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Lifeline E-Gift Card

Click here to access a link to the Lifeline E-Gift Card page to purchase your e-gift cards and support local […]

Support During COVID-19

Small Business Support During COVID-19 As COVID-19 continues to spread, our thoughts go out to anyone who has been infected […]

Welcome the BIA’s New Executive Director!

Description The Downtown BIA is pleased to announce it has hired its next Executive Director, Kelly McKenna! Kelly brings an […]

Heritage Ornament Collection Preserves our History

As time seems to be moving forward faster and faster, we can easily lose track of the vast history and […]

Final Stretch of Construction for Phase 1A! Streetscape Pt. 3

Wow! Has the time flown by! Phase 1A of the Dunlop Streetscape Project is now on the final stretch. With […]

Downtown is Dirty & Loving It! Streetscape Pt. 2

The Dunlop Streetscape Project has been underway for a month now and it’s slated to transform the look of our […]

Supporting Local Despite the Dirt

Supporting our local businesses supports our local community. Downtown Barrie is full of hundreds of local businesses owned by our […]

Downtown Barrie and its Waterfront

Here we are about halfway through our summer and the temperature of Kempenfelt Bay is nearing perfection for enjoying the […]

Summer Saison in Downtown Barrie

Ahh! The summer saison is the season that brings the warmth. In the brewing world, a saison is a seasonal beer with summery, fruity […]

Patio Season in Downtown Barrie

An afternoon beverage with an old friend. A delicious meal with family while the sun sets on a weekday evening. […]

Embracing the Grit of Spring

Ahh, the season of grit. Somewhere in between the relief that comes with the end of winter and the energetic […]

Downtown Barrie’s Creative Corridor

Downtowns are full of creativity. They are hubs of the creative class which include the arts, businesses and professions. Downtown […]

Who is Downtown Barrie?

Let’s look at Downtown Barrie from a different perspective. If I was asked who is Downtown Barrie, my best answer would be […]

Downtown Barrie is Winter’s Wonderland

Some might call this time of year “the dead of winter,” but it always amazes me how well we embrace […]

A Taste of the First Ever Curb Appeal DIY

Curb Appeal DIY: Wrap-Up A Taste of the First Evening in this Intimate & Interactive Foodie Series The first evening […]

The Hot Cocoa Trail is Back!

Your toes are like ice. Your fingers are tingling. Frostbite threatens the tip of your nose and snowflakes rest on […]

Noella Festival Wrap Up

It’s a new year. We’re planning, scheduling and jumping into routine. Our gaze is forward, but for a brief moment, […]

‘Unpack Spring’: 5 Things to Do in Downtown Barrie

As April showers wash away the dirt and grime left behind by another challenging winter and the ice finally leaves the bay, we can look forward to ‘unpacking spring’.

A Brief Summary of Barrie’s Long History

Downtown Barrie is an anchor district that has historic roots and heritage dating back well over 200 years as a […]