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Welcome to one of Ontario’s most beloved four-season destinations – the Town of Huntsville, the Township of Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Provincial Park — a vast and wondrous playground that attracts tourists from every corner of the world. A place where people take life just a little bit easier, and maybe enjoy it just a bit differently than their big city cousins. Cover PHoTo • Herman Wong Photography ArT direCTioN & desigN dreams Becoming reality Marketing • 705-789-7135

contents Town of Huntsville - Fun With A Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Happy Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Huntsville Festival Of The Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Huntsville & Lake Of Bays Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 For The Love Of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Parks & Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 The Culture Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Of Squirrel Guards And Other Winged Predators . . . . . . . .20 Winter Fun In Huntsville & Lake Of Bays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Arrowhead Provincial Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

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For a complete list of supportive Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce members, visit www.huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca. every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this guide. if you have any questions, comments or would like to advertise in future publications, please contact the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.

Adventures In Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Thinking Of Relocating? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 For People Passionate About Algonquin Park . . . . . . . . . . .39 Where to Relax & Unwind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Diverse & Welcoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 For TourisM iNQuiries or iNForMATioN PLeAse CoNTACT:

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iMAgiNe A suN dAPPLed Muskoka day. A warm breeze carries soothing scents of mint, sweet grass, apple blossoms and fresh-baked scones on its gentle caress. You can hear bees buzzing about their business. A majestic monarch butterfly floats by; a lady bug alights for a moment before flying away home. You sit quietly, and see and hear summer song birds, a garden snake, a turtle, a really big ground hog, a shy fox, a bold doe.The sun is sparkling over the water of Cann Lake and you may even see a beaver wake. A red-winged blackbird takes flight from a bull rush with a flash of winged colour. A caterpillar munches lazily on a milkweed.The under scent of the forest foliage is sharp with the acrid scent of the inevitable pine. A piglet squeals its delight at being alive.You know that feeling. You are on the village green at Muskoka Heritage Place — an oasis of serenity fronting Cann Lake just minutes from the heart of downtown Huntsville. You look around at the hand-hewn squared log homes of early Muskoka pioneers and wonder. Those were huge trees! How did they fell them, square them, and arrange them with dove-tailed corners that remain square over 100 years later? How did they have the spirit

and resolve? You know they didn’t have any mechanical or steam engines in the bush. Most had only an axe. Few had an oxen or a horse. However did they manage? You know that not every day was warm and gentle. Hardship was part of daily life. How did they create the countless objects of art that celebrate their culture? When did they find the time? When did we lose it?



MAKE IT LAST OR DO WITHOUT.” if you take some time and investigate the many stories left as a legacy by early people from around these parts, you will soon discover some common themes. The original people here were generous and shared their knowledge. Many of the earliest newcomers would have perished without native knowledge of what was safe to eat in the forest and how to make sap into sweet life-sustaining maple syrup in the spring before the first berries appeared. settler pioneers also relied heavily on the unwritten and unbreakable social laws

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of survival: share with your neighbour. do not steal from your neighbour. Mind your own business. Many hands make light work. save something for the future. Barn-raisings go well with good food. Make some music. guests are sacred.The Pioneer Code: “use it up, wear it out; make it last or do without.” You ponder that at the dawn of confederation of the dominion of Canada in 1867 there were few laws, less enforcement, no income or property taxes, no organized social support or communication networks. No stores, no services, sparse neighbours, harsh wilderness. How did they manage? You look again at the regulation-sized 16-foot by 20-foot darling House circa 1868. it truly is a darling house and their name really was darling. You go inside and imagine the echoes of the large family raised in this small space. A woman in period costume tells you she never let the fire go out, that her nine children (9!) had many chores, including rolling used-up paper to make tapers, as storebought matches were 1 cent a package back then, much too dear for a darling in the bush with zero, zilch, nil cash income. The average annual family income in Muskoka was $300 in 1901. in today’s money, that equates to over $2 for a pack

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of matches on an annual income of under $7,000.You wonder about life without a match or a debit card. You can no longer remember it; your children can’t imagine it. A steam train whistle blows you out of your reverie and you follow the sound of clanging metal past the blacksmith shop to catch a ride on the open-aired train coach.You wonder exactly how many bums have polished the seat you are sitting on in over a century.You enjoy the Muskoka river waterfront and a flattened penny. You still remember what pennies are, but you wonder, will your grandchildren? Before leaving you revisit one of the two museums onsite with a whole new appreciation for what you are seeing.The gift shop is a welcome reprieve from the past, and they take debit! Muskoka Heritage Place is great way to spend any day, even a rainy one.You will be so grateful for things like hot showers, you and your family may remain semi-unplugged and yet totally connected for a while. Join us at Muskoka Heritage Place and just between us, although it all sounds like fun, we have to warn you, somebody could learn something. u

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oN THe TrAiL iN ALgoNQuiN Park. if you like to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the true outdoors while learning interesting facts about natural and cultural history, then come and enjoy one of the many Park trails offered to do just that in Algonquin Provincial Park. Whether you are out for a short day-hike, an overnight backpacking trip, on your bike, snowshoes or cross-country skis, there are many ways to experience Algonquin! iNTerPreTive TrAiLs The most popular and accessible of trails in Algonquin would be the 15 dayhiking interpretive trails along Highway 60. each one focuses on a unique aspect of Algonquin’s natural or cultural history. There is a trail to suit every interest and fitness level, from an easy 1.5 km boardwalk trail that introduces visitors to spruce bogs and wildlife typical of the north (spruce Bog Boardwalk, km 42.5), to a demanding 10 km hike up a high ridge that provides a breathtaking view over some of Algonquin’s lakes and forests (Centennial ridges, km 37.6). All the interpretive walking trails vary in length and are a scenic 30 – 70 minute drive from Huntsville. For those wishing to explore other areas of the Park further, there are interpretive trails on the North and east sides of Algonquin Park.

BACKPACKiNg TrAiLs For more adventurous hikers, Algonquin has three impressive networks of backpacking trails, with loops that range from 6 km to 88 km in length. overnight backpacking trips provide a new appreciation for the backcountry of Algonquin Park.You will complete your backpacking trip with a sense of satisfaction and you will cherish the memories of the wilderness that you encountered on the trail.



