Life in Huntsville
Welcome to my hometown, where you’re only ever about 5 minutes to water. With Algonquin Park only 30 minutes away and Arrowhead Provincial Park just off the highway, hiking, kayaking and camping can easily be an everyday adventure. Huntsville boasts the beautiful Algonquin Theatre where you can enjoy live productions from music to theatre and appreciate artwork by local artists. The Canada Summit Centre is a legacy of the G8 and houses two ice surfaces, a pool, the Active Living Centre, a walking track and gym, plus a charming local coffee shop. Pioneer Village is right next door, a perfect day’s outing. Boat through the locks from Fairy Lake down the Muskoka River into Port Sydney and see the stunning waters and impressive landscape of Mary Lake and take a swim at the beach. These are among the many reasons I call Huntsville home!
Gravenhurst, The Gateway to Muskoka
Located on the shores of Lake Muskoka, the smallest of Muskoka’s three towns was originally called McCabe’s landing and later Sawdust City. It is now considered the gateway to the Muskoka lakes, with a prominent gate bearing this message as you enter town from the south. Gravenhurst is also the home of the Ontario Fire College and two great performance and music venues: the Gravenhurst Opera House and Peter’s Players. The Muskoka Wharf was completed in 2005, with a cost of $170 million and covering 89 acres. It features a full range of retailers, restaurants and the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre, a fun and educational stop for the whole family. Gravenhurst is also home to Sawdust City Brewing Co., a thriving craft brewery with a large bar that hosts trivia nights, live music and events—a great place to rest up after a day of exploring. From its winter carnivals and stunning golf courses to beautiful resorts and hotels, Gravenhurst is certainly a Muskoka gem!
Living in Bracebridge
In the heart of Muskoka, Bracebridge has a very active population of over 16,000 permanent residents. A picturesque town with a beautiful main street and just a short 2-hour drive north of Toronto, Bracebridge is an easy place to settle into. Outdoor activities are aplenty, with world-class golf at Muskoka Bay Club (voted one of the top 10 courses in Canada by Golf Digest in 2015), beautiful beaches, parks and waterfalls, mountain biking and outdoor festivals and arts and culture events. The new Sportsplex and the Rene M Caisse theatre are perfect stops for indoor adventurers, and the kids and grandkids will love a stop at Santa’s Village, Muskoka’s popular theme park. Bracebridge is also a great place to do business, making it appealing to corporate types and entrepreneurs searching for that Muskoka lifestyle. This town is definitely a great place to call home for families and people of all ages.
Discover Almaguin Highlands
Almaguin Highlands is a stunning region, located just north of Muskoka and West of Algonquin Park. This area is one of the province’s best kept secrets, featuring the largest freshwater lake in North America without an island (Lake Bernard) and the beautiful Magnetawan River. One of the most popular activities in this area is snowmobiling, with a network of trails you can spend entire winters exploring. In the summer, ATV excursions and motorcycle tours are a great way to see the sights. This is truly Ontario’s undiscovered Cottage Country.
Enjoy Muskoka Lakes
The Township of Muskoka Lakes is home to Port Carling, the central point of the three big lakes (Rosseau, Muskoka and Joseph) as well as Bala, the “Cranberry Capital of Canada”. It features attractions like the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery (including the cranberry marsh skating trail), Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail, the legendary Kee to Bala concert hall, golf courses, and several award-winning resorts and spas including JW Marriott The Rosseau, Windermere House, and the historic Sherwood Inn. Check out muskokatourism.ca for information on summer farmers markets, breweries, roasteries, art galleries and shopping!
Explore Lake of Bays
Located in the northeastern corner of Muskoka and only 200 kms from Toronto, this destination is great for day trips and adventures. Located very close to Algonquin Park, one does not need to search for experiences here! From hiking and camping in the park, to climbing the Dorset Fire Tower to view the fall colours, to exploring the crystal clear waters of Lake of Bays itself, the natural beauty of this area is a spectacular backdrop to year-round outdoor activities. Visit the famous Bigwin Island Golf Club or cruise the lake on the restored SS Bigwin steamship. The quaint town of Dorset features picturesque locks, unique shops, a health hub, and a new year-round full-service pharmacy.