The City of Barrie is one of Ontario's fastest growing and dynamic cities. Located just an hour drive north of Toronto on the shores of Lake Simcoe, this is the ideal suburban community that offers modern and vibrant schools and welcoming host families. Residents of Barrie manage to achieve an important work-life balance that offers plenty of family time. With an abundance of parkland, ski and recreational resorts, a beautiful waterfront and heritage downtown, this ever-expanding city maintains a community-minded ‘small town feeling’, yet at the same time offers all of today’s modern conveniences - commercial, retail and recreational. With these benefits, Barrie is an ideal spot to call home.

Notable features:

• Barrie has the most ski runs in all of Ontario

• This is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, due in part to it’s proximity to Toronto

• Many corporate head offices are considering Barrie as an alternative to Toronto

• OHL (Ontario Hockey League) team: Barrie Colts

LocationKempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe
Distance from gateway airport85km north from Toronto
Population147,285 (2016)
Gateway AirportToronto YYZ
RecreationSkiing (3 local ski areas)


REGION: Simcoe County (A Place for All Seasons)

The communities of the Simcoe Region surround Lake Simcoe and expand to Georgian Bay (to the west) and the Muskoka Region (to the north). Located between 1-2 hours drive from Toronto, this area is rich in history and offers many choices for students including a wide range of town options, hills for skiing and snowboarding, lakes for water recreation and easy access to Toronto.

Outdoor Sports: Boating • Cycling • Fishing • Golfing • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Rollerblading • Skating • Skiing • Snowboarding • Snowtubing • Snowshoeing

Recreation for students: Art Galleries • Coffee shops • Festivals • Libraries • Music concerts • Museums • Parks • Restaurants (formal and fast food) • Ski Resorts • Shopping malls & centres • Sports • Theatre • Youth recreational centres

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Why Simcoe?

• Placements close to Toronto

• Several community options

• Outdoor sports year-round

• Many new school facilities


Programme durations available in this location:

10 months: September to June

5 months:  September to end January // February to end June

4 months:  September to end December // February to end May


    Active Recreation

  •      Allendale Recreational Centre
  •      Dance
  •      Golf
  •      Horse Riding
  •      Martial Arts
  •      Rowing
  •      Skating
  •      Skiing
  •      Soccer
  •      Swimming
  •      Tennis


  •      Georgian Mall
  •      Tanger Outlet Mall (nearby Cookstown)


  •      Libraries
  •      Gryphon Theatre
  •      McLaren Art Centre