Barrie has a history of rising from the ashes - literally! According to local historian Mary Harris, every Downtown block fell to flames at some point. The original shops were made of wood and covered in roughcast plaster, built in the 1830s-50s. When they burned, they were replaced by brick structures. Most of what you see today is 1870s era build. With the city’s own streetscape renewal project well underway, along with several new waterfront-focused condo projects, Barrie’s downtown is enjoying a new cycle of revitalization and growth.
One of the hottest areas is the historic Five Points Intersection, which has roots that go back almost 200 years. The unique brick-road intersection known as the Five Points marks the meeting points of Bayfield Street (named after Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, a hydrographic surveyor with the Royal Navy), east and west Dunlop streets (probably named after Dr. William ‘Tiger’ Dunlop), and Clapperton Street (named after British naval officer and explorer, Commander Hugh Clapperton).