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Barrie is a city in Central Ontario, Canada, on the western shore of Lake Simcoe. Although located in Simcoe County, the city is politically independent. Barrie is within the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a densely populated and industrialized region of Ontario.  The Barrie census metropolitan area(CMA) had a population of 187,013 residents, making it the 21st largest CMA in Canada.

At its inception, Barrie was an establishment of houses and warehouses at the foot of the Nine Mile Portage from Kempenfelt Bay to Fort Willow. The Nine Mile Portage is an aboriginal transportation route that existed centuries before Europeans came to Simcoe County. The portage linked Kempenfelt Bay through Willow Creek, connecting Lake Simcoe to the Nottawasaga River which flows into Georgian Bay off Lake Huron.  The city was named in 1833 after Sir Robert Barrie, who was in charge of the naval forces in Canada and frequently commanded forces through the city and along the Nine Mile Portage.  Barrie was also the final destination for one branch of the Underground Railroad. In the mid-19th century, this network of secret routes allowed many American slaves to enter Barrie and the surrounding area. This contributed to the development (and name) of nearby Shanty Bay.

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Education

Simcoe County District School Board www.scdsb.on.ca

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board http://www.smcdsb.on.ca/

Arise Christian Academy http://www.arisechristianacademy.com/

Timothy Christian School http://timothychristianschool.ca/

Unity Christian High School http://unitychristianhigh.ca/

Thor College http://www.thorcollege.ca/

Barrie Montessori & Elementary Private School http://www.barriemontessori.ca/

Colleges & Universities

Georgian College http://www.georgiancollege.ca/

Laurentian University http://laurentian.ca/

Medical

Health Care Connect
Phone: 1-800-445-1822
Web: www.ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor.  People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community.  Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822

Telehealth Ontario 

Phone: 1-866-797-0000
Web: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161

Medical Centres & Clinics

Royal Victoria Hospital http://www.rvh.on.ca/

York Central Hospital http://www.yorkcentral.com/

Barrie Community Health Centre http://bchc.ca/

After Hours Medical Care http://barriefht.ca/

Walk-In Clinics http://www.nsmhealthline.ca/listServices.aspx?id=10072&region=BarrieArea

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