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VISITORS GUIDE • 2011/2012

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Kelly Holinshead

HUNTSVILLE/LAKE

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 PHOTOS Terri Rilling Kelly Holinshead Algonquin Provincial Park

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Tour of Lake of Bays Hamlets Happy Trails Festivals Events Golf Beaches Skiing Business•Relocation Snowmobiling Accessibility Things You Didn’t Know About the G8 An Events Tourism Community Attractions Shop ‘til You Drop Dining The Dyer Memorial Nature Reserve Year of the Forests Where to Stay

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A TOUR Of THE LAKE Of BAYS HAMLETS Enjoy a scenic loop drive with plenty of great experiences and attractions around Lake of Bays! If you like to browse, these 3 hamlets have fantastic shopping in unique settings - great for a day trip - enjoy lunch or libations along the way! Baysville: The community of Baysville is a small village of approximately 300 on Lake of Bays surrounding the inlet to the famous Muskoka River. The village welcomes tourists year round and provides a number of quaint shops and services of interest. The area hosts many cottages owned by celebrities who are often seen around the village and has a history of entertaining the rich and famous. The world famous Bigwin Inn has been completely refurbished and, back in the day, it hosted famous entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, as well as catering to the Gatsby-era of Hollywood stars and celebrities. Bigwin now has one of the country’s greatest golf courses with vistas on Lake of Bays that will not soon be forgotten. Baysville also has many points of heritage. There are a number of dedicated buildings that can’t be missed. The new bandstand park hosts free summer concerts and has many significant historic plaques that hold some of the original illustrations and secrets of the area. This new park can be accessed by Highway 117 or by boat on Lake of Bays and is equipped with a new set of public washrooms and a solar-lit dam that gives a wonderful display after dusk. Baysville is now also home to a number of mural recreations from the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery which can be spotted around the village and near the new Lake of Bays Brewing Company. Many travelers have passed through this historic charmer throughout the decades and have never forgotten the warm village atmosphere and hospitality of its locals. Be sure to visit Baysville during: Baysville Annual Garage Sale – April 30, 2011 Canada Day Fireworks – July 1, 2011 Baysville Curling Club Lobster Dinner – July 9, 2011 The Baysville Walkabout – July 23, 2011 Baysville Riverfront Arts & Crafts Festival – August 6-7, 2011 Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show – August 14, 2011 Santa Claus Parade – December 11, 2011 Baysville Luminaries Walk – December 24, 2011 For more information about Baysville visit: www.baysvilleontario.com

Dorset: Welcome to Dorset - A Community with a View. Dorset straddles the District of Muskoka and the County of Haliburton. Its landscape has inspired generations of writers, painters and dreamers with its natural beauty, massive forests, pristine lakes, nightly displays of Northern Lights and the call of the loons – all this, just two hours north of Toronto. The downtown section spans ‘the Narrows’ between Big and Little Trading Bays. Located at Highway 35 and the end of Muskoka Road 117, it is an easy and scenic drive from the Greater Toronto area and Algonquin Provincial Park is only a further thirty minutes drive northeast. Dorset is home to the world-famous Dorset Lookout Tower and the widely known Robinson’s General Store. The historic single lane humped-back bridge spans the channel between Big and Little Trading Bays and also boasts the village’s only traffic lights. This is a popular spot where Ontario snowmobile enthusiasts dare to run the open waters in winter. In 2010, the Bigwin Steamship was re-launched on her 100th Anniversary. Many years and much hard work were needed to rebuild this beautiful lake steamer, which departs from the town docks in Dorset. The Dorset Heritage Museum is a must-see for all visitors wanting to learn more about Dorset’s ever-changing history. Pick up a free Heritage Walking Tour booklet for a lovely stroll visiting various sites throughout this charming community. The vast areas surrounding Dorset are dotted with dozens of smaller, pristine lakes. Lush mixed forests and spectacular rock out-croppings complete the breathtaking scenery. We invite you to experience it for yourself! Be sure to visit Dorset during: The Dorset Poker Rally – February Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival – February Firemen Fireworks Display on Trading Bay – July 2, 2011 Heritage Days – July 9, 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting – December 24, 2011 For more information about Dorset visit: www.dorsetcanada.com ...Continued on page 33

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On the trail in Algonquin Park

Take a deep breath – stop and listen for the wild sounds amongst the trees, look out over a forest canopy or learn an interesting fact about ecology. You are on one of the many trails in Algonquin Provincial Park and whether you are out for a short day-hike, an overnight backpacking trip, on your bike, or with cross-country skis, these are among the best ways to experience Algonquin!

Interpretive trails

For the more adventurous hikers, Algonquin has three impressive networks of backpacking trails, with loops that range from 6 km to 88 km in length.

Perhaps the most popular and accessible of trails in Algonquin would be the interpretive trails scattered 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 the visitor to spruce bogs and wildlife typical of the north (Spruce Bog Boardwalk), to a demanding 10 km hike up a high ridge that affords an excellent view over some of Algonquin’s lakes and forests (Centennial Ridges). Other interpretive trails vary in length and include: Whiskey Rapids (2.1 km), Hardwood Lookout (0.8 km), Mizzy Lake (11 km), Peck Lake (1.9 km), Track and Tower (7.7 km), Hemlock Bluff (3.5 km), Bat Lake (5.6 km), Two Rivers (2.1 km), Lookout (1.9 km), Big Pines (2.9 km), and Booth’s Rock (5.1 km). All of these trails are a scenic 30-70 minute drive from Huntsville. For those wishing to explore the Park further, there are also interpretive trails on the North and East sides of Algonquin Park: Barron Canyon (1.5 km), Berm Lake (4.5 km), and Brent Crater (2 km).

Backpacking trails

For the more adventurous hikers, Algonquin has three impressive networks of backpacking trails, with loops that range from 6 km to 88 km in length. Overnight or multiple night backpacking trips will give a new appreciation for getting ‘into the bush.’ As your trip ends, you will emerge at the trailhead feeling the satisfaction of finishing your trek and relishing the memories of wilderness that you encountered on the trail.

Lorren Cross

Bicycle trails

Galeairy Lake, Algonquin Park

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When you come to Algonquin, don’t forget your bike! Whether you are looking for a technical challenge on your mountain bike, or prefer to stick to more leisurely trails with the family, Algonquin has a bike trail for 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 are with your family, or just prefer a more relaxing ride, then be sure to visit the Old Railway Bike Trail, accessible from Mew Lake Campground, Pog Lake Campground and Rock Lake Campground. Stretching for 10 km (one-way) along the bed of the old Ottawa-Arnprior-Parry 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. Remember to ride safely, be mindful of others on the trail and enjoy the scenery!

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Fen Lake Ski Trail, Algonquin Park

Lorren Cross

Lorren Cross

Beaver Pond Trail, Algonquin Park

Sawyer Lake (Interior Campsite) Algonquin Park

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Ski trails

Possibly one of the most beautiful and rewarding times of the year to visit the Park would be after a fresh snowfall, with blue skies and the crisp winter air against your face. Algonquin’s three excellent cross-country ski trail networks allow you to experience just this. The winter also has to be one of the better times of the year 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 this winter wonderland. The Leaf Lake Ski Trail offers a wide range of options and its 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.

Attractions

A visit to Algonquin – whether to get ready for a hike or to relax after finishing one of our trails – is not complete without seeing the Algonquin Visitor Centre, the Algonquin Logging Museum or the Algonquin Art Gallery. Inside the Visitor Centre are world-class exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the park, a bookstore and gift shop, and an observation deck that has a tremendous view of a wild Algonquin landscape. 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 steam-powered machine called an “alligator” along an easy 1.3 km trail. As you finish hiking, skiing, or biking a trail in Algonquin Park, you will be reminded of what makes this landscape special. It could have been the sunrise over a misty lake, a glimpse of moose through the trees, the chorus of bird songs, or just the sense of accomplishment that you feel as you reach the end of a trail. Come and discover your favourite Algonquin trail! HUNTSVILLEADVENTURES.COM • 2011/12 VISITORS GUIDE

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Northern Lights Steel Orchestra

Join us september 22nd to 24th At the Algonquin theAtre, huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE fESTIVAL TO ‘CELEBRATE THE STREET’ IN 2011 By Rob Saunders The Huntsville Festival of the Arts is a year-round celebration of the performing arts, with an emphasis in the summer months of July and August. From its early beginnings the Festival has grown and diversified to present artistic offerings in the fields of jazz, pop, choral, Celtic, country, orchestral and classical music, as well as theatre, written word, poetry, and the visual arts.

