Discover Barrie Now

Welcome to the Discover Barrie Interactive Mapping/GIS Portal

Discover Barrie was created to assist residents, visitors, business owners and investors with finding information about the City of Barrie in a centralized online application. Here are some examples of what you can find on Discover Barrie:

Residents & Visitors City Services Business

  • Locate an address, street or intersection
  • Show garbage collection days, wards and calendar information
  • Find commercial and industrial properties for sale or lease
  • Locate parks, trails and sports facilities
  • Look-up a business or group of businesses
  • Check transit routes and schedules
  • plus much more...





What's New on Discover Barrie?

We'll keep you updated here with additions and updates to Discover Barrie:

October 25, 2013 2014 Election Wards map tab online View Map ›
August 12-14, 2013 Scheduled Discover Barrie Maintenance! - Site Business Navigation may work intermittently from 9am to 5pm View Map ›
August 14, 2013 New Barrie Tourism map tab and location online View Map ›
August 14, 2013 New Barrie Transit Routes online View Map ›
February 7, 2013 Discover Barrie upgrade is released to the general public for use View Map ›
February 7, 2013 Upgraded includes additional browser support, new layers and tools and more... View Map ›
February 7, 2013 New Google maps and streetview is now integrated on Google map tabs View Map ›
February 7, 2013 Additional information in the City Services section now shows planned road closures, snow routes, truck routes and more... View Map ›
February 7, 2013 New tools in the Business section allow for basic demographics reports...use the demographic tool View Map ›

Economic Development in Barrie

The City of Barrie is a destination for business, offering a wealth of location advantages including low operating costs, a strong labour force, highway accessibility and a lifestyle that is second to none.

Through Discover Barrie you will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities to locate, grow or expand your business through our site selection tools;
  • Find businesses operating in Barrie to identify strategic partners, suppliers or complimentary goods and services;
  • Find your strategic business location based on key geographic points throughout the City of Barrie, including proximity to highway access, traffic counts and location from other City amenities.

We encourage you to explore our great City and get to know our dynamic business community and see why Barrie is Ontario's Top Investment Ready City!

Click here to visit Economic Development and access other business related tools on Discover Barrie.

For more info please contact the Strategy & Economic Development Department at (705) 728-9850 or invest@barrie.ca.

Fastest Growing City - Statistics Canada Census named Barrie as having the fastest growing and youngest population of any City in Canada, along with Canada's largest employment growth rate. Barrie has been identified by the Province as one of Central Ontario's 'urban growth nodes'.

Top Real Estate Investment City - Barrie is one of the top 3 cities in Ontario in which to invest, poised to outperform other cities in the next 3-5 years. Source: Real Estate Investment Network, October 2009.

Strong Business Growth - Barrie is one of the top 10 metropolitan areas in Canada for small business growth. Source: BMO Capital Markets, October 2009.

2nd in Canada for Economic Development - Barrie receives an A+ for Economic Development Effectiveness. Source: MacLean's Magazine, July 2009.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I find information about symbols on the maps?

Click on the Information and Identify tool and then click on a symbol or region on the map. Note, only some layers have active points and will provide information back. See Question 4 for more information.

2. How come there are "No features found" from the Information and Identify tool?

Try to zoom in on the map and click on the lower center of the symbol. The identify tool is subject to a proximity range based upon current zoom level - or - try to change the "Attribute Details For" drop down menu to the active layer you are looking for.

3. How come nothing happens when I hover over a symbol on the map?

Unfortunately, the Discover Barrie site is not currently configured to show information when hovering. In order to see information, user must use the Information and Identify tool and click on the map.

4. How do I determine what the symbols mean?

Click on the Legend button and a legend will appear on the right hand side with all of the symbol types. OR Click on the Map Content button and open the arrows to see the different symbols.


Help Topics

Understanding the Site Navigation (Navigation Tabs & Map Tabs)

When using the Discover Barrie website, users will have to choose information in a hierarchical approach where each Navigation Tab contains a series of related Searches and Map Tabs with their own specific focus. By understanding this approach, users will be able to more quickly navigate the Discover Barrie site.

