Barrie is a fast-growing city and a dynamic waterfront community that stands on Kempenfelt Bay, a segment of Lake Simcoe situated in Central Ontario, Canada. Its beginnings could be traced back to the First Nations People who utilize the area as a resting point while they travel the portage that ran across Nottawasaga River and lake Simcoe to Lake Huron.
Due to the city's accessibility and its proximity to Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie has developed a strong tourism industry, where Barrie's waterfront plays a vital role. Kempenfelt Bay holds much of the tourist activities and year-round attractions which the city has to provide. During the summer, visitors could enjoy boating, windsurfing, swimming, or any various water sports from the city's beaches, consisting of Centennial Beach, Minet's Point Beach, Johnsons Beach, Tyndale Beach and The Gables. In wintertime, Kempenfelt Bay becomes home to many fishing huts as fishing enthusiasts flock to enjoy winter fishing at the bay. Fishing then again, is a year-round activity within Barrie. Fishing enthusiasts would be pleased to fish at the Kempenfelt Bay shoreline or in Little Lake, either in summertime or wintertime, and try their luck in catching a Whitefish, Perch, Walleye, Bass, and Lake Trout. A fishing license must be acquired first before anybody more than 18 can fish in the bay.
The city is able to draw a lot of visitors to its arts and cultural events, although the city of Barrie may have been known for its different outdoor recreational and family activities. The Kempenfest arts and crafts festival is the most celebrated of these, where people can find lots of Arts, Crafts and Antique exhibits with live entertainment. The festival is held on the long weekend of August and draws more than 300,000 tourists annually. Some famous city festivals include the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, Barrie Kiwanis Musical Festival, Railway Blues & Bluegrass Festival, and the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival.
The economy in the area around the city of Barrie, include manufacturing, sales, service, and transportation sectors as the city's largest and strongest businesses. Growth is expected over the next ten years in the sectors of utilities, construction, finance, business services, trade, food and accommodation, health services, and education.