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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.


End of the road for century-old Parry Automotive building on Sophia St. <b>(4 photos)</b>

End of the road for century-old Parry Automotive building on Sophia St. (4 photos)

'Originally, we were building engines left and right. At one time, there were four or five men back here rebuilding engines,' says former owner
Barrie Country Club has its game on ... 100-plus years later <b>(9 photos)</b>

Barrie Country Club has its game on ... 100-plus years later (9 photos)

The facility has come a long way since holes were covered with water and bursting with carp and greens were rendered unplayable due to wandering cows
For sale: 35,000 books and a grey-haired ghost

For sale: 35,000 books and a grey-haired ghost

Popular Rivendell Books in the Wellington Plaza on the market as owner Wendy Cahill eyes retirement; Some of the titles may surprise you
Horse-racing had a solid track record in Barrie before trotting down to Innisfil <b>(5 photos)</b>

Horse-racing had a solid track record in Barrie before trotting down to Innisfil (5 photos)

'We used to have big crowds. We kept it immaculate. It looked like a golf course on the infield,' Scott Rowe says of Barrie Raceway; There was also a story of a flying horse
St. John Ambulance celebrates 80 years in Barrie <b>(5 photos)</b>

St. John Ambulance celebrates 80 years in Barrie (5 photos)

'When you sign up for first-aid training with St. John Ambulance, you're supporting our network of volunteers across Canada,' past branch chairperson says
Message to Dad: Another ring on the tree, another year without you

Message to Dad: Another ring on the tree, another year without you

'You taught me how to use a chain saw without killing myself and you set a mean pace for me to keep up to when it came to splitting wood,' writes Ian McInroy
Huronia Rose Society still blooming 40+ years later <b>(3 photos)</b>

Huronia Rose Society still blooming 40+ years later (3 photos)

Group celebrating 40-plus-one year anniversary with garden parties/meetings, outdoor rose show as members 'are making the best of things'
Former Barrie councillor, Innisfil mayor opted to leave hamlet he tried to protect

Former Barrie councillor, Innisfil mayor opted to leave hamlet he tried to protect

Brian Jackson lived in St. Paul's when it was absorbed by Barrie in 2010; He wanted a seat on city council to make sure it wasn't 'left out and forgotten'
Check out this scenic stroll along city's Waterfront Heritage Trail <b>(11 photos)</b>

Check out this scenic stroll along city's Waterfront Heritage Trail (11 photos)

Trail starts near Allandale Station Park and continues around the bay to the end of the North Shore Trail at Penetanguishene Road
Longtime jewelry store still ticking in downtown Barrie after more than 60 years <b>(5 photos)</b>

Longtime jewelry store still ticking in downtown Barrie after more than 60 years (5 photos)

'We haven’t changed. We haven’t abandoned downtown for the south end. We’ve had the same phone number for 62 years,' says current owner Adam Le Boeuf