THE BACKCOUNTRY OF ALGONQUIN PARK.” BiKe TrAiLs if you’d rather ride than walk then don’t forget your bike! Whether you enjoy a technical challenge on your mountain bike, or prefer to stick to more leisurely trails with the family, Algonquin has a bike trail to suit you. The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail has four challenging loops (4.7 – 23.4 km in length) that will take 1-3 hours to ride, and will bring you through hardwood forests and beside lakes in the Park’s largest wilderness zone. if you prefer a more relaxing ride, then be sure to visit the old railway Bike Trail,

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accessible from Mew Lake, Kearney Lake, Pog Lake and rock Lake and Coon Lake Campgrounds. it stretches for 16 km (one-way) from Cache Lake to rock Lake along the bed of the old ottawa-ArnpriorParry sound rail line; this trail gives the rider a chance to explore, through wayside exhibits, the history of the rail line and a different era in Algonquin. WiNTer TrAiLs Algonquin’s three excellent cross-country ski trail networks provide an opportunity to visit at a beautiful time of the year.The winter is a great time to see wildlife, or at least the tracks that they have left behind. The Fen Lake ski Trail – a groomed trail network that explores old hardwood forests typical of the west side of Algonquin – is located just inside the Park at the West gate (about 30 minutes from Huntsville) and has loops that range from easy to more difficult (1.1 – 12.9 km). in the winter, the Minnesing Bicycle Trail becomes a wilderness ski Trail (ungroomed), offering the skier a chance to explore the Park’s winter wonderland. The Leaf Lake ski Trail offers a wide range of options and the Pinetree Loop ranks highly amongst the premiere ski trails in southern ontario for the experienced skier. on a clear day, the lookouts on this loop provide a view of more than 15 km.

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Another winter activity that many people enjoy in Algonquin is snowshoeing. Many of our regular interpretive trails as well as the Minnesing bike trail are available for snowshoeing. Always remember to keep track of the time as it gets darker much earlier in the winter.

ATTrACTioNs Whether you stop by before or after your hiking adventure be sure to visit the Algonquin visitor Centre, the Algonquin Logging Museum or the Algonquin Art gallery. inside the visitor Centre (open daily) are world-class exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Park, a bookstore and nature shop, and an observation deck that has a tremendous view of a wild Algonquin landscape. Also, if you are looking for a shorter hike you can stroll along the fully accessible “Fire Tower Trail” that leads to a life size replica of a fire tower cupola where you can learn about Algonquin Park’s fire tower history. The Algonquin Art gallery is open seasonally, from June to october, and displays an Algonquin-inspired selection of works in the three wings of its gallery, as well as an outdoor gallery and a boutique. The Algonquin Logging Museum is a definite stop for anyone interested in the history of logging and displays a recreated camboose camp and an old steampowered machine called an “alligator” along an easy 1.3 km trail. No matter what trail you choose for your Algonquin adventure, whether on foot, by bike, skis or snowshoes you will be surrounded by the beauty that makes this place so special. it could be the sunrise over a misty lake, a glimpse of moose through the trees, the chorus of bird songs, or just the accomplishment you feel as you reach the end of a trail. Come and discover your favourite Algonquin trail! For more information on our trails, or if you have any questions about Algonquin Park please visit our website at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca. u

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twenty three years, the Huntsville Festival will once again present an eclectic mix of national and international calibre artists on the stage of Huntsville’s Algonquin Theatre, as well as indoor and outdoor venues throughout the community, during the very busy July and August summer season. recognized as the area’s premier multi-genre performing arts festival, the Huntsville Festival will not disappoint in their claim that they have something for every artistic taste. The Huntsville Jazz Festival, a ‘festival within a festival’ will return again in 2015, running from July 30 to August 2. Headlining opening night will be former Blood, sweat and Tears frontman david Clayton Thomas. still known for that distinctive voice and having written the majority of Bs&T’s major hits, this will be a special evening of great memories and excellent music. The next night the Toronto All star Big Band returns for another special evening of big band music. Featuring 30 young dynamic musicians and vocalists the group has been a Festival favourite at each of their previous concerts. expected, but not confirmed at press time, well known jazz vocalist Molly Johnson will return to the Algonquin and share her ‘Being Billy’ tribute honouring

the music of the late Billy Holiday. This year the Festival will present a ‘Canadian roots’ theme throughout the summer celebrating the core musical influences that helped shape the culture of our country. Buffy sainte-Marie will headline a concert that will mix aboriginal influences with the pop sounds that allowed her to break into the mainstream in the early 70’s. Acadian group vishten will educate and entertain with their French Acadian mix of folk songs.


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Country roots will be explored by western star Corb Lund and the Celtic roots from the east coast and Newfoundland will be showcased by the return of Alan doyle, who also happens to be the lead singer for Canadian supergroup great Big sea. other performers include Pavlo the ‘greek god of the guitar’, Leahy in song, the entertaining Lunch at Allens, featuring Murray McLauchlin, Marc Jordan, ian Thomas and Cindy Church, the vocal duo dala and folk favourites The good

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Lovelies. Nuit Blanche North returns on saturday, July 11 for its fifth year. in 2014 over 7,000 local residents and visitors of all ages crowded the Main street and Town dock to enjoy an eclectic mix of interactive art installations. running from 8pm until the wee hours of the morning, and with a 2015 theme of ‘Away We go’, this year’s event promises to have a number of surprises that can be enjoyed by the whole family. entertaining buskers will be returning and the very popular evening fire show is sure to thrill visitors once again. The always popular en Plein Air, a daylong outdoor visual arts fundraising event, and the interactive Arts splash children’s art and activity day return and families can enjoy the children’s series, at the Legion, co-presented with the Huntsville Public Library. our ‘Play Me’ piano in the theatre courtyard will return inviting you to tinkle the ivories in this unique open air setting. each year new activities are added to enhance the appeal of the Festival. if you plan to be in the area over July and August, visit our website for a current list of events! For tickets and information, contact the Box office at 705-789-4975, or visit www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca. u

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EVENTS Huntsville BIA

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For every season and reason, there’s a festival or special event going on somewhere in Huntsville, Lake of Bays or Algonquin Provincial Park. From loppets, winter carnivals, and maple syrup festivals, to fishing derbies to fabulous fall fairs and studio tours, there is always something to delight, excite and ignite the imagination of every member of your family!

DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE Concerts in the Park – Wednesday Evenings in July & August Canada Day Celebration – July Huntsville Festival of the Arts – July Midnight Madness – July Summer Sidewalk Adventure – August Antique, Classic & Custom Car Show – September Tiny Tots Hallowe’en Parade – October Huntsville Santa Claus Parade – November

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ATHLETIC & SPORTING EVENTS Huntsville Girls Hockey Association Tournament – January Dorset Launch 1000 Canoes – May Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour – May Dwight Outdoor Archery Tournament – May 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay & Community Celebration – June Band on the Run: 2015 Half Marathon – June The TriMuskokan – June Big East River X – June Ironman 70.3 – July Dorset Kids Fish Derby – July The Limberlost Challenge – July Rotary DockFest – July Port Sydney Muskoka Kids Triathlon – July Ironman Muskoka – August Lake of Bays Road Race – August Paddle for Fairvern – August Huntsville Muskoka Otters Junior A Season Opener – September Muskoka River X – September Running Scared 5km Zombie Run – October Under 18 Women’s National Hockey Championships – November

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WINTER CARNIVALS & PARADES Huntsville Santa Claus Parade – November Baysville Santa Claus Parade – December Port Sydney Winter Carnival – January Baysville Family Day Winterfest – February Dwight Winter Carnival & Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast – February Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival – February

WINTER FUN Muskoka Loppet, Arrowhead Park – January Winter Comedy Carnival – February Algonquin Park, Winter in the Wild Festival – February Kearney Dog Sled Races – February Family Fun Day – February Oxtongue Lake Fishing Derby – March


