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Orillia or Barrie?

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Orillia or Barrie?

Hi which of these 2 places do you think would be best to visit with more things to do and see?

Thank you

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1. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Barrie is much larger thus I believe there would be more to see and do there. Orillia is nice but quite small. Both have beaches for swimming but if you want more selection in restaurants, bars, shops etc... I think Barrie is the better choice for you.

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2. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Depending on what exactly you're looking for, why not go a little farther north and stay somewhere pretty in Muskoka, or west to Wasaga or Collingwood area? We tend to see Barrie and Orillia as places "on the way" to the nice recreational areas of Ontario, rather than great destinations in their own right. Nothing against those cities and I'm sure you could have a good time there, I just don't think they have as much to offer the tourist as other areas nearby, as they are neither in a great natural setting nor a big cosmopolitan city.

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3. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Neither one is great. Nothing special in terms of restaurants etc. Barrie is mostly one big bedroom community to Toronto now. I can see how it once had charm.. Continue on down or up the Highway.

Spent a great deal of time there because of family..

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4. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Orillia has a casino & is a nicer place to chill with parks & swimming.

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5. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Barrie has more of a bar scene and more stuff to do, Orillia is more older and reserved...other than Casino Rama, which is one of the pricier casinos (and you want table games because Georgian downs has slots), I'd definitely go with Barrie...

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6. Re: Orillia or Barrie?

Just in Orillia over the weekend. Not a place to stay and visit. To be honest, the same could be said for Barrie. Do you have any specific reasons that you have opted for these two towns as places to visit? If not there are lots of other towns of a similar size or smaller/bigger all within 2 hours of those two locations.

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