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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
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Collingwood
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Collingwood
2.5 out of 5
15 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, ON
CA $100
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of White's Bay, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Collingwood Golf Course and Collingwood ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,495 reviews)

"The room is clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Collingwood
Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
10 Vacation Inn, Collingwood, ON
CA $89
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,736 reviews)

"Our room was fantastic! Very clean and bright. Staff was very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Georgian Bay Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
3 out of 5
81 Hart Dr, Barrie, ON
CA $80
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Barrie Farmers Market, MacLaren Art Centre and Barrie Arboretum at Sunnidale Park. ...

4/5Very Good! (1,946 reviews)

"Always stay here when in Barrie clean and convenient breakfast is good staff friendly"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites

Popular things to do in Barrie - Orillia

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
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Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

4/5(193 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 activities in Barrie - Orillia

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario

CA $13
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario

CA $27
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Collingwood
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Vacation Photographer in Collingwood

CA $43
Per adult
Toronto LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Tickets
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Toronto LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Tickets

80% of travellers recommend
CA $23
Per adult
"Shop-Till-You-Drop" Toronto Shopping Tour
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"Shop-Till-You-Drop" Toronto Shopping Tour

CA $80
Per adult
Private shuttle service to local attractions
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Private shuttle service to local attractions

CA $39
Per adult

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