Banff Mountain Film Festival – January Huntsville Festival of the Arts Spring Play – April SS Bigwin Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise – June Long & Winding Dinner & Live It Getaway – June National Aboriginal Day – June Summer Solstice Art Tour – June Canada Day Celebrations in Baysville, Dorset, Dwight Huntsville & Oxtongue Lake – July Art Splash – July Dorset Heritage Day – July Muskoka Pride Week – July Huntsville Festival of the Arts – July Huntsville Jazz Festival – July/August Edge of the Woods Outdoor Theatre Festival – July Nuit Blanche North – July Baysville Walkabout Festival – July Dorset Art & Garden Tour – July en Plein Air Painting and Auction – July Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival - August Baysville Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show – August 100 Mile BBQ - August Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Tour Weekend – August Dorset Arts, Crafts & Antique Show – August Dwight Firefest – August Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour – September/October Huntsville Fall Fair – September Culture Days – September Group of Seven Walk, Oxtongue Lake – September Dorset Thanksgiving Arts, Crafts & Antique Show – October Muskoka Heritage Place Great Pumpkin Trail – October Light Up Dwight Night – November Shopping Night in Dwight – December



Huntsville – Thursdays Dwight – Tuesdays Baysville – Fridays Huntsville 100km Farm, Fresh & Homemade Market – Saturdays Dorset – Coming Soon THIS IS ONLY A SELECTION OF EVENTS IN OUR AREA. PLEASE VISIT WWW.HUNTSVILLEADVENTURES.COM FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH DETAILS.

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ALGONqUIN THEATRE 1-888-696-4255 u 705-789-4975 www.algonquintheatre.ca

705-789-1773 u www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca



705-789-4771 www.huntsvilleadventures.com

705-789-0788 www.huntsvillebowl.com



1-800-461-4393 u 705-789-6411 www.thedecadesshow.com

1-800-663-2787 u 705-788-2787 www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca






705-766-2814 www.dorsetheritagemuseum.ca


DYER MEMORIAL NATURE RESERVE Williamsport Road, Huntsville

ECHO VALLEY NATURE & BIKE TRAILS 705-635-2272 u www.lakeofbays.on.ca

Downtown Huntsville

ROTARY YOUTH PARK Skateboarding Park located in Huntsville at McCulley – Robertson Complex www.rotaryyouthpark.com

SIGNAL NORTH GALLERY 705-789-4771 www.huntsvilleartsociety.ca



705-767-2313 www.lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

MUSKOKA STEAMSHIPS 1-866-408-4795 u 705-687-6667, www.realmuskoka.com


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705-646-1266 u www.muskokabrewery.com

705-789-1400 www.groupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca

MUSEUM,VILLAGE, TRAIN 1-888-696-4255, 705-789-7576 www.muskokaheritageplace.org

1-800-263-5239 u 705-646-2628 www.ladymuskoka.com




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1-844-4-BIGWIN u www.ssbigwin.com

705-787-9787 www.sugarbushhill.com

TREETOP TREKKING 1-855-788-9009 u 705-788-9000 www.treetoptrekking.com

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For a more leisurely game, try one of Huntsville’s shorter courses. The Deerhurst Lakeside course is 18 holes spread throughout the resort’s massive footprint, featuring a mix of long, curved holes mixed with demanding par threes. Huntsville Downs is a local favourite, having existed since 1925. If you have a passion for golf, plan to vacation in Huntsville/Lake of Bays. You will not be disappointed. For courses throughout Muskoka, please visit www.golfmuskoka.com u

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first championship length course, and be challenged by dramatic elevation changes and rugged granite outcroppings. The Grandview Golf Club’s Mark O’Meara course combines spectacular views of Fairy Lake with narrow, treed fairways. You can also take a leisurely boat ride to historic Bigwin Island to play its Doug Carrick designed course. Spread across the whole of the island, with stunning views of Lake of Bays, challenging fairways are draped over the island’s undulating terrain finishing in greens protected by golden sand bunkers.

Bigwin Island Golf Club

Whether you are an avid golfer or you simply enjoy a tour around the links, no visit to Huntsville and Lake of Bays should be without a round or two at any of our amazing courses. The same imposing rock outcroppings and expansive lake vistas that have made Muskoka famous ensure that no two of our courses are the same. Looking for a professional level test of your game? Play a round at one of our three championship length courses. Try the Tom McBroom designed Deerhurst Highlands course, Muskoka’s

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GREAT PLACES TO GOLF BIGWIN ISLAND GOLF CLUB 1137 Old Hwy. 117, Baysville 1-800-840-4036 • 705-635-2582 www.bigwinisland.com

DEERHURST HIGHLANDS & DEERHURST LAKESIDE 1235 Deerhurst Dr., Huntsville 1-800-461-4393 • 705-789-6411 www.deerhurstresort.com

GRANDVIEW GOLF CLUB: MARK O’MEARA COURSE & GRANDVIEW INN COURSE 939 Hwy. 60, Huntsville 1-877-472-6388 • 705-789-4417 www.grandview.clublink.ca

HUNTSVILLE DOWNS GOLF 182 Golf Course Rd., Huntsville 705-789-1000 www.golfhuntsvilledowns.ca

NORTH GRANITE RIDGE GOLF CLUB 476 South Mary Lake Rd., Port Sydney 705-385-0808 www.northgraniteridge.com

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BEACHES DIVE INTO SUMMER! Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park have a wonderful selection of public beaches. The water is clear, clean and perfect for cooling off on a sizzling summer day. The long stretches of sandy beaches are ideal for strolling, throwing a Frisbee or soaking up the sunshine. Bring a lawn chair, umbrella and a good book and settle in for some serious relaxation. Pack a picnic, bring the water toys, load up the family and head out for an enjoyable day at one of our many public beaches.

There are a variety of locations to launch your kayak, canoe, or boat for a fun-filled day on the water. Huntsville has four lakes which connect via the Muskoka River, where you can swim, paddle and explore over 70 kilometres of scenery unique to this area. Lake of Bays is the largest lake in North Muskoka and is known around the world for its spectacular beauty. So go ahead and make a splash in Huntsville, Lake of Bays & Algonquin Park – it’s good for the soul! u




45 km East of Huntsville www.algonquinpark.on.ca

On the Muskoka River 3 km south of Huntsville on Brunel Rd., picnic area

11 km northeast of Huntsville on Williamsport Rd., off Muskoka Rd. 3, overlooks Big East River, public picnic area

ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK Muskoka Rd. 3 N., Huntsville



Camp Kitchen Rd., Huntsville Swimming and picnic area

Hunters Bay off Main St. W., Huntsville sandy beach and covered picnic area


On Park Dr., just off Brunel Rd., Huntsville, indoor swimming pool 705-789-6421


Just off Hwy. 35 in Dorset, family picnic area


Just off Hwy. 117 in Baysville, picnic area


Lake Vernon off Muskoka Rd. 2 in Huntsville, beach, swings, washrooms and picnic area

