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 AccommodationsBest Western Couchiching Inn

81 spacious and tastefully appointed rooms and suites. Rooms include Continental Breakfast, Casino Rama shuttle, and 24 hour tea/coffee. Executive Suite has luxurious king size bed, Jacuzzi, fireplace, Ambassador suite also has a kitchenette

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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 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 AccommodationsCamp Hill Billy Estates

5 acre campground plus 53 acres of mature forrest surroundings campground with 5000 feet along the Kahshe River. Two separate children's playgrounds. Daily tractor rides in July and August. Salt water pool (heated)

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsHoliday Inn Barrie-Hotel & Conference Ctr

161 Guest Rooms on5 Floors, Executive Floor, Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Copy/Fax Service, Dry Cleaning/Laundry, , Guest Laundry Facilities, Wake Up Calls Complimentary parking in well lit parking lot surrounding hotel

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsTrehaven Golf & Country Club

18 Holes, Pro Shop, Tournaments, Membership &Pay As You Play, Driving Range - Licensed.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsThrifty Car Rental

Join our Blue Chip Rewards program & get a free rental after every 16 rental days. Plus, enjoy perks like express lines & expedited counter service.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsAlmaguin Highlands Golf & Country Club

A challenging, regulation 9 hole, par 35, 2871 yards long golf course in a beautiful valley in the Almaguin Highlands with scenery not unlike the Scottish Highlands, where golf was born!

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsZaviation Inc (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 & AttractionsWasaga Beach Paintball Adventure

Canada's premier Paintball, Reball and Laser Combat Megapark since 1992. Our park contains 13 unique fields (such as a western-themed town, tank-attack field, POW camp, etc) on over 70 acres of beautifully wooded, landscaped paintball.terrain.

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