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 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 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 AccommodationsMariner's Paradise Park

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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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 AccommodationsPoint Of Mara Resort & Trailer Park

our trailer sites are serviced with up to a 30 amp electrical service, drinking water and sewers provided. Our beach includes a large cedar dock and a swim raft for your swimming enjoyment we offer some lakefront and lakeview sites

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMuskoka Cottage Rentals

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsSki For Life

Cross country ski instruction,equipment provided, for ages 8-80-relaxed,easy going approach.We can offer tips & drills on both skating & classic techniques. 11 am till 2 pm on Sat. Dec.18, 2010

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Group

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsBrooklea Golf & Country Club

This immaculate 18-hole championship course in Midland was designed by Rene Muylaert. It has generous fairways and greens on the front nine and narrow, tree-lined fairways and small greens on the back. Practice facility, Eagle Golf Academy,

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsHuntsville Downs Golf Club

This course has two championship 18-hole golf courses, two clubhouses, each with a fully stocked pro shop, The Horseshoe Resort Golf Academy, and excellent dining selections. The Highland Course has stately pines and hardwood trees surround

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