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 AccommodationsDays Inn Orillia

in the heart of Lake Country. Conveniently located on Highway 44, our Orillia, Ontario, hotel near Casino Rama is just minutes from outdoor activities and popular attractions like Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsSt Amants Trailer Park & General

An all season facility catering to boaters, fisherman, snowmobilers and recreational visitors. Comfortable rooms and cottages located within the village of Britt, overlooking Georgian Bay,. Sport Bar & Family Restaurant, full service Marina

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsHorseshoe Lake Camp & Cottages

Our destination to quiet Family Camping. Located in Muskoka/Georgian Bay Country, Parry Sound, Ontario. Horseshoe Lake Camp & Cottages in a natural environment to promote a relaxed family camping atmosphere

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsDays Inn Owen Sound

Only full service hotel in Owen Sound with heated Indoor pool. Fitness facilities, Dining Room and lounge. In-room complimentary coffee,.DVD players in king rooms with complimentary Current DVDs available at front desk. Minutes from downtown

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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 Travel & AttractionsOrillia Golf & Country Club

18 Good Holes, Pay As You Play Visa/Amex/MC, Golf Cars 5 Mi. West of. Orillia

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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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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsPresidential Air

Presidential Air offers charters at an economical price. Pricing is not per passenger, but rather by the hour for the entire aircraft. You can have the cabin to yourself or share it with up to 7 people. It's up to you.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsPonderosa Golf & Country Club

check out our great golf course, wit its many challenging holes

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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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