Barrie-Muskoka Region, Ontario on Trans-Canada Highway



Lightkouse on Georgian Bay, at Parry Sound

Why Visit Barrie-Muskoka Region?

This area encompasses the Muskoka region, peppered with pretty lakes and cottages east as far as the edge of Algonquin Park. Along the west is the shoreline of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, from the French River southwards to Wasaga Beach, and then connecting to the Bruce Peninsula which extends the Niagara Escarpment into the middle of Lake Huron, with amazing boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

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 AccommodationsLafontaine RV Park

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

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsK O A Campground Parry Sound

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBlue Mountain Resort Limited - Collingwood (Blue Mountain Inn)

95 bright cozy rooms & 2 luxury suites at the base of the mountain and minutes away from nationally resort ranked Monterra Golf course provides comfort and good times in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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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 AccommodationsPicnic Island Resort

80 campsites on beautiful Southern Georgian Bay Our island property is accessible by car or boat and has over 3000 ft of waterfront on 12 acres. Sandy beaches, a large grocery and General Store, Frt Hut, Marine Gas Dock (13ft draft)

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsSawdust City Brewing Co.

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 & AttractionsMuskoka Cottage Rentals

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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 & AttractionsPutt Mini Golf

Indoor glow in the dark mini putt. Book your birthday parties and group events with us! Great for families and all ages!

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsNational Car and Truck Rental

National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.

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