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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 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 AccommodationsCanadas Best Value Inn & Suites - Parry Sound

stay at our fineestablishment for your next business trip or vacation.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsComfort Inn - Parry Sound

The newly renovated . Nearby attractions include; the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, Georgian Bay Airways, Island Queen Cruise, Waubano Beach, the Bobby Orr Community Centre, Killbear Provincial Park.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsDoe Lake Camp Ground & Rizzort

ll Doe Lake Campground Rizzort cottages are South facing and just feet from the waters of beautiful Doe Lake. Each cottage has an individual fire pit.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsDeerLake Resort Park

120 acre park is located on beautiful Deer Lake with canals winding through the property and features over 200 sites available for seasonal, overnight and short-term visit. boating, fishing, swimming or just relaxing Muskoka style.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsEvergreen Golf Centre

9 hole par 3 great greens, great rates!

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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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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMabel's Labels

Lost and found boxes everywhere get overwhelmed with lost stuff - our valuable stuff! If an item leaves your house in a backpack, lunch bag, diaper bag, suitcase, sports bag or briefcase, chances are Mabel's Labels has a label for it!

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMuskoka Autumn Studio Tour

Canada's Original Studio Tour September 24 & 25, 2011 The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is proud to continue its rich legacy of the arts in 2011, our 33rd year of presenting scores of diversely talented artists.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsTreeTo Trekking Arbraska

Spend an unforgettable day at one of Treetop Trekking's five Ontario zip line and aerial game parks, 2 of which are only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto! Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines, and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses,

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