Barrie KOA Campground Review

It time for another campground review, and I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve camped at the Barrie KOA! With my family’s mountain bike races it’s a great place to camp for the weekend, as it’s close to both Hardwood Hills and Horseshoe Valley.  The Barrie KOA is an extremely well run campground. It is clean, updated and the owners take pride in it. As soon as you check in you are given a list of weekend activities for kids and adults. Every Saturday morning there is a free kid’s craft up at the main hall. In the summer they have theme weekends and have afternoon activities along with an evening family movie or activity for the kids. In the afternoon and evening they have a wagon ride around the campground.


But there is one little thing that makes the Barrie KOA stand out in my opinion…pizza! The Barrie KOA has an onsite pizza place called Bando’s which has saved this mother’s bacon more than once. Picture it… pulling in to the campground on a Friday night after fighting traffic and breaking up fights from the backseat. Everyone is tired and hungry and wants to eat pronto. While my husband is at the check in desk, I head over to Bando’s pizza to place our order. I give them our site number and they deliver pizza right to us as soon as it’s ready. My youngest isn’t crazy about pizza in general but devours their cheesy garlic bread. I especially loved it when it was pouring down rain and I didn’t feel like barbequing with an umbrella. Bando’s came to the rescue!DSC_0043


We prefer to camp down in the bottom section. The sites are a little bigger, have landscaping, trees and full hook ups. I also enjoy these sites for the fact that there is less sand compared to camping in the top section. It helps cut down on the amount of sand my boys track inside the trailer. It’s still close to the playground and pool but the traffic is reduced.  If you have young children you might prefer to camp up top as it’s easier for the kids to get to the playground and keep them in your sight.  However, I noticed this year they have now added a small playground to the bottom section as well.

View of the lower campground.

Our dog Copper enjoys the off leash K9 park. In the evening my husband and I will often take a walk to the adult only section at the very back of the campground. For those couples camping without children it’s a great quiet and relaxing place. Peace and quiet is something that can sometimes be lacking at busy campgrounds in the peak summer season! The sites are wide, have concrete pads as well as lawn furniture and shrubs. We enjoy looking at the different 5th wheel trailers and motorhomes, dreaming of which one we would buy when it’s just the two of us.

Adult only section


This is also an excellent campground if you would like to use if for day trips. In past years while camped here we have gone to Wasaga beach for the day, Discovery Harbour, St. Marie Among the Hurons and the Wye Marsh and who can forget Hardwood Hills and Horseshoe Valley for the mountain biking!  Downtown Barrie is not far away to enjoy a walk along the waterfront, grab some ice cream for the kids and stop and play at the huge playground.


If you’re new to the idea of camping the Barrie KOA is a great option to get your feet wet . This location has cabins as well as cottages. The cabins do not have bathrooms or kitchens while the cottages have everything you need for a weekend or week away from home.


KOA Cottage


We’ve had some great memories at this campground over the years thanks to the hard work of the owners. I highly recommend giving it a try! Since we are always looking for new places to travel to I’d love to hear about some of your favourite places.


One Comment on “Barrie KOA Campground Review

  1. A very well written and informative review. Barrie KOA Barrie ought to pay you a commission !!

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