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"Barrie.— The County Seat of Simcoe, and a station of the Northern Railway, pleasantly situated on Kempenifeldt Bay, Lake Simcoe, in the Township of Vespra. It has a fine appearance from the opposite side of the bay, the rising ground bringing every part of the town distinctly into view. Distance from Toronto 64 miles, from Collingwood ,81, and from Orillia 27. Steamers to the Muskoka Territory, Orillia, &c. Stages to Peuttanguishcue. Population 3000."

The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data
Henry McEvoy
January 1, 1869
Robertson & Cook

"Bar'rie, a post-town of Ontario, capital of Simcoe co, on Kempenfeldt Bay, Lake Simcoe, 60 miles by rail N.N.W. of Toronto, It has 10 churches, 3 banks, an academy, 3 weekly newspapers, 3 saw-mills, 3 grist-mills, 3 carriage factories, and 2 woollen-factories. The railroad shops of the Grand Trunk Railway are near here. Pop. in 1891, 5550."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1853 - October 11 - Northern Railroad reaches Barrie from Toronto, Ontario.
    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ October_11
  • 1855 - Church of St. Mary established at Barrie
    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1873
    BARRIE, a pretty town of Ontario, capital of Simcoe co., on Kempenfeldt Bay, an arm of Lake Simcoe, 60 miles N.N. W. of Toronto, with which it... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Bar'rie, a banking post-town and outport of Ontario, capital of Simcoe co., on Kempenfeldt Bay, Lake Simcoe, and on the Grand Trunk R., 64 miles NNW. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1985 - BARRIE MOURNS DEAD. SEARCH GOES ON FOR MORE BODIES.
    Barrie, Ont. (CP) - A grim, building-by-building search continued yesterday for more possible victims of a cluster of violent tornadoes that ripped... Read MORE...

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