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 AccommodationsEcono Lodge - Orilla

prime location minutes from Georgian College's Orillia Campus and close to many nearby attractions, including the Horseshoe Valley ski area, the Orillia Opera House, Casino Rama and Burls Creek Family Park.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsComfort Inn Orillia

2003 inn of the year finalist. Restaurants within walking distance. Complimentary casino shuttle from 5:30pm. Complimentary continental breakfast, Free M-F newspaper. Picnic Area, vending machines, video tape rental, Wireless internet

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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 AccommodationsNorthland Motel & Restaurant

Located on Highway 11 North just steps from Lake Couchiching, we offer 15 motel rooms and a fully licensed restaurant. Only minutes from most Lake Country attractions. Family owned & operated.

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Barrie-Muskoka AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express Blue Mountain

67 newly renovated guest rooms and Suites. Convenient short walk to shopping, restaurants, and GeorgianTrail. Meeting room, pool, DVD rentals, tennis & steam room.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsThe Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course

This family owned and operated course is 18-holes, designed for every type of golfer. Relaxing golf in Nature's Valley 18 hole Mid-length Course. Tournaments, seniors discounts.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsArtfest Ontario

Artfest Ontario produces juried art and craft festivals in Toronto, Kingston and Port Credit.

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Barrie-Muskoka Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent-A-Car - North - Barrie

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 & 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 & AttractionsJohnston's Cranberry Marsh/Muskoka Lakes Winery

Ontario’s second cranberry farm. By the mid 1950’s, it was Ontario’s only cranberry farm and stayed that way until the 1970’sWhile they raised a family of four they made a variety of products from the fruit they grew

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