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 AccommodationsHoliday Inn Huntsville

Full service hotel with Conference room for 200. Wireless high speed complimentary. Fitness centre, pool

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBell Falls Family Camping

Bordered to the south by one killometre of the Sturgeon River, to the north, the escarpement and to the east, the falls. Bell Falls hosts a variety of campsites ranging from wilderness tent sites to the comfort of WHS sites.

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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 AccommodationsButterfly Lake Trailer Park

15 acres of family trailer and tent camping with superb surroundings, facilities, and beach.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLands End Park

arge individual campsites nestle among the trees, offering seclusion and privacy for tents and RVs. Spotless, modern facilities with hot showers are available. Cool off in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay,

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMuskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Ltd

Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club (MLG&CC) retained Mr. Stanley Thompson to design the course in a natural Muskoka environment. which opened in 1922.

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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 & AttractionsSouth Muskoka Curling & Golf Club

This 9 hole course is on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. Steps away are 48 campsites with water sewers and 50 amps, swimming, great fishing, snack bar, pool and docking facilities. Open May to October.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsInnisbrook Golf Course

This superb 200 acres course features Muskoka beauty, and challenges golfers with 6,270 yards and a slope rating of 129 from the blue blocks. Driving range, practice hole and practice green, Pro Shop, Snack Bar, Dining Lounge LLBO.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsCedar Links Golf Centre

Cedar Links is a modern golf facility featuring a 9-hole par 3 golf course and driving range. Golf instruction with qualified CPGA golf professionals.

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