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 AccommodationsThree Wishes B&B

Barrie's newest B&B now open! We are located minutes from Royal Victoria Hospital and Georgian College as well as minutes off Hwy 400 on a quiet residential street. Luxury rooms complete with ensuites, fireplaces in each room, welcome basket.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsInverness Trailer Park

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsCanadas Best Value Inn & Suites - Parry Sound

stay at our fineestablishment for your next business trip or vacation.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLighthouse Campground & Cottages

We offer 1,2,or 3 bedroom cottages overlooking the very private Bear Lake. Our trailer sites are all booked but you can throw up a tent and join us for the weekend!

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsCamp Oochigeas

In 1983 an ambitious group of volunteers banded together to form a summer camp unlike any other in Canada. Exclusively serving children with cancer.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsRock Golf Course, The

Located on the shores of Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, this course was designed by legendary golfer Nick Faldo. It Utilizes the site's dynamic topography, features sloping greens and tree-lined fairways that wind through rock outcroppings, hardw

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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 & AttractionsSeguin Valley Golf & Country Club

This eighteen hole public golf course set on a 2000 acre property has five sets of tees, and was rated the best new course of 2003 by Tee it Up Ontario. Extending from Seguin trail north to Jolly Roger Inn, and 4 Km eastward, this course ha

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGeorgian Bay Golf Club, The

Located at the junction of the Niagara Escarpment and the pristine waters of Georgian Bay, on possible the finest parcel of natural Golf Course land anywhere. This majestic private club has been meticulously developed to preserve the area's

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsEvergreen Golf Centre

9 hole par 3 great greens, great rates!

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