Example: Resident & Visitors Navigation Tab > Wards Map Tab

Example: Resident & Visitors Navigation Tab is active (in blue) and contains a Resident Map Tab (also in blue).




Users should note that with each Navigation Tab, there are different Map Tabs available, each with a different focus for the Identify and Information tool. Searches however are dependent only on the Navigation Tab. Through exploration, users will quickly discover each Navigation Tab and Map Tab focus.

Note: If a user switches Navigation Tabs, it will take a few seconds for the Discover Barrie site to reset with the new Navigation Tab focus.

Understanding the Navigation Tab Quick Links

Sometime users want to perform a specific function, however, due to limited computer skills or for reasons of urgency, may not be able to achieve the desired result using Navigation Tab and Map Tabs. In order to assist with this group of users, the Navigation Tabs have related quick links that will allow users to directly access specific searches, Map Tabs or locations directly.

Each Navigation Tab Quick Link has specific functions geared toward the named focus.



Example: Say a user wishes to locate Tourism Barrie office. They can simply hover to the Resident Navigation Quick Links drop down arrow and choose "Tourism Barrie?”.  This will take the user directly to the South Shore Centre on the associated map tab.

Understanding the Navigation Tabs and Map Tabs

Here is a list of Navigation Tabs with their associated Map Tabs and description:



Residents & Visitors
Navigation Tab contains the following Map Tabs:

  • Resident - Shows all points of interest information with focus on residential locations including, government services, community centre's, emergency service locations and more.
  • Wards - Shows ward boundaries with associated councilor information as well as City Hall.
  • Recreation - Shows recreation focused points of interest including beaches, arenas, pools, skating rinks and more. If users zoom in, they can also indentify locations of parks, playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts and more.
  • Events – Shows current City of Barrie events with a valid address that have been submitted on the City of Barrie website.
  • Attractions - Shows points of interest in which users from out of town might be looking for, including tourism offices such as Barrie Tourism, attractions and landmarks, shopping, golf course, picnic areas and more.
  • Business - Show all business locations registered with the City of Barrie Strategic & Economic Development department.
  • Aerial Views - Shows 2007 10cm colour aerial imagery for the majority of Barrie. Users can also turn on 2004 20cm black and white aerial imagery under the Map Content tool.
  • Google – Shows Google hybrid maps, roads, satellite, terrain and street view.  Simply select the appropriate map type located on the bottom left hand side of the screen.  For street view, drag the little golden man over the map and to see the street view.
  • World View - Shows Google maps based information which allows users to locate Barrie with respect to Southern Ontario and the world.



City Services
Navigation Tab contains the following Map Tabs:

  • Transit - Shows transit routes with associated route numbers and names, links to schedules as well as Transit and GO Train Station.
  • Waste - Shows garbage collection day map with associated yard waste pick up week for locations as well as the Sandy Hollow Landfill site location.
  • Recreation - Shows recreation focused points of interest including beaches, arenas, pools, skating rinks and more. If users zoom in, they can also indentify locations of parks, playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts and more.
  • Parking – TBD ???.
  • Construction - Shows City of Barrie current construction capital projects with relevant information.
  • Road Closures - Shows City of Barrie Roads Operations Department right of ways with road closures and/or restrictions.
  • Road Closures - Shows City of Barrie Roads Operations Department right of ways with road closures and/or restrictions.
  • Snow Plow Routes - Shows City of Barrie Roads Operations Department primary and secondary snow plow routes.
  • Truck Routes - Shows City of Barrie designated truck routes as per by-law ???.
  • Aerial Views - Shows 2007 10cm colour aerial imagery for the majority of Barrie. Users can also turn on 2004 20cm black and white aerial imagery under the Map Content tool.
  • Google – Shows Google hybrid maps, roads, satellite, terrain and street view.  Simply select the appropriate map type located on the bottom left hand side of the screen.  For street view, drag the little golden man over the map and to see the street view.



