Take a road trip on what was considered to be one of North America's longest highways. The highway starts just north of Barrie where it intersects Highway 400 in Oro-Medonte Township. Pick your preferred road trip section for accommodation and crossroads: Barrie to Orillia, Orillia to Muskoka, Huntsville to North Bay
Cottage country in Ontario for many will start in Barrie and the junction of Highway 400 and Highway 11. During the winter months this is the Snowbelt, often called the Barrie Snowbelt where the snow is deeper and whiter and lasts longer for winter recreation enthusiasts. The towns and cities on Highway 11 are the start to many Ontario road trips, especially during the spring, summer and fall months.
Barrie is exciting with winter lakefront activity, winter carnival fun and the Barrie Festival of Trees light festival. An hours driving distance of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) via Highway 400 and Highway 11 Barrie Snowbelt is close to ski areas for winter sports. Located on Lake Simcoe Barrie offers 4-seasons of recreation fun. A plus for Barrie is the proximity to summer outdoor recreation, family lakefront getaways, Golf Getaways, One of Ontario's busiest tourist travel and tourism information centres sits off Highway 400 on Mapleview Drive. See Highway 11-Google Map
Nestled between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, Orillia is easily accessible off of Highway 11 or Highway 12 north of Barrie. The Port of Orillia has excellent docking facilites for boaters travelling along the Historic Trent-Severn Waterway. Orillia personalities include Steven Leacock (Sunshine City) and Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot.
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Side Trip: Orillia to Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Fall Colour Road Trip
Starts at Highway 12 South from Highway 11: Destination road trip to Kinmount and Haliburton Ontario. Featured attractions include Quaker Oaks, Kinmount FishN'Chips, Altberg Nature Resrve Haliblurton Village. Side Trip Notes, Road Tips, Photos,
The town of Gravenhurst is known as the Gateway to Muskoka. A town rich in tradition and natural beauty, Gravenhurst is the cultural heart of Muskoka and Ontario's cottage country. Located north of Barrie and Orillia just off of Highway 11, Gravenhurst is home to one of Canada's National Historic Sites, The Bethune Memorial House one of the must see destinations for Chinese visitors to Canada.
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Bracebridge is considered the heart of the Muskoka region's cottage country and offers excellent getaways and travelling experiences that lets you escape easily accessible off of Highway 11, between Gravenhurst and Huntsville north of Barrie. Famous for the Iron Bridge that crosses the Muskoka River and the Santa's Village Family Entertainment Centre. See Highway 11-Google Map
Huntsville Muskoka Ontario is one of Canada's premiere resort destinations dissected by Highway 11 and Highway 60. Highway 60 links to the Algonquin Area and Canada's Capital Ottawa. Huntsville is often considered the heart of Muskoka and was chosen to host to the 2010 G8 Summit A trip to the Huntsville area will quickly define the beauty of this "Muskokas" location where Fairy Lake and Lake Vernon join to become the Muskoka River flowing to Marry Lake, Port Sydney and eventually Georgian Bay. If visitors want to take a walk or cool off parks and Huntsville Beaches are always close. Huntsville is often associated with Ontario's famous cottage country and often included with Parry Sound as a Government of Canada designation.
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The new four-lane Highway 11 from Huntsville to North Bay will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses and will strengthen tourism. Easier access to Ontario's resort and cottage country destinations will encourage visitors to discover the beauty of the regions and recreation options of Northern Ontario.
The official boundary for Northern Ontario is north of Huntsville. A number of destinations and 400ELEVEN members provide outstanding recreation, historical and cultural attractions deeply rooted in Ontario's history. Find additional Ontario Travel and tourist information and featured links to Emsdale,Burk's Falls, Sundridge, Powassan, Callander, and North Bay. See Highway 11-Google Map
Highway 11 continues to be the major route north and west in Ontario. For a stretch it becomes a part of the Trans Canada Route 1 highway which crosses Canada from sea to sea. See wikipedia information on Ontario Kings Highway 11
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Cineplex Entertainment Announces Second Cinema in Barrie Ontario
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/15/12 -- Cineplex Entertainment
(TSX:CGX) today announced plans to build a second cinema in north Barrie,
at the Duckworth exit off Highway 400. The 31,000 square foot Galaxy Cinemas North ... "Cineplex
Entertainment is one of Canada's top retail ...See complete story at Second Cinema in Barrie.
News and Tunes On the Road to Cottage Country
Get the latest updates on road conditions, marine & weather forecasts,
traffic reports along with the latest updates on events, festivals and cottage
country action. Link here to Chay Today, Rock 95, Moose FM, and in the French language Vague FM
National Road Safety Week
Starts May 15-21
Just in time for the May 24 Victoria Day Weekend one of the busiest travel weekend of the spring season. Aggressive drivers, impaired drivers and distracted drivers may want to stay at home next week, as many police services in Ontario will participate in Canada’s Road Safety Week.The national campaign, is sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by police services across the nation. See BarrysBayThisWeek, Inside Halton