth heading to colleges and university to further their golf skills. Wogden also enjoys the little personal characteristics that make the club unique. “The odd time we get folks remarking about a deer or two that crossed their path,” Wogden said. “The 15th and 16th hole are gorgeous with the 17th as a challenging Par 4, but that last 18th looks at the clubhouse where your friends and family are waiting for you with a cold drink after a great day in the sun.” For more information and special dates for the 100th Anniversary, check out the website at www.



The comments of a new member at Heritage Hills Golf Club really sum up what’s sets the club apart. “That other place is nice,” the member said. “But Heritage Hills is a golf course.”
 He’s got that right. At 6,800 yards, Heritage Hill is a championshipstyle course that offers something for everyone. The immaculate course meanders through the central Ontario woods before it opens up into a links-style course on the back nine. Opened in 2004, Heritage Hills is perhaps best known for its smart layout and outstanding greens. The course prides itself on having unquestionably the best greens in the area. “You talk to anybody about Heritage Hills and the first thing out of their mouth would be ‘great greens,’” club manager Barry May said. “There is no wasted space on this course and the thought that went into each hole is evident upon playing.” May credits superintendent Bruce Dodson, a stakeholder in Heritage Hills, for leading that commitment to excellence. “It’s one thing to have a superintendent, but quite another when the superintendent is a shareholder. Bruce had a hand in designing the course and built it here and he continually wants to make it better.”
 The club’s director of golf, Kenny Dye, is another of the course’s assets. “Our members who have had lessons from him are extremely happy. He’s very polite and he’s just

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a terrific, knowledgeable gentleman to deal with.” Despite the high-caliber layout and presentation of the course, the atmosphere is hardly stodgy. Boasting an enthusiastic, friendly staff, Heritage Hills is committed to making sure its players enjoy the game. “We go out of our way to assist you, and we want you to come out here and have fun.” Heritage Hills has several packages available that offer excellent value for members and guests. Despite the use of the word “heritage” in the course’s name, it’s managed in quite a modern fashion. Golfers can easily book a tee-time through the course’s website ( or take a virtual tour of the course. Still, nothing compares to taking in the course in person. According to May, golfers who make the trip to Heritage Hills won’t be disappointed. “I have never, in my eight years here, had anybody come and tell me they were disappointed with the golf course,” he said.

Shanty Bay

Located minutes north of Barrie just off of Highway 11, Shanty Bay Golf Club sits at the gateway to cottage country and is a beloved stop for folks making their way to Muskoka. Originally established in 1962, the club’s ongoing commitment to beautifully-manicured grounds, facilities and helpful staff is reflected in the fact that it’s been named Barrie’s favourite golf course five times. Shanty Bay is a gem, and is truly embraced by the surrounding community. This is reflected by the friendly, informal atmosphere on the grounds of the club. A day out on Shanty Bay will bring you back to the days of unbridled joy, when you started playing golf for one reason – fun. Part of the charm is its unique layout: this is not your ordinary golf club. Instead, the club’s 27 holes are split between three distinct 9-hole setups, Klondike, Rangeland and Frontier. The Frontier course is the longest of the three, and offers many particularly challenging par 3s. Like its namesake, the Klondike course is a hilly and tough test, sure to challenge golfers with its difficult greens and undulating terrain. Rangeland is the best bet for those just looking for a fun day out on the course, and plays shortest, but might just have the nicest character of the three courses.

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Thanks to major renovations, the clubhouse is now a sparkling new facility that’s sure to impress.Other facilities and amenities on-site include a restaurant, practice range and greens, and golf cart rentals. Whether you’re a weekend hacker or you fancy yourself a pro, Shanty Bay will suit you well. And with its quick pace-of-play, well-placed tee decks and extremely reasonable greens fees, the club is the perfect course to golf with family, friends or business associates. If you’re planning a tournament or large gathering, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value in the region. The club also offers short-term memberships, for even more bang for your golfing buck. Check out the site at and discover why Shanty Bay keeps ‘em coming back, year after year.

