The trails along Lake Simcoe are the signature run in Barrie. Two separate trails — the North Shore Trail and the Heritage Trail — combine for 6.2 km of running through a series of parks along the lakeshore. The paths are a combination of paved and stone dust. Some sections are inland through parks, and others are right along the lake, with great views. There’s good access from downtown.
Heritage Trail Section. The southeastern end of this 3.2 km section starts as the Heritage Trail off Lakeshore Dr. just east of Allandale Park. There are great water views as you run through Allandale Park, Centennial Park, along the Barrie Marina, then passing the Spirit Catcher sculpture into Heritage Park.
North Shore Trail Section. From Heritage Park, the trail continues east along the lake for another 3 km to Penetanguishene Rd. There are good lake views the whole way. The trail passes through Johnson’s Beach & Kempenfelt Park.
Add-Ons. Near the north end of the trail at Penetanguishene Rd., you can pick up the Lake Country ORO Medonte Rail Trail, which follows an abandoned rail line for 28 km toward Orillia.