Barrie-Muskoka Ontario Tourist and Visitor Tips information, listings and links

Sightseeing Suggestions

Barrie is the gateway to the picturesque 30,000 Islands region of the Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway which connects Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment which becomes the Bruce Peninsula, as well as the cottage country of the Muskoka Lakes.

Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the area: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.

Barrie & Area

Here are our picks for the must-see attractions in the Barrie area (each of these can take a half to a full day):

    Vistas seen from the top of Blue Mountain
  • The rolling hills in the Barrie area, and the escarpment to the west, make for scenic auto touring and top-notch downhill or cross-country skiing.
  • Visit the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia the inspiration for his classic, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, written by Canada's beloved humourist and author.
  • The casino in Rama, near Orillia, offers 24/7 gaming with various tables, slots plus top-name entertainers.
  • Learn about the area's Aboriginal connections in Midland as you explore life in a 17th-century French-Huron village at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and visit the shrine dedicated to Jesuit martyrs.
  • Walk the floating boardwalks at Midland's Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, which lead you through woodlands and wetlands teeming with wildlife.
  • Visit the waterside boardwalks of Penetanguishene's Discovery Harbour recreating an 19th-century British naval base where you can make a model ship, learn sailors' ropework and explore historic vessels.
  • Mountain bike or hike the trails such as the Ganaraska Trail from Port Hope to Penetanguishene or at Hardwood Hills Cross-County Ski and Mountain Bike Centre near Barrie. View of Wasaga's beach
  • Wasaga Beach has the world's longest freshwater beach and the largest set of parabolic sand dunes in Ontario. Tuere are plenty of other attractions (and waterslides) for the family to enjoy.
  • Venture out to the Collingwood Scenic Caves Nature Preserve and discover rock formations so spectacular that the early Hurons made it a place of worship. Then admire the sweeping view standing in the middle of the equally spectacular suspension bridge.
  • The Town of Blue Mountains is Ontario's largest mountain resort. Head to the top for views of Georgian Bay, in winter go downhill skiing and in summerI, enjoy the area's challenging golf courses.
  • See Georgian Bay at Awenda Provincial Park, to observer the rich bio-diversity, with over 31 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Muskoka Lake area

Ontario's "cottage country"is full of sparkling lakes, dense forests and the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. Have your own "Group of Seven" moment in this part of the province. The Muskokas have many famous lakeside resorts , great golf courses, and lakeside docks for boating or fishing.You can cruise on the oldest coal-operating steamship in North America, or head into the motor-free wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park for a memorable "conversation" with the local inhabitants. In the winter, you can snowmobile, ice fish or cross-country ski in this snowy playground.

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