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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make Barrie and area a community residents are proud to call home.

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Recalling Barrie Arena's past championship glory <b>(15 photos)</b>

Recalling Barrie Arena's past championship glory (15 photos)

'It was the place on Saturdays where you went to get your skates sharpened. I loved playing and practising there and it hurt a lot to see it torn down,' says local native
Highway 400's final stretch through Barrie completed in 1952

Highway 400's final stretch through Barrie completed in 1952

Prior to its construction, traffic 'was bumper to bumper, going back to the 1930s and even to the 1920s when cars were taking off. There was a huge amount of traffic and it was a huge headache,' says local historian
Downtown's church on the hill has overlooked Barrie since 1864

Downtown's church on the hill has overlooked Barrie since 1864

Trinity Anglican Church had a soaring spire above the entrance until it was struck by lightning in 1934 and never replaced
Turnbull House 'was definitely built to impress'

Turnbull House 'was definitely built to impress'

Huge black walnut tree, perhaps planted in the days when the house was first constructed, drops a few surprises of its own: 'Walnuts the size of your fist'
Ushering in Fisher Auditorium's return to the masses

Ushering in Fisher Auditorium's return to the masses

'Design work that is currently underway will determine how much of the existing Fisher can be used,' says city official
Old Simcoe Hotel carries almost 170 years of history and kinship

Old Simcoe Hotel carries almost 170 years of history and kinship

'Fifty years ago, my dad bought me my first beer in here,' says owner
Heritage Week helps residents understand city's 'rich history'

Heritage Week helps residents understand city's 'rich history'

Week's worth of Heritage Barrie 2020 events kick off Saturday at the Barrie Farmers' Market at city hall
One of city's oldest churches also one of its newest

One of city's oldest churches also one of its newest

St. Paul's Anglican Church's local presence dates to 1851, but only came inside the city limits in 2010 following municipal land transfer
More than 110 years of learning on Burton Avenue

More than 110 years of learning on Burton Avenue

'We educate the whole child; it’s not just about academics,' says Unity Christian High School principal. 'It’s about the spiritual growth, their physical growth, their mental health. We are concerned about all of that'
Another brick in the wall: How the old Roxy Theatre was built

Another brick in the wall: How the old Roxy Theatre was built

From movies to music, venerable downtown building remains an icon on Dunlop Street West; 'The Saso legacy is about the Roxy'