Tangle Creek

Stepping onto its immaculate grounds, it’s easy to see why Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club, located on Sideroad #25 in Thornton, is

known as Barrie’s premier golf and banquet facility. As impressive as the course itself is, the facilities at Tangle Creek are what really make it shine. A few years back, Tangle Creek gave their entire 22,000-square-foot clubhouse a new facelift inside, and since then, they’ve been making good use of it. Tangle Creek is the area’s finest banquet facility. The facilities at Tangle Creek are ideal for weddings, as the beauty of the clubhouse combined with the natural surroundings make it a truly scenic venue – the perfect setting for your perfect day. The possibilities are virtually endless at Tangle Creek; their friendly, helpful staff, have accommodated everything from galas and proms to celebrations of life, baby showers and birthday parties. It is renowned for its food in general and particularly brunch services, occurring often on Sundays. The course also puts on a number of special events each year: a couple of highlights for 2013 include Lobsterfest, on June 28, and Oktoberfest, taking place Oct. 4. Designed by Rene Muylaert, Tangle Creek’s

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championship layout stretches a full 7,200 yards of beautiful links-style golf. Of course, if that sounds a bit daunting, there’s always the shorter tees, from 5,500 yards. And if your game needs a little work before you hit the links, the club also boasts lessons, outstanding practice facilities, with putting greens, a short game area and more. Greens fees start as low as $25 per round. Alternatively, there are packages available to play several of the area’s top courses for a discounted cost, an excellent value if you plan on playing a lot of golf in the Barrie area this summer. Tangle Creek truly combines the best elements of classic links golf with the modern amenities and facilities that make the club truly special. Voted one of Canada’s top 100 courses by the Globe & Mail and Barrie’s favourite golf club for seven years running, Tangle Creek celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For more information, visit


Those in the know understand that a day spent at Borden is one of the best golf values in the region. Where else can you find two great courses for one great price? Borden’s crown jewel is the Circled Pine course. Originally built in 1954, Circled Pines is an 18-hole Parkland style course, parts of which cut right through the bush. The best way to describe the course might just be, “unique.”

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BORDEN GOLF CLUB Though Circled Pine might appear to be short for a championship course at about 6500 yards, its deceptive layout plays far longer, according to Gary Corriveau, the club’s head professional. Contoured fairways reward aggressive shots by players and the rough on the course is fair but demanding. Players can expect small, fast greens and a good chance to test their mettle. If you fancy yourself more of a links-style golfer, take a trip back to the golden age of the game and try the Anderson Park course at Borden. Built in 1917, Anderson Park is likely one of the oldest courses in Ontario. But it refuses to show its age: the nine-hole course challenges golfers with a 3200+ yd. layout and has several lengthy holes with only two par 3’s amongst the nine. Precision is key on your approach shots on Anderson Park. Circled Pine has a clubhouse offering a full service restaurant/bar, a fully stocked pro shop and practice facilities including a range, chip greens and practice bunkers. The club hosts many tournaments each year, and whether it’s a tournament, wedding, banquet, family gathering or work event, Borden’s friendly staff will happily accommodate your needs. One of the weekly highlights at the course is “Support the Troop Fridays.” Golfers who wear a red shirt get a discounted rate for greens fees. Borden is open to the general public even though it’s located on CFB Borden. “People seem to think they can’t come on here because it’s a military base,” said Corriveau. “But no, we are open to the general public and invite everyone to see our great facility that we have to offer here.”

Borden is in the midst of upgrading several things around their clubhouse and is in the process of revamping its website, which can be found by visiting

LOCAL TOURNAMENTS Simcoe County Carriage Driving for the Disabled June 8 – Bear Creek Golf Course Green fees and cart are $125 per player which includes dinner. 705-734-8344 or Chase McEachern Memorial Golf For Heart June 9 – Tangle Creek Golf Club In support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 705-737-1020 or Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Crystal Classic June 10 – Nottawasaga Inn Resort This event raises funds for the hospital. 705-728-9090, ext 41510 Red Door Golf Classic July 11– Tangle Creek Golf Club The 8th annual tournament in support of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muksoka features 18 holes, lunch, dinner, cart, driving range and more for $760 per foursome. Golf For the Dogs June 15 – Settlers Ghost Golf Club

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CALM COVE A unique view of the hidden hideaways By Colleen Winter

Kempenfelt Bay is the jewel of the city. While most residents are familiar with the family-friendly public beaches and parks, there are a number of other secluded spots that offer a perfect view of the sparkling Lake Simcoe.