Down Child Blues Band

Celebrating its nineteenth season in 2011, the Festival will continue to offer an array of exceptional main stage evening concerts at the 400 seat Algonquin Theatre. At time of writing, internationally recognized artists confirmed include country star George Canyon, former Bare Naked Ladies frontman Steven Page, jazz pianist Oliver Jones, blues legends The Downchild Blues Band, hometown new-age rocker Hawksley Workman and Serena Ryder. The Festival’s Speakers Series will feature Margaret Trudeau on the importance of finding life balance. Another special evening will feature aboriginal artist Arvel Bird. Bird hails from Arizona and combines Celtic fiddle music with native flute, drums and dance in a riveting evening of artistic expression. In addition to these great main stage offerings, there will be a renewed emphasis on community involvement in 2011. Over the past few seasons, open-air concerts have been used to feature both music and the arts. The tradition continues this year with our annual daytime jazz festival in River Mill Park, featuring a variety of programs over the

course of the weekend. The always popular En Plein Air, a visual arts fundraising event, will return in late July. Mark Saturday, July 9, 2011 on your calendars as the children’s Art Splash will once again be combined with the Arts Walk, a visual arts demonstration and sale. On the same day, the Festival welcomes back the Edge of the Woods Theatre Festival, featuring open-air fringe theatrical performances in downtown Huntsville. Later that night and into the early morning hours, enjoy the inaugural Nuit Blanche Nord, offering interactive multi-genre art installations at venues throughout the downtown core. The eclectic nature of the Festival, a source of pride for current president Bruce Gowan, offers patrons so much more in the way of entertainment. During weekdays in July, patrons can relax and enjoy Music at Noon, the half-hour lunchtime concert series at Trinity United Church, while families can enjoy the children’s series co-presented with the Huntsville Public Library. 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!

George Canyon

For tickets and information, contact the Box Office at 705-789-4975, email info@huntsvillefestival.on.ca or visit www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca.

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Art Splash – July Arts Walk – July Huntsville Festival of the Arts – July Huntsville Jazz Festival – July/August Edge of the Woods Outdoor Theatre Festival – July Baysville Walkabout Festival – July en Plein Air Painting and Auction – July Baysville Riverfront Arts & Crafts – August Baysville Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show – August Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Tour Weekend – August Huntsville Water Fest – August Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour – September/October Huntsville Fall Fair – September North Words Muskoka Literary Festival – September

Victoria Schwarzl

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’s always something to delight, excite and ignite the imagination of every member of your family.

Huntsville Fall Fair

National Pond Hockey Championships, Deerhurst

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships – January/February Ontario ParaSport Winter Games – February 2012 OFSAA Nordic Ski Championships – February 2012 Dudley Hewitt Cup – April 2011 Spin the Lakes Bike Tour – May Muskoka Triathlon – June Port Sydney Muskoka Kids Triathlon – July The Limberlost Challenge – July The Cottage Cup Exhibition Junior A Hockey Tournament – August Huntsville Muskoka Otters Junior A Season Opener – September Muskoka Ironman 70.3 – September Summer Sidewalk Adventure

Group of Seven Mural Festival – June/July Firefly Festival – July Summer Sidewalk Adventure – August Antique, Classic & Custom Car Show – September Film North – September Halloween Tiny Tots Parade – October Downtown Divas Fashion Show – November Algonquin Theatre – Year-Round

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Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend November 11-13, 2011

Kelly Holinshead

Muskoka Loppet, Arrowhead Park – January Algonquin Outfitters Winter Family Fun Day, Oxtongue Lake – February Kearney Dog Sled Races – February

Heather Douglas Muskoka Tourism

Open Spring until Fall Huntsville – Thursdays Baysville & Huntsville Commerce Park – Fridays

Trish Kruusmagi

Huntsville Santa Claus Parade – November Baysville Santa Claus Parade – December Port Sydney Winter Carnival – January Dwight Winter Carnival – February Dorset Snowball – February

en Plein Air – July 28, 2011

Margaret Atwood September 30, 2011

Don McCormick

Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

This is only a selection of events in our area. Visit www.huntsvilleadventures.com for a complete list of community events with details. HUNTSVILLEADVENTURES.COM • 2011/12 VISITORS GUIDE

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Kelly Holinshead

With its many must-play courses, a great game of golf is always in the bag in Huntsville and Lake of Bays. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just a beginner…

BIGwIN ISLAND GOLf CLUB 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 DIAMOND ‘IN THE RUff’ GOLf CLUB 1137 Old Parry Sound Rd., Raymond (705) 385-2222 www.diamondintheruff.ca DRIVING RANGE @ MARTIN’S fARM 250 Chub Lake Rd., Huntsville (705) 787-0505 GRANDVIEw GOLf CLUB: MARK O’MEARA COURSE & GRANDVIEw INN COURSE 939 Hwy. 60, Huntsville 1(877) 472-6388 (705) 789-4417 www.deltagrandview.com HUNTSVILLE DOwNS GOLf 182 Golf Course Rd., Huntsville (705) 789-1000 www.golfhuntsvilledowns.ca

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HIT THE LINKS IN MUSKOKA By Ian Blay, CPGA, ClubLink Regional Sales Manager, Corporate Events

Grandview’s Mark O’Meara Course, 17th Hole

Welcome to one of the most popular golfing destinations in North America. The region encompassing Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park is home not only to exquisite scenery and awesome hospitality, but also to some of Canada’s best golf courses. I should know – in 2003, I moved to Huntsville to oversee the golf tournament operations at Deerhurst Resort, one of the most renowned resorts in Eastern Canada. Five years later, I joined ClubLink, Canada’s largest golf course owner and operator. In this role, I oversee the charity and corporate golf tournament sales at eight ClubLink courses, three of which – Rocky Crest, Grandview and The Lake Joseph Club – are located in Muskoka. My time here has allowed me the opportunity of playing just about every course in the region and I must say it has been both a pleasure and a privilege. By working with tournament committees, charitable foundations, dignitaries, sports teams, and everyone else who hosts a golf tournament, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no better place to play than in

Muskoka. Golf tournaments are a wonderful way to raise money for worthwhile local causes, while playing a round that is memorable and enjoyable. Over the years, this region has played host to many tournaments. Grandview’s Mark O’Meara Course held the 2002 Telus Skins Game which saw the likes of Canada’s Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, and John Daly. That same year, Grandview was the site of the Canadian Tour’s Ontario Open. Huntsville’s Golf for Heart tournament has been a staple in the community, with the proceeds donated to the local chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The 8th annual tournament will take place August 8, 2011 at the O’Meara Course. Since 2008, Deerhurst Highlands has hosted The Good as Gold Open, a tournament supporting Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team. In 2010, the community got involved in a golf tournament to support the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary Foundation and the 2011 tournament is scheduled for August 22. With its quaint ferry ride from the mainland and amazing panoramic views,

Bigwin Island is a special experience. The club is playing host to the Chamber Classic Golf Tournament in June 2011. Next time you’re looking to get out for a round, try participating in a local charitable golf tournament. I promise you’ll have fun and it’s a wonderful feeling supporting a local cause. If your schedule won’t allow for the occasional tournament, then make sure you take the time to enjoy at least one round in this, one of Canada’s great golfing destinations. While many courses may not have the international profile of the ones I’ve mentioned, they are perfect for golfers of all ages and abilities. Check out Huntsville Downs, North Granite Ridge, Deerhurst Lakeside, Diamond in the Ruff and Grandview’s Inn Course. And if you’re looking to hit a few buckets of balls, stop by the Driving Range @ Martin’s Farm. No visit to this region is complete without at least one round of golf. Like I said, I should know! Ian Blay can be reached at iblay@clublink.ca or 905-841-7979.

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TAKE THE PLUNGE!

Camp Tawingo

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 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 take the plunge in Huntsville, Lake of Bays & Algonquin Park – it’s good for the soul!

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For a complete list of parks and beaches in our area see page 16.