Business
Navigation Tab contains the following Map Tabs:

  • ICI For Sale - Shows all non-residential businesses/industrial/office space/vacant land/multi-residential/etc. locations for sale by the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS ® Inc. Users can click on a "for sale" point to obtain more information about sale price, contact information and site information.
  • ICI For Lease - Shows all non-residential businesses/industrial/office space/multi-residential/etc. locations for sale by the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS ® Inc. Users can click on a "for lease" point to obtain more information about sale price, contact information and site information.
  • Business - Show all business locations registered with the City of Barrie Strategic & Economic Development department.
  • Land Use - Shows estimated City of Barrie Planning Department information for the Zoning By-Law and Schedule A - Land User from the Official Plan. This data has been made available to better assist with economic development.
  • Traffic Counts - Shows 2005 to 2010 traffic counts symbolized by average daily traffic (ADT) amount of traffic.
  • Aerial Views - Shows 2007 10cm colour aerial imagery for the majority of Barrie. Users can also turn on 2004 20cm black and white aerial imagery under the Map Content tool.
  • Google - Shows Google hybrid maps, roads, satellite, terrain and street view.  Simply select the appropriate map type located on the bottom left hand side of the screen.  For street view, drag the little golden man over the map and to see the street view.
  • World View - Shows Google maps based information which allows users to locate Barrie with respect to Southern Ontario and the world.

Understanding the Map Tools



Located just above the map is the main tool bar. Listed below are the tools and their associated icons.

Drag/Pan - Left mouse click over the map and hold the button, move your mouse in the direction you wish to view.
Zoom In - Left mouse click and draw a rectangle around the location where you wish to zoom in, or simply left mouse click them map to zoom in.
Zoom Out - Left mouse click to zoom out.
Full View - Click on this tool to show the full extent of the map.
Information/Identify - Hover over the item and left mouse click active layer in order to see more information. Note - Only active items/layers will provide more information and you may have to change the "Attribute Details For" item/layer focus.
Previous Map - Click on this tool to have the map zoom to the previous extents.
Next Map - Click on this tool to have the map zoom to the next map (will only activate if the "Previous Map" tool has been used).
Overview Map - Click on this tool to create an overview map in the bottom right hand corner. Useful to find where you are zoomed in to or if you need to move around the map.
Buffer Demographic - This tool in only available in the Business Navigation section.  This tool will produce a 1 or 2 km demographic buffer report for the selected area.  Please use the Clear Buffer Rings tool once finished.
Buffer Demographic - This tool is only available in the Business Navigation section.  This tool will remove buffer rings created by the Buffer Demographic tool.
Print - Click on this tool in order to print a map. You can print in simple maps or maps with selections in both portrait and landscape settings.
Map Snapshot (Copy) - Click on this tool in order to get a copy of the map. You can then paste this into a document or email.
Help - Use this tool to find out help file information, how to get started, frequently asked questions and more.

How to use the Zoom Extents, Navigation Tool and Scale

Located in the bottom left hand corner of the map is the zoom, navigation and scale tools.
Zoom In and Out Tool - Use this zoom tool to zoom in or out by adjusting the bar between the +zoom in and –zoom out.   
Note:  The Zoom In and Zoom Out tools on the main tool bar perform the same function.
Zoom to Extents Tool - Use this tool to zoom-out to the full extents of the map. It is located in the center of the navigation tool on the bottom left side. 
Note:  The Full View or Zoom Extents tool on the main tool bar performs the same function.
Navigation Tool - This tool moves the map a predefined distance as per the arrow directions of north, east, south and west. While this tool is useful for beginner level users, the drag/pan tool is faster and easier to use. The Zoom Extents Tool is located in the middle.
Note:  The Drag Pan tool on the main tool bar performs the same function.
Scale - Use this textbox to enter the absolute scale to which you would like to see. Hit enter after entering the scale number and the map will change accordingly.

How to use the Search/Data Tool

Once you hover over the Searches button located on the left side of the main tool bar, it will highlight blue and provide a drop down list of available searches.  Each Navigation tab has specific searches relevant to their section.  In order to use the various searches, enter the information you are looking for and hit the Search button.
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For the complete list of available searches, see below.

