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Highway 400 north from Toronto will take you to Ontario resort destinations in cottage country. Links to waterfront lakeside resorts,lodges, hotels, inns, and lodges. Find suggested east-west road trips and suggested back road side trips


Toronto to Highway 9

Travel north from Toronto on Highway 400 and you will be entering the gateway to farming country.  You feel a dramatic change around Highway 9 as the Holland Marsh comes into focus and you know your are in open country. Highway 9 will take you east to Newmarket and west to Orangeville.  Heading to Orangeville will take you into rolling country side with charming villages and resorts such as the Millcroft Inn & Spa, noted for their their fine hospitality and access to outdoor recreation.

Highway 400-Highway 9 Interchange to Cookstown (Highway 89)

Close to Cookstown is the town of Alliston where you can find accommodation at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort.  A road trip along Highway 89 west will take you into the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation area with Nottawasaga River running through this beautiful rural countryside.  At this intersection look for the Canadian flags on Highway 400 in front of  the Tanger Outlet Cookstown Outlet Mall  at Highway 89.

Cookstown Highway 89 to Barrie

The next two major intersections off of the 400 are Innisfil Beach Road in the Town of Innisfil and Mapleview Drive in Barrie. Innisfil Beach Road goes east to Lake Simcoe, and west to the village of Thornton. Regular weekend travelers and road warriors can smell the start to cottage & lake country leading to northern Ontario.  One of Ontario's busiest tourist travel and tourism information centres sits off Highway 400 on Mapleview Drive exit. The first exit into Barrie off of Highway 400.

LAKE SIMCOE ROAD TRIP: Starts in Barrie to Orillia Circle Lake Simcoe

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Welcome To Innisfil

Boating Trent Severn

Hiking Simcoe County

Midland Murals

Boating Trent Severn

Canadian Sunset

Highway 400 North


Barrie To Horseshoe Valley

Barrie Ontario links

Barrie and its beautiful beach and lakefront on Lake Simcoe is within an hours driving distance of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) via Highway 400. On the northern edge of Barrie is the starting point for the Highway 11 Way for Ontario road trips heading to North Bay. Highway 400 proceeds in a north west direction towards Georgian Bay and Sudbury. A plus for Barrie is the proximity to summer outdoor recreation, family lakefront getaways, Golf Getaways, and waterfront festivals and events. Located on Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe Barrie offers 4-seasons of recreation fun including winter sports. One of Ontario's busiest tourist travel and tourism information centres sits off Highway 400 on Mapleview Drive. See Barrie Tourism and Travel News for the latest travel tourism getaway information, accommodation links, and updates on Barrie waterfront festivals and events.

Driving north on Highway 400 will take you to the Horseshoe Valley Road, with a (driving distance of about 20 km or 25 minutes) leading to Simcoe County Ontario's well known ski, mountain bike, hiking and outdoor destinations

BARRIE HIGHWAY 400 GRIDLOCK: How to avoid Barrie area traffic and gridlock!!

Horseshoe Valley links

The Horseshoe Valley area is a bit north west of Barrie and south west of Orillia and is easily accessible via HWY 400, HWY 12, HWY 26, HWY 93. All roads lead to the Horseshoe Valley Road, also know as Simcoe Country Road 22. Horseshoe Valley is a year round summer and winter resort destination offering mountain biking skiing, x-county skiing rentals, golf, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ATV Trails, birdwatching, hunting, fishing and adventure. Stay at Carriage Ridge Resort...Ski and Bike at Hardwood Hills Ski and Bike. Discover the Simcoe County Forests for recreation fun year round in Simcoe County

Road Trip from Barrie through Horseshoe Valley to Orillia, Return to Barrie Via Highway 11. Spectacular during fall colours season in September-October or Thanksgiving Weekend

Highway 93 to Midland-Penetanguishene

The first exit north of the Horseshoe Valley Road off Highway 400 is Highway 93 to Midland. A nice side trip is the Old Fort Road Trip to Midland taking you into the heart of Historic Huronia, Georgian Bay and Ontario's early history. An easy loop trip on paved roads bringing you back to Highway 93 Via Highway 12 on the West side of Midland. This is an excellent fall colour road trip.

Horseshoe Valley Exit To Coldwater Exit Highway 12

Travelling to Coldwater via Highway 400 (portion of Trans Canada Highway) will take you to the junction of Highway 12. East to Orillia, West to Midland. One of the major attractions as a side trip is the road to Big Chute Marine Railway, one of North America's classic marine railways linking the Trent Severn Historic Waterway to Georgian Bay. Watch for the Parks Canada Signs. Coldwater claims to be the first incorporated town in Ontario. 

Coldwater to Muskoka Road 5 Port Severn-Honey Harbour.

Drive north on Highway 400 to the Muskoka Road 5 exit. The Muskoka-Simcoe County border runs north west up the middle of Muskoka Road 5 Heading south east, Muskoka Road 5 takes you to the town of Port Severn and Lock 45 of the Historical Trent Severn Waterway where several area resort properties provide excellent hospitality. There is a Muskoka Tourist Information Centre located in Port Severn.



