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 Barrie on Bayfield

Indoor pool, Whirlpool, Free continental breakfast, In room safe, In room cable, movies & nintendo, Complimentary newspapers, Discounted tickets to Canada's Wonderland avail. Meeting rooms for up to 80. Free local calls.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsSherwood Inn on Lake Joseph

4 Star hotel with 3 conference rooms: for 150 people, Business centre, health club with pool & Angel's Spa. Sports include racquet sports, shuffleboard, canoeing, windsurfing, mountain biking, and in winter, X-C skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsAlgonquin Eco Lodge

a wilderness enthusiasts' dream! Summer or winter, there is always plenty to do and see at our wilderness lodge. With over 40 km of groomed trackset and wilderness trails inside Algonquin Park.

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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 AccommodationsHall's Cottages

12 sparkling clean and newly renovated housekeeping cottages for rental and many on-site amenities, including safe sand beach, boat docking, fishing boat rentals, children's play area and complimentary use of our canoes, paddleboats.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsWalkerton Golf & Country Club

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

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsTwin Creeks Golf & Country Club

This public golf course offers 18 holes, golf carts, pro shop and licensed dining lounge.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsAvis Car & Truck Rental

You get "we Try Harder" service at over 4,400 Avis Rent A Car Locations worldwide.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGrandview Resort Golf Course

This Mark O'Meara course opened in 2001, the first designed by this PGA Tour star (1998 Masters and British Open Champion). The course has made great use of the natural setting, sprawling across beautiful, rugged terrain with stands of tree

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsDaisy Mart (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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