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From Minets point to Johnson Beach,there’s lots to explore As Barrie residents go about their day-to-day business, they often catch glimpses of Kempenfelt Bay between buildings, coming over the top of a hill, or as a distant sparkle of light and colour through the trees. In many ways it is a reflection of the moods and changes taking place throughout the city and the lives of the residents, whether it’s the thrill of waves newly released from the ice in the spring or the sombre steel white caps that herald the arrival of winter. One constant throughout the changing seasons is the connection that Barrie feels with the bay that started as a source of commerce through trade routes and ice harvesting and has developed into the leisure and recreation source it is today. People stop for lunch at the parking lots at

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Centennial Beach and Minet’s Point or take a few minutes at Heritage Park to check in with the most beautiful element of the city. Barrie is unique in that much of its shoreline is available for public access in varying forms and while many residents and visitors flock to the traditional access points, there is a near continuous string of unique and differing places to enjoy the water. Starting along the north shore, at the furthest point before reaching the boundary with OroMedonte, Johnson Beach is often overlooked by

visitors, but it’s a haven for hot summer days and nights. With a large parking lot above the beach and a solid wood staircase for easy access down the ridge, it is a beautiful, quiet place to access Kempenfelt Bay for swimming, canoeing or kayaking. Washrooms are available with lifeguards on duty daily from June 28 to Aug. 18,. As with all waterfront parks in Barrie, no dogs are permitted. The north shore trail runs above Johnson Beach, (Hwy 400 EXIT Innisfil Beach Rd. 7551 5th Sideroad ~ beside Georgian Downs)

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from the boundary with Oro-Medonte to Heritage Park. It is an old rail line with granular stone that provides easy walking or riding with constant views of the lake through light forests. A new lookout has recently been installed below Nelson Square that has an accessible ramp for wheelchairs and bikes leading down to the stone-ringed lookout. Overlooking Nelson Square, Nelson Lookout provides one of the most spectacular views of the bay anywhere in the city. Situated on top of the ridge that runs along the north shore, the old growth pine trees and park bench provide the perfect setting to take your time and it is a sought-out spot to check in with the lake. Only a block away, also on top of the ridge, is Vancouver Lookout that offers further clear views of the lake. Moving towards downtown, St. Vincent Park and Kempenfelt Park are adjacent to the water but there are those that like to be closer still to the source of the city’s life. Situated close to Bayview Park, there are large boulders and old dock workings that jut out into the water.

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Trails, quiet parks, lookouts, boat launches and so much more On nice days, people perch on the outcrops with either feet or fishing line dangling into the waves. Though they are a few feet from the north shore trail and with Heritage Park in view, the simple act of stepping towards the water makes it feel like a million miles away. Heritage Park, Centennial Beach and the Tiffin Boat Launch are all well-known to visitors and residents alike but further remoter treasures exist on the south shore. The first is just beyond the boat launch where the Rotary Club of Barrie has built two manmade islands to preserve fish habitat. With two bird houses and protection and nesting areas for ducks and geese, the area is a great place for watching the bird life both in the air and on the water. 86 | Our City • 2013

A gazebo provided by the Kiwanis Club of Barrie offers shelter against the elements with a park bench available close to shore. Moving away from the busy area and past the Southshore Community Centre, Minet’s Point is a 2.8-acre park with unsupervised sand and grass access to the water and a great play area for the kids. It provides a great view of the city skyline and the north shore. Washrooms and change areas are available, and there is ample parking. On windy days, local windsurfers and kiteboarders use the beach to catch the winds that blow towards the main body of Lake Simcoe. The next access point is located in The Gables, a park that many don’t realize is accessible to the lake.

Trails lead through an established forest down to the water where a picnic shelter and open area lie beside the water. Water access is slightly steep and requires caution but with a substantial forested area and trails for walking it is a unique refuge within the city. Tyndale Park also shares the south shore and is a substantial park of 14.85 acres with mature trees and plenty of space for kids and adults to run around. The view is of the full breadth of Kempenfelt Bay and gives a true perspective on the grandeur of the lake. An unsupervised beach, playground, volleyball court, and washrooms are all available. The final spot on the loop around Kempenfelt Bay is the most unique among all the locations.

