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Road trip ideas places to stay, attractions to see for your Ontario vacation and holiday fun. Highway 400 North, and/or The Highway 11 North. Get the 411 on avoiding traffic jam congestion and Highway 400 Barrie Gridlock to and from cottage country.

Ontario road trips driving and safety comes into play with road construction, gridlock, changes in weather going to and from Ontario's resort and cottage country destinations.  Long weekend road trips with children need additional caution and planning.

The major highway north into resort and cottage country or a road trip north is Highway 400 north which  intersects with Highway 26 at Bayfield Street (Highway 26 West), and branches to Highway 11 North.  The major highway off of Highway 11 is Highway 60 East.

Barrie Road SignThe art of winter driving: 28 tips to give you cold comfort

Peter Cheney from the Globe and Mail has some valuable tips...One of the most paractical and easy to do is "Do some test sliding: Go to an empty parking lot and try sliding your car so you’ll know what it feels like. This will help create a conditioned response and allow you to react properly when you slide unexpectedly"  Find the 27 additional tips for winter road trip driving

ONroute centres ontrack for complete revamp ONroute centres ontrack for complete revamp

Daily Commercial News:  The 20th service centre project, Cookstown, is moving from its current site at the corner of Highways 89 and 400 to a site about five kilometres north  and 400 to a site about five kilometres north on the 400.   See ONroute news story

Highway 26  Roundabouts To Ease Travel Congestion

The new Highway 26 roudabouts will make for easier and faster travel in and around the  Wasaga Beach and Collingwood towns.  improve safety and traffic flow for local families, businesses and tourists. Highway 26 is the major east-west travel route from Barrie to Owen Sound taking visitors to Ontario's Ski belts and premier resort destinations along Georgian Bay.  See News story

Expansion Completed On Highway 11 Gateway To Northern Ontario

August 2012: Ontario has completed a major expansion of Highway 11 between North Bay and Huntsville on schedule in time for the fall colour road trip season. The new four-lane highway will make travel easier and safer for families and businesses and will strengthen tourism and the economy in the North. Easier access to Ontario's cottage and resort country destinations will encourage travellers to discover the beauty of the regions and recreation opportunities in Northern Ontario.  Check Highway 11 north for a variety of attractions, resorts, inns, lodges and cottages. See Ontario announcement

Ontario's New Travel  Service Centres
Toronto Sun
Special to QMI Agency ON route Highway Service Centres are opening along Highways 401 and 400 across Ontario to better serve motorists, including this one in Trenton. Heading out on the highway for a “Heading out on the highway for a “one-tank trip” or even commuting is more pleasurable with the much-improved service centres across Ontario.  See complete story, Book Ontario Hotels on-line

Beat the Barrie area Gridlock on Highway 400-11 HWY
Summer heat gets even hotter if you are tied up in stop and go traffic at Highway 400 and 11.  Our suggestion is to cool off with a side trip into Barrie and a quick swim at one of three downtown Barrie Beaches on Lake Simcoe.  Take HWY 93 into Barrie from Highway 11 & Highway 400 and turn at Johnson Street for Johnson Beach;  Off of Highway 400 take Bayfield Street towards the lake for Centennial Beach, or take Huronia Road (10th side road from Innisfil) to Minets Point Beach.  Enjoy  a snack, lunch or dinner, and relax a little before heading back out.  See more tips for avoiding Barrie Gridlock.

Aecon awarded $64 million in highway contracts
Canada NewsWire (press release)
Under a $29 million contract with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation,
Aecon will upgrade the northbound lanes of Hwy 400 along a 16.2 km stretch,
from Hwy 11 to Hwy 93 north of Barrie. Work on the project includes earth
grading, installing the ...

Enough is enough' OPP tells distracted drivers
Drivers in May on road trips north in Ontario should be aware the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) hope to see a more “voluntary” approach to forgoing the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. Because the OPP is not receiving the level of compliance they are looking for, they are saying “enough is enough” and starting the largest enforcement campaign in recent OPP history. See OPP News Release



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