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 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 AccommodationsMirfp

luxury private chalet. Custom built by Viceroy.In the heart of Muscoca within 10 to 15 minutes walk to 3 five star resorts [Deerhurst,Delta and Hidden Valley]. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sunroom with hot tub, sauna, ping pong room etc

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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 AccommodationsClyffe House Cottage Resort

We are a family-oriented, cottage resort with 100 acres of quiet peace on Mary Lake, With extra large 2,3,4 and 5-bedroom cottages, we offer a shallow,sandy beach, tennis, water-skiing, walking trails. We have dishwashers, fireplaces, free firewood.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsLake Francis Waterfront Cottages

Cottages for rent on a private lake very close to Sauble Beach cottages, Georgian Bay cottage rentals - Photo and Video gallery and Local Activities

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsSaugeen Golf Club

Begun in 1924 with 9 holes, and expanded to 18 in 1957, saugeen was expanded to 27 bholes in 1995.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsMuskoka Cottage Rentals

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsCranberry Golf Resort

This Certified Audubon course has CPGA Instruction and golf schools, pro shop, powercarts, pullcarts, club rentals, and tournaments. Dine at "Station on the Green" restaurant and bar. Mandatory soft spikes. Dress code in effect.  

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsAlmaguin Highlands Golf & Country Club

A challenging, regulation 9 hole, par 35, 2871 yards long golf course in a beautiful valley in the Almaguin Highlands with scenery not unlike the Scottish Highlands, where golf was born!

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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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