The Highway 11 Way

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 MuskokaHuntsville to North Bay

The Highway 11 Way

Cottage country in Ontario for many will start in Barrie and the junction of Highway 400and 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.

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Barrie to Orillia Via Highway 11


Barrie is exciting an exciting year round resort destination. An hours driving distance of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) via Highway 400 and Highway 11. 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. Barrie Snowbelt is close to ski areas for winter sports. 

Side Trip: Barrie to Midland-Penetanguishene Resort Area 
Starts at Highway 93 North at Crown Hill and Highway 11 or the Penatang Rd. in Barrie becomes which becomse HWY 93. Highway 93 has recently been named The Sarah Burke Memorial Highway.  This resort destination road trip to Discovery Harbour, Ontario’s Historical Navel Attraction and Kings Wharf TheatreSide trip notes, road tips and photos.


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.

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.  Featured attractions  include Quaker Oaks, Kinmount Fish N’Chips, Altberg Nature Resrve Haliblurton Village. Side trip notes, road tips & photos,

Orillia to Muskoka via Highway 11

Gravenhurst Muskoka
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.

Bracebridge Muskoka
Bracebridge is considered the heart of the Muskoka‘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.

Huntsville Muskoka
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.

Huntsville to North Bay

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 FallsSundridgePowassanCallander, and North Bay.

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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