Hutcheson Beach

Arrowhead Provincial Park

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ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK 45 km East of Huntsville (705) 633-5572 • www.algonquinpark.on.ca ARROwHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK Muskoka Rd. 3 N., Huntsville • (705) 789-5105 AVERY BEACH Hunters Bay off Main St. W., Huntsville sandy beach and covered picnic area BAYSVILLE DAM Just off Hwy. 117 in Baysville, picnic area CAMP KITCHEN Camp Kitchen Rd., Huntsville DORSET fIRE TOwER PARK Just off Hwy. 35 in Dorset, family picnic area Barbara Burton

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

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CANADA SUMMIT CENTRE On Park Dr., just off Brunel Rd., Huntsville, indoor swimming pool (705) 789-6421 HUTCHESON BEACH Lake Vernon off Muskoka Rd., 2 in Huntsville, beach, swings, washrooms and picnic area

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LION’S LOOKOUT On Forbes Hill Drive, just off Brunel Rd., by Canada Summit Centre, breathtaking panoramic view of Fairy Lake, Muskoka River and Downtown Huntsville, 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 PORT SYDNEY BEACH Mary Lake on Muskoka Rd., 10 in Port Sydney, sandy beach area

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RAGGED fALLS Hwy. 60 in the Oxtongue Lake area just before Algonquin Park, trails, public picnic area, dock, washrooms

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RIVER MILL PARK Downtown Huntsville on the Muskoka River, children’s playground and picnic area TOwN DOCK PARK Downtown Huntsville on the Muskoka River RIVERfRONT, CENTENNIAL & GRIST MILL PARKS Just off Hwy. 117 in Baysville, public picnic area TALLY-HO BEACH Peninsula Lake off Hwy. 60 in Hillside

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THE LOCKS PARK On the Muskoka River 3 km south of Huntsville on Brunel Rd., picnic site

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Town Dock Park

Stubbs Falls, Arrowhead Provincial Park Joyce white

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River Mill Park

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The Muskoka Ski Club is one of Ontario’s oldest and most established ski clubs. Located at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area near Huntsville, the Muskoka Ski Club has been providing winter family fun since 1971. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities can enjoy the trails at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area. Our 35 acres of terrain include twelve groomed runs ranging from the Beginner’s Hill to the black diamond-rated The Face. Plus our freestyle Terrain Park includes a variety of jumps and rails for all the shredders out there. And with a newly redesigned and updated snowmaking system, our conditions are the best ever. (Take that, Mother Nature!) Outdoor enthusiasts can visit for the day or enjoy unlimited winter fun with an annual pass. But the ultimate value is in a membership with the Muskoka Ski Club. You can enjoy all the fun the ski hill offers plus amazing members-only benefits. A Lifetime Membership includes equity ownership and voting privileges in the Muskoka Ski Club. Dependents of members can become full members at a fraction of the cost with our Heritage Membership program. Plus members enjoy low annual fees: a family of four can save up to 50% on Season Passes.

Join us and get the most out of winter at the Muskoka Ski Club!

Members’ privileges also include exclusive access to our private Members’ Lounge and Sundeck, reserved parking, on-site lockers, member guest discounts and reciprocal privileges with other ski areas. Fun members-only social events include a Wine & Cheese reception, the Annual Members’ Gala, Barbeques, and Après-Ski parties. The Muskoka Ski Club Alpine Racing program for kids aged 3 to 19 years has some of the best coaching in Ontario. Our race teams regularly reach the podium. Plus adult members of all ages and abilities can enjoy our Adult Race Training. Our members include both local families that call Muskoka home and cottagers who escape from the city to enjoy our facilities on weekends and holidays. Some of our original charter members, now in their 70s and 80s, can be seen making first tracks every morning while some of our youngest members start racing at just 3 years old. A Muskoka Ski Club membership can truly be enjoyed by the whole family. And the fun isn’t limited to winter. Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is situated on the shores of Peninsula Lake in the worldrenowned vacation area of Muskoka. Your Lifetime Membership includes access to 450 feet of frontage complete with sandy beach, picnic area, kids playground, boat slips and beach volleyball court for your summertime enjoyment.

Visit www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca or call 1-800-398-9555 for more information. Trial memberships and payment plans are available.


GET OUTSIDE... ENJOY wINTER!

The OFSAA Nordic Ski Championships will be held February 22-24, Arrowhead Provincial Park 2012 and will see 600 athletes, plus coaches and technical support, coming to Huntsville. OFSAA Nordic is the largest organized high school championship in North America and the second largest OFSAA sport championship. This two day championship will have athletes racing in long distance events as well as team sprint relays on an 800 metre course in downtown Huntsville. With such a rich history of developing skiers and hosting skiing events, it’s no surprise that Huntsville has had several skiers move onto the next level. Olympian Dan Roycroft from Port Sydney competed in the 2006 Torino Olympics in his long distance specialty, the Men’s 50 kilometre freestyle cross-country skiing event. Other notable Muskoka athletes that have represented their nation include Heinz Neiderhauser (National Team Coach), Ken Hawthorne, Winnie Meeuwisse and Rob Barrette. Muskoka is a classic place to enjoy many winter outdoor activities and with so much to offer to both locals and visitors, I invite you to come and enjoy it with us!

Don McCormick

As much as Muskoka has been a summer destination, it has been a winter mecca for outdoor pursuits for many of the 9.6 million people from southern Ontario and Huntsville is one of few municipalities lucky enough to have a provincial park within its boundaries. Arrowhead Provincial Park’s Nordic Ski Centre is one of Ontario’s best cross-country ski trail network with 40+ kilometers in both classic and skate disciplines. Classic technique is the traditional style of diagonal stride. Diagonal stride is done in parallel tracks and hill climbing requires another technique called herringbone. Skate technique is similar to ice skating and can be used on all grades of terrain. Arrowhead also offers sit-skiing for the physically challenged and the Park is well-known across Eastern Canada for featuring the toughest sprint trail course with the steepest climb. While there has always been a local interest in cross-country skiing, the appeal of this sport really started to grow in the 1980s, when local elementary school teachers Mary Spring and Terri Howell purchased skis for their schools and introduced their students to the classic technique of cross-country skiing, focusing on all the physical skills of agility, balance and coordination. In the 1990s, Huntsville High School teachers Harvey Chapman and John Cowan assembled a large collection of race skis for a small group of 15 athletes. This group steadily grew to 30 by the mid-1990s and today boasts a team of 62 athletes. The school’s Nordic program has been sending teams to the provincial high school championships (Ontario Federation Secondary Athletic Association or OFSAA) since 1992 and has continued to grow and gain recognition both locally and internationally. The program was even selected to represent Canada at the International Olympic Committee’s youth education championship program in the Czech Republic in 1999. With cross-country skiing gaining momentum, it didn’t take long for local residents to get involved. In 1994, Muskoka Nordic was resurrected for athletes wanting to race on the club scene. Arrowhead Provincial Park had been running a skills development program called the Jackrabbit program and in 2000, the two programs combined to form the Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club. Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club is an affiliated Cross Country Canada ski club offering a full service program including youth skills development, racing and adult skills development. Each year, the club runs the Muskoka Loppet (Canada’s oldest loppet!), along with the Elementary School Race Series and the Ontario Special Olympics. The Park itself has played host to the Huntsville Nordic Invitational Race Weekend, the 2006 Ontario Paralympic Winter Games and 2010 Ontario Winter Games and, in 2012, will play host to the Ontario Winter ParaSport Games as well as the OFSAA Nordic Ski Championships.

Don McCormick

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Touch the Past, Embrace the Future! Welcome to the Town of Huntsville, the host community of the 2010 G8 Summit! Huntsville features the Algonquin Theatre with year-round live entertainment and Muskoka Heritage Place with museums, train and pioneer village. Enjoy these new state of the art facilities Canada Summit Centre, Active Living Centre, Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment! The G8 mural to which the World Leaders each added their brushstroke is now located at the Canada Summit Centre and is a must see during your adventure! Come experience and enjoy Huntsville!

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HUNTSVILLE LOVES DOING BUSINESS! By Darla Stipanovich, Owner, Soapstones Handcrafted Soap and Skincare came from the Chamber and from the Downtown BIA was vital to our opening and getting underway.

Kelly Holinshaed

Huntsville loves doing business! We discovered that when we began our decisionmaking process nearly 10 years ago. Moving back to Ontario was what we wanted to do, but to where? We knew that opening a business full-time was how we wanted to spend our retirement (serious over-achievers, both my husband and I), but which town in Muskoka would be the right place? We discovered the website for the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce which had links to all kinds of information – statistics and demographics for us to mull over – and the decision was made. What was clear from the get-go was that Huntsville was serious about bringing independent businesses to its downtown core. This was an enormous factor for us. We began the process of doing business immediately upon getting settled, and the support, information and assistance that

It has now been 8 years and we at Soapstones still rely very much upon the networking, the workshops and the event planning that comes from our local Chamber. We’ve always considered the Chamber a partner in business and they’ve

done a fantastic job not only for us, but for all members. It is the spirit of the Town of Huntsville itself that acts as a firm entrepreneurial base for all business in Huntsville. People at the Town Hall want you to succeed. This permeates the downtown core especially and it has always given us the energy needed to make a go of it here. The Town works hand-in-hand with the Chamber and BIA to ensure that the atmosphere for business is healthy, happy and harmonious. Each year, we have seen our business grow in Huntsville. The support of the Town and the residents here has been overwhelming. We definitely picked the right place and continue to enjoy a great life in Muskoka and a wonderful business atmosphere in Huntsville. To learn more about the Huntsville/ Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce visit www.huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca

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EXPERIENCE MUSKOKA BY SNOwMOBILE A1600-kilometre network of trails in Muskoka covers some of Ontario’s most scenic landscape, and are maintained by committed local clubs. Muskoka’s trail network provides snowmobilers with a spectacular view of frozen lakes surrounded by snow-clad hills, valleys and thick forests. Whether your preference is short loops or multiple day journeys, this large trail network will provide you with unlimited touring opportunities. With your choice of accommodation along the way you and your friends will be able to rack up some serious miles!

