"Barrie and Simcoe County off the beaten path" Top 5 Page for this destination Barrie by Faiza-Ifrah

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Barrie - the door to the cottage country

Barrie, located about 1 hr drive north of Toronto / Mississauga (100 Kms), is the capital of Ontario's touristic cottage country and is the major city of Simcoe county. Other touristic destinations in this county are the cities of Collingwood, Midland, Orillia, and Georgian Bay, lake Simcoe, and Wasaga Beach.

Within the county, we have been cruising and picnicing in Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Southern shores of Georgian Bay, Horseshoe Valley, Lake Simcoe, and the cities of Tottenham, Orillia, and Lagoon City.

Orillia - intro to First Nation

Orillia, Brechin and Lagoon City are located on the east side of Lake Simcoe.

Casino Rama is a mojor attraction of Orillia with all its income going towards upliftment of the First Nation People. Of course, this means that Orillia is located close to the First Nation Lands. First Nation terminology, art and craft, and other characteristics are conspicuous everywhere.

In order to reach Orillia from Mississauga, we took Highway 401 East to Highway 400 North (to Barrie and from there) to Highway 11 to Highway 12 North taking us into the downtown. Highway 11 is quite scenic with forests and wildlife farms along the entire length.

Brechin and Lagoon City - a town on canals

We visited Lagoon City, which turned out to be about 300 Kms northwest of Toronto, in the 3rd week of October 2006. This is a 1600-acre community with 8 kms of navigable waterways and few steps away from the beaches of the eastern shore of Lake Simcoe.

It is cottage and retirement community. The whole city is built over canalways. And that is what we enjoyed - boating, especially paddleboating for a change.

From Orillia, we took Highway 12 South taking us all the way to Brechin and to Lagoon City.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Close to Toronto, beautiful summers and falls, all season activites
  • Cons:Highway 400 is a nightmare, especially on weekends
  • In a nutshell:Simcoe County offer all season activites
  • Last visit to Barrie: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Very beautiful and informative page! The hotel is a real good place though a bit pricey!How could I miss this page?

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Nice, fun, kef. Nice children you have, HAMDULULA. Can you show me a close-up photo of yourself, Faiza? Avi

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Would like to have a browse in that First Nation's shop and go for a ride on the Steam train, excellent!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    that looks like a really good place for outdoor lovers.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    No shortage of outdoor activities to do at Barrie. Thanks for sharing.

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