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 Accommodation & Attractions

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsTo Jo's Christian Family Camp Ground

We are a non-denominational family campground with much to offer you, your family, or church group. We are well known as a nice, friendly, clean, and quiet campground where all activities such as campfires and sing-a-longs stop at 11:00pm

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsWhispering Pines Trailer Park, at Santa's Village

anta’s Whispering Pines Campground camping and trailer park is located beside the beautiful Muskoka River. Tenting and trailer sites are available with a General Store on-site for all of your needs. I

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsComfort Inn - Owen Sound

conveniently located close to the downtown area, many industrial parks and Georgian College. This Owen Sound hotel is minutes from the Billy Bishop Heritage Museum and the Georgian Bay

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLafontaine RV Park

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBonnie Lake Campground

This RV resort provides activities for the whole family. You'll find over 15 km of hiking trails, up to 11 feet wide. The sandy beaches will always welcome you to fun in the sun with swimming and water recreation.

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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 & AttractionsSomerhill Golf Club

Rolling and hilly fairways with a gently flowing creek winds its way through the course, and some of the original apple tree. Water affects play on several holes, especially on the 8th hole where the creek crosses the fairway no less than t

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsRedline Brewhouse

An award-winning craft brewery located in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsTangle Creek Golf Club

Beautifully conditioned championship course built on over 200 acres of rolling terrain, combining traditional and links styles. Ideally suited for corporate play, tournaments and outings with marquee seating for over 180. Nominated best new

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsThe Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

The Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery leads the Craft Beer Revolution in Ontario. Brewing radical Beers and creative Ales right on the waterfront in downtown Barrie

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