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BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY The 2010 G8 Summit brought the world to Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville and what an event it was. Huntsville is now known around the world and synonymous with images of artistry, forests, real lakes, wildlife, a panoramic sky filled with stars too many to count, sunsets that colour the entire horizon, granite rock and for the hospitality of the people who live here. Imagine a small northern Ontario town, population of some 18,000, visited by the leaders of the 8 largest and most influential countries in the world. We prepared for the worst and were treated to the best. The security was unparalleled. The protesters were peaceful and effective with their messages. The troops were treated with the hospitality that one should expect: homemade meals, butter tarts, coffee and cookies, smiles, hugs, friendly waves and great dispositions were the norm of the day. Our hospitality is the best ‘bar none’ as Don Cherry would say. Would things have been different had the G20 been held here? We will never know for sure, but ask any local resident and they will tell you that we would have welcomed it with open arms. The excitement was contagious during the year of planning for the two day event and then it was over. The legacy that lives on is a vibrant

Huntsville is the proud host of the 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games

Don McCormick

By Debbie Kirwin

community bonded by what the new community centre, known as the Canada Summit Centre, and the new University of Waterloo Campus both have to offer. Activities such as skating, hockey, lacrosse, swimming, walking, exercising, socializing over coffee, participating in family, senior or teen programs and special events offered at the Centre have promoted the inclusion of all people of all ages and all abilities. The University, with its environmental research programs and potential to house other programs and schools, will promote an environmentally-conscious way of thinking and encourage our youth to seek higher learning. While these two universally designed buildings stand as a reminder of the G8, the true legacy is the multitude of opportunities these two buildings have afforded the people of this town to become a more sustainable and inclusive community for generations to come.

Come and experience our hospitality. We are a friendly bunch up here in the north.

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Building an inclusive community is about creating a community where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community and the quality of life enjoyed by all residents. One such example of this is Huntsville’s commitment to becoming a barrier-free community for people with disabilities. In 2006, Huntsville hosted the inaugural Ontario Paralympics Winter Championships. It was tough going convincing the town that even though we were not very accessible, we would benefit in the long run and benefit we did. The awareness changed attitudes. Similar to the ripple effect of a tidal wave, other accessibility barriers began to disappear. We will once again play host to the Ontario Parasport Winter Games in February 2012. The athletes will experience firsthand how the legacy created from the 2006 games has helped to promote an inclusive community. Come and experience our hospitality. We are a friendly bunch up here in the north. HUNTSVILLEADVENTURES.COM • 2011/12 VISITORS GUIDE

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THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOw ABOUT THE G8 Adapted from the Article by Christine Otsuka, Meetings + Incentive Travel It came, and went, and at times, was overshadowed by its bigger, louder brother, the G20 in Toronto. But the Group of Eight Summit in Muskoka was as much a lesson in planning complex events as any major meeting. On June 25 and June 26, 2010 eight world leaders, plus representatives from the European Union gathered in Huntsville, Ont., to discuss issues of global importance, face-to-face. The organizational lessons learned at the summit can be applied to planning your corporate meetings. The event may have only lasted two days, but site selection began more than three years ago. Shortly after joining the team in 2006, Deerhurst Resort’s general manager, Joseph Klein contacted major conference organizers, hoping to be selected for a meeting of public servants or politicians. After months of site visits, inspections and evaluations, Deerhurst Resort was recommended to the Prime Minister’s Office based on its 780-acre privately owned land, proximity to major hubs, ease of access, secluded setting and guestroom/meeting capacity. The Muskoka resort was up against two other Canadian properties for the G8, and on June 18, 2008, Stephen Harper announced Deerhurst had been selected for the summit. There were three principal meeting areas, according to Sanjeev Chowdhury, director general of the Summit Management Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The leaders met in one meeting room throughout the discussions. A working lunch and a working dinner were served in the rotunda, and an additional meeting room—a ballroom—was used when outreach countries were invited to join the table. At any one time, there were 18 people in the main meeting room—10 leaders and eight Sherpas (the leaders’ assistants).

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“In the end, it’s a very small series of meetings for 10 leaders,” says Klein. “Every inch of space is used but there are no gala events. The summit is large and complex because of the attendees’ profile and the many contingencies that have to be planned for.” The resort’s spa was transformed into a full-service medical clinic, contracted by Health Canada. Half a dozen doctors from

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Toronto and Ottawa operated the clinic 24-hours a day in case anyone fell ill on-site. The medical personnel stayed at the resort for 72 hours, from June 25 to June 27. A full health rundown was provided to planning staff prior to each leader’s arrival. Food restrictions, allergies, blood type and medications were given to the medical team so they were fully stocked and prepared. Three emergency routes were planned—by helicopter, car and boat. Six days worth of supplies were also brought on-site, in the event of a road closure. In total, the summit site was powered by “green” power, purchased by the federal government. There were 11 emergency power generators on-site in case a storm affected the electricity to the resort. The “red zone” or the leaders’ meeting rooms were off the grid on full-time emergency power to ensure there were no disruptions during the talks. Soups, runny sauces and finger foods were simply not allowed. Chef Rory Golden was given direction not to serve any dish that could drip, spill or make the leaders’ hands sticky. Why? While it was widely reported that the rule was to prevent embarrassing photos and sticky handshakes, Chowdhury insists it’s just plain common courtesy to avoid foods that will splatter, spill or burn to anyone who may not have the opportunity to change. Plus, it’s very Canadian to be so considerate, he says.

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Community Mural, ‘West Wind’ housed at Canada Summit Centre.


Town of Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, AN EVENTS TOURISM COMMUNITY The Town of Huntsville is working towards functions and a kitchen and bar are available for becoming a leading events tourism community. rent. This facility is available to use for your wedding, The G8 Summit, held in June 2010, put Huntsville private reception or community event. on the map as a community that can host In keeping with our commitment to fostering an excellent large-scale event while offering healthy and active lifestyles, the Town has recently that warm, small-town feel to those attending. completed work on two brand new soccer Huntsville’s commitment to event tourism, and pitches at McCulley-Robertson Sports Complex, a the health-related benefits it provides to the complex with also features baseball diamonds and residents, visitors and economy, continues to a skateboard park. In the spring of 2011, Huntsville grow. The Town of Huntsville has recently will see the opening of Conroy Park which is opened several new state-of-the-art facilities outfitted with a professional grade running track, which will help further our commitment to events two tennis courts and an artificial turf pitch with tourism and fostering healthy and active lifestyles! standards for field lacrosse and soccer. The Canada Summit Centre officially opened in The University of Waterloo Summit Centre May of 2010 with a name unveiling and public touring for the Environment held its Grand Opening in of this breathtaking new addition to Huntsville. January 2011 and boasts a number of sustainable Recently named #1 arena by the Ontario Minor and green initiatives including radiant solar heat, Hockey Association in one of their ‘Top 10 Lists a living wall of plants, geothermal heating and for 2010’, there are two arenas within this facility: cooling, Muskoka granite stone and Hardie the Jack Bionda Arena, which seats 1,000 spectators cement siding. and the Olympic-sized arena, which seats 1,500. The Town of Huntsville is honoured that the The Olympic-sized arena has an indoor walking University of Waterloo has recognized Huntsville as track around the perimeter and is available to the an ideal place to expand its operations. An added public to use free of charge. The main lobby is the benefit of being in Huntsville is that the location proud home of ‘The West Wind’ mural recreated allows the University of Waterloo to form significant for the 2010 G8 Summit and includes brush strokes professional relationships with a number of local from the attending world area partners including the leaders. The pool area was Government of Ontario, also renovated and now Huntsville is a community Algonquin Provincial Park includes a regular lap pool, and the Northern Ontario that takes great pride in a smaller heated pool and a honouring the past, while School of Medicine. This therapeutic pool with year will allow students to simultaneously looking round programming for all research some of the most ages. The change rooms pressing and critical issues with eager anticipation include a family change room facing the natural world, towards the future. and are fully accessible. including medical aspects of The Canada Summit ecosystem degradation. It is Centre is also home to a privately run 7,000 square the Town’s goal to foster these relationships into foot fitness facility which offers state-of-the-art something greater; the Town is striving to become fitness equipment. Directly beside this facility is the a national, and perhaps even international, bastion of Wellness Hub, a great location to get information environmental research. on health and wellness - anything from diabetes to Muskoka Heritage Place overlooking beautiful heart healthy information. You will also find a coffee Cann Lake is a facility within the town that offers shop with two separate locations serving up light and residents and visitors a journey back in time. The healthy meal options. train, two museums and pioneer village offer a The Grand Opening of the Active Living Centre unique way to spend a day and touch the past. took place in December 2010. This centre, which During the season, Muskoka Heritage Place has is attached to the Canada Summit Centre, is costumed narrators throughout the village. Come approximately 14,000 square feet on two levels visit and enjoy a train ride on the Portage Flyer along and includes a seniors centre, early years programs, the Muskoka River. youth programming and a multi-purpose room/ Located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, the banquet hall. The main floor of the Active Living Algonquin Theatre is open year round and offers live Centre houses the beautiful multi-purpose room entertainment for all ages. Featuring internationally with a grand stone fireplace located at one end, recognized groups, comedians, community groups wood detail on the ceiling and a breathtaking view and films, the Algonquin Theatre is the hub of overlooking the Muskoka River. The room can be the downtown and plays hosts to a number divided into two smaller rooms for more intimate ...continued on page 28

