Address 10 Quarry Ridge Road Barrie, Ontario L4M 7G1 Phone 705-726-5199 Fax 705-726-7101 E-Mail

Why Support Gilda’s Club?

For people learning to live with cancer, the feeling of emotional distress can be hard to bear. Maybe you have seen this with someone you care about.  Members of Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka what that feels like. Every member of Gilda's Club has felt the impact of cancer. They've also felt the power of the emotional and social support they find in the cancer support community at Gilda's Club. Here they find the information, companionship and emotional support they need to make it through their cancer journey, whatever the destination.

COVID-19 update:

The Clubhouse facility is closed until further notice but we are still answering the call and opening the Red Door through virtual support.


Please review our “A Return to Building Community” document that helps to illustrate a framework of how our re-opening will progress. We are always open for your questions and feedback.

July 9, 2020

As our region begins to loosen restrictions, it is important for us to do our part in mitigating the ongoing risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus, and to protect our members, volunteers and staff.  LINK to Facility Update — Further details about opening our doors is hopefully to come in the near future.

May 27, 2020

As we head into our third month of having the Clubhouse closed to the public, the Program Team at Gilda’s Club wants to provide you with an update.

There was no way we could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on the Simcoe Muskoka community and beyond. We also know that cancer stops for no one (and no virus), which is why we have remained committed to offering virtual cancer support to anyone impacted by cancer, free of charge, throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

We continue to increase our virtual program activity offerings daily, ensuring our Members stay connected to us and each other through movement classes, support groups, socials, and informational lectures through Zoom. To see our current offerings, check out our live calendar here  CALENDAR Groups and sessions for children, youth, and families continue to be offered. We remain open to your feedback, eagerly listening to what you need from your cancer support community, and making adjustments accordingly.

We want to assure you that we will not slow down. The need for cancer support has never been greater than it is today, while isolation, fear, and anxieties become ever increased due to COVID-19. While we do not know when we can re-open our Clubhouse to the public, we remain “open” virtually, while working from home—and remain committed to doing so until the day our Red Door opens once again.

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka continues to warmly welcome new Members. If you would be interested in membership or knowing more about what Gilda’s Club has to offer, please call 705-726-5199 or email We remain committed to providing our evidence-based Program of free cancer support. We continue to answer phone calls and e-mails.

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka remains dedicated to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.

Ever yours, the Program Team at Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka.

About Gilda’s Club

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, family members and friends of those diagnosed, children, and people who have lost someone to cancer.


Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, or people that have lost someone to cancer, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. Our evidence-based programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information.

We build community, so we can take on cancer together.

The mission of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.


Who is Gilda?

Our namesake, Gilda Radner, was one of the original cast members of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Throughout her time on the show, she created several enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner.

When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986 she quickly realized the importance of emotional and social support. After attending The Wellness Community in Southern California, Gilda envisioned places of participation, education, hope and friendship to be made available to men, women and children with all types of cancer and their families and friends. After her death in May 1989 her husband, Gene Wilder, and Joanna Bull – Gilda’s psychotherapist – founded the flagship Gilda’s Club in New York City.

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka opened its Red Door in 2010 after a seven year capital campaign spearheaded by Patricia Gilbert. After watching a friend’s experience with breast cancer years earlier, and then living her own cancer journey, Patricia and her husband John invited the community to join them in their mission to create a place where people diagnosed with cancer, and their family and friends, could come together as a “cancer support community”.

Gilda’s Club’s warm and welcoming 10,000 square foot clubhouse is conveniently located across the street from Royal Victoria Hospital and the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program. Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka currently has more than 1,000 adults and children participating in support groups, workshops, lectures, and social activities annually.

To learn more about Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka from our Members, volunteers and staff, check out our video or if you’d like to take a virtual tour of the clubhouse CLICK HERE

Clubhouse hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday:  9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday