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If you are planning a vacation to Barrie, find a cheap rental car with VroomVroomVroom. We compare deals from top car rental suppliers such as Budget, Avis and Enterprise. Take advantage of a number of convenient locations across Barrie, and travel in comfort and style through Ontario.

Barrie is located on Lake Simcoe, and is a premier vacation destination. The city features magnificent outdoor recreation activities, excellent dining and quality theater entertainment. Reserve your car rental in Barrie early to make sure you don't miss out on exploring the region. 

Why book a car rental in Barrie with VroomVroomVroom?

Hiring a car gives you the convenience to travel at your own speed in Barrie. You'll have plenty of car rental options with VroomVroomVroom. Here are a few reasons to consider booking with us:

  1. Convenience: There are plenty of pick up and drop off locations to choose from around Barrie. We partner with suppliers such as Enterprise, Avis and Budget to bring you quality vehicles in convenient locations. You also have the option to pick up a car rental in Toronto Airport .
  2. Big savings: We can help you find great prices on car rental in Barrie. Check out our Price Promise for more information.
  3. No booking fees: When you book a rental car on our website, you will not be charged any additional booking fees.
  4. Excellent service: If you have any questions or need assistance in booking a cheap car rental in Barrie, just contact our friendly customer care team. You can reach out to them via phone, email or live chat. 

Best time to visit Barrie

As with most of the country, the preferred time to visit Barrie is through summer when the temperatures warm up. However the period from June to August is also the most expensive time to visit, when hotel rates are at their highest.

There are plenty of events in Ontario during spring and fall, and rates are slightly lower than during the peak months. Consider visiting at this time to avoid the cold and avoid the higher prices. 

Driving tips in Barrie

Before you get behind the wheel, it is best to check the traffic situation in Barrie via Highway 400. This will make it easier for you to find the quickest route to your destination.  It is also advisable to check the weather forecast via The Weather Network so you can plan where to go and what to wear. 

If there are no traffic incidents, it should take you just over an hour from Barrie to reach Toronto via ON-400 S. Avoid traveling during peak periods for a smoother journey. 

Top Things to Do in Barrie, Canada

Barrie has plenty of attractions and fun-filled adventures for anyone and there are plenty of car rental locations to help get you around.  It doesn't matter what you are looking for while you stay in Barrie.  Choose to take some time to enjoy the great outdoors or perhaps enjoy some family fun.  Have an enjoyable evening with some theater or maybe explore all the shopping opportunities.  The fun never ends when you see what Barrie has to offer.

Treetop Trekking is an adventurous park and very popular destination in Barrie.  This park is not your ordinary park either.  It provides outdoor recreation and brings it to new heights.  Treetop Trekking is a zip-line park and aerial obstacle course.  Have fun being up high with the trees and enjoy the monkey wires, climbing nets, suspended bridges, zip-lines, and a whole lot more.

Barrie Centennial Park is a gorgeous outdoor adventure and features visually amazing gardens, stunning fountains, a swimming beach, volleyball courts, kids playground, and tons more.  This park is an excellent location to drive your car rental to and spend the day enjoying the great outdoors.

Base Borden Military Museum is a wonderful spot to visit in Barrie. In this location you will find numerous military history artifacts, but also aviation items, vehicles and logistics components. Guided tours are available in this great museum which opened in Barrie with the purpose to preserve the military history of the area.

MacLaren Art Center hosts an impressive number of art works. More than 40,000 fine works are displayed within the art center. Collections include contemporary Canadian sculpture and paper exhibits. Visiting this place will definitely be an exciting and interesting adventure.

The Heritage Park is a wonderful green spot in Barrie. This is the best place to visit in the city if you want to enjoy a relaxing picnic. Facilities of the area include a boating dock, walking trails and a sandy beach. Numerous shops and restaurants are located just near the park. In the Heritage Park you will also be able to see the Serendipity Princess cruise boat and the Spirit Catcher Statue.

Applebee's Barrie is a wonderful restaurant located in Barrie. Eating in this spot will be a thrilling experience, as the food is always fresh and tasty. Pastas, seafood and steaks can be ordered in this American restaurant.

Casa Mia Restaurant is a place not to be missed if you like Italian food. The service here is outstanding, while the prices are really affordable. A casual atmosphere, a wonderful Italian decor and the most delicious food in the area, can easily be enjoyed here.

