Barrie Centennial Park

Barrie Centennial Park: Address, Phone Number, Barrie Centennial Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Barrie Centennial Park
4.5
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abou_8
ORLEANS3 contributions
Unwelcome to Barrie
Jul 2021
just came back from Barrie after cutting my week stay in hotel to 2 days, Tourism are no longer welcome to this park as the city has instituted a non resident parking fee of $10/hr or $50/day for parking near the park area. plus they have further restricted access to side streets with parking limited to resident parking permit holder only.
So sad for such a beautiful place as city not welcoming tourists who spent a 4 % extra municipal hotel tax . We used to visit annually but no more. We are retired couple just
looking for a place to relax after golf day or dinner out.
Written 29 July 2021
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Fred S
2 contributions
We r lucky to live in barrie
Jul 2021 • Family
Nothing to say other than beautiful beautiful. Beach, sand, kids play areas, parking, swimming, water playground structure on water, picnic areas..
Written 25 July 2021
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Jeff B
Lambton Shores, Canada282 contributions
A great place to walk and relax
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful park and waterfront. We walked around the park a couple times while visiting Barrie. A great place to relax and watch the boats in the bay. A gem for sure.
Written 21 July 2021
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SrirajK
Brampton, Canada1 contribution
Nice place to spend a day with family
Jul 2021 • Family
We spent an entire day at the park and beach.
Parking seemed to be the only thing that was expensive.
If you are looking for any of the rides, pls book in advance.
Written 20 July 2021
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Michelle G
1 contribution
Barrie waterfront concession stand
Jul 2021 • Friends
Horrible service, dark haired lady was complaining about not making tips in front of guests. Extremely rude.
Written 4 July 2021
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yyzKMAC
Brantford, Canada120 contributions
Good spot to hang out!
Jun 2021 • Family
Great spot to spend the day. Playground at park is large and offers lots to do. Beach area is large but can feel a bit crowded. Sand is pretty rocky. $10 per hour parking is obnoxious and unnecessary.
Written 22 June 2021
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BruceS911
Las Vegas, NV117 contributions
Wonderful city Park & beach on Kempenfelt Bay
Sep 2020
As a long resident of Barrie, I have witnessed the evolution of centennial beach over the years. I live within walking distance from the beach and would often take walks along the beach. The improvements at the park have attracted many visitors from all over including Toronto. I now avoid Centennial Park in the summer, as the park is packed with people, some of which park for the entire day/weekend with tents and Gazebos. Cheaper than camping out at a provincial park I guess.

Barrie has since increased parking rates and sent in an army of bylaw enforcement officers. COVID-19 also reduced crowds this past summer. Good for the residents but bad for tourists and day-trippers, and less revenue for Barrie. Waterfronts should be shared with the public, but some visitors show little respect for the privilege of use.
Written 18 January 2021
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pinini
Mississauga, Canada411 contributions
Great
Nov 2020
A very nice park to visit. The walking trail and the boardwalk is well thought out. I don't understand why the parking fees are higher than Toronto. $10.00 an hour is way above ridiculous.
Written 29 November 2020
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Wander481890
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Don’t visit the ice cream shop(the Barrie waterfront concession stand)
Aug 2020 • Family
We ordered 6 ice creams and the dark-haired older lady was very impatient with the orders saying “hurry up” and “who is paying for this”. When she didn’t give any napkins out, the adult in the party went to get some and was rudely questioned if she ordered anything. When the adult answered yes 6 ice creams the adult asked why she was so rude to the people ordering , she replied ‘next time I’ll be ruder.’
Written 21 August 2020
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VHK2016
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Nice park but with druggies
Aug 2020
We visited the park at the beginning of Aug with family. Parking is $50 for non-locals, so we ended up going around to the other side. As a first impression, the park itself is pretty with nice flowers, a gazebo and lookout point but the beach is a different story. Overcrowded, noisy, no social distancing observed and boats speeding by closely to the markers. Outrageous prices include ice cream for $5 a scoop and paddle boat rentals at $35/hr for one or $44 for 2 people which would be close to a $100 for a family of 4! You can see lots of homeless people digging through the garbage and sleeping on benches and druggies partying and drinking in the bushes loudly. Even at the so-called un-motorized boat launch area we saw needles lying around and dogs and people swimming there. It seemed very unsafe and disappointing. The top of the cake was learning after spending some time in the water at the beach that it was unsafe for swimming when the lifeguard announced it. Apparently there was a small sign attached to the bottom of the wooden tower on one side that was only visible from a certain angle. Why would a beach be allowed to be open to the public with high E-Coli counts at all?? It seems illogical and irresponsible. We won’t be back for sure.
Written 14 August 2020
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