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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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

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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 AccommodationsSkyways Motel

We are very conveniently located on Hwy 11 between Bracebridge and Gravenhurst and close to major attractions e.g. Santa's Village and major Snowmobile Trails.There is a Restaurant next door.Lots of parking.

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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 AccommodationsComfort Inn - Parry Sound

The newly renovated . Nearby attractions include; the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, Georgian Bay Airways, Island Queen Cruise, Waubano Beach, the Bobby Orr Community Centre, Killbear Provincial Park.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsSleep Inn Bracebridge

Central to all muskoka attractions, snowmobileTrails, restaurants, shopping. Free continentalBreakfast, hot tubs and sauna. Hot tub suitesAvailable.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsAhmic Lake Golf Club

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

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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 & AttractionsMuskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Ltd

Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club (MLG&CC) retained Mr. Stanley Thompson to design the course in a natural Muskoka environment. which opened in 1922.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsLandings of Willow Creek Golf & Day Spa

Beautiful sculpted tree lined fairways, licensed cafe, patio &banquet room, driving range and mini putt. CPGA head professional, lessons available.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBorden Golf Club

27 Holes-Public Course Challenging Layouts Regulation Length.

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