Barrie-Muskoka Region, Ontario on TransCanadaHighway.com



The City of Barrie is nestled on the western shore of Lake Simcoe, just southeast of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes. The city of 128,000 (2006) sits on Highway 400 connecting Toronto and Southern Ontario to Ontario's cottage country, and the Trans-Canada Highway to Western Canada. Originally located on an ancient portage route from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, Barrie is made accessible by the Trent Severn Waterway and then early settlement roads, and more recently, Highway 400. Barrie is a city built around beautiful Lake Simcoe, which is home to many of the city's prized attractions and facilities, with many parks and attractions close to the Lake.

Barrie Lake shore

Barrie is the gateway to the beautiful Muskoka cottage country to the north-east, and the Georgian Bay to the north and west, and is on the northern edge of the Greater Toronto Area, benefitting from both close access to Toronto and its transportation network, as well as lower land costs and lower cost of living.

In the post-war era, many large American-based industries opened branches in Barrie, taking advantage of the favourable labour costs. The are is strong in manufacturing, based on the extraction and processing of local natural resources, as well supplying other manufacturers and the large consumer market of southern Ontario and the northeastern United States.

Improved cars and highways allowed Barrie residents to efficiently commute to work in Toronto. In the 1970s, Highway 400 between Barrie and Toronto was widened from 4 lanes to 6 (with 8 lanes south of Highway 88). In the 1990s, Highway 400 has been extended northward from Barrie, progressively "twinning" the route taken by Highway 69 to Sudbury. Eventually, it will connect to the main route of the Trans-Canada Highway at Sudbury.

Blue Mountain Village

The larger communities in the area include Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound and Parry Sound, which combine a good industrial base, excellent road and rail access, as well as close access to area recreation. There are many smaller recreation and tourism based communities worth moving to in this area, including Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge in the Muskoka area, and Midland, Penetanguishes, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood along Georgian Bay. These communities attract not only seasonal cottage residents but those who enjoy the scenic beauty and access to nearby recreation year-round.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsDays Inn Orillia

in the heart of Lake Country. Conveniently located on Highway 44, our Orillia, Ontario, hotel near Casino Rama is just minutes from outdoor activities and popular attractions like Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsComfort Inn Barrie

This Barrie hotel is conveniently located within minutes of Georgian Downs horse racing facility, the Barrie Molson Centre sports and entertainment venue, Snow Valley ski area, Georgian College, the Barrie Speedway and MacLaren Art Centre.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsNorthland Motel & Restaurant

Located on Highway 11 North just steps from Lake Couchiching, we offer 15 motel rooms and a fully licensed restaurant. Only minutes from most Lake Country attractions. Family owned & operated.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsOxtongue Lake Cottages

An all year round pet-friendly beach front resort, onOxtongue Lake just 10 km from the West gate of Algonquin Park, and 30 km east of Huntsville (pop 20,000) and 2.5 hrs north of Toronto, ON. Operated with a history of more than 40yrs

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsQuality Inn - Barrie

AAA 2 diamonds. Easy access from hwy 400. Close to local restaurants, business and shopping, beaches, golf and skiing. Indoor pool and whirlpool, Coffee shop. Ground floor rooms available Small pets okay-no charge.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsSimcoe Shores Golf &;Country Club

The 18 hole golf course is a par 66 measuring 5355 yards.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBarrie Country Club -Private

Membership inquiries championship golf course & curling.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGravenhurst K.O.A. Golf

Par 3 Golf Course, with campground, heated pool, wading pool, canoe and rowboat rentals, stocked trout pond, horseshoe pits, volleyball. Open or shaded sites, with some pull-through sites. In July and August, movie or bingo nights, and a ki

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