From Highway 400 the Highway 26 exit is an extension Bayfield Street exit in Barrie. Turn left at the top of the ramp and head west to Highway 26. Highway 26 & Country Road 27 split just outside of Barrie. If you are in Southwest Ontario take Highway 6 north. Regardless the final destination is Own Sound Ontario with many wonderful road trip stops.
During the winter season Highway 26 is the main highway Ontario winter fun, Ontario ski areas,snowboard and snow tubing hills. Summer will lead you to the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay, Provincial and National Parks.
Barrie to Stayner Ontario
Drive along the Bayfield strip, and discover one of Ontario’s most significant shopping areas including the Georgian Mall. Drivers will find all of the services available for your last minute recreational purchases, beer stores, liquor stores, restaurant stops, and auto needs. Just past Barrie is the cut off for Highway 26 West and Highway 27 North. Note: Highway 26 is Provincial, and Highway 27 is Simcoe County…a bit confusing as Old Highway 27 was Provincial. Visitors will pass the Simcoe County Municipal Building (with excellent trails just behind the building) and the Simcoe County Museum and Archives on your left..a must stop for history buffs. Continue on to Stayner (Ontario rural farming community).
Stayner to Wasaga Beach
Follow the Highway 26 signs to Wasaga Beach, one of Canada’s prime fresh water beach destinations ranked with a prestigious Blue Flag designation. During the winter season outdoor recreation includes a variety of cross country ski trails, snowmobiling trails with a cottage country atmosphere. See area information including Wasaga Beach resorts, inns and hotels.
Wasaga Beach to Collingwood | Blue Mountains
Proceeding west on Highway 26 will see Georgian Bay on your right. Follow the signs to downtown Collingwood. There is plenty of parking available for some shopping for last minute items, or time to visit the newly converted Tremont Hotel and artisans gallery. Continue west The Town of Blue Mountains, and one of Ontario’s most significant ski resort destinations. A variety of hotels, inns, resorts, chalets, and attractions are available in the Collingwood-Blue Mountains area.
Collingwood | Blue Mountains to Meaford
Leaving the Blue Mountains watch for the signs for Northlands Beach a Blue Flag Ontario Beach. On toward Meaford Ontario Home of the story about the Labrador Dog Beautiful Joe, and one of the most fascinating Dog Parks in Ontario Beautiful Joe Park.
Meaford is also home to a stop over by one of North Americas great Naturalists John Muir, where the Trout Hollow Trail runs by the mill where Muir worked.
Many say the Meaford-Thornbury area is the Apple Capital of Canada… home to one of the most significan Macintosh Apple growing areas in Canada. Check out the Apple Pie Trail & discover a culinary dreamland for apple lovers.
Meaford to Owen Sound
Two Options here: Continue on HWY 26 to Owen Sound direct or for a more scenic route take 7th line around to Lakeshore Drive and explore the shorelines leading to Owen Sound. Featured Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Owen Sound area are Evergreen Forest Resort B&B, and The Falls Inn.