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 AccommodationsComfort Inn -Barrie

The closest hotel to downtown Barrie and Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. near Georgian Downs, the Barrie Curling Club, Allendale Recreation Centre, National Training Rinks and the Georgian Mall.

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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 AccommodationsLake Francis Waterfront Cottages

Cottages for rent on a private lake very close to Sauble Beach cottages, Georgian Bay cottage rentals - Photo and Video gallery and Local Activities

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsA Wymbolwood Beach House Bed and Breakfast

Casually comfortable Beach House Bed and Breakfast overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay, centrally located to Midland, Penetanguishene and Wasaga Beach, surrounded by whispering pines, soothing flower gardens and fabulous sunsets. Just off the beaten

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsCedar Camp Grounds

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

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsScenic Caves Eco Adventures

Speed along on a variety of Zip-lines on our course, for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment. Individuals and groups books are both welcome.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsScenic City Golf Course

Located 3 miles east of Owen Sound on Highway 26, you will find a fine test of golf in a natural setting at the Scenic City Golf Course. The par four 12th provides the greatest challenge with it's tree-lined fairways. The signature hole at

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsHoliday Golf Club

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

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsIn Play Inc: Indoor Playground

Barrie's most popular destination for family fun. Featuring a huge indoor playground, toddler zone, basketball court, arcade & prize ticket games, bear making, Webkinz, more. Birthday parties & groups. Kids meals for just $5. Pizza & Token deals.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBudget Car And Truck Rental

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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