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Lake Simcoe Fall Colours

Barrie Lake Simcoe Road Trips

Barrie is the perfect starting point for Simcoe County-Lake Simcoe road trip. Travel to Barrie via Highway 400 or Highway 11 and make this a focal point for backroad trips.  This is a "close to Toronto Day Trip"  destination for GTA residents or a trip that could easily evolve into a Barrie hotel or resort stay depending on your time.

Lake Simcoe-Simcoe County Fall Colours

Barrie, Orillia, Georgina Fall Colours

Trips start in Barrie with a circle option back to Barrie. We offer several options with side trips on back roads including spectacular fall colour maple sugar bush areas in Simoce County such as Allistion, Horseshoe Valley, Orillia, Wasaga Beach, Elmvale and Minising with recommended events, festivals and fall fairs. The south east side of Lake Simcoe, Sutton and Jackson's Point in Georgina Township are must see destinations and will lead you back to the GTA. 

Four Road Trip Options start in Barrie Ontario Canada

Barrie to Horseshoe Valley to Orillia Return to Barrie Fall colours (colors) Route

Barrie To Elmvale, Wasaga Beach Return via Minising Fall Colours (Colors)

Barrie Start to Lake Simcoe Fall Colours (colors) Circle Tour

Barrie Simcoe County to Dufferin County

Maple Redleaves Fall Colors

Briars Resort

Lake Simcoe Fall Colours (colors) Circle Tour

Driving Directions: One of the interesting fall colour routes close to Toronto is a tour around Lake Simcoe using a combination of Highway 400, Highway 11, and a number of side roads that take your through Barrie, Orillia, Lagoon City, Beaverton, Sutton, Keswick, Holland Landing. This tour route can be started on the East Side of Lake Simcoe, or the West Side going north. For latest fall colour (color) changes please see Fall Colours Leaf Change Central Ontario

Places to Stay (Accommodations) along the Lake Simcoe Fall Colour Route
BarrieOrillia Jakson's Point/Sutton

Places to Visit: Hardwood Ski and Bike,  Serendipity Princess Cruise, Simcoe County Museum, Snow Valley Resort Limited, Mount St. Louis - Moonstone, Springwater Provincial Park (Barrie), Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery - Orillia

Places to See: Fall Market stop on Canal Road in the Holland Marsh Exit 5.  Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour -Oro-Medonte , Scenic Horseshoe Valley, Lake Simcoe Shores, Orillia

Fall Events and Festivals
Colours of Music Festival is returning to Barrie for its 11th season and running from September 27-October 6. Side Trip to Simcoe County Eco Farmers Market each Friday until Thanksgiving Weekend.  Elmvale Fall Fair Web Site Click Here , Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour -Oro-Medonte , Scenic Horseshoe Valley, Lake Simcoe Shores, Orillia 

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Barrie To Elmvale, Wasaga Beach Return via Minesing Fall Colours (Colors)

Driving Directions: From Highway 400, Take Highway 27 North (Bayfield exit) through Barrie to Elmvale. At the junction of 92 and 27 in Elmvale turn left on to Simcoe Road 92, proceed all the way to Wasaga Beach. When leaving Wasaga Beach take Highway 26 (South & East) to Minesing. Turn right on the George Johnston Road which proceeds south to Highway 90, turn left at Highway 90 and return to Barrie by going East on Highway 90. Recommended Side Trip: Tiny Beaches Road to Balm Beach (turn right at Simcoe Road 29) and drive to Tiny Beaches Road which runs along Georgian Bay to Midland. See driving directions from Barrie on Tiny Beaches Photo Page.For latest fall colour (color) changes please see Fall Colours Leaf Change Central Ontario

Places to Stay (Accommodations) along the Barrie, Elmvale, Wasaga Beach Fall Colour Route
BarrieWasaga Beach

Places to Visit: Hardwood Ski and Bike,   Serendipity Princess Cruise, Simcoe County Museum, Snow Valley Resort Limited, Mount St. Louis - Moonstone, Springwater Provincial Park (Barrie), Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery - Orillia, Rounds Ranch

Fall Events and Festivals
Colours of Music Festival is returning to Barrie for its tenth season and running from September 21st to 30th. Side Trip to Simcoe County Eco Farmers Market each Friday until Thanksgiving Weekend.  Elmvale Fall Fair Web Site Click Here , Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour -Oro-Medonte , Scenic Horseshoe Valley, Lake Simcoe Shores, Orillia 

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Barrie to Horseshoe Valley to Orillia Return to Barrie Fall colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: Take Highway 400 past Barrie to Simcoe Road 22 (The Horseshoe Valley Road) drive to Craighurst, Horseshoe Valley, Coulson, Jarratt to Highway 12 where Horseshoe Valley Road ends. Take Highway 27 North (Bayfield exit) through Barrie to Simcoe Road 22 (The Horseshoe Valley Road) turn right through Craighurst, Horseshoe Valley, Coulson, Jarratt to Highway 12. Turn right at Highway 12 and proceed East to Orillia. Upon leaving Orillia, take Highway 11, South to Barrie, or take the Old Barrie Road (Ridge Road) and work your way towards the Lake for a combination of great water views and colourful shorelines. For latest fall colour (color) changes please see Fall Colours Leaf Change Central Ontario

Places to Stay (Accommodations) along the Barrie to Horseshoe Valley to Orillia Fall Colour Route
Barrie, Horseshoe Valley, Orillia

Places to Visit: Hardwood Ski and Bike, Serendipity Princess Cruise, Simcoe County Museum, Snow Valley Resort Limited, Mount St. Louis - Moonstone, Springwater Provincial Park (Barrie), Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery - Orillia

Fall Events and Festivals
Colours of Music Festival is returning to Barrie for its tenth season and running from September 21st to 30th. Side Trip to Simcoe County Eco Farmers Market each Friday until Thanksgiving Weekend.  Elmvale Fall Fair Web Site Click Here , Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour -Oro-Medonte , Scenic Horseshoe Valley, Lake Simcoe Shores, Orillia 

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See the complete Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation Fall Colour (colors) Report
A number of fall drives, travel routes, circle tours, regional Ontario travel and tourism association routes, and suggested Ministry of Tourism great fall drives have been identified in addition to the fall drives and road trips above. Click here for more Ontario fall colour drives and road trips.

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Lake Simcoe Tourism Regions

Lake Simcoe tourism encompasses the regions of Simcoe County, Durham, York Region and the Kawarthas. The major Cities of Orillia and Barrie are right on Lake Simcoe. Visitors with boats are encouraged to get out on the water for spectacular views or visit a Lake Simcoe Park along the waterway to get the mix of the blues with the traditional fall reds, yellows, and orange maple leaf changes. See Map of Lake Simcoe.


Sunday Crush

Images Thanksgiving Tour

 Lake Simcoe Fall Shoreline

Ontario Road Information

For the latest information on driving north to Ontario resort destinations see Ontario Traveller Road Information, driving distances, road construction
and more.

Official Road Map of Ontario

Monthly Travel E-NewsNorth

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.

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