Here are more things to do when you're in Barrie!

Historic downtown Barrie is located in a distinct “wrapped valley” which surrounds the west end of Kempenfelt Bay. The center of the city is flat, while the north and south ends are built onto relatively steep slopes. When you choose your rental vehicle using VroomVroomVroom's features to compare rates and find the best deals on car, truck, SUV and  RV rentals, you might consider a larger vehicle – perhaps with four-wheel drive – to make traversing in Barrie and the surrounding area easier for you and your family, friends or co-workers.

Barrie is a great place to be if you're a tourist! Drive your rental car down to Dunlop Street East in downtown Barrie, and explore the city's many restaurants, pubs, boutiques and specialty shops! There are also plenty of night clubs and music venues, as well as experiences for theatre and art lovers to enjoy! Drive your rental car to the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts to see “Theatre by the Bay”, or to the Huronia Symphony for a lovely classical music concert. Art and sculpture lovers will want to visit the MacLaren Art Centre. Have a friend snap your photo standing in front of the large art galley's breathtaking bronze cast of Rodin's “The Thinker”.

Barrie's climate is warm and humid in the summer, and quite cold in the winter. Winter is somewhat moderated by proximity to the Great Lakes. However, the moist air also means lots of snowfalls in Barrie! When travelling to Barrie, be sure to pack appropriately for the season!

Check the calendar and you might be able to enjoy the Barrie Waterfront Festival, the Barrie Film Festival, or the city's Ribfest and Craft Beer Show! You'll be glad that you used VroomVroomVroom to save money on your rental vehicle, because you'll have more money in your pocket and you'll have more fun in Barrie! And remember, there are no hidden fees when you use our service!

More interesting facts on Barrie 

Barrie is one of the largest cities in the province of Ontario. Located on Lake Simcoe's beautiful western shore, Barrie is home to over 136 thousand Canadians, with around 50 thousand more within its outlying metropolitan area. Located in the Golden Horseshoe, Barrie is part of the heart of industry and population in Central and Southern Ontario. In the last two decades, Barrie has been a fast-growing city – its population has doubled since the early 1990s!

If you're headed to Barrie, you might choose to fly into Lake Simcoe Regional Airport. In 2010, the airport (sometimes called Cottage Country Airport) was upgraded and expanded, with runway extensions, new pavement and expansions for parking and at the terminal building. The airport is about a 10-15 minute drive to and from Barrie. It markets itself as a convenient airport that's close to the metropolis of Toronto (about an hour's drive in your rental car) as well as the entire “Cottage Country” of Central Ontario. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is fully serviced by Canada's Border Service Agency, meaning it routinely accommodates international travelers. Rental cars are available at Lake Simcoe Regional Airport from Avis Car Rental Agency, Budget Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Barrie's history is a rich and interesting one. The city is located on lands that centuries ago were along an aboriginal route linking Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay (just off Lake Huron). During the War of 1812, the city was a supply depot for the British, and the ancient route became a key supply line from Fort Willow to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. (In fact, Barrie is named for naval commander Sir Robert Barrie.) It's recommended that you use VroomVroomVroom if you want to find a cheap car rental rate for your stay in Barrie. Remember that our service will send you an instant confirmation via email, and that there is never a cancellation fee!

To learn more about this historic area of Ontario, you could drive your rental car and follow road signs marking the scenic and beautiful path – known as Nine Mile Portage – from Barrie's Memorial Square, and you can follow the portage in your rental car all the way to Fort Willow!
Top depots in Barrie
  • Budget Barrie Car Rental Budget Barrie - 10-520 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON. L4N 9P6
  • Avis Barrie Car Rental Avis Barrie - 425 Dunlop St West, Barrie, ON. L4N 1C3
  • Enterprise Barrie Car Rental Enterprise Barrie - 304 Dunlop St W Unit 4, Barrie, ON. L4N7L2
  • Hertz Hertz - Barrie Car Rental Hertz Hertz - Barrie - 231 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, ON. L4N 9EB
  • Enterprise South Barrie Car Rental Enterprise South Barrie - 133 Mapleview Drive West, Unit 10, Barrie, ON. L4N9H7