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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 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 AccommodationsComfort Inn -Barrie

The closest hotel to downtown Barrie and Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. near Georgian Downs, the Barrie Curling Club, Allendale Recreation Centre, National Training Rinks and the Georgian Mall.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsAlmaguin Campgrounds

Almaguin Campground is a well established family campground and cottage rental resort where families and couples have been returning for over 40 years to enjoy their summers their way.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsThe Monastery Bed & Breakfast

Luxury accommodation in an historic property, central to all Muskoka's amazing attractions and scenery.

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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 Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent-a-Car

Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsDuntroon Highlands Golf Course

The 1986 course occupies a vantage point atop the southwest end of Blue Mountain, with views of the Central Ontario landscape and beautiful Georgian Bay. The fairways on the course provide a range of playing conditions and play. Water affec

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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 & AttractionsNorth Granite Ridge Golf Course

Nestled amidst mature Muskoka forests and spectacular granite outcroppings, this course provides "a natural challenge"for all golf enthusiasts. The layout has playable natural terrain plus sculpted greens and bunkers, rolling fair

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGenesis Flight Centre Inc.

At Genesis Flight School, we provide safe and reliable pilot training for recreation or pursuing a career in aviation. Full day flight training packages available. Call 1- 877-359-3245 NOW!

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