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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call Barrie home are made possible through the support of The Peggy Hill Team as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Fall colours beginning to shine through in Barrie <b>(10 photos)</b>

Fall colours beginning to shine through in Barrie (10 photos)

From the North Shore Trail to Sunnidale Park to Military Heritage Park, the autumn colours are beginning to explode
Owen St. 'groceteria' had long history serving neighbourhood needs <b>(8 photos)</b>

Owen St. 'groceteria' had long history serving neighbourhood needs (8 photos)

Arguably Barrie's smallest standalone variety store in its day, and perhaps until it closed a few years ago, wee structure still an eye-catcher
Longtime family shop remains on the cutting edge <b>(4 photos)</b>

Longtime family shop remains on the cutting edge (4 photos)

'There’s no automation to any of this. It’s an old-time service that has gone by the wayside,' says Barrie Sharpening Centre owner
Retired RVH doc recalls 1985 tornado, ER being quiet before victims began to arrive

Retired RVH doc recalls 1985 tornado, ER being quiet before victims began to arrive

'The patients came in covered in soil, glass, all sorts of debris. They were in a camouflage of debris that we had to find a way through to the injuries,' says former pediatrician Dr. George Rogan
From candy to cheesecake, Queen’s Park store finds its sweet spot <b>(6 photos)</b>

From candy to cheesecake, Queen’s Park store finds its sweet spot (6 photos)

Jim Garraway grew up in the neighbourhood and now owns Parkside’s Corner Market, which previously housed Parkside Variety where kids would grab their goodies in years past
Rotary Islands create lakeside refuge for residents, wildlife alike <b>(6 photos)</b>

Rotary Islands create lakeside refuge for residents, wildlife alike (6 photos)

Two manmade islands along Barrie's waterfront surround sheltered lagoon for fish, waterfowl and amphibians to live
Sunken side-wheel steamer in Kempenfelt Bay deemed diver’s delight <b>(4 photos)</b>

Sunken side-wheel steamer in Kempenfelt Bay deemed diver’s delight (4 photos)

'One of the most exciting aspects of the wreck to see is one of the remaining paddle wheels,' master diver says of the J.C. Morrison
CFB Borden chronicles Canada's military aviation history to dizzying heights <b>(10 photos)</b>

CFB Borden chronicles Canada's military aviation history to dizzying heights (10 photos)

From the CF-104 Starfighter to the CF-101 Voodoo and the CF-116 Freedom Fighter to the F-86 Sabre, Base Borden Military Museum takes people back in time
<b>ONWARD AND UPWARD:</b> Legacy of 441 Wing lives on <b>(3 photos)</b>

ONWARD AND UPWARD: Legacy of 441 Wing lives on (3 photos)

'It’s important to keep the association viable today to honour the rich history of the RCAF and lobby for government support for the RCAF of today,' says club president Bill Sergeant
For close to 50 years, it's been a family affair at Blake St. restaurant

For close to 50 years, it's been a family affair at Blake St. restaurant

Three generations of the Barbaro family have donned chef’s garb at Nino’s Italian Restaurant in Barrie's east end