Barrie-Muskoka, Ontario neighbourhoods and nearby communities

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WHY Move to Barrie - Muskoka?

This part of Ontario is the heart of Cottage Country, with lots of lakes dotting the Canadian Shield, and close to the sandy shoreline of Wasaga Beach on the super-clear waters of Georgian Bay. Barrie is a manufacturing and distribution centre for Ontario, with a much lower cost of living than close-by Toronto.
Barrie Lake shore

The City of Barrie is nestled on the western shore of Lake Simcoe, just southeast of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes. The city of 128,000 (2006) sits on Highway 400 connecting Toronto and Southern Ontario to Ontario's cottage country, and the Trans-Canada Highway to Western Canada. Originally located on an ancient portage route from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, Barrie is made accessible by the Trent Severn Waterway and then early settlement roads, and more recently, Highway 400. Barrie is a city built around beautiful Lake Simcoe, which is home to many of the city's prized attractions and facilities, with many parks and attractions close to the Lake.

Midland has a thriving donwtown

Barrie is the gateway to the beautiful Muskoka cottage country to the north-east, and the Georgian Bay to the north and west, and is on the northern edge of the Greater Toronto Area, benefitting from both close access to Toronto and its transportation network, as well as lower land costs and lower cost of living.

In the post-war era, many large American-based industries opened branches in Barrie, taking advantage of the favourable labour costs. The are is strong in manufacturing, based on the extraction and processing of local natural resources, as well supplying other manufacturers and the large consumer market of southern Ontario and the northeastern United States.

Improved cars and highways allowed Barrie residents to efficiently commute to work in Toronto. In the 1970s, Highway 400 between Barrie and Toronto was widened from 4 lanes to 6 (with 8 lanes south of Highway 88). In the 1990s, Highway 400 has been extended northward from Barrie, progressively "twinning" the route taken by Highway 69 to Sudbury. Eventually, it will connect to the main route of the Trans-Canada Highway at Sudbury.

Blue Mountain Village

The larger communities in the area include Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound and Parry Sound, which combine a good industrial base, excellent road and rail access, as well as close access to area recreation. There are many smaller recreation and tourism based communities worth moving to in this area, including Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge in the Muskoka area.

To the west of Barrie, along the shores of Gerogian Bay (on Lake Huron) are Midland, Penetanguishene, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood along Georgian Bay. Futher west is the fourishing town of Owen Sound, at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.

These communities attract not only seasonal cottage residents but those who enjoy the scenic beauty and access to nearby recreation year-round.

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Barrie, Muskoka, and Georgian Bay Realtors, Home Builders, Mortgages & Movers

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Here are some of the Barrie-Muskoka Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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More info on Alair Homes Orillia Barrie-Muskoka BuildersAlair Homes Orillia

Alair Homes Orillia is an entirely new brand of contracting company.

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More info on Devonleigh Homes Barrie-Muskoka BuildersDevonleigh Homes

Devonleigh Homes is excited to introduce a new condominium development, Dwell in Collingwood.

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More info on Alair Homes Huntsville Barrie-Muskoka BuildersAlair Homes Huntsville

Alair Homes Huntsville is an entirely new brand of contracting company.

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More info on Alair Homes Collingwood Barrie-Muskoka BuildersAlair Homes Collingwood

Alair Homes is an entirely new brand of contracting company.

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More info on Devonleigh Homes Barrie-Muskoka BuildersDevonleigh Homes

Just north of Highway 89 in the quaint town of Alliston is Devonleigh’s third community; Parkside.

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Realtors Listings

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More info on Christine Smith - Collingwood Real Estate Barrie-Muskoka RealtorsChristine Smith - Collingwood Real Estate

Hello I am Christine Smith a Collingwood REALTOR® based out of Collingwood Ontario. I service areas such as the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford and Wasaga Beach as well as every wonderful community across Southern Georgian Bay.

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More info on Barrie Condo Team | Barrie Condos & Townhomes Barrie-Muskoka RealtorsBarrie Condo Team | Barrie Condos & Townhomes

Barrie Condos & Townhomes. Start your search today with the Barrie Condo Team Welcome. Let the Barrie Condo Team help you in your search for Barrie condos, waterfront condos and townhomes. View our Guide to Barrie Condos.

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More info on HomeLife Nu-Key Realty Ltd., Brokerage Barrie-Muskoka RealtorsHomeLife Nu-Key Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Selling Barrie for more than 20 years! Get experience working for you!

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More info on PBM Realty Holdings Inc. Barrie-Muskoka RealtorsPBM Realty Holdings Inc.