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Situated at the inlet of Hewitt’s Creek, Wilkins Beach and Parkette is a hideaway that many locals would probably prefer to keep secret. A garden area with a wood pergola sits above the water providing a good lookout while a wood staircase leads down to the small beach area and the mouth of Hewitt’s Creek. A small point next to the inlet provides wonderful views of the bay in both directions. Out of earshot of any traffic and city noises visitors feel as if they’ve stepped out of time to a quiet place all their own. Parking is restricted close to the parkette with visitors having to park further up the street. There are many places to enjoy the beauty of Kempenfelt Bay, each one distinct in what it offers and the people it draws to enjoy it. Regardless of how each of us chooses to visit, it is a treasure we are lucky to have.

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eing a shopaholic, I need to always know where I could get myself some great retail therapy. When I first moved to Barrie, I definitely underestimated how much shopping I could do here. But it didn’t take me long to discover the fulfilling variety of stores available right in our city. I quickly learned that shopping within a small community actually comes with a lot of perks. Every shopping trip to Downtown Barrie becomes an opportunity to meet new people and get to know storeowners with a friendly conversation. And the next time you visit the same store, I can almost guarantee you that you’ll be remembered and welcomed with a pleasant smile. Shopping downtown is also a great way to support local businesses and locate great finds. Whether you’re looking for the latest in clothing, the perfect gift or a distinctive piece of artwork, it’s all there. Not only does the downtown offer a unique selection of specialty shops and boutiques, the closeness of Lake Simcoe creates the perfect ambiance. With a number of restaurants conveniently in the downtown area, there’s a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, Indian, Egyptian, Japanese, you name it

and it’s likely already there. There’s also a variety of cozy cafés, where you can enjoy a cup of your favourite coffee or a light snack. Personally, I love grabbing a bite and heading for a walk with my husband by the lake. The downtown is also a few minutes walk from the playground park by the beach. So if your kids get a little bored from shopping, grab them a scoop of ice cream or a dipped cone from Dairy Queen and head to the swings by the water. If you want even more drive up a few minutes north on Bayfield Street. There, you’ll hit the shopping strip, where you can literally find a store for every need and a restaurant for every craving. There are a number of plazas filled with a variety of big box stores, restaurants and services. Just off the Highway 400 you’ll locate Bayfield Mall. It’s a classic “don’t judge a book by its cover” example. This shopping centre has some great stores such as Winners, Henry’s and a home décor store with some great finds called Home Essence. A few blocks to the north you’ll discover The Kozlov Shopping Centre, which houses a number of hidden treasures like Video Time, the Hock Shop and Metro. Our City • 2013 | 89


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Going a few more blocks north, you’ll find Barrie’s largest mall, Rio Can Georgian Mall. There you’ll find all the major brand names and chains. In recent years, the space has been renovated and expanded to include a wider selection of stores. If you’re looking for the latest in fashion and would rather walk around indoors, this is your place to go. With stores such as RW & Co., Aldo, Sears, The Hudson’s Bay and many more, you’re bound to find some great deals on the latest fashions. Similar to the southern part of Bayfield Street, Georgian Mall is also surrounded by a number of restaurants. But it’s not all about Bayfield Street. Many more expansions are happening in Barrie. In the south end by Mapleview Drive, there’s a visibly increasing selection of stores and services. This is all being developed to serve the new residential growths in the south end of the city. In addition to the busy Costco plaza, the ongoing development of Park Place has already brought many great stores such as Marshalls, Urban Barn and Bed, Bath and Beyond. If you’d rather shop at popular big box stores such as Best Buy, Home Depot or Chapters, this is your shopping ground. During the warmer season, outdoor plazas are a great place to enjoy some sunshine while hopping from one store to another. There are also a number of popular cafés and restaurants coming to this area. One of my personal favourites, Panera Bread, is coming this spring. I honestly can’t wait. It’s a great place for brunch or lunch with its wide selection of freshly baked breads. Shopping spots around our city are limitless. The experience can be fun for all. Even those who can’t tolerate a long day of shopping can enjoy the day out with family. Throughout the facilities included in every area around the city, there’s bound to be something for everyone. And it’s all yours to discover. Happy shopping!

Barrie is abundant with fabulous dining options. Here are just a few of the savoury menus to enjoy throughout the city.