Lake of Bays on Dwight Beach Rd., excellent beach with picnic area

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On Forbes Hill Drive, just off Brunel Rd. Breathtaking panoramic views of Fairy Lake, Muskoka River and Downtown Huntsville with public picnic area

NORWAY POINT PARK Just off Old Hwy. 117 east of Baysville, swimming and picnic area

OXTONGUE RAPIDS PARK Just off Hwy. 60 east of Dwight, public picnic area

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PORT SYDNEY BEACH Mary Lake on Muskoka Rd. 10 in Port Sydney, sandy beach area Hwy. 60 at Oxtongue Lake area just before Algonquin Park, trails, public picnic area, dock, washrooms

RIVER MILL PARK Downtown Huntsville on the Muskoka River, children’s playground and picnic area

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TOWN DOCK PARK RIVERFRONT, CENTENNIAL & GRIST MILL PARKS Just off Hwy. 117 in Baysville, public picnic

TALLY-HO BEACH Peninsula Lake off Hwy. 60 in Hillside

River Mill Park

Downtown Huntsville on the Muskoka River

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CULTURE STATION HOME OF THE SIGNAL NORTH GALLERY HUNTSVILLE’S NEWEST cultural attraction is The Culture Station, located on Hunters Bay in the former CNR Train Station. A collaborative effort between the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, the Huntsville Art Society, the Huntsville Train Station Society and the Huntsville and Area Historical Society, The Culture Station brings new life to a significant piece of our community’s built heritage. Built by the Canadian National Railway in 1924, the building was the first stop for many travelers to the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area in the first half of the 20th century. The Baggage Room, which is now operated by the Huntsville Train Station Society, features

pictures and artifacts chronicling the history of the train station and rail travel in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Area. In Huntsville’s early days, the CNR train station was a hub of activity as visitors to the area would first arrive here before many would depart by steamship to adjoining lakes. The Culture Station builds on this tradition by continuing to be a “hub” of the community. The Culture Station is also home to the Signal North Gallery, a community art gallery run by the Huntsville Art Society that features work from local artists ranging from amateur to professional. The Huntsville Art Society strives to fill the Signal North Gallery with a variety of programming and

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exhibits that appeal to a wide range of audiences. From fantasy to nature, the exhibits and courses span a broad range of artistic subjects and themes. Generously provided and supported by the Town of Huntsville, the Culture Station also hosts meetings and other functions for a variety of local notfor-profit users who have a focus on culture. The space can accommodate a wide range of uses, and offers a unique venue which engages visitors in the local culture. For operating hours, please contact the Huntsville/lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce 705-789-4771 ext. 21. u

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IN THE WINTER, OUR FEEDERS attract a variety of small birds including woodpeckers, chickadees, redpolls, nuthatches and goldfinches. We try to limit the amount of seed that the squirrels get, with limited success. But one year nature provided the perfect squirrel guard: a barred owl spent several weeks perched on the feeder or close to it, staring intently at the ground below. No squirrels dared to show up, although interestingly, the chickadees were not at all deterred by the owl. Barred owls are common in Muskoka. As nocturnal predators, they are seen infrequently but they can often be heard hooting their distinctive call which sounds like “Who cooks for you – who cooks for you-all?” Try it! Sometimes they will call back. Their acute sense of hearing and eyesight enables them to hear mice even under the snow and they hunt by plunging from a perch (or a bird feeder!). Snowy owls and great gray owls are occasional winter visitors here in Muskoka when their food sources in northern Canada fail but they don’t nest here. Great horned owls and northern saw-whet owls nest here but are uncommon. Northern saw-whets are tiny migratory owls, standing about 20 cm or 6 inches tall. They are strictly

nocturnal, with activity beginning at late dusk. During the day, they depend on plumage for camouflage when roosting in foliage, usually close to the ground. They also use the "sit and wait" tactic to drop down onto mice, shrews or voles from low hunting perches.

The 6 species of forest-dwelling hawks that also inhabit Muskoka are divided into two broad groups: one group, called buteos, includes broadwinged hawks, red-shouldered hawks and red-tailed hawks. They are characterized by short stubby tails and long, wide wings useful for soaring on warm air currents. The prey utilized by these hawks include small mammals and the odd snake or frog, or even large insects. The other group, called accipiters, include northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, and sharpshinned hawk. These hawks have short

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rounded wings and long narrow tails which give them great agility allowing them to recklessly chase their prey (usually birds) through the trees. All our hawk species build nests of sticks, often high up in trees in sturdy crotches or on a main limb. These structures are valuable real estate because some species use the same nest year after year. Red-shouldered hawks are well-known for this; one pair used the same nest for more than 15 years. Their nests are large, sturdy structures built of pencil-sized sticks located in the main crotch of a hardwood tree. Broadwinged hawks, often seen sitting on roadside utility wires staring intently into the ditch for prey, build new nests every year. Some abandoned nests get secondary use by other birds who are happy to have used real estate! Fresh sprigs of green conifer twigs around the rim of a nest in the spring is an indicator that it is active. You may need binoculars to see this. Later in the season, evidence of use may include white downy feathers around the rim as well as lots of whitewash on the surrounding vegetation (the growing chicks relieve themselves by pointing their backsides over the edge of the nest). Female birds of prey are bigger than

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WINGED PREDATORS males (an adaptation that allows them to make use of a wider range of prey sizes). The males do most of the hunting while the female is incubating the eggs. Once the eggs hatch, both parents hunt to feed the hungry growing chicks. It takes 6 weeks for the young to grow to the point where they can fly

and they may hang around the nest for a few more weeks as they perfect their flying skills and learn to hunt themselves. Encounters with nesting birds of prey can be quite thrilling as some (like goshawks) are rather aggressive. I recall a forestry worker who did a “military belly crawl” as he was being dive-bombed by a pair of goshawks. All birds of prey are very sensitive to disturbance near their nests. If the nest area is disturbed during early courtship, they may abandon the site. Later in the breeding season, the chicks may get chilled or harmed by predators if the adults are scared away from the nest. So it wise to view a nest from as far away as possible and limit the amount of disturbance to just a few minutes. Since birds of prey are at the top of the food chain, they are viewed as excellent indicators of the health of natural ecosystems. They were among the first to indicate that pesticides were entering the food chain in damaging ways. Because many raptors depend on mature intact forest, they also are impacted by declining amounts of forest. There is a surprising biodiversity of birds of prey here in Muskoka in spite of our latitude and climate. Hopefully, readers of this article will be inspired to learn more about them, their conservation and the important role that they play in our world. The Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation) has been committed to nurturing, protecting and conserving our natural and cultural heritage for over 25 years. Visit www.muskokaconservancy.org or call 705-645-7393 to learn more about stewardship programs, protected properties, and educational outreach. You can help us conserve Muskoka’s environment: become a member, make a donation, leave a legacy. u

