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 AccommodationsSumach Hill Cottages

One, two and three-bedroom fully equipped housekeeping cottages for great fishing and family fun! Also we

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBest Western Plus Highland Inn & Conference Centre

Convenient location makes us an ideal place for conferences, weddings, conventions or family getaways for 5 to 400. Complimentary continental breakfast M-F, 30 minutes from casino.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsThe Monastery Bed & Breakfast

Luxury accommodation in an historic property, central to all Muskoka's amazing attractions and scenery.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsCamp Oochigeas

In 1983 an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsClyffe House Cottage Resort

We are a family-oriented, cottage resort with 100 acres of quiet peace on Mary Lake, With extra large 2,3,4 and 5-bedroom cottages, we offer a shallow,sandy beach, tennis, water-skiing, walking trails. We have dishwashers, fireplaces, free firewood.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBudget Car And Truck Rentals

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsSki For Life

Cross country ski instruction,equipment provided, for ages 8-80-relaxed,easy going approach.We can offer tips & drills on both skating & classic techniques. 11 am till 2 pm on Sat. Dec.18, 2010

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsNational Pines Golf Club

Amid the picturesque farmlands south of Barrie are tranquil and beautiful natural surroundings. Enjoy one of Canada's Best (SCORE Magazine '96, '98, '00).

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsRead It Again New & Used Books (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMarkdale Golf & Curling

Pro shop rental clubs &carts licensed L.L.B.O. lounge &patio call for daily tee times...(more)

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