I wanted to know where the locals like to go. I was directed to Johnson Beach, east of the downtown and just a 5-minute drive from Barrie’s main beach, Centennial Beach. A large wooden staircase leads to this cute and tiny beach (which includes change rooms and bathrooms). From its shore, you can see Centennial Park to the far right. There’s a flat finely crushed stone trail passing right between the parking lot and the entrance to this beach. It leads to downtown Heritage Park, 3 kms away, and beyond. A perfect starting point for a family biking ride.