Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)

Description (Service) Helps maintain and enhance the City of Barrie’s downtown core * strives to make it a vibrant, friendly, safe and exciting community for residents, visitors, businesses and business owners * operated by an elected Board of Management * monthly passes for City of Barrie parking lots can be purchased at this office, CASH ONLY * Heritage Ornament Collection-pewter ornaments available, see website for details 
Assists with and organizes many unique Downtown Barrie Events’ including:  
Celebrate Autumn in the City It is Autumn in the City and it’s time to celebrate the beauty of change together with the downtown community 
Downtown Barrie’s October Tasting Trail  
Various Downtown Cafes, Bistros and Food Shoppes  
Every Saturday in October 2019  
Follow the trail and sample some of the food and drink options the city has to offer * purchase a Tasting Trail passport at any participating locations and collect signatures and be entered to win a prize package * proceeds support local services groups and organizations 
Heritage Ornament Collection 
Available at Select Downtown Retailers  
November and December 2019  
Eighteen pewter ornaments available for sale featuring historical landmarks-- Allandale Railway Station, Old Town Hall and Market Place, Old Royal Victoria Hospital, Carnegie Library, Old Barrie Fire Hall, the Opera House, the Wellington Hotel, Barrie Arena, Mulcaster Street Armoury, Simcoe Hotel, Memorial Square, Barrie Central Collegiate, Steel’s China and Gift Shop, Court House Hill, Old Barrie Gaol, and the newly released ornament of The Queens Hotel, Prince of Wales Public School and the newly released ornament of the Lakeview Dairy  
Downtown Barrie’s Tree Lighting Celebration  
Meridian Place & Memorial Square  
Saturday November 16, 2019  
Start the holiday season with this annual tradition held in conjunction with the Santa Claus Parade and a visit from Santa * cap it off with a fireworks show  
Downtown Barrie’s Noëlla Festival 
November 16 to December 31, 2019  
The holiday season comes alive in downtown Barrie * grab a hot cocoa and take in the ‘Festive Window Displays and ’Holiday Lights' or take the family skating at the City Hall Ice Rink * purchase a Christmas Tree at the 'Noëlla Tree Lot & Market, proceeds support local charities * the season caps off with the Downtown ‘New Years’ Countdown at City Hall * expect the unexpected!  
Downtown Barrie’s #Hot Cocoa Trail 
Weekends in February 2020  
Various Downtown Cafes and Coffee Shoppes  
The #Hot Cocoa Trail returns featuring a variety of delicious and unique versions of hot chocolate * while following the trail, help spread the warmth and comfort to others * participating locations will be accepting donations in support of local service groups and organizations  
Downtown Barrie’s #May Days 
Various Downtown Merchants and Venues  
Every day in May 2020  
Downtown Barrie presents #May Days…Make a purchase during the month of May and fill out a ballot at a participating locations and be entered to win a prize package  
Downtown Barrie’s Curb Appeal 
Date and Location still to be determined 
Unique outdoor dining experience with multiple courses, multiple Chefs, multiple wines, and one amazing meal  
Downtown Barrie’s Lawn Chair Luminata  
COVID-19 update outdoor screenings and Barrie Thunder Classics car showcase are currently suspended until provincial restriction on large gatherings is lifted * Virtual Cinema is available, hosted by Barrie Film Festival 
Downtown Barrie’s Promenade Days – Canada Day Celebrations  
COVID-19 update the City of Barrie will host a virtual Canada Day event on July 1 2020 instead of holding its annual gathering at the waterfront and downtown area * visit website for details: 
Downtown Barrie’s Craft Beer and BBQ Festival  
COVID-19 update This event has been cancelled for 2020 
Heritage Park on the Waterfront  
Friday July 10-Sunday July 12, 2020  
Sample local Craft Beer and enjoy some barbecue & live entertainment
Service Details
Public Comments Kelly McKenna has been hired as the new Executive Director, starting March 2, 2020.  
December Parking 
During the month of December 2019, all ON-STREET metered parking in the downtown area will be free for a 2 hour period of time * all off-street lots continue to be paid parking during this period * see map for details:
Hours During Open Air Dunlop: Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
Regular Hours 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
2019 Noella ChristmasTree Lot and Market at Meridian Place and Memorial Square: 
Sat Nov 23, 11 am-3 pm 
Sat Nov 30, 11 am-3 pm 
Sat Dec 7, 11 am-3 pm 
Sat Dec 14, 11 am-3 pm
Areas Served Barrie - Downtown Barrie
Boundaries Dunlop St East and West between Mulcaster St and Toronto St, Collier St between Bayfield St and Mulcaster St, Mary St, Maple St between Simcoe St and Ross St * Bayfield St between Lakeshore Dr and Ross St * Clapperton St and Owen St between Dunlop St E and Collier St
Eligibility All downtown commercial establishments are mandatory members
Application Call, email or visit website
Languages English
Fees Membership ; All commercial establishments assessed for business taxes are mandatory members and required by Municipal by-law to pay a special assessment or levy to the BIA * Government offices and nonprofit organizations are exempt from this levy
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
93 Dunlop St E, Unit 102 (Lower Level)
Barrie, ON L4M 1A8
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Intersection Owen St and Dunlop St E
Physical Access Not Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-734-1414
Fax 705-734-1227
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Primary Contact Stacey Zubczyk, Office & Events Administrator
Alternate Contact Kristen Eatch, Creative Communications
Primary Executive Kelly McKenna, Executive Director