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WINTER FUN IN HUNTSVILLE & LAKE OF BAYS Bays and Algonquin Park are famous as summer destinations, winter adventures abound for outdoor enthusiasts. Many of your favourite summer activities have winter counterparts to get you outside year round. Do you love hiking? Many of our beloved trails are open in the winter for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Snowshoes offer the ability to traverse slopes or areas of deep snow that may not be accessible on skis. New, lightweight models are user-friendly for both kids and adults and make snowshoeing as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Whether on snowshoes or skis, there’s nothing quite like breaking a trail through fresh snow and feeling as though you’re headed somewhere that no human has ever been. Lack of foliage in the winter makes it easier to spot wildlife. Look for moose, deer, smaller mammals like red fox and pine martens, and winter-hardy birds like great gray owls, spruce grouse or gray jays. If mountain biking is more your thing, be sure to try a fat bike. The bike’s extra-wide tires offer amazing floatation on snow-packed trails and can take you where you’ve never biked before, such as our many frozen lakes. Local outfitters

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outdoor activities. Walk or ski along the shoreline to reveal surprising views, or take in a game of shinny or a leisurely skate. For a skating adventure of a different kind, take a trip to Arrowhead Provincial Park to experience the unique 1.5 kilometre skating trail as it winds its way through snow-covered trees. Ice fishing is an easily-accessible family

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activity for anglers and many summer species can also be caught in the winter. Frozen waterfalls and ice-covered cliffs become a new challenge for climbers who don’t mind sub-zero temperatures. There are many other activities that are unique to the winter months as well. Four-legged friends can join in the winter fun with skijoring, a Norwegian-inspired sport where a dog pulls a cross-country skier using harnesses and a rope. If you want to sit back, enjoy the scenery and let someone else do the work, outfitters and resorts who offer dog sledding or horse-drawn sleigh rides may be more your speed. To feel the exhilarating rush of wind on your cheeks, local ski hills offer family-friendly slopes for snowboarding and skiing or just grab a sled, find a hill and let gravity do its thing. Muskoka’s world-renowned natural scenery takes on new beauty when covered in snow and ice. A winter getaway in Huntsville/Lake of Bays can be invigorating or relaxing, action packed or laid back. With a myriad of activities to experience, the choice is yours.Whether you are an outdoor adventure lover or a family seeking fun outdoor activities, this is where lasting winter memories are made! u

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With 1,600 km of trails spread across Muskoka’s natural beauty, a snowmobile vacation to Huntsville/Lake of Bays is not to be missed. When our lakes freeze, you will experience endless vistas of treed shoreline and exposed granite faces. Inland, mature forests lead to scenic river crossings and deep valleys. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a multi-day excursion, our trails will challenge and amaze. With a large selection of trail-side accommodations, you can eat and sleep straight from your sled. You can visit Hill & Gully Snowmobile Club at www.hgrsnowmobileclub.ca or Du Ya Wanna Trail Riders at www.duyawanna.com to purchase trail permits and get up to date trails conditions. u

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the heart of Muskoka, hike or bicycle on trails that wander through maple forests and 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, snowshoe, or skate on an ice skating trail over one kilometre long!

Three short, quiet sandy beaches with change facilities back into birch groves. Beaches are shallow and great for kids.

EDUcATION Park staff offer guided hikes and children's programs twice a week. Amphitheatre programs two or three nights a week explain the park's natural and cultural history. In winter, Arrowhead Nordic ski club offer cross country ski instruction to kids and adults of all abilities.

FISHINg Mayflower Lake is stocked with brook trout. Arrowhead Lake is good for small mouth bass.

BOATINg Motorized boats (including electric motors) are prohibited on Arrowhead and Mayflower lakes. canoes are ideal for exploring the shorelines and viewing the wildlife of these lakes.

cYcLINg Arrowhead has two moderately challenging mountain bike trails — the five km Arrowhead Lake Trail and the three km Lookout Trail. Helmets are recommended.

WILDLIFE VIEWINg The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife typical of the canadian shield. Deer, moose, fox, racoon, skunk, chipmunks, beaver, lots of birds and even a wandering bear.

crOSS-cOUNTrY SKIINg The park grooms 28 km of track-set, cross-country ski trails and 11 km of skate skiing trails. Each trail is rated for difficulty and ranges from beginner to expert. You can rent both classic and skate skis at the fully stocked Park Pro Shop and buy other amenities such as waxes, gloves, clothing and hot chocolate too. If you want to challenge yourself, come out for the Muskoka Loppet. The event is hosted every January by the Arrowhead Nordic Ski club.

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For more information please visit www.arrowheadnordic.ca.

SNOWSHOEINg There are over 6km of marked snowshoe trails. Travel along Mayflower Lake or stomp your way to Stubb's Falls. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Park Pro Shop.

SKATINg go for a skate through the forest on the new 1.3 km skating trail loop! Enjoy our “Fire and Ice Nights” when the trail will be lit up with over 100 tiki torches at dusk. Two campfire rest stops are provided and skates are available to rent for the whole family! Afterwards, unwind at one of our two heated warm-up shelters or gather around the open fire at the tubing hill.

gETTINg HErE 7 kilometres north of Huntsville off Hwy. 11. Exit 226, turn right to Arrowhead Park road. Please note all vehicles entering the park must obtain and display a valid park permit. For more information contact 705-789-5105 or visit online at www.ontarioparks.com. u

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Lake of Bays on a majestic wooden steamship. There was a time in the early 1900’s when the world’s elite travelled to Muskoka for this summertime experience. For 45 years, the SS Bigwin served as a ferry on Lake of Bays for the famous Bigwin Island resort, carrying guests such as clark gable, Louis Armstrong,Winston churchill, greta garbo and many other celebrities. It is now the last remaining steamship of the original fleet, and due to massive fundraising efforts, it has been meticulously restored for all to enjoy! 2014 marked the first full season of public and private cruises. The SS Bigwin once again sails across the smooth waters of beautiful Lake of Bays, this time carrying cottagers, locals and tourists alike. This 32-passenger vessel offers regularly scheduled public cruises from June to October. Before the cruise, passengers can grab a bite to eat at the take-out restaurant next door, and explore marine heritage at the Lake of Bays Marine Museum where SS Bigwin merchandise is now available. Lake of Bays is a crystal clear pristine lake in Muskoka just minutes from Algonquin Park and on the border of Haliburton Highlands. The lake’s rugged shoreline offers dramatic views unmatched in Muskoka.The SS Bigwin’s home port is the small hamlet of Dorset which offers many attractions to visitors, stunning waterfront views, access to hiking, the popular Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, arts, crafts, shopping and much more. The SS Bigwin is owned by the Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society, a registered charity and not for profit organization established to promote public interest in the marine and navigational heritage of the Lake of Bays region. At 66’ in length, 6’ in depth and a registered weight of 25 tons, the SS Bigwin is currently powered by an efficient and environmentally friendly electric motor that is plugged in at the dock to recharge at night; similar to an electric car. The SS Bigwin is the perfect venue for your celebration! Private cruises can be booked for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, corporate functions, and so much more. The 2015 season will include new cruise offerings, special events and experiential cruises offered from multiple locations on Lake of Bays. Stay tuned to our website for more details as they become available! u www.ssbigwin.com | info@ssbigwin.com | 1-844-4-BIGWIN