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...continued from page 27 of Huntsville Festival of the Arts events each summer. The Algonquin Theatre and Partners Hall are both available for your event. Some exciting upcoming events that Huntsville is thrilled to be hosting include 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games and the 2012 OFSSA Nordic Ski Races. The Town has hosted the Muskoka Triathlon for several years and the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Triathlon for the past 3 years. Some other events that have been hosted in Huntsville include the 2010 G8 Summit, 2006 Ontario Paralympic Winter Championships, Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships, 2010 Ontario Winter Games, the 2010 Unity Powwow, 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration and numerous conferences including the 2010 AMCTO Conference. The infrastructure provided by the G8 Legacy Fund was a tremendous boost to the Town’s event tourism position, allowing the Town to bid on larger-scale events which were previously out of reach due to lack of facilities. Huntsville is a community that takes great pride in honouring the past, while simultaneously looking with eager anticipation towards the future. The residents of Huntsville have succeeded not only in welcoming the world, but also maximizing the tremendous opportunity to facilitate growth, progress and prosperity.

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Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre RMS Segwun & Wenonah II - Discover the breathtaking scenery of Muskoka with a cruise aboard the grandest of vessels! Sailing June through October 2011 Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is open year-round and showcases the rich history of Muskoka, featuring Canada’s largest in water collection of antique and classic boats.

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Decades Stage Show, Deerhurst Resort

ALGONQUIN THEATRE 1 (888) 696-4255 (705) 789-4975 www.algonquintheatre.ca

HIDDEN VALLEY HIGHLANDS SKI AREA 1 (800) 398-9555 (705) 789-1773 www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca

DEERHURST MUSICAL STAGE SHOw 1 (800) 461-4393 (705) 789-6411 www.thedecadesshow.com

HISTORIC HUNTSVILLE TRAIN STATION (705) 789-8903

DORSET fIRE TOwER LOOKOUT (705) 766-1032

HP-EH PAINTBALL (705) 788-2494 www.hp-ehpaintball.com

DORSET HERITAGE MUSEUM (705) 766-2814 www.dorsetheritagemuseum.ca

HUNTSVILLE fESTIVAL Of THE ARTS 1 (800) 663-2787 (705) 788-2787 www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca

ROCK RIDGE RECREATION PARK 1 (877) 848-0888 (705) 788-7275 www.rockridgetubing.com

DYER MEMORIAL NATURE RESERVE Williamsport Rd., Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE OTTERS JUNIOR ‘A’ HOCKEY (705) 789-2927 www.huntsvilleotters.com

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

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LADY MUSKOKA BOAT TOURS 1 (800) 263-5239 (705) 646-2628 www.ladymuskoka.com

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MUSKOKA STEAMSHIPS 1 (866) 408-7495 (705) 687-6667 www.realmuskoka.com/steamship.php RIVER MILL PARK & PLAYGROUND Downtown Huntsville

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Canada Day Celebration – July 1st Firefly Festival – July 15th Summer Sidewalk Adventure – August 20th Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show – September 17th Halloween Tiny Tots Parade – October 28th Downtown Divas Fashion Show – November 11th Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend – November 11-13 Downtown Santa – December

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THE HEART Of ANY TOwN IS THE VIBRANCY Of ITS DOwNTOwN COMMUNITY... …and Huntsville is no exception. The Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Association is a perfect example of quality business owners who are connected and care about their downtown. It’s the people who contribute to the economic health of the downtown core and Huntsville has been very fortunate to have a business association who clearly want to make a difference in their community. What is a BIA? A Business Improvement Association (BIA) is a made-inOntario innovation that allows local business people, commercial property owners and tenants to join together and, with the support of the municipality, to organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements to promote economic development in their district. Once a traditional BIA is approved by municipal council, businesses within its boundaries become members and pay the BIA levy along with their property taxes. A traditional BIA view is that this structure reflects the principle that all who benefit should be required to bear their fair share of the cost of the program. In addition, the arrangement provides a secure source of funding for BIA activities. Established in 1979, the Downtown Huntsville BIA represents some 150 businesses and property owners through a volunteer board of directors, one full-time General Manager and one part-time assistant. The general functions of a traditional BIA are beautification, revitalization, maintenance, marketing and promotions, special events, business recruitment and communication. The Downtown Huntsville BIA has excelled in many of these areas and continues to introduce new and innovative ways to bring local residents and seasonal visitors to downtown. Some of the events hosted by the BIA include the Firefly Festival in July, Summer Sidewalk Adventure in August, Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show in September, the highly successful Girlfriends Getaway Weekend in November and the Downtown Santa in December. Check out www.downtownhuntsvilleadventures.ca for more details and dates. Year round initiatives include the internationally recognized Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, which celebrates the art of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. With over 30 murals downtown, more than 40 mini-murals on the nearby high school, six murals outside the downtown area and more in the works, the BIA now sees the Outdoor Gallery as a stand-alone attraction, giving tourists another year round reason to travel to Huntsville or extend their stay. Last year, there was excitement as the G8 Summit legacy was added to the Gallery collection. A mural recreation of Tom Thomson’s The West Wind was painted by Gerry Lantaigne with brush strokes from Huntsville residents, visitors and the world leaders attending the G8 Summit in June 2010. Copies of the Downtown Adventure Planner, Map and Gallery Guide are available from local merchants or visit www.groupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca to plan your visit. The Downtown Huntsville BIA is strong and vibrant and will continue to be a leader in creating unique and innovating ways to keep the heart of its town ALIVE for many more years to come. The businesses of downtown Huntsville look forward to welcoming you. Come spend the day in downtown Huntsville!

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Whether you’re a collector, a bargain hunter, or just plain curious, Muskoka’s ReStore has what you’re looking for! In 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space, we have something for everyone, young or old. We sell (and accept donations of) good used furniture, housewares, collectibles, sports equipment, games, toys, records, building materials, and much more. You won’t believe our prices or selection! Demolishing or renovating? Ask us about our salvage services! 1964 Muskoka Beach Road, south end of Bracebridge 705-646-0106 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 9-5; Wed. and Sat. 9-4; closed Sunday and Monday Shop • Donate • Volunteer

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Windermere Garden Centre

“Growing with Muskoka for over 35 years” It’s worth the drive to Muskoka’s largest indoor full service garden centre • Custom plant and planter orders taken • Bulk soils & mulches, delivery available • Experienced lawn care & gardening services • Professional landscaping • Many horticultural & landscape graduates on staff www.windermeregardencentre.com

