Barrie, is 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of Toronto. Many people say that Barrie feels like an extension of the Toronto Metropolitan area. Many Barrie residents, commute daily to Toronto. Other people use Barrie as the start of a cottage holiday, or as a handy spot to break up a drive.
In the year 1812, the site of Barrie was surveyed by Captain Oliver, of the Royal Navy. He bought the land and called it Barry. This was named after Captain Robert Barry, who was a commander of the 15th Regiment of York.
The first building was erected in 1812, which was the Hudson's Bay Company Storehouse.
In 1832, the first Post Office opened and named Barrie, after the British Commodore Robert Barrie. He commanded the warships in Kingston, Ontario during that year.
Once Barrie started to grow, it began to export local resources; trees, ice, etc.
A Guided Tour Of Barrie
During the late 1800's to the twentieth century, Barrie went through a vast amount of changes that contributed to its rapid growth. In 1865, Barrie was connected to the City of York via the long anticipated railway. However, 1950 the the building of Highway 400 was what increased easy access and exposure to The Beautiful City By The Bay.
BARRIE REAL ESTATE
Walking through downtown Barrie now, you will notice Historic treasues intertwining with modern day flair.
Barrie is divided into different districts. Below is a map that outlines the divisions.
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The City of Barrie is one of Canada's fastest growing regions. Downtown Barrie brings in tourists and visitors from all over, year round. There are over 600 shops, boutiques, restaurants, and businesses.