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LAKE OF BAYS around Lake of Bays, Muskoka’s second largest lake, to experience natural wonders, breathtaking views and both heritage and cultural destinations. Along the corridors to Algonquin Park you will find dozens of unique cottage resorts, quaint lodges and charming B&Bs which offer accommodations for all tastes and budgets. The three hamlets of Baysville, Dorset and Dwight offer fantastic shopping, annual events, weekly Farmers’ Markets, delectable eats and unique attractions — great for a day trip, weekend or week-long adventure! Originally a summer playground attracting cottagers from near and far, this area is also a sparkling white wonderland for winter sports enthusiasts and snowmobilers. February is Winter carnival month in Lake of Bays when each village hosts a unique festival.

famous Muskoka river and provides artists’ studios, a community centre and arena, restaurants and a craft brewery. Throughout the summer the village hosts many special events including their annual Walkabout Festival, Arts and crafts Festival and a Farmers’ Market on Fridays. Baysville is home to a number of the group of Seven Outdoor gallery murals which can be spotted around the village. Back in the day, the world-famous Bigwin Inn featured famous entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and count


Arrive by boat or by car at a charming waterfront with public docks, picturesque falls, and a walking trail wending its way through the village's quaint shops, where everything from antiques to ice cream can be had. Baysville surrounds the inlet to the 26 2015/16 VISITOrS gUIDE • huntsvilleadventures.com

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Basie and catered to gatsby-era Hollywood stars and celebrities.The inn has been refurbished and Bigwin Island now boasts one of canada’s greatest golf courses with breathtaking vistas. Many travelers have passed through this historic charmer throughout the decades and always remember the warm atmosphere and villager’s hospitality. For more information about Baysville visit: www.baysvilleontario.com


Downtown Dorset’s single lane, humped-back bridge spans ‘the Narrows’ channel between Big and Little Trading Bays and has the village's only traffic lights. While downtown, be sure to visit the inviting shops, restaurants and Lake of Bays Marine Museum or catch a cruise across the smooth waters of beautiful Lake of Bays on the SS Bigwin. This 32-passenger historical steamship was rescued from the bottom of the lake and took many years of hard work to refurbish. It now offers regularly-scheduled public cruises from June to October and is available to rent for private functions. Dorset is surrounded by lush mixed forests that are dotted with dozens of smaller, pristine lakes. Dorset Lookout

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Tower, a retired fire lookout, provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the landscape that has inspired generations of writers, painters and dreamers with its natural beauty.You can visit the local studios of contemporary artists and artisans. The Dorset Heritage Museum is a must-see for visitors who want to learn more about Dorset's fascinating history that includes a Hudson Bay outpost and log chute. Pick up a free Heritage Walking Tour booklet for a self-guided, informative stroll through this charming community. We invite you to experience it for yourself! For more information visit: www.dorsetcanada.com.

grocery. Beyond the beach area, visitors will discover many more restaurants, bakeries, eclectic stores, galleries, an outdoor rink, and Oxtongue rapids Park that offers picnic sites and a trail along this dramatic stretch of the Oxtongue river. Slightly further east, and just outside the west gate of Algonquin Park, ragged Falls in Oxtongue Lake is one of the top 10 waterfalls in Ontario. It is accessible by car with available parking and marked hiking areas to explore. On the west side of Dwight, Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails has over 3.5 km of trails with varying degrees of difficulty for hikers, bikers and snowshoers. The park is approximately 24 hectares (60 acres). A viewing guide and three on-site kiosks enhance the experience. Nearby Limberlost road offers great hiking and an unforgettable artistic experience with The Artists of the Limberlost Summer Studio Tour in August. come back in late September to enjoy the spectacular fall colours and their two-weekend Fall Studio tour. Visitors here will not find it difficult to find a place to stay and with so much wonderful nature-viewing in the area, they won’t be at a loss for things to do and new places to discover. For more information visit: www.lakeofbayscanada.com. The Lake of Bays scenic loop drive is a tour that you can take over and over and discover something new each time. Public libraries in each village have free high speed internet for public use if you want to share your memories right away… and feel free to share your experiences and pictures with us – we would love to hear your feedback! Enjoy your ride…u

Dwight sits on the north shore of Lake of Bays and boasts one of Muskoka’s finest and largest sandy beaches. Dwight Beach features picnic tables, a lovely dock and public boat launch.Visitors can sunbathe or take to the lake to swim, boat and fish. In the winter, this same beach hosts snowmobiling and ice fishing. Within walking distance of the beach you will find charming shops, a Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, eateries and

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V I S I TO R S TO M U S KO K A , anytime between May to September, might round a corner in their car to see hundreds of cyclists streaming towards them, hunched over their handlebars peddling as hard as they can. Or, they might be held up briefly at an intersection while a large group of runners cross over in front of them.They could be enjoying a picnic in a local park and look out to see hundreds of swimmers racing down the river towards them. Who are these people and what are they doing?

That is when people realize that they are visiting one of the premier endurance sport destinations in Canada. During weekends in the spring through to the fall, there are numerous running, cycling, triathlon, and duathlon races being held in Huntsville and Lake of Bays, and it is highly likely that you will experience one of the above scenarios. And, if you are traveling in the area midweek you will almost surely see individual or small groups of cyclists or runners out training on the roadways and on the trails. With a natural playground for endurance sport training, and having a complement of over ten different endurance races in Huntsville and Lake of Bays, the area can reasonably lay claim to being the premier location for endurance sport in Canada, if not the world. It has hosted national and world championships, World Cup events and is host of both the Ironman 70.3 (July 5th) and a full Ironman (August 30th). Nowhere else in North America can make a similar claim.Why is the area so

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popular for hosting endurance sports, such as triathlons? Part of the reason is the physical geography. Muskoka has hundreds of lakes and rivers with clean, warm water for the swimming leg of the triathlon. Being cottage country there are hundreds of miles of cottage roads that are tree lined and have relatively little automobile traffic on them — ideal for bike training and racing. And since Muskoka sits on top of the Canadian Shield these roads twist and turn, rise and fall creating a roller coaster-like bike course that is very challenging, interesting and sometimes downright thrilling. These same hills make for challenging run courses. A Muskoka triathlon endows major bragging rights on a triathlete who completes the course. A Muskoka race T-shirt is worn with pride. Craig Alexander of Australia, the World IRONMAN and 70.3 Champion says, “This course [the Huntsville course] should be the World Championship course”.

