Barrie-Muskoka Region, Ontario on Trans-Canada Highway



Barrie's waterfront on Lake Simcoe

Why Visit Barrie?

This city, on the shores of Lake Simcoe is the gateway to Toronto's northern cottage country. The city makes a great base to visit Wasaga Beach and Collingwood t the northwest, Orillia and the Trent-Severn Canal to the north east, and Midland and Pentanguishene to the north. To the south is a pastoral rural area with drive-ins, farmers markets and lots of beaches.

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 Accommodation & Attractions

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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsTobermory Village Campground

A picturesque quiet family campground situated between two National Parks at the Tip of the Bruce Peninsula, just 3 km south of the harbor of Tobermory.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsK O A Campground Parry Sound

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLawrence Park

Lawrence Park has been Family owned & operated for the last 35 years and is now managed by the 2nd Generation who love living at the Lake, especially for the Year-Round Fishing.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsHoliday Trailer Park

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsRodeway Inn Champlain Waterfront

Easy access to Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and is close to local attractions including Casino Rama, the Leacock Museum, Georgian College, Opera House, OPP Museum and Hawk Ridge Golf Course

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent-A-Car - Huntsville

Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsAvis Car & Truck Rental

You get "we Try Harder" service at over 4,400 Avis Rent A Car Locations worldwide.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsInnisfil Creek Golf Club

12 championship holes open to the public. Great place to learn, practice, and &play. Accepting memberships and tournaments.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsHartley House Hotel

Great history and updated experience with Hartley House Hotel!!! Best accommodations around the area, fine dinning service with international foods, pool & bowling entertainment in pub area and private party or meeting for VIPs.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsDaisy Mart (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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