Honey Harbour Port Severn to Mactier: Foots Bay Highway 169 Junction

The drive north from Honey Harbour takes you into the Canadian Shield where the rock outcroppings bring a northern beauty mixing, granite, lakes and forests. Highway 400 becomes dually recognized as Highway 400 and Highway 69 just north of Muskoka Road 5. The junction of Highway 169 at Foot's Bay and Mactier leads south to Bala and Gravenhurst, and intersects Highway 118 which proceeds east to the towns of Port Carling and Bracebridge

Mactier-Foot's Bay to Parry Sound

Highway 400 starts to run more in a north west direction to Parry Sound close to Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands Biosphere Reserve. Accommodation options in the Parry Sound area include

Four Winds Cottage Resort
The SunDog Retreat

We encourage visitors to take a spectacular flight over Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands with Georgian Bay Airways,


Point au Baril, French River, Sudbury.

Highway 69 intersects just south of Sudbury and will take you East to North Bay and Ottawa or West to Sault Ste. Marie.

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Highway 400 North of Toronto is the major North-South route out of the City of Toronto. It intersects major East-WestHighways including Highway 401, Highway 7, Toll Highway 407, Highway 9, Highway 88, Highway 89, Highway, 27, 12 north of Toronto. Highway 400 also leads to Highway 26, Highway 27, and Highway 11 North.

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Ontario Road Information

For the latest information on driving north to Ontario resort destinations see Ontario Traveller Road Information, driving distances, road construction
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There are several Ontario travel information centers north on Highway 400 in Ontario. One of the major centres is the Barrie Exit at Mapleview Drive. The Highway 400 and Highway 11 interchange is the travel gateway to cottage country, Northern Ontario and the major tourism resort destinations north of Toronto.

Winter Driving-Road Safety Tips

A Weekend Stop for Car Lovers heading to Cottage and Resort Country

Shop for a new vehicle.......without sales pressure!!!!  Visit the largest outdoor auto show in North America at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario The show attracts more than15,000 visitors each year from across southern Ontario. The show has something for everyone – from the classic car fan to the high-powered sports car enthusiast to the couple looking for the perfect new family vehicle. Access Georgian College off of Highway 400 at for signs on Highway 400

Highway 400 to Barrie Celebrates 60 years
The Barrie Advance
The local junior hockey team, the Barrie Flyers, was between Memorial Cups, ... .BARRIE -1952 was a busy year for the city of Barrie. Highway 400 was completed from Toronto to the city and Snow Valley opened its slopes for the first time. 
Snow Valley celebrates 60 years of skiing

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.

Barrie's New Dog Park Off Highway 400
Ontario travellers heading north now have  quick and easy access to a new dog off-leash park behind the Molson Centre at 555 Bayview Avenue.  For visitors heading north access Mapleview Drive from Highway 400 and turn right (East) and left at Bayview (first major will see the Molson Centre on north east corner).  South bound travellers turn left at Mapleview.
See Map to Dog Park, more on Barrie Ontario,

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 TodayRock 95Moose FM, and in the French language Vague FM

Get the latest last minute traffic, weather and local news
Ontario Road Trips Highway 400 and Highway 11 route to cottage country offers a number of on air tunes and stations for you listening pleasure.  Chay Today, Moose Radio,

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 BarrysBayThisWeekInside Halton 

Travel North On Highway 400 News
A new Hwy400 interchange should make travelling through York Region a little easier and reduce congestion through King Road. Accessing the highway can often be a challenge, thanks to large gaps between exits as it crosses the region and a series of ...see complete story New Hwy. 400 interchange planned

Expansion plans key to outlet mall purchase
Innisfil Scope:  
Cookstown Outlet Mall has been....Serving Innisfil RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Tanger Outlet Centers announced the purchase of the 161000-square-foot facility (Cookstown Outlet Mall), which is located near the Highway 400 and County Road 89 overpass, last week. The mall was built in 1995, ..

Aecon awarded $64 million in highway contracts
Canada NewsWire (press release)
Under a $29 million contract with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation,
Aecon will upgrade the northbound lanes of Hwy 400 along a 16.2 km stretch,
from Hwy 11 to Hwy 93 north of Barrie. Work on the project includes earth
grading, installing the ...

Highway 400 to Georgian Bay Ontario
HWY 400 continues west and north from the junction of Highways 400-11 in Barrie.  Roads off of Highway 400 lead to Georgian Bay, and Highway 400 skirts Georgian Bay on all the way to Parry Sound and beyond.  A variety of Georgian Bay Romantic Getaways, and Family Getaways are available at romantic lakeside inns, b&b's, luxury resorts, fishing lodges, wellness spas and retreats. Georgian Bay is known as one of Canada's best boating and summer destinations with spectacular sunsets as a bonus.

Lake Simcoe Via Highway 400.
Many road trips start in Barrie when exploring Lake Simcoe.   For non-boaters there is always the round Lake Simcoe road trip. Many launch boats along the Barrie waterfront to begin a fishing trip or a romantic boat trip-tour of the HistoricTrent Severn Waterway. Lake Simcoe is legendary for sunsets adding to the Romantic Getaway combination of water & sun.  Romantic Getaways-Lake Simcoe.

Lake Simcoe For Families Via Highway 400and Highway 11
As one travels north in Ontario Lake Simcoe runs parallel with Highway 400 (staring around Highway 9) and Highway 11 north of Barrie.  If the kids are restless on the trip north the beaches and activities are not far off. You may even want to plan a Lake Simcoe family getaway with overnight accommodation or a Lake Simcoe Day trip to the beach.

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