Resident & Visitors Navigation Tab Searches include:

  • Points of Interest - Finds various points or interest information by name or category.
  • City Parks and Natural Areas – Finds City’s parks from a drop down list with park names.
  • Transit Route – Finds and highlights selected City of Barrie transit routes.
  • Businesses - Finds business records and information using business names, descriptions, NAICS and more.
  • Address - Finds an address location based upon the street number and street name.
  • Street Name - Finds a street name and address ranges.
  • Street Intersection - Finds an intersection based upon two streets.
  • MPAC Roll Number - Finds an assessment parcel location based upon the MPAC roll number.
  • City Parking Lots – Finds City of Barrie downtown parking lots through using their address or parking rate.

City Services Navigation Tab Searches include:

  • Points of Interest - Finds various points or interest information by name or category.
  • City Parks and Natural Areas – Finds City’s parks from a drop down list with park names.
  • Transit Route – Finds and highlights selected City of Barrie transit routes.
  • Businesses - Finds business records and information using business names, descriptions, NAICS and more.
  • Address - Finds an address location based upon the street number and street name.
  • Street Name - Finds a street name and address ranges.
  • Street Intersection - Finds an intersection based upon two streets.
  • MPAC Roll Number - Finds an assessment parcel location based upon the MPAC roll number.
  • City Parking Lots – Finds City of Barrie downtown parking lots through using their address or parking rate.

Business
Navigation Tab Searches include:


  • ICI Properties For Sale - Finds a non-residential real estate listing for sale using address, usage, property size, size of space, and sale price.
  • ICI Properties For Lease - Finds a non-residential real estate listing for lease using address, usage, property size, size of space, and sale price. Points of Interest - Finds various points or interest information by name or category.
  • Points of Interest - Finds various points or interest information by name or category.
  • City Parks and Natural Areas – Finds City’s parks from a drop down list with park names.
  • Transit Route – Finds and highlights selected City of Barrie transit routes.
  • Businesses - Finds business records and information using business names, descriptions, NAICS and more.
  • Address - Finds an address location based upon the street number and street name.
  • Street Name - Finds a street name and address ranges.
  • Street Intersection - Finds an intersection based upon two streets.
  • MPAC Roll Number - Finds an assessment parcel location based upon the MPAC roll number.
  • City Parking Lots – Finds City of Barrie downtown parking lots through using their address or parking rate.



Example of the ICI Properties For Sale search.

 

How to use the Map Content Tool

The Map Content button allows users to turn on or off, specific layers of information on the map.  Users need to simply click on the checkbox for the layer they wish to see and it will refresh on the map.

Note:  Some layers are specific to the Navigation Tabs.  Also, some layers are scale dependent and will be grey out.  User may need to zoom in on the map in order to see them.

How to use the Advanced Tools

In order to use the Advanced Tools, user need to select which tool they wish to use:

Here is a list of tools with a brief description of how to use them:

  • Selection Tool - Use this tool to select various layers of information on the map. Returns a list of selected records for the chosen layer.
  • Redlining Tool - Use this tool to draw an image with pre-defined colour setting on the map. Shows a point, line or polygon on the map.
  • Measure Tool - Use this tool to measure areas or lengths on the map. Users can then add these polygons or line to the map using the Add to map button. Returns a point coordinate, length or area with associated point, line or polygon.
  • Generate URL Tool - Use this tool to generate a URL (hyperlink) of a map location. Users can then copy and paste this URL into an email and send it colleagues so they can see the same zoomed level and map layers.

How to use the Legend

Users can use the Legend button at any time to see what active symbols and colours are on the map. It should be noted that the Legend changes and is dependent on how far a user is zoomed in, what the active Map Tab is and what layers have been turned on by the Map Content button.

For the most up-to-date layer information, close and hit the Legend button to update the Legend list of symbols and layers.


How To Videos


How to do a Search
How to use the Demographic Tool
How to use the Identify Tool
How to use the Selection Tool
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