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Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip .......................8.50

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Chicken & Shrimp Combo....................14.75 Shrimp ................................14.95 Tender Chicken ...................14.50 Vegetarian ..........................12.50

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Chicken Teriyaki..................14.95

Two breaded boneless breasts of chicken with our Sweet Teriyaki Sauce

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Filet Mignon .......................18.95 8 oz. Tenderloin wrapped in Bacon

King of Steaks 14 oz...........21.50 New York Striploin 10 oz.18.95

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Crock & Block has been serving Barrie and area since 1972 with home-style food at affordable prices in a casual atmosphere. Friendly faces and fantastic price for portions has regulars returning time and time again. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch features a fantastic all you can eat buffet. The diverse menu includes signature dishes - prime rib, steaks, stir fry, and the $19.50 steak and lobster special. Groups, holidays, special occasions, and reservations always welcome. Relax by the fireplace and enjoy comfortable booth dining or our summer patio.Crock & Block is a tradition where friends and families have been gathering for good times for 40 years!




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The North Restaurant represents one of Barrie‘s finest restaurants. Owner Marco Ormonde is an award winning chef renowned for his culinary genius. The North Restaurant offers new world cuisine with a contemporary global influence. The menu delights and the presentation is spectacular! Menu tastings are a favourite, as are their monthly themed menus such as Wild Game and Lobster. If you

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Fish Seafood

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Seabass

Goat Cheese Wrapped with Prosciutto

Curry Cous Cous with Vegetables, Vegetable Pearls, Coriander Broth, Mango Salsa

Baby Salad Greens, Raspberry Dressing, Trio Pepper Confit

Grilled Shrimp and Scallops

Tempura Sushi Roll

White Bean Chorizo and Vegetable Ragout, Vegetable Bundle, Red Onion Marmalade, Pomegranate Jus


Coconut Lime Sauce, Wasabi Mash and Sautéed Julienne Vegetables in Sesame Chile, Soy Butter Sauce

Goat Cheese Mash, Onion Tomato, Mushroom and Fine Bean Medley, Espresso Jus

Grilled and Poached Sword Fish

36 days Dried Aged Strip Loin 12oz

Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Green Onion and Potato Rösti Cake, Vegetable Ratatouille, Horseradish, Tomato Jalapeño Relish, Asparagus Bundle

36 days Dried Aged Rib Eye 14oz

Roasted Potato, Baby Bok Choy, Grilled Zucchini, Truffle Jus

Mediterranean Crusted Sunningdale Farm Lamb Rack, Braised Lamb Shank Parsnip Purée, Turned Vegetables, Carrot & Cumin Sauce

Cherry Tomato, Fine Beans, Citrus Lentil, Grilled Pineapple, Black Bean Salsa, Corn Sauce

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Soy & Sesame Sauce, Asian Slaw

Crab Cake Mango Salsa

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll with Saffron Aïoli, Frisée, Bocconcini, Fine, Red Onions & Tomato Salad

Chicken, Smoked Onion Broth Vegetables

Grilled Portobello, Tomato Salsa

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Downtown Barrie

KINGS BUFFET 150 Dunlop Street, West Barrie 705-719-2800 WE OFFER: • Private Party Room Please enquire about our group rate for

all you can eat buffet - 365 days LUNCH 11:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday $10.99

DINNER 4:00pm-9:30pm Monday-Thursday $15.99

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $12.99

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $19.99

huge exciting new menu • Chinese • Canadian • Sushi Bar • Prime Rib • Snow Crab Legs • Thai • Dessert Bar and much more...

large parties

• Business Meetings • Catering • Weddings • Receptions • Take-out or Delivery All our food is freshly prepared. We will try to accommodate your reasonable requests. “WHERE GOOD FRIENDS MEET GOOD FOOD... 365 DAYS A YEAR!”

take-out family dinners PLEASE NO SUBSTITUTIONS

Dinner for Two A - 18.95 4 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Beef & Mixed Vegetables Sweet & Sour Pork Fortune Cookie

Dinner for Two B - 18.95 4 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Chicken Chop Suey Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls Fortune Cookie

Dinner for Three A - 27.95

Dinner for Three B - 27.95 6 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Beef Chop Suey Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls Shrimp Vegetable & Almonds Fortune Cookie

Dinner for Four - 37.95

8 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Beef & Mixed Vegetables Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls Shrimp Vegetable & Almonds Fortune Cookie

6 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Beef & Mixed Vegetables Sweet & Sour Pork Chicken Vegetable & Almonds Fortune Cookie

plus many more take-out items...

