Barrie - Orillia

Travel Guide
Collingwood which includes heritage architecture, street scenes and a small town or village

The large and small lakes, quiet wooded areas, sophisticated dining and great festivals of these two Ontario cities provide excellent vacation opportunities.

Just a short drive apart, the two cities of the Barrie-Orillia region on Lake Simcoe offer your choice of exciting or relaxing vacation activities. Visit pretty parks with miles of walking trails throughout Ontario’s Lake Country. Enjoy varied watersports on the lakes.

Find a small lake or a quiet bay on Lake Simcoe or Lake Couchiching to kayak, canoe, learn how to stand-up paddleboard or simply relax on a beach. Jet Ski or rent a motorboat to explore the open waters. Fish for perch, bass and lake trout by boat, from shore or inside a winter ice-fishing shack.

For a great multiday walk, follow roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) of the Trans Canada Trail between Barrie and Orillia by way of Midland. Hike the region to see spring wildflowers and fall foliage. Cross-country ski, snowshoe and even dogsled in winter.

Both cities have preserved historic buildings. In Orillia, see dinner and a show at the Opera House, built in 1895. Learn about Ontario history from early First Nations people through the War of 1812 to modern times on one of several self-guided Heritage Barrie Walking Tours. After your tour, have a meal at one of the more than 500 restaurants of Barrie-Orillia, from casual to fine dining and ethnic food.

While Barrie is significantly larger than Orillia, both cities have extensive festival schedules throughout the year. Come for Orillia’s winter carnival, spring perch festival or autumn jazz festival. Wander through downtown all summer to see the Streets Alive! artwork by local artists, featuring a common structural foundation and amazingly diverse execution. Barrie’s summer Kempenfest offers arts and crafts, music, antiques and kids’ events. Winter brings a tree-lighting celebration and Santa Claus parade.

Drive north from Toronto for about 1 hour to reach Barrie and another 30 minutes northeast to arrive in Orillia. Build your vacation around one or more of the popular festivals and travel between the cities to fully appreciate this beautiful part of the province.

Where to stay in Barrie - Orillia

Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
3 out of 5
81 Hart Dr, Barrie, ON
The price is $71 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barrie Farmers Market, MacLaren Art Centre, and Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (948 reviews)
"Spacious, comfortable room with fridge, microwave and coffee machine. Free on-site parking. Breakfast in a bag due to Covid with an apple, muffin, yogurt and a juice. Coffee available in the lobby in the morning until 10am. A 5 minute drive to Centennial Park. Helpful staff."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
2.5 out of 5
74 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON
The price is $94 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in the heart of Barrie, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Allandale Recreation Centre, Central Creek Trail Trailhead, and Lackey's Bush Trail Trailhead. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)
"Good breakfast. Hotel looks newly renovated. Clean. No issues."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
Living Water Resort and Spa
Living Water Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
9 Harbour Street East, Collingwood, ON
The price is $148 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
This family-friendly Collingwood resort is located on the waterfront, just steps from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. White's Bay and Collingwood Golf Course are ...
4/5Very Good! (678 reviews)
"We paid good money for lake view, however could not sit outside too many spiders"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Living Water Resort and Spa
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Friday Harbour Resort on Lake Simcoe
Friday Harbour Resort on Lake Simcoe
Innisfil, ON
Situated in Innisfil, this condo building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wilkin's Walk Trailhead, Lover's Creek Trail Trailhead, and The Gables Trailhead. Tyndale ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"I am an owner waiting for our building to be completed. We enjoy all there is about this community."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Friday Harbour Resort on Lake Simcoe
Friday Harbour - Ontario All Season Luxury Resort
Friday Harbour - Ontario All Season Luxury Resort
Innisfil, ON
Set in Innisfil, this family-friendly condo building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wilkin's Walk Trailhead, Big Cedar Golf Club, and Lover's Creek Trail Trailhead. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great location
"Amazing location, and guests communicated well."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Friday Harbour - Ontario All Season Luxury Resort
Friday Harbour Resort
Friday Harbour Resort
4 out of 5
391 Big Bay Point Rd, Innisfil, ON
Located in Innisfil, this beachfront aparthotel is on the boardwalk and within 9 mi (15 km) of Wilkin's Walk Trailhead, Big Cedar Golf Club, and Barrie Molson ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Great layout with three bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, plus a guest bathroom on the main floor. The kitchen/dinning area was great and well equipped."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Friday Harbour Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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