Huntsville has approximately 18,000 residents in the heart of Muskoka’s cottage country, and is a popular four-season family vacation destination. It is located 215 kilometres north of Toronto on the scenic Highway 11 and 130 kilometres south of North Bay. From there, Highway 11 continues north to become the Northern Route of the Trans-Canada in Ontario.
Huntsville is gateway to the Lake of Bays part of the Muskokas. Its historic Town Centre is surrounded by rural tracts of forest, 144 lakes in the municipality, and wetlands. Visitors can take in even more nature at Arrowhead Provincial Park is just to the north and world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park close by to the east.
Tourism has well-established restaurants, lodgings, commercial attractions, and support services. The Algonquin Theatre, as part of the Huntsville Civic Centre in downtown Huntsville, opened in 2005 with a 408-seat theatre aims to serve the arts, culture and entertainment of the area’s residents and visitors.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
451 Arrowhead Park Rd.
Huntsville, ON P1H 2J4
(6 km N of Huntvsille on Highway 11, or via Muskoka Road 3N)
Trails for hiking or biking wander through maple forests past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders’ farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes, and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, are ideal for paddling, fishing and swimming. Return in winter to ski on groomed trails, tube down a hill or skate on an outdoor rink.
Williamsport Rd, 11 km NE of town, via Hwy 11
Impression stone tower built by Detroit lawyer Clifton G Dyer to memorialize his wife. The memoiral sits on a flagstone terrace and is surrounded by gardens overlooking the East River. Open 24 hours,Admission free.
Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery & Self Guided Walking Tour
The art of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven has had a major impact on the Canadian art world in the early twentieth century, primarily by depicting the wilderness areas with their raw impressionistic brush strokes. Tom Thomson’s images of Ontario’s north were particularly focused on Algonquin Park and the Huntsville area. Thomson career was cut short by his mysterious and untimely death in 1917 at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, caused him not to be included in the “Group of Seven” though he was very much a creative inspiration to them.Some of the best-loved paintings of the Group of Seven have been reproduced as murals in Huntsville’s Historic Downtown business area.
“Jack Pine,” now hanging in Canada’s National Gallery, was the first mural at Main St. and Brunel Rd. facing Kent Park.
“Northern Lake” is at the Thoms & Currie offices at Main and Centre streets.
“West Wind” is at the new Civic Centre and Algonquin Theatre.
“Winter in the Northern Woods” is located at The Bookcase.
Heritage Carriage Tours
(705) 787-1770. Reservations are recommended
See beautiful Downtown Huntsville via horse-drawn carriage. Heritage Carriage Co. provide personalized and historically informative tours of Huntsville, and start in front of the new Algonquin Theatre and Civic Centre in Historic Downtown Huntsville. They run Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer months. The carriage can accommodate 4 adults & 2 children and all tours are private. For more information about
Huntsville Farmer’s Market
407 Ravenscliffe Rd, Huntsville, ON
(Canadian Tire parking lot in Huntsville.)
Every Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm
Thursdays, 9am – 2pm. May 21 – October 8, 2020
Muskoka Heritage Place
88 Brunel Road
(1 km from historic downtown Huntsville)
Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1R1
(705) 789-7576 Fax: (705) 789-6169
Muskoka Heritage Place is the home of Muskoka Pioneer Village and the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway. Visit a turn-of-the-20th-century Muskoka museum incorporating a 90 acre outdoor site including Cann Lake and nature trails. Experience life in the late 1800s in genuine Huntsville area settlement dwellings and costumed narrators. Features include a genuine pioneer village, a working 1902 Steam Train (The Portage Flyer), a First Nation’s exhibit, 2 museums, authentic demonstrations, farm animals and gardens, nature walk and trails. Muskoka Heritage Place is the proud home of the beautifully restored Portage Flyer steam train along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake. Open Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving Day weekend. Village is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The train runs Tuesdays through Saturdays in July and August, subject to availability. Allow 2 hours minimum. Admission + Cost of Train ride
Town Dock Boat Tours
294 Swallowdale Rd Huntsville, ON P1H 2J6
Huntsville Town Dock
Town Dock Boat Tours operates The Muskoka Princess since 1998, Gord has been running the tours on the Muskoka River and also run in and out of nearby lakes Fairy and Peninsula. See the spectacular homes and resorts that line the shore. Tours commence June 13th daily with 2 pm cruises and 7 pm sunset cruises, leaving from the. Tickets, available at Navigation Co. Restaurant.