Dinner for Five - 48.95

10 Spring Rolls Chicken Fried Rice Moo Goo Guy Pan (Chicken w/mushroom) Breaded Torpedo Shrimp (18) w/Lemon Wedge Beef & Mixed Vegetables Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls Honey Garlic Spare Ribs Fortune Cookie

Dinner for Six - 57.95

12 Spring Rolls Kings Buffet Special Fried Rice Beef & Mixed Vegetables Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls Breaded Torpedo Shrimp (18) w/Lemon Wedge Cantonese Chow Mein Moo Goo Guy Pan (Chicken w/mushroom) Honey Garlic Spare Ribs Fortune Cookie

CHEF‘S SPECIALS Dai Dop Voy - 9.95

(Mixed vegetables, chicken, shrimp & BBQ pork)

Lemon Chicken - 7.95 Skewered Chicken (6-8) - 9.95 Mixed Seafood w/Snow Peas - 11.95 Sesame Chicken - 10.95 Seafood Delight - 11.95 (Shrimp, fish fillet, crabmeat, mussels & vegetables in a tasty sauce)

Teriyaki Chicken, Beef or Pork - 9.95 Triple Delight - 10.95

Shredded and wok-fried chicken, beef & BBQ pork w/red & green peppers, carrots and our chef‘s own special sauce)

Sushi Combo (12 pcs) - 8.95 Egg Foo Yong (A Chinese Omelette) - 8.95

(Chicken, pork, shrimp or vegetarian)

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SUMMER ENTERTAINING Party in a Bag Summer Hors D‘Oeuvres Menu On Line Weekenders Meal To Go



• 4 eggs


Cut bread into 1” thick slices

• 1 c. cream


Mix all other ingrediants

• 1 tsp. vanilla (no fake stuff)


Soak bread in mixuture for 2-3 minutes


Sauté in butter until golden brown


Serve with real Maple Syrup

• 1 tsp. sugar • orange zest of 1/2 orange • 1 loaf cinnamon Swirl bread

12 Commerce Park Drive • Unit L, Barrie • 705.735.3366 • •

Downtown Barrie

THE FARMHOUSE Open 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner from 11am 268 Bradford St. (Corner of Lakeshore & Essa Rd.)


sample menu selections entrees

Entrees come with choice of 2 sides 6 Oz FH Burger traditionally garnished - 12 FH Bacon Cheddar Burger - 13.50 Chicken Avocado Club Sandwich w/garlic mayo - 13.50 FH Strip Dip Sandwich w/mushroom & onion & peppercorn thyme jus - 13.75 Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich w/roasted vegetables, goat cheese & pesto mayo - 11.75 Grilled Pulled Pork Sandwich w/cheddar, apple slaw & FH BBQ sauce - 12.75 Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese w/mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, tomato & bacon - 13.50 Mac n‘ Cheese w/herbed croutons & bacon - 13.75 Spaghetti & Meat Sauce - 14.75 Crispy Local Trout w/maple lemon butter - 15.5 Fillet of Halibut w/capers & dill - 23 Brick Pressed 1/2 Chicken w/garden herb pesto - 16 FH BBQ Ribs half rack - 15 full rack - 24 Bacon Glazed Grilled Pork Chop w/apple slaw - 15.75 Garlic Rosemary Braised Ontario Lamb Shank - 16.50 16 OZ Grilled Ontario AAA Rib Steak w/red wine reduction - 26.50

FH Signature Roasted Striploin w/thyme peppercorn goodness & tableside horseradish 6OZ - 16.50 10 OZ - 20.50 14OZ - 24.50


For daily features ask your server Roast Garlic Mash Feltis Farm Fries Baked Potato w/Three Cheese Bacon Butter Mac n‘ Cheese House Made Baked Beans Spaghetti & Meat Sauce Zero Mile Green Salad w/Olive Oil & Lemon Romaine Salad Parmesan Vinaigrette Rapini w/chillies Daily Vegetables

Like us on facebook! 2 patios with the best view of Lake Simcoe Take-out is available CATERING The Farmhouse is a fun, fresh and family ready new restaurant, that is a must eat! At the Farmhouse we use only sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables.

