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 AccommodationsTo Jo's Christian Family Camp Ground

We are a non-denominational family campground with much to offer you, your family, or church group. We are well known as a nice, friendly, clean, and quiet campground where all activities such as campfires and sing-a-longs stop at 11:00pm

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsBonnie Lake Campground

This RV resort provides activities for the whole family. You'll find over 15 km of hiking trails, up to 11 feet wide. The sandy beaches will always welcome you to fun in the sun with swimming and water recreation.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express And Suites Barrie

Just off hwy 400 close to shopping, sport facilities and great Restaurants. Traditional rooms with two queen beds, Junior suites, kitchenette units, cozy spa suites. Credit required for registration.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsFairview Trailer Park Ltd

beautiful sites overlooking the crystal clear waters of beautiful Georgian Bay. There is a swimming area in sparkling clear water, which slopes out gradually so it is ideal for children and adult swimmers. private boat launch,

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsQuality Inn - Barrie

AAA 2 diamonds. Easy access from hwy 400. Close to local restaurants, business and shopping, beaches, golf and skiing. Indoor pool and whirlpool, Coffee shop. Ground floor rooms available Small pets okay-no charge.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGreat Northern Medieval Fayre

See an active joust troupe in authentic medieval times show! The Birds of Prey show provides a rare opportunity to get close, to see them in action! Magicians, medieval martial arts & some of the coolest artists there are in this genre.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsGreyhound Canada (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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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 & AttractionsCity Transit Centre (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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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsWiarton Golf & Country Club

9 holes - par 36 course. Rental clubs &carts, snack bar.
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