The Highway 400 Way

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.

Barrie to Port Severn | Honey Harbour

Barrie To Horseshoe Valley
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

How to avoid Barrie Highway 400 Gridlock

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 or 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 | Parry Sound

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 The SunDog Retreat

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

North of Parry Sound on Highway 69

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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