PBM Realty specializes in providing industrial space for manufacturing and/or warehousing needs. We own industrial buildings in the Barrie area totaling 1.5 million square feet and we can provide new facilities to meet your requirements.

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More info on Engel & Volkers Canada Inc. Barrie-Muskoka RealtorsEngel & Volkers Canada Inc.

Engel & Volkers Canada Inc is a renowned and most trusted realtor in Collingwood Muskoka. They provide real estate services to buyers and sellers and specialize in luxury properties throughout the Georgian Bay and Muskoka areas.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on Darren Robinson Barrie-Muskoka MortgagesDarren Robinson

What are you going to do to ensure you find the right mortgage for your situation? I'm a Barrie mortgage broker and an expert in finding you the right mortgage strategies to fit your exact needs.99 Bayfield StreetBarrieOntarioONL4M 3A9Canada

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More info on Centum LIfestyle Financial Services Barrie-Muskoka MortgagesCentum LIfestyle Financial Services

We shop the lenders to get you the best mortgage rate and terms for your financial situation. Contact today for a free consultation! Save Time - Save Money!

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More info on Option1 Mortgages & Financial Products Barrie-Muskoka MortgagesOption1 Mortgages & Financial Products

MORTGAGES | LIFE INSURANCE | GROUP BENEFITS. Option1 Mortgages & Financial Products is your one-stop-shop for financial products in Barrie and Simcoe County. We have over 35 years experience in financial products!

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More info on Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Broker in Muskoka K.C. Scherpenberg Barrie-Muskoka MortgagesDominion Lending Centres Mortgage Broker in Muskoka K.C. Scherpenberg

Dominion Lending Centres is your local mortgage centre serving Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and the surrounding Muskoka area. Mortgages for purchases, renewals, pre-approvals and refinancing at best rates. Call us today, we can help!

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More info on K.C. Scherpenberg, AMP with Dominion Lending Centres Barrie-Muskoka MortgagesK.C. Scherpenberg, AMP with Dominion Lending Centres

Dominion Lending Centres is your local mortgage centre serving Orillia. We are a one stop shop for all of your financing needs, including purchases, renewals, pre-approvals and refinancing. Call us today, we can help! Mortgage Broker KC Scherpenberg.

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Movers Listings

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More info on AMJ Campbell Barrie Barrie-Muskoka MoversAMJ Campbell Barrie

We are the Barrie movers that you can rely on. Whether you need to relocate within, to or from Barrie, your movers will treat your possessions like they are their own, with care.

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More info on Barrie Moving Barrie-Muskoka MoversBarrie Moving

Barrie Moving is the professional moving company in Barrie with average of 130 moves per month. We have a specialized team with all the proper gear for moving hot tubs, pianos and appliances safely & efficiently.

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More info on Premiere Van Lines Barrie-Muskoka MoversPremiere Van Lines

Premiere Van Lines is your choice for moving within, to or from the Barrie area and Central Ontario. Trust your next move to the expert movers at Premiere and let us show you the Art of Moving™.

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More info on EZ Movers and Transport Barrie-Muskoka MoversEZ Movers and Transport

Ez Mover & Transport located in Barrie Canada keeps the costs of moving affordable. We understand that moving can be a huge expense by the time you get through paying for all the costs so we try to keep our services affordable.

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More info on TMT logistics Barrie-Muskoka MoversTMT logistics

TMT logistics is a local and long distance delivery company dealing in light freight delivery.

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Penetanguishene (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)Penetanguishene (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)

ON: Penetanguishene (\Pen -e-tang-WISH-ene\) is a picturesque community on beautiful Georgian Bay, with white sand beaches in the area

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Orillia (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)Orillia (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)

ON: Orillia is nestled between Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe on the spectacular Trent-Severn Waterway, with access to Highway 400 |and 11 which connect Toronto and North Bay, and is headquarters for the OPP.

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Barrie  (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)Barrie (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)

ON: This city of 143,000 (2014) on the shore of Lake Simcoe is located on Highway 400 which connects south to Toronto, and north to the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Midland  (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)Midland (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)

ON: Midland is the gateway to 30,000 Islands in Georgian Bay. in summer months, the year-round population of 43,000 sells to over 100,000 visiting the area^s provincial and national parks

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Wasaga Beach (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)Wasaga Beach (Barrie-Muskoka neighbourhoods)

ON: Wasaga Beach is located on the 14 km shoreline of the longest freshwater beach in the world, and is one of the premier tourist destinations in Ontario, with more than two million tourists

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