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...Continued from page 5 Dwight: Welcome to Dwight! On the shores of Lake of Bays in Ontario, Dwight is in an excellent location for travelers looking to head out on the water and try their hand at some fishing. About 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Toronto, visitors to this hamlet can enjoy their summer getaway by taking to the lake for some swimming or boating from the glorious Dwight Public Beach, which features picnic tables, swimming areas and a public boat launch ramp. It is within walking distance from the quaint and eclectic shops offering Muskoka treats from ice cream, fudge and maple syrup, to complete cottage furnishings. Firefest, ‘Muskoka’s biggest beach party,’ takes place every Civic Holiday Weekend in Dwight with live music, old-fashioned candy vendors, a fabulous BBQ and the most spectacular display of fireworks set off from a barge over the waters of Dwight Bay. The spectacle lasts almost 20 minutes, sending rockets, stars and flames across the sky and water, and you can enjoy it all from the comfort of a lawn chair on the beach. Here travelers will also find Ragged Falls, a sharp and dramatic drop of the Oxtongue River, accessible by car with parking available and marked hiking areas to explore. The Oxtongue River Park offers a wonderful walk along the rapids, with picnic sites and breathtaking views. During the winter months, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. Visitors here will not find it difficult to find a place to stay and with so much wonderful natureviewing in the area, they won’t be at a loss for things to do and new places to discover. Lots of unique cottage resorts and quaint lodges offer accommodations for all tastes and pocketbooks. Nearby, take a detour on Limberlost Road and enjoy an unforgettable artistic experience with The Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Weekend/Tour, an annual tradition taking place each August. Be sure to visit Dwight during: Dwight Winter Carnival – February Outdoor 3D Target Archery Tournament – May 1, 2011 Firefest – July 30, 2011 Artists of the Limberlost Studio Tour – August 13 & 14, 2011 For more information about Dwight visit: www.discoverdwight.com Here’s a tour that you can take over and over and discover something new each time. Public libraries in each village have free high speed 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…

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PREPARING TO SERVE THE wORLDS LEADERS By Rory J. Golden C.C.C., Executive Chef, Deerhurst Resort

Danielle May

When the world was informed by Prime Minister Harper that the G8 would be held in Huntsville in June of 2010, as a chef, I thought………finally………the world will get to see what Muskoka has to offer! From the beginning, the Summit planning was focused on having the leaders and delegations of the world immersed in a event with a cottage country feel, surrounded by our pristine lakes, our forests and the natural culinary bounty available in Muskoka. The Prime Minister’s office asked that the menus promote local food, use local artisans by which to present the food and most importantly ‘make it a unique experience.’

included our Savour Muskoka culinary members – local farms, culinary artisans, wine makers and water suppliers to name a few. Even as the water was being bottled at Springhill Fresh Water and Deerhurst was bottling maple syrup in the spring of 2010, the health board was on site verifying quality and taking samples for laboratory testing.

Lindgren Pottery

What an easy request, I thought; Muskoka is blessed with indigenous food, flourishing farms and many culinary artisans. Having the opportunity to travel the waterways, highways, side roads and busy main streets of Muskoka, there is a wide range of local food being prepared daily in ice cream shops, cafés, bistros, pubs, restaurants and resorts alike. I never leave an eating establishment, visit a farm, stop at a market, sip locally-roasted coffee or artisan beer without learning about yet another culinary delight that truly represents Muskoka. So developing the menus for the 10 world leaders and their 450 delegates, as well as the RCMP, Secret Service and others using the flavours of Muskoka did not take long. My initial task was to present a few menus to the Prime Minister. What a wonderful opportunity when I was advised by the Prime Minister’s office that ‘we will taste them all.’ Four months before the Summit, a party of six ‘tasters’ stood around a table in the Eclipse dining room, as the kitchen staff prepared each item. We looked, we tasted and then moved on to the next item. At the end of the day, all of our menu and local food items received the ‘thumbs up.’ While preparing to serve the world leaders, Health Board of Canada Food Surveillance became involved wanting full details on all of Deerhurst Resort food purveyors, as all companies had to ensure that they were in compliance. This

Our next mission was to find a local potter that could make the plates and platters we required. Lindgren Pottery worked with us to develop some very unique pieces, adjusting size, patterns and colours to compliment the many vibrant colours of the Muskoka food we were going to prepare. We even had a local woodsman whittle 3 inch maple spoons for the Georgian Bay whitefish caviar on the dinner appetizer plate.

The next tasting was two months before the Summit, when the chef from the Prime Minister’s residence, Canadian Health board representatives and three other Summit personnel joined us. Again we looked, tasted and came to an agreement on the plate design and the menu items. Next, photos were sent to Ottawa for final approval and menu writing. Finally, our kitchens were ready. Together, the local producers delivered their ingredients to the resort two days prior to the start of the Summit, passing through RCMP security checkpoints along the way. From there, 65 cooks working in 6 different kitchens, including one mobile kitchen unit, prepared and cooked more than 20,000 meals over the week of the G8 Summit. I had it easy – all I had to worry about were the ten world leaders, but even I had five Deerhurst chefs assisting me! Experiencing Muskoka culinary delights affords locals and visitors alike the opportunity to try distinct, fresh, creative food. You can savour a misty morning sunrise breakfast, a slice of pizza on a park bench, patio BBQ on a sunny afternoon or a leisurely evening stroll while enjoying an ice cream cone. Next time you are out for a drive, take a turn down the next country road – perhaps you will discover your new favorite place to eat… or a country farm where you can pick your own seasonal ingredients to bring home and prepare your very own unique Muskoka culinary dish.

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Town of Huntsville

THE DYER MEMORIAL NATURE RESERVE – A MUSKOKA LOVE STORY By Cathy Kuntz Detroit lawyer Clifton Dyer and his wife Betsy spent their honeymoon on the Big East River in 1916. Thus began a lifetime love affair with the river and its surrounding woodlands. After the days of the river log drives but before the advent of popular canoe tripping, the Dyer’s returned to enjoy paddling the Big East. They purchased property on the River and cottaged there for many years. After Betsy passed away in 1956, Clifton erected a stone monument in her memory with a plaque at its base that marks it as a “permanent tribute to her for the never-failing aid, encouragement and inspiration which she has contributed to their married career.” When Clifton died in 1959, their ashes were placed at the top of the monument where they remain today. Clifton Dyer’s stone testament of love to his wife stands in the middle of a densely wooded area outside Huntsville, off Williamsport Road near the banks of the Big East River. New visitors are struck by its size and grandeur as they climb the majestic stone stairway toward the 42-foot monument. Since the 1950’s, the Dyer Trustees have managed the 155-acre property supported by the great efforts of its custodian, Floyd Bartlett. From 1980 until recently, Bartlett spent Mondays to Fridays, April to November, cutting grass, tending gardens and hedges and repairing stone pathways. For Bartlett, it was more than a job; it was a labour of love. When the job became physically impossible for him, the Trustees began their search for permanent protection. In September 2010, the Dyer Trustees donated these ecologically significant and historically important lands to the Muskoka Heritage Trust (MHT). As a result, the Dyer Memorial Nature Reserve was created. Staying true to Mr. Dyer’s wishes,

the stone stairs, walkway and monument will be maintained by the MHT with 100 feet around the monument renaturalized with native ground cover and perennials. Funds left by Mr. Dyer will be used strictly for the maintenance of the two acre cemetary. The balance of the property will be left in its natural state forever as a nature reserve. The Muskoka Heritage Trust is the land protection arm of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation. It is a charitable, registered land trust whose mandate is to protect ecologically significant land in Muskoka. “We applied for and received Ecological certification from Environment Canada,” says Allyn Abbott, president of the MHT. “This confirms the property as environmentally sensitive, with particular emphasis on its 1800 feet of untouched shoreline, designated as a Provincial Waterway Park, running all the way from Algonquin Provincial Park to Arrowhead Provincial Park.” “There are people in the community who have fond memories of the Dyer Memorial and feel very passionate about it,” says Abbott. “We were surprised at how many came out to show their support when the Trust announced last October at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville that it would be taking on the responsibility for maintaining the property.” Many Huntsville residents know this property as one of the most popular tourist sites in the area. Listed as one of Ontario’s 100 most interesting places to visit, Dyer is known not only as a tourist site but as a place where, over the years, many have enjoyed first dates, celebrated weddings and held family gatherings. “When I was a kid, my mom used to take me out to the Dyer Memorial to picnic by the river,” says Ariel Zwicker. “We’d inflate rafts, poke around the river and walk the memorial site.” When Ariel and John decided to marry, they knew they wanted an outdoor

wedding that focused on nature and love. Her mother suggested the Dyer. “I went out to the site, read the plaque and thought, ‘This is a love story; a monument about love. It would be a really cool place to get married.’” Ariel and her husband John celebrated their wedding with friends and family at the memorial on July 20, 2002. The wedding procession walked up the stairs to a place under a tree, between the two ponds. “We brought a few chairs, but people mostly stood or sat on the grass,” Zwicker says.“The frogs and birds were pretty active, doing their thing, as if mother nature was embracing the day. We were barefoot; the bridesmaids were in tie-dyed dresses and the guys were in hemp linen shorts. Everyone was very tuned in to the beauty of the natural surroundings. It was a perfect day.” Huntsville’s love affair with the Dyer Memorial continues. It is now protected, in perpetuity, by the Muskoka Heritage Trust as a nature reserve, abutting the Big East River Provincial Waterway Park. Its future is secured as the jewel of the river for future generations of canoeists and others who love the unique Dyer Memorial. Directions to the Dyer Memorial Nature Reserve: From Huntsville drive north along the main road (Muskoka Road 3 North/11B) to Williamsport Road. Proceed along Williamsport for 8 kilometres into woodland. Steps from the parking area lead to the historical monument. Directions to canoe this part of the Big East River: Take Highway 8/Limberlost Road north from Highway 60 to Billie Bear Road. Take Distress Dam Road and put in at south end of dam. For more information, contact the Muskoka Heritage Trust at 705 645-7393 ext 205 or www.muskokaheritage.org

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IT’S THE YEAR Of THE fORESTS – MUSKOKA STYLE Article from Muskoka Stewardship Program, By Rebecca francis Did you know that 2011 has been declared the International Year of forests? The United Nations (UN) made this declaration to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and development of all types of forests. Here at the Muskoka Heritage foundation (MHf), we champion environmental stewardship in the region and this global initiative has us thinking locally: How can we, as visitors, cottagers and residents, act to better manage and conserve Muskoka’s forests?

