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Barrie - OrilliaCanada

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.

Top Hotels in Barrie - Orillia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4 Balsam Street, Collingwood, ON
The price is CA $129 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in the heart of Collingwood, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from White's Bay and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. Georgian Bay and Lake ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

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Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites
Living Stone Golf Resort
Living Stone Golf Resort
3 out of 5
19 Keith Ave, Collingwood, ON
Free cancellation
The price is CA $113 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

This family-friendly Collingwood resort is located near the bay, within a 10-minute walk of White's Bay, Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Collingwood Golf Course ...

4/5Very Good! (967 reviews)

"Everything was lovely , no complaints . I would recommend this hotel. Close to town and activities."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

Living Stone Golf Resort
Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
10 Vacation Inn, Collingwood, ON
The price is CA $127 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in the heart of Collingwood, this spa resort is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Collingwood Golf Course and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. Collingwood ...

4/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and food was good. Hotel was clean . I will certainly recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Popular places to visit in Barrie - Orillia

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
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Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

4/5(196 reviews)

Explore hiking trails, relax on one of the world’s longest freshwater beaches and visit a historic site at this picturesque park.

Sunset Point Park
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Sunset Point Park

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Relax on a rocky beach, explore scenic walking trails and watch windsurfers ride the waves of Georgian Bay.

Top things to do in Barrie - Orillia

Vacation Photographer in Collingwood
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Vacation Photographer in Collingwood

CA $340
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Blue Mountain
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Blue Mountain

CA $340
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Muskoka
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Vacation Photographer in Muskoka

CA $340
Per adult
"Shop-Till-You-Drop" Toronto Shopping Tour
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"Shop-Till-You-Drop" Toronto Shopping Tour

CA $80
Per adult
Scenic Muskoka Region Tour - North of Toronto
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Scenic Muskoka Region Tour - North of Toronto

CA $300
Per adult
Standard VR Walking Experience - 30 Minutes
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Standard VR Walking Experience - 30 Minutes

CA $26
Per adult

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Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park which includes a park

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