Countdown to 2017

Downtown Countdown – City of Barrie

While some of you went to New York to see the ball drop or preferred to join the ice skating and dance party at Nathan Philips Square, or opted for the extravagant fireworks display in Niagara Falls, my family and I chose to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barrie instead.

You might be wondering why. Well. Just so you know, for years, it is considered as one of the biggest celebrations in Central Ontario. And each year, folks who visit the event enjoy free entertainment – like for this year’s countdown one of the famous bands in Canada, the Sloan, performed and swayed the crowd with their pop rock music. There you can also find lots of fun activities for families, street food vendors to satisfy your cravings, an open fire, ice rink in front of the main city hall, and so much more. This event surely has lots to offer. Moreover, you certainly don’t have to worry about safety. Not only that numerous security personnel surround the vicinity but people in Barrie appears pleasant and friendly. They are amazing. Everybody just smiles at you.

Fireworks show was scheduled at 0745 PM and 1200 MN that time. Unfortunately, my son wasn’t pleased with the fireworks! He was literally crying and was asking us why it didn’t last long compared to what he used to watch in YouTube. So cute.

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Accommodation

We stayed at Four Points by Sheraton Barrie for a night in their traditional double queen guest room.  Our room’s features were free wifi, desk, smart tv, bottled water & coffee, and two spacious queen beds. It was tidy and clean (my very first concern) and customer service was excellent.

Okay, so I booked it via booking.com – I love their service for couple of reasons: you can book a hotel room without any prepayment/deposit, you can pay it in the hotel, and you can cancel it for free until 2 days before your arrival. Sounds terrific, right?

As you enter the hotel lobby, you will be amazed by how artistic the interior is.

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First Breakfast in 2017!!!

Morning walk in Downtown, Barrie

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So, trips like this, don’t require us to take time off from work for couple of days but still get the same experience. And probably same purpose, to welcome the new year with a bang! Short time, yes, but totally a remarkable adventure for my family. Barrie is just an hour drive away from Toronto. Ergo, it saved time and prevented us from shelling out a fortune. 🙂

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