Greg francis

How can you help sustain Muskoka’s unique environment? first, get educated about why forests – and other ecosystems – are important. In addition to reading, learn by exploring the natural world around you. why not head out to experience Muskoka’s many parks, lakes and natural areas for yourself? Second, tread lightly when you are out enjoying Muskoka on the trails and in the parks and set an example for others to do the same. Consider the Muskoka Stewardship Program for your property. Despite being best known for our lakes, in Muskoka most of what we see around us is trees. In fact, on private land alone, Muskoka is 52% forested. That number increases to 75% when the ecosystems of barrens and wetlands are included. when the lakes and other Crown land are included, the number jumps to a whopping 94%. Our industries and our quality of life depend greatly on the forests and natural areas that make Muskoka so beautiful. MHf is an environmental not-forprofit organization that works to protect, conserve and nurture Muskoka’s natural and cultural environment now and for future generations. If you are lucky enough to be someone who owns a little piece of Muskoka, it’s important to know what you can do to help conserve it, including any trees. The Muskoka Stewardship Program is a great place to start. It encourages landowners to manage

their land in ways that maintain, restore or enhance the diversity of forests, wetlands, shoreline, native plants and wildlife habitat. The Stewardship Program conducts one-on-one visits with owners to help you achieve your goals. Trained volunteers from the Stewardship Program will visit your property of 5 acres or more to walk the land with you and to discuss stewardship options specific to your property. What is stewardship? Environmental stewardship means taking good care of your land, water and trees, and it requires sound planning and informed choices. with responsible and careful use of the natural environment, we can all become good stewards of the Muskoka we cherish. 10 things you can do for your forest: 1. Consider your canopy: How much light is getting in? Different species have different tolerances for shade. Learn about the trees in your forest. Some pruning may be beneficial to allow the larger trees to grow and maintain the best possible forest health. 2. Leave small piles of brush scattered throughout the forest. These provide shelter for small animals to sleep, eat and escape larger predators. 3. Protect trees with stick nests. This habitat is important for animals like red shouldered hawks, blue herons and squirrels. 4. Keep cavity trees, dying trees and dead trees in that order of preference (if it’s safe to do so). They provide valuable places for wildlife to rear their young, roost, escape predators, hibernate and feed. Don’t take them down just because you might think are ugly! 5. Keep mast trees. These are trees such as red oak, beech, black cherry, basswood and ironwood which yield edible fruits and nuts. 6. If you do down a dead tree, leave it in the forest. The decomposing material provides excellent nutrients for the soil and promotes healthy regeneration. It also has similar habitat attributes as cavity trees.

7. Be aware of diseases. Some fungi and other tree diseases can spread throughout your forest. Protect the health of your forest by removing trees with threatening diseases. 8. Keep the super canopy trees! These are the trees that tower higher than the rest. They are often the healthiest and highest quality trees. Having them reproduce can mean more healthy trees nearby, not to mention the shelter they provide for birds and animals alike. 9. Keep woodland pools. These shallow wet areas in your woodlot are rich with amphibian life. They provide relatively predator-free breeding and habitat grounds for frogs, toads and salamanders. woodland pools also foster the work amphibians do to contribute towards nutrient cycling and insect control. 10. Practice careful, planned and sustainable logging. Do your research, know your forest, make a plan and hire a qualified logger. The UN’s 2011 theme of “forests for People” celebrates the central role of humans in the sustainability of our world’s forests. forests provide shelter to people and habitat to biodiversity, they are a source of food, medicine and clean water and they play a vital role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment. All of these elements taken together reinforce the message that forests are vital to the survival and well-being of people everywhere – all 7,000,000,000 of us. In 2011, let’s all do our part to ensure the sustainability of Muskoka’s forests. Help Muskoka Heritage foundation Celebrate 2011 as the International Year of forests. Interested in learning more? Follow the blog: www.muskokastewardship. blogspot.com Contact: www.muskokaheritage.org

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If you are planning a trip 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 & 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 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.

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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.

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Welcome to the Huntsville Comfort Inn, your ideal choice when traveling in the beautiful Muskoka area, the gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park. 86 King William Street, Huntsville 705-789-1701 • 1-866-398-7480

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ALGONQUIN OUTFITTERS By Gordon Baker, AO staff member

This year, Algonquin Outfitters is celebrating 50 years in the canoe trip outfitting and outdoor retail business. Nowadays AO (as many people call it) is generally considered the largest and most progressive outdoor specialty store in the Muskoka/Haliburton/Algonquin Park area. Active outdoor recreation is the primary focus of the business of AO and customer service is the number one priority at all locations. While most visitors to Huntsville will be familiar with the busy downtown store, many do not realize that the company had its beginnings in the quiet tourist and cottage community of Oxtongue Lake, east of Huntsville on the way to Algonquin Park. Algonquin Outfitters first opened in Oxtongue Lake during the spring of 1961. Bill Swift Sr. (better known as Swifty, The Mean Dude or Meanest) and Dave Wainman, a former park ranger, started the business after they realized that there was a need for an outfitter to service access points along Highway 60, other than the traditional ones at Canoe Lake and Opeongo. The first rental canoes were 40 cedar-canvas Chestnuts, delivered by train from the original factory in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For the first 30 years of operation, Algonquin Outfitters was a seasonal business, specializing in canoe rentals and complete outfitting for Algonquin Park trips. AO was a trendsetter in Algonquin Park by being the first outfitter to offer Kevlar canoes. At that time, there were very few, if any, Canadian companies building good-quality lightweight tripping canoes, so the canoes came from US suppliers. In the 1980s, as Swift sons Rich and Bill Jr. became more involved in the business, there were some new dimensions added to AO. The retail side of the store began to expand as Rich and his wife Sue sought out modern camping equipment and clothing to offer to AO’s customers. In response to the popularity of Kevlar canoes, the Swift Canoe Company started up during those years. The first model designed and built by the Swift Canoe Company, the Kipawa, is still in production and is our most requested rental canoe. The original canoe factory was located in the building that now houses the canoe repair shop and Swift sales office at Oxtongue Lake. In the late 80s, AO expanded in other ways as well. Jake Pigeon was asked to take over the Brent Store, on Algonquin’s beautiful Cedar Lake, and he made an arrangement with AO to provide outfitting services at that location. Not long after that, a second location inside Algonquin Park opened up. AO won the contract to run the Opeongo Store in 1989 and has held it since then. Jerry Schmanda, who had worked seasonally at AO prior to this, has managed the Opeongo Store since then. Around 1990, with both Jerry and Rich now working year round, the Oxtongue Lake location starting staying open through the winter, adding winter sleeping bags, cross-country skis and snowshoes to the rental list. Gordon Baker started in 1992, becoming the first person at AO to be hired specifically as a year-round management employee. Algonquin Outfitters entered the winter sports business in 1991, when the Oxtongue Lake store began selling and renting crosscountry ski equipment and snowshoes. The Huntsville store was added to the mix in 1995. The original location was a smaller space on the other side of Main St. After moving to its current location, the Huntsville store really started to take off. Two years after the Huntsville store opened, a small snowboard section was started. With the support of local snowboarders, the shop has grown and after the store was expanded, the board shop moved to its current ‘upstairs’ location. With the success of the snowboard department, AO expanded into alpine ski equipment and skiers in Huntsville have supported the store with great enthusiasm. In the winter months, the snowboard and ski department occupies