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This same physical geography – the lakes and rivers, the forests, the granite outcroppings, the hills and valleys – combine to produce a very beautiful physical environment that can take some of the sting out of the grueling physical effort required to do a triathlon. "The natural beauty offers a wonderful distraction from my screaming muscles" says Chris King from Buffalo NY. Why not plan your visit to Huntsville and Lake of Bays to experience one of these events, as a spectator or competitor! Come back to Huntsville Lake of bays for your next race-cation! u

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TeMPT YOUR TASTe BUDS here in Huntsville, Lake of Bays & Algonquin Park! There are many culinary experiences to choose from in our area. From chocolate treats, to coffee shops, cafés, pubs overlooking the water and fine dining. Roadside cafés, markets and pubs to savour sophisticated fare, you will

find homegrown, local flavor for every taste bud in our communities. Wine and dine on the water’s edge, in magnificent resorts and inns or in bustling street side restaurants and patios where there is plenty to savour. With over 50 dining establishments in Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Algonquin

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Provincial Park to choose from – you are certain to find a culinary delight to fit your budget and curiosity. Traveling with the kids? Little ones will delight in our pizzerias, breakfast diners or ice cream parlours. The last one usually does the trick after a long car trip! u

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CELEBRATING FROM 2012-2017 HUNTSVILLe is celebrating the life and work of Tom Thomson. It was in 1913 that Thomson decided to dedicate his life to becoming a full-time artist. This decision was spurred by the sale of his painting Northern Lake. Displayed at the 41st Annual exhibition of The Ontario Society of Artists, Northern Lake was purchased by the Ontario government for $250.00, which was a significant amount at the time. That summer, Tom took a leave of absence from his job and went on a northern sketching trip. He tried his hand at being a fire ranger in the Timmins area, but this left him with little time for his art. By mid-summer he was back at Canoe Lake in Algonquin

Park, doing what he liked best: taking long canoe trips and sketching his way through the wilderness. Tom stayed in the Park painting at various sites and locations through November. He passed “THIS MEETING WITH JACKSON



through Huntsville on his return trip, likely to visit with his friend Dr. McRuer, or to see the Trainor family, in particular their daughter Winnifred. The Trainors cottaged on Canoe Lake and lived at 11

Centre St. in Huntsville, the home of our mural of Thomsons’ painting The Canoe. Upon returning to Toronto he was introduced to the artist A.Y. Jackson, at a friend’s studio.This meeting with Jackson would create a lasting friendship and have a powerful effect on Thomsons’ development as an artist. Soon they were to work in the same studio space, where A.Y. Jackson shared his experience in art and art movements. This prompted Tom to create and explore different techniques and ideas. The resulting innovations changed the landscape of Canada’s art culture and the nation’s acceptance of modern art. u

From 2012-2017, we invite you to join Huntsville’s celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Tom Thomson’s life in our area. Throughout this five year celebration, different organizations from throughout the community will be hosting events, workshops, and exhibits. For further information and updates please visit www.huntsvilleadventures.com and look for the following Tom Thomson seal. huntsvilleadventures.com • 2015/16 VISITORS gUIDe 35

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IN SHOPPING HUNTSVILLE, LAKE OF BAYS & Algonquin Park offer a shopping experience you’ll not soon forget. Dock your boat at the Town Docks or come by car and park for free throughout Huntsville’s downtown core.Take a stroll down our tree-lined streets to find over 120 unique boutiques, shops and services. Huntsville is home to the only indoor mall in Muskoka, featuring more than 20 shops & services. Huntsville’s Commerce Park, located at Centre St. and Hwy 60, is home to a variety of businesses and grocers. You will be surprised at the variety of merchandise available and the hidden treasures to be found! If it’s delicious food you crave, Huntsville, Lake of Bays & Algonquin Park have an incredible array of restaurants, pubs and cafés sure to satisfy your hunger and delight your palate. Huntsville’s downtown merchants host a number of unique shopping events all year-round. You can visit their website at DowntownHuntsvilleAdventures.com and plan to attend.

No trip is complete without experiencing our Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery. Tom Thomson's images of the north have always been deeply representative of Algonquin Park and the

Huntsville area. In celebration of the Group of Seven and Thomson's contribution to our heritage, some of the best-loved paintings of the Group of Seven have been replicated by mural artists and displayed on our downtown shops and services. Come enjoy the over 90 breath-taking murals sprinkled throughout Huntsville and surrounding area. Watch, interact with the artists, and experience art in the making as Canadian

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artists gather to create amazing new murals during our Annual Group of Seven Mural Festival in July. Express your inner artist by trying your hand in our annual ‘Add Your Brush Stroke’ Community Mural. For more information visit the www.groupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca for more details. Plan a leisurely drive to Baysville, and tour the local brewery and browse the quaint businesses located in the area. Travel further to Dorset and experience the gorgeous views from the Dorset fire tower. Be sure to visit Robinson’s General Store – voted Canada’s Best Country Store. Dwight features lovely cafés, a world class canoe builder and cottage and home decor to keep your cottage dreams alive. If you are looking for local and Canadian art, visit the Oxtongue Craft Cabin for an exquisite selection of original art and fine crafts. Huntsville and Lake of Bays hosts a vast selection of artist studios available for tours and shopping. Try the Shutterbug Gallery for fine photography or experience the Artists of the Limberlost

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studio tour. If you are visiting to enjoy some outdoor adventures, be sure to visit one of our many area outfitters such as Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville’s downtown or Algonquin Bound Outfitters in Dwight. Let them provide all the gear you will need on your next adventure in our rugged and scenic landscape. Ladies — get your mother, daughters, aunts, and girlfriends together for the Annual Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend in downtown Huntsville on November 13-15, 2015. For one unique weekend a year, Huntsville pulls out all the stops for you – special adventures in shopping and discounts, pampering, live entertainment and culinary delights await all girlfriends in Huntsville! For a complete directory of our retail chamber members please visit www.huntsvilleadventures.ca. u

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RELOCATING? A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF SMALL town charm and big city amenities, Huntsville/Lake of Bays is a destination that provides limitless opportunities for anyone who wants to enjoy the classic Muskoka lifestyle all year long. With state-of-the-art facilities such as The Canada Summit Centre, host to the 2010 G8 Convention, the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment and the Algonquin Theatre, there is no need to travel for business or entertainment. As one of the fastest growing communities in Muskoka, a generous portion of Huntsville’s overall economy focuses on our four-season tourism industry. However, we have a burgeoning technology sector including renewable resource technology and an animation studio. In order for our community to continue to grow, new business investment is a local priority.

