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 AccommodationsTravelodge Bracebridge

Tall pine park setting, Heated pool - outdoor, Private sun decks, Childrens playground, Free continental breakfast, Jacuzzi rooms, In-room refrigerators and coffee makers, Internet appliance or PC, Wireless data connection

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBlue Mountain Resort Limited - Collingwood (Historic Snowbridge Mountain Homes)

Attractive upscale townhome style units on the Monterra Golf Course, near the Village at Blue, each unit has master suite bedroom with whirlpool bathtub, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsSuper 8 Huntsville

Nestled in heart of Muskokas enroute to Algonquin Park. Standard rooms, kitchenettes, business or executive suites, group apartment. Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper. Data ports. Close to skiing, snowmobile trails, beaches & golf

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLillie Kup Trailer & Temp Kamp

or your enjoyment we have a small sandy beach and more than 1300 feet of magnificent Magnetawan river shoreline with a boat launch and docks. Just 0.5 miles down the river you will reach a chain of lakes Doe with a shoreline of more than 50 miles.

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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 & 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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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 & 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 & AttractionsThe Play Pit - Muskoka's Indoor Playground

The Play Pit is Muskoka's premier indoor playground! Our goal is to encourage your child's physical, social, and mental development while providing a safe, stress-free, and climate-controlled environment that parents can also enjoy.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBig Cedar Golf & Country Club Ltd

ur not for profit golf club was started in 1931 with the purpose of providing a social golf club for cottagers and locals. Our club today continues on the tradition of great conditions, great value and great times

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