Barrie has four public school boards (two English, two French), which include the Simcoe County District School Board, the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, and Le Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Schools in the city include Portage View, Terry Fox, Maple Grove, Willow Landing, St. Bernadette, Frere André, Allandale Heights, École élémentaire La Source, St. Joseph’s High School, Barrie North Collegiate Institute, and École secondaire Roméo Dallaire. Private school options are also available.
Post-secondary institutions in Barrie include Georgian College, which offers programs in trades, arts, communications, healthcare, culinary arts, business, technology, tourism, engineering, and social work; andCollege Boréal, with courses in language, general interest, corporate training, and transportation/heavy equipment.
In the winter months, Snow Valley is a fun place to spend the day, with skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing options. The resort offers lessons for those who are new to a sport or who need a refresher, and racing events for those who are confident in their skills. Accommodations are available for those who choose to spend more time at the resort, and the venue is also a popular spot for weddings and other events.
The MacLaren Art Centre is a public art gallery featuring a permanent collection of close to 30,000 pieces, as well as travelling exhibitions. The gallery focuses mostly on contemporary art, from local to international, but also has occasional exhibits on historical art. People of all ages can also attend art classes and workshops at the centre.