ASSISTANCE IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE Whether you want to start your own business, relocate or expand your existing company, or even start a new career, assistance is always available. The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource, and will provide all the contact information that you will need to make your goals a reality. Packages are also available for relocators. A SENSE OF COMMUNITY PRIDE One of the first things people notice about our community is a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves as a place where everyone’s interests are taken seriously, and where residents work together for a sustainable future. The area boasts an incredible range of activities and a network of organizations and clubs that outstrips most communities of this size. Huntsville and Lake of Bays have hosted many provincial and national level sporting events such 38 2015/16 VISITORS GUIDE • huntsvilleadventures.com

as the 2010 Ontario Winter Games and the 2013 Canadian Masters Ski Championships. The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Sport Council assists and advocates for our vast array of sport organizations. We are also proud to be the home of Dara Howell, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medallist! Huntsville/Lake of Bays is also justifiably proud of its educational system.There are six public elementary schools and a catholic elementary school, Huntsville High School and 3 private schools: Muskoka Montessori School, Rosseau Lake College and Tawingo College. Post secondary institutions locally include Waterloo University’s Huntsville research facility while Georgian College and Nipissing University have campuses only 30 minutes away. Equally important, our area is well-served with physicians and hospitals. Huntsville/Lake of Bays is included in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. For more information about relocating in Huntsville/Lake of Bays, visit our website at www.huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca. u

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PARK The Friends of Algonquin Park is a non-profit, registered charity made up of individuals who are passionate about enhancing the appreciation of Algonquin Park through the delivery of educational programs, activities and events. This dedicated group has been enhancing the experience of Park visitors to this amazing place for over 30 years. Their passion supports numerous ongoing projects and events. It is with the support of many volunteers, donors and partners like you that we are able to continue providing quality Algonquin Park educational experiences. These include such

events as Loggers Day, which will take place on Saturday, July 26. Join us for a highly entertaining and educational day when the Algonquin Logging Museum comes to life with demonstrations around the Logging Museum trail. The musical group, the Wakami Wailers, will be returning to Algonquin Park for an appearance at Loggers Day on Saturday, July 26 and an open air concert on Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. The award winning Ontario-based group will get your toes tapping through a fun-filled evening of entertaining stories and songs from their popular releases – The Last of the White Pine Loggers,Waltz with the Woods, and River through the Pines. Meet the Researcher Day will be held on Thursday, July 31. Come and get an inside look at some of the topics and results of current research being conducted in Algonquin Park and meet some of the people doing the work. Includes a charity barbeque with proceeds supporting research in Algonquin Park. The Friends of Algonquin Park’s Experience Algonquin Workshop series is another way to experience the best of what Algonquin has to offer! For these workshops, expert instructors are brought in from communities around Algonquin Park to share their passion and expertise on a variety of recreational and natural history topics. As a participant, you will work closely with instructors in a small group setting, taking home new skills and knowledge, as well as field guides and tools needed to pursue your interest further. Custom programs such as the Group Education Program offers school, youth, and adult groups a wide variety of educational programs that allow them to discover Algonquin Park’s amazing natural and cultural history. All programs are delivered by highly qualified Park Naturalists. To learn more about these events, or for a complete listing of all the exciting activities and programs The Friends of Algonquin Park have to offer, visit our website at www.algonquinpark.on.ca. If you would like to share your passion for Algonquin Park by donating, volunteering or becoming a member, please visit www.algonquinpark.on.ca or call us at 613-637-2828. u huntsvilleadventures.com • 2015/16 VISITORS GUIDE 39

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would want to spend on your accommodations. Think of the services you want to enjoy while away and account for extra transportation costs if necessary. The area of Huntsville, Lake of Bays & Algonquin Park is dotted with a variety of accommodations, from family-operated lodges and resorts, cozy bed and breakfast homes, cottage rentals, and full amenity hotels and resorts. Outdoor enthusiasts relish the natural beauty of the many area campgrounds as they drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars. Contact the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce or visit our website www. huntsvilleadventures.com for a full list of accommodations in North Muskoka. u

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to Huntsville, Lake of Bays or Algonquin Park, be it for a vacation, a business trip or just to appease your adventurelust, there are a few key points to consider when deciding where to stay. Here are a few ideas to help: First, you must know the purpose of your trip.You may say it is something as general as a vacation or a business trip, but it is good to be more specific with what you want.You may be traveling on business, but you may also want to relax or explore the wonderful area of Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park. You may want a vacation, but do you want to try something adventurous or do you just want to relax at a spa? Deciding on these things will help you plan where to stay, and possibly save you time and money since you can choose

the right accommodation that can cater to all your needs. Draw up a budget table with possible projections on how much you

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Our historic resort has been welcoming guests for 125 years. At Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort we make it easy to relax and unwind with our commitment to old-fashioned warm hospitality. Escape it all with a romantic getaway for two, a cottage country family vacation or a retreat with colleagues to refocus and energize!

We look forward to seeing you this summer!



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HUNTSVILLE AND LAKE of Bays is a diverse and welcoming place to visit. The community boasts an outstanding array of cultural and culinary hotspots as well as several events that rival those from much larger destinations. If you are looking to check in and relax, a wide range of accommodation options vary from camping to luxury resorts with everything in between. Our close proximity to the world famous Algonquin Provincial Park gives you the opportunity to check out the scenery for a day or to venture out for several days of backcountry paddling. Muskoka Pride Community is a local, not for profit organization who works to increase awareness and create opportunities for the LGBT community through event promotions, community


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education and by fostering a safe environment for all. Since 2012, Muskoka has hosted several Pride celebrations, including Pride Week and a Pride Picnic. Events focus on promoting inclusivity in the community and are free and open for everyone to attend. In 2014, Muskoka area Chambers of Commerce teamed up to attend World Pride in Toronto. Through this event we helped spread the message of Muskoka being a diverse and welcoming location and were able to make a lot of new friends with those who stopped by to chat at our booth. We look forward to continuing to be a diverse and welcoming community in Huntsville/Lake of Bays. For more information please visit www.muskokapride.com. u

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NOVEMBER 13-15, 2015 LADIES, GET READY FOR AN incredible weekend – relax at the spa, indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy delectable food, exciting entertainment, and share laughs with your girlfriends! Mark your calendars and round up your best gal pals for the annual Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend, taking place November 13-15, 2015! This annual event, now in its ninth year, continues to get bigger and better every year! Featuring fashion, beauty, wellness, and great performances by artists like Pat Benatar, Amanda Marshall,

Jann Arden and Chantal Kreviazuk, the weekend continues to offer additional events and activities each year. Planning is well underway for 2015 and local accommodators will be offering fantastic packages for ladies traveling from out-oftown — be sure to check the website www.huntsvillegirlfriendsgetaway.com for all the exciting details as they happen! Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend is the perfect opportunity for women to relax and reconnect with old friends, share a glass of wine, and reminisce about the past. Spend the day exploring our

downtown shops and all the amazing & unique items each has to offer. This is a chance to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul with good food, great friends, and unforgettable entertainment! So ladies, leave your husband and kids behind for a few days and start planning your getaway to Huntsville and Lake of Bays — you deserve a few days of pampering and Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend is just what the doctor ordered! u


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Plan Your Adventure! Delightful Shops & Services • Cafés and Haute Cuisine Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery • Downtown Waterfront 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay Band On The Run LIVE IT! The Long and Winding Dinner Canada Day Celebration Rotary DockFest 70.3 Ironman Nuit Blanche North Midnight Madness En Plein Air & Live Auction Summer Sidewalk Sale Art on the Edge Ironman Muskoka (Full) Shades of Autumn Car Show Tiny Tots Halloween Parade Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend Santa Claus Parade Black Frid“eh”

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DowntownHuntsvilleAdventures.ca Here you and your family will do, taste and try things you’ve never done before.

And it all starts downtown. . . We look forward to greeting you!

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