Daily Grain


Made w/Love - 5.50 Add Vanilla ice cream - 1.50 Chocolate Pecan Lemon Meringue Farmhouse Apple Maple Pie Daily Pie


Add chicken - 7 Add steak - 8 Add Shrimp - 7 Zero Mile Greens tomato, cucumber, radish, olive oil and lemon - 7 Romaine house smoked bacon, croutons, Farmhouse Parmesan vinaigrette - 7 Iceberg Wedge bacon, avocado, marinate tomato, blue cheese and pecans, red wine vinaigrette - 8


Sunday Night Roast Strip Ever Sunday starting at 4pm 8oz Roast Striploin w/2sides and pie - 18 CALLING ALL BRUNCHIES!! Brunchies Steak & Eggs Buffet Sat & Sun 10-2 - 14.75 includes bottomless coffee FH Family Style Choose 4 sides- 48 hours notice please 6lb Farm Organic Chicken 6 people min - choose 4 sides - 20/person Pig Party - Whole Suckling Pig 8 people min - choose 4 sides - 35/person 6 lb PEI Whole Farmed Halibut 4 people min - choose 4 sides - 40/person At the Farmhouse we use only sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables. We are animal lovers and tree huggers.

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Downtown Barrie - South Barrie

WOOD FIRED PIZZA PIE JOINT Waterfront 11 Victoria Street Barrie, ON


KOBI 43 PIE Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella $10.00 PEPPERONI PIE Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella and Pepperoni $12.00 HIND LEG PIE Tomato, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Arugula $14.00 FOUR CHEESE PIE Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Blue Cheese, and Parmesan $14.00 SWEET & SPICY PIE Tomato, Basil, Goat Cheese, Spicy Salami, Red Wine Caramelized Onions $14.00 PORKY PIE Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Wood Fired Bacon, Spicy Sausage and Prosciutto $15.50 VEGGIE PIE Tomato, Mozzarella, Grilled Vegetables, Spinach, Roast Garlic and Pesto $13.00 BEAUTY PIE Tomato, Roasted Red Peppers, Black Olives, Goat Cheese $14.00

*HOLD THE TOMATO PIES* FUN GUY PIE Portobello, Button Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Spinach, Cheese sauce and Parmesan $14.50

STINKY PIE Pesto, Pear, Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Walnuts and Balsamic Glaze $14.50

CAPTAIN PIE LINER Tomato Sauce, Shrimp, Scallops, Bacon and Spinach Horseradish Ricotta $16.00

PH: 705-728-7952

SLOW AND LOW PIE Pulled Pork, House BBQ sauce, Caramelized Onions and Garlic Aioli $14.00

HEDGE HOG PIE Hot Pepper Purée, Tomato Sauce, Trio of Sausage, Mozzarella and Aioli $16.00

PH: 705-725-WOOD (9663)

COW PIE Braised Beef Shank, Roasted Potato, Spinach, Mushrooms, Onion, Cheese Sauce, Parmesan $14.50

GREEN EGG AND HAM PIE Roasted Potato, Pesto, Egg, Bacon, Spinach and Fresh Mozzarella $15.00


SMOKEY THE PIE Tomato, Basil, Smoked Ricotta and Rosemary Garlic Oil $14.00

Right off the water

South End 34 Commerce Park Drive Barrie, ON Beside the Cineplex

TSUNAMI PIE Roasted Chicken, Cheese Sauce, Spinach, Roasted Garlic, Chilies, Fresh Mozzarella, Black Pepper, Parmesan $15.50

ST. LUCIA PIE Tomato, Pineapple, House Smoked Bacon, Mozzarella, Shredded Coconut $14.50 CALI PIE Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Fresh Calamari, Olives and artichokes $15.00 CHICKEN PIE Fire Roasted Chicken, Marinated Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Pesto and Arugula, Tomato Sauce $15.00 SALTY PIE Tomato, Olives, Anchovy, Basil, Egg and Parmesan $13.00

APPETIZERS SALADS PASTA Whole Wheat Crust ~ $1.00 Gluten Free Crust ~ $5.00 BUILD YOUR OWN KOBI 40 PIZZA ~ $10.00 EXTRA TOPPINGS ~ $2.00 PIE AIOLI ~ $1.00 HOT PEPPERS ~ $1.00

FROZEN PIES TO TAKE HOME Freshly made then frozen. Now you can have that same amazing pie taste at home and have them whenever you like!

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