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Barrie Tent & Awning: Family-Owned & -Operated Since 1945

Barrie Tent & Awning: Family-Owned & -Operated Since 1945

Our History

Barrie Tent & Awning was established in Barrie, Ontario, in 1945. It was owned and operated by Bill Clark and his wife, Margaret, until 1984, when it was purchased by Bill and Gail O’Brien following the death of Bill Clark in 1983.  The business was situated at 38 Bayfield Street until 1985, when we moved to our current location at 10 Hamilton Road in Barrie


In 2009, Barrie Tent & Awning lost Bill O’Brien suddenly, and his wife Gail and daughter Lori carried on in his memory. In 2010 and 2011, they also lost long-time employees John Jordan and Wayne West. In 2013, son David came back to Barrie Tent & Awning to help Gail and Lori guide the company into the future. Since 2020 Lori and David now oversee the day-to-day operation of the company. In 2022 lead sewer Pam Jordan retired after over 40 years of service to the comapny. 


Some of the faces may be different, but the business Bill and Gail O’Brien created and the values he instilled in all are still present in our company. Honesty and integrity are still an important part of what we do. We manufacture and install residential and commercial awnings, marquee tents for special functions and perform industrial sewing for a range of manufactures as well as a range of sewing repairs and new fabric projects for both the home owner, boat enthusiast and camper lover. 

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Communities Within Our Local Service Area

Adjala-Tosorontio, Alcona Beach, Algonquin Park, Allenwood Beach, Alliston, Angus, Anten Mills, Atherley, Aurora, Avening, Bala, Balm Beach, Bancroft, Barrie, Bass Lake, Bayshore Village, Baysville, Baxter, Beaverton, Beeton, Bell Ewart, Belleville, Big Bay Point, Big Cedar Estates, Big Chute, Bigwin, Blue Mountain, Blue Water, Bobcaygeon, Bolton, Bond Head, Borden, Bracebridge, Bradford, Brampton, Brantford, Brechin, Brentwood, Burks Falls, Caledon, Carthew Bay, Cashtown, Cedar Point, Chatham, Chatsworth, Christian Island, Churchill, Clarksburg, Clearview, Coldwater, Colgan, Collingwood, Cookstown, Cooks Bay, Coulson, Craighurst, Craigleith, Crown Hill, Creemore, Dalston, De Grassi Point, Dorset, Dundalk, Duntroon, Durham, East Oro, Edgar, Egbert, Eight Mile Point, Elmvale, Essa, Everett, Feversham, Flesherton, Foot's Bay, Forest Home, Galt, Gambridge, Georgina, Gilford, Glen Huron, Glencairn, Godrich, Gormley, Gravenhurst, Guelph, Haliburton, Hamilton, Hawkestone, Hillsdale, Hockley Valley, Holland Landing, Honey Harbour, Honeywood, Horseshoe Valley, Huntsville, Innisfil, Jackson's Point, Keswick, Kettleby, Kimberly, King City, Kirkfield, Lafontaine, Lagoon City, Lefroy, Lindsay, Lisle, Little Current, Lloydtown, Longford, Longford Mills, Loretto, Mactier, Mansfield, Maple, Markdale, Maxwell, Meaford, Midhurst, Midland, Milford Bay, Minden, Minett, Minesing, Mono Mills, Moon River, Moonstone, Mount Albert, Mount Forest, Mount St. Louis, Muskoka, New Liskared, New Lowell, Newmarket, Newton Robinson, New Tecumseth, Nobleton, Norland, North Bay, Nottawa, Oak Ridges, Orangeville, Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Oro Station, Orr Lake, Owen Sound, Palgrave, Parry Sound, Peel Region, Pefferlaw, Penetanguishene, Perkinsfield, Phelpson, Pointe Au Baril, Port Carling, Port Mcnicholl, Port Severn, Queensville, Rama, Ramara, Ravenna, Richmond Hill, Rosemont, Rosseau, Rugby, Sandy Cove, Schomberg, Sebright, Severn Bridge, Shanty Bay, Sharon, Shelburne, Schomberg, Singhampton, Severn, Snowball, Springwater Stayner, Stouffville, Stroud, Sudbury, Sunnidale Corners, Sutton, Tay, Tera Nova, Thronbury, Thorton, Thunder Beach, Tiny, Torrance Bay, Tottenham, Udney, Utterson, Uptergrove, Utopia, Uxbridge, Vasey, Victoria Harbour, Warminister, Wasaga Beach, Washago, Waubaushene, Waverley, West Gwillimbury, Windermere, Windsor, Woodland Beach, Wyevale, York Region, Zephyr

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