Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Looking Ahead: Water Fun in Barrie Summer 2018

With just one more week remaining in the school year, we’re looking ahead to warm weather and fun in the sun. With a number of beaches, splash pads and a new outdoor water park, the town of Barrie has many natural and commercial water features that will keep you busy all summer long. Today we’re highlighting some local water attractions to help you create your summer bucket list.


Beach season officially kicks off Friday, June 29th (just in time for Canada Day long weekend). Lifeguards will be on hand during posted hours with PFD rentals available at select locations (Centennial & Johnson’s Beach Lifeguard Office, Sun-Sat. From 11:30-5:30pm. Please note that a $10.00 refundable deposit is required). Remember to be water safe and ensure that children are wearing personal flotation devices and are within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Centennial Park & Beach
  • Johnson’s Beach
  • Minet’s Point
  • Tyndale Park & Beach 

Parents with young children will enjoy the added feature of playground structures to the Centennial, Minet’s Point and Tyndale locations, providing hours of fun.

Outdoor Waterpark

SplashON Waterpark, Barrie’s outdoor inflatable water park launched last summer in June 2017. This unique addition to the Barrie waterfront is recommended for children 5 years of age and up. Waivers and parent supervision are required. See website for more details regarding pricing and participation eligibility and restrictions.

Splash Pads

Looking to cool off without hauling the family to the beach, one of the local community pools or digging out the sprinkler from the garage? Then a trip to the Lampman Lane splash pad is just what you’re looking for. Fun for children of all ages and attached to playgrounds. Children can play and run through the water features to their heart’s delight while keeping cool.

This free activity is a summer staple for many families looking to beat the heat without breaking their budget. Please note that washrooms are available.

Community Pools

Memories are made swimming with friends and there’s no better place to beat the heat rain or shine than at the local community pool. With three locations to choose from and affordable admission.

  • Allandale Recreation Centre
  • East Bayfield Community Centre
  • Holly Community Centre

Click here to stay up to date with the recreation swimming hours.

What’s your favourite place to cool off in Barrie? Leave us a comment.

Don’t forget to share your pictures with us using #erinsimcoecounty. We love to see you outside having fun in our beautiful community.

Pack a picnic lunch, grab your friends and family and get outdoors this summer to enjoy all that Barrie has to offer.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Keep Cool this Summer A/C 101

With summer temperatures just around the corner, many homeowners are preparing their yards and outdoor spaces for summer gatherings and BBQs with family and friends. One critical piece of outdoor equipment that should not be overlooked is your central air conditioner unit. If you’ve recently moved into your home, this may be your first season using your central air conditioner. Beyond function, energy bills to cool your home may be a concern, depending on the age and energy efficiency of the unit.

Yearly maintenance can help you extend the life of your central A/C and ensure that it's working at an optimal performance to cool your home, but if your home currently has an older, inefficient unit, it might be time to upgrade to save money on your home cooling.

How Does Your Central A/C Stack Up? 

SEER: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and is the rating system used to indicate the level of energy efficiency of the unit. The larger the number, the more energy efficient your air conditioner is.

ENERGY STAR certification: 
Central air conditioners that meet ENERGY STAR standards will be affixed with an ENERGY STAR sticker that alerts consumers that their central air conditioner is a high-efficiency model. ENERGY STAR certified central A/C systems work to efficiently cool your home while saving you money on your monthly energy bills.

Warranty: An investment in a high-efficiency central air conditioner is a relatively large purchase and it’s important to choose one that is backed by a comprehensive warranty plan. Plans range from standard limited parts and limited compressor coverage to total unit replacement.

Like any important home purchase, it’s important to do your research before committing to one specific brand or model. Check out this 2018 Central Air Conditioner Buyer Guide for more tips and look-fors. The number of years you plan to live in your home will also factor into the central air conditioner unit you choose. Prospective buyers are looking for homes with energy-efficient appliances and to help manage energy costs so that will always be an appealing feature, there are varying degrees of energy-efficiency and if you foresee a move in the near future an energy-efficient central A/C unit with a lower price point might make more sense.

What is your biggest concern as a homeowner when it comes to cooling your home? Leave us a comment and let us know.