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 AccommodationsHighland Court Motel

Conveniently located for visiting provincial parks, skiing and golf courses surrounding the Huntsville Area. No two rooms are the same.

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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 AccommodationsBest Western Plus Highland Inn & Conference Centre

Convenient location makes us an ideal place for conferences, weddings, conventions or family getaways for 5 to 400. Complimentary continental breakfast M-F, 30 minutes from casino.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsAlmaguin Campgrounds

Almaguin Campground is a well established family campground and cottage rental resort where families and couples have been returning for over 40 years to enjoy their summers their way.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsCamp Oochigeas

In 1983 an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsWestern Trent Golf Club

Western Trent Golf Club was built 1975 by designer Rene Muylaert. This 9 hole public golf course is located in Bolsover, Ontario and plays along the Trent Severn Waterway. The property includes pro shop, driving range, licenced patio, and d

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsLake Joseph Golf Club, The

Framed by dense forest and granite outcroppings, with spectacular views of picturesque Lake Joseph. Renowned golf architect Thomas McBroom adapted this rugged setting to create a course design both strategic and scenic, that was named Best

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBalm Beachway Golf Club

Opened in 1965, this 9 hole Midland course is close to vacations , beaches and great scenery.

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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 & AttractionsMuskoka Woodlands Golf Course

Discover a newly constructed public 9-hole golf course and driving range in beautiful West. Offering power and pull carts, rental clubs and vending machines. Open from: May to October.

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