approximately 50% of the floor space in the Huntsville store. The bike, surf, alpine ski and snowboard sections were a completely new category of merchandise for the business and have added an exciting dimension to Algonquin Outfitters. In addition to the outdoor retail, Nordic ski, surf and bike shops, Algonquin Outfitters’ Huntsville store now has a full-service snowboard and alpine ski shop, offering top brands, excellent customer service, high-end boot fitting, tuning and repair services and a demonstrated commitment to supporting the local riding and skiing community. In the non-snow seasons, the ski shop turns into a full-service bike shop, offering tune-ups, repairs, parts and accessories. As the company expanded in the late 1990s, more full-time employees were added and soon the administrative office was relocated from Oxtongue Lake to Huntsville. In 2004, Algonquin Outfitters was awarded the concession to operate a ski and snowboard accessory shop at the Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Club. Open during the winter season, this location sells alpine ski and snowboard clothing and accessories as well as serving as the base for a demo fleet of high performance skis and snowboards. The shop at the hill has been very well received by members and guests of the club. In support of this partnership, Algonquin Outfitters offers special discounts for club members, supports the racing team and sponsors various club events. With the ongoing leadership of Richard Swift, the company started up a new location on Manitoba Street in Bracebridge. Opened in 2006, “Swifty’s Surf and Snow” in Bracebridge offers a similar combination of products as the Huntsville store, in a somewhat smaller footprint. AO’s most recent venture is AO Boatwerks, a business specializing in servicing the whitewater kayak and canoe market but with a broad appeal to cottagers and locals in the Haliburton area. With a year-round location in Haliburton and a seasonal store in Minden, AO Boatwerks offers lifestyle and outdoor clothing & footwear, paddling gear, kayaks, canoes and snowshoes. Two years ago, AO entered into an arrangement with Sir Sam’s Ski Area near Haliburton and the AO Pro Shop was born, offering similar services to the Hidden Valley Ski Shop. AO has not only grown in physical locations but in the virtual world as well. The website www.algonquinoutfitters.com has existed since 1996 (even before Google!) and now, after several upgrades over the years, offers Internet visitors a complete picture of all aspects of the company, an interactive online community, instructional videos and much more. AO is very active in social media as well, using services like Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Youtube to get the message out. Being involved in the local community has always been an important role for AO. From the early days in Algonquin Park to today’s multiple locations, Algonquin Outfitters has supported a wide range of community projects, sports teams and events. Examples include supporting the Friends of Algonquin Park, an Algonquin Park clean-up initiative, hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and other adventure film nights. AO works hard to encourage customers to try new sports and learn new skills through events like the annual Winter Fun Day, Tuesday Bike Nights, Wednesday Night Kayaking and Boatwerks Paddling School. Algonquin Outfitters does not believe in maintaining the status quo. As the recreational activities available in the region develop and expand, Algonquin Outfitters will strive to provide residents and visitors with quality services and products necessary to safely and comfortably enjoy these activities.


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Year round housekeeping cottages on Oxtongue Lake Family friendly resort with a beautiful sandy beach Close to many attractions such as Algonquin Park

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Where else can you explore Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven replications under square miles of open skies? ONLY IN DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE AND SURROUNDING AREA

Enjoy a free self-guided walking tour through our mural recreations of these famous works in our Outdoor Gallery. Open 365 days a year! 1. Tom Thomson’s Autumn’s Garland 1915-1916 Mural Artists: Gerry Lantaigne, along with over 1,300 Huntsville residents and visitors 2010 Reflections of Muskoka (side) – 49 Main St. E. 2.

Tom Thomson Bronze Statue Artist: Brenda Wainman Goulet 2005 Huntsville Civic Centre – 37 Main St. E.

3. Lawren Harris’ Snow II 1915 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2006 Trinity United Church (side wall) - 33 Main St. E. 4. Tom Thomson’s White Birch Grove 1916 Mural Artist: John Hood 2007 Algonquin Theatre (rear wall) - 37 Main St. E. 5. Arthur Lismer’s Georgian Bay, Spring 1917 Mural Artist: Marc Sorozan 2009 Algonquin Theatre (rear wall) - 37 Main St. E. 6. Frank Carmichael’s Autumn: Orillia 1924 Mural Artist: Michele Van Maurik 2009 Algonquin Theatre (rear) - 37 Main St. E. 7. Tom Thomson’s Algonquin October 1915 Mural Artist:William Lazos 2007 Algonquin Theatre (rear wall) - 37 Main St. E. 8. Tom Thomson’s The Jack Pine 1916 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 1999 Miss Lester’s (side) - 4 Brunel Road 9. Franklin Carmichael’s Mirror Lake 1929 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2005 The Bookcase (side wall) - 93 Main St. E. 10. Tom Thomson’s Autumn Foliage 1916 Mural Artist:Tim Webb 2007 Algonquin Outfitters - 86 Main St. E. 11. Tom Thomson’s Petawawa Gorges 1916 Mural Artist: Olaf Schneider 2007 Algonquin Outfitters (alley wall) - 86 Main St. E. 12. Arthur Lismer’s Isles of Spruce 1922 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2009 TD Canada Trust (rear wall) - 38 Main St. E. 13. J. E. H. MacDonald’s Skiing 1912 Mural Artists: Gerry Lantaigne, along with Huntsville residents and visitors 2010 The Finds (rear side) - 66 Main St. E.

15. A.Y. Jackson’s Stream in the Woods Mural Artist: Marc Sorozan 2009 Louis II (side wall) - 24 Main St. E. 16. Lawren Harris’ Winter in the Northern Woods 1917-1918 Mural Artist: Janine Marson 2009 Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce (side wall) - 8 West St. N. 17. Lawren Harris’ Northern Painting 25 1924 Mural Artist:Tim Webb 2009 Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce (rear wall) - 8 West St. N. 18. F. H.Varley’s Midnight Sun 1938 Mural Artist: David Flett 2009 RBC Royal Bank (side wall) - 22 Main St. E. 19. A. J. Casson’s Summer Hillside 1945 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2004 RBC Royal Bank (rear wall – Municipal Parking Lot) - 22 Main St. E. 20. Tom Thomson’s Northern River 1915 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2006 Flotron’s Tweed & Hickory (rear wall) - 18 Main St. E. 21. Tom Thomson’sThe Pool 1915 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2003 Huntsville’s Hometown IDA Drugstore (side wall – Municipal Parking Lot) - 10 Main St. E. 22. A.Y. Jackson’s The Red Maple 1914 Mural Artist: Stephen Sammon 2007 Huntsville’s Hometown IDA Drugstore (alley wall) - 10 Main St. E. 23. Tom Thomson’s Silver Birches 1915-1916 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2005 Huntsville’s Hometown IDA Drugstore (alley wall) - 10 Main St. E. 24. Lawren Harris’ Northern Lake 1926 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2005 Huntsville Capital Theatre (front side wall) 8 Main St.W.

26. A. J. Casson’s South Portage Mural Artist: Michele Van Maurik 2007 Huntsville Capital Theatre (rear side wall) 8 Main St.W. 27. J. E. H. MacDonald’s The Wild River 1919 Mural Artists: Gerry Lantaigne, along with close to 1,000 Huntsville residents and visitors 2009 Huntsville Capital Theatre (rear side wall) 8 Main St.W. 28. F. H.Varley’s Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay 1920 Mural Artist: Marc Sorozan 2007 Muskoski Urban Rustic Living (side wall) 15 Main St. E. 29. Frank Johnston’s Early Evening,Winter 1928 Mural Artist: Donna Buchan 2009 The Huntsville Forester (side wall) - 11 Main St.W. 30. Tom Thomson’sThe Canoe 1914 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2005 Wayne Simpson & Associates/Portage Promotions 11 Centre St. S. 31. Tom Thomson’s Pine Trees at Sunset c1915-1916 Mural Artist:Tim Webb 2009 Huntsville Public Library (side wall) - 7 Minerva St. E. 32. A.Y. Jackson’s Night Pine Island 1924 Mural Artist: Janine White (Marson) 2007 Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell (rear wall) 27 Main St. E.

See G8 International Legacy with Tom Thomson’s The West Wind 1917 Mural Artists: Gerry Lantaigne, along with brush strokes by the G8 World Leaders, Huntsville residents and visitors 2010 Canada Summit Centre – 20 Park Drive

25. J. E. H. MacDonald’s The Beaver Dam 1919 Mural Artist: Charles Johnston 2007 Huntsville Capital Theatre (rear side wall) 8 Main St.W.

14. J. E. H. MacDonald’s The Tangled Garden 1916 Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2006 Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate (side wall) - 32 Main St. E.

The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, originally founded by Gerry Lantaigne, is a project of the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area (BIA). Contact the BIA for more information at 8 West Street North, Unit 4, Huntsville, ON P1H 2B6 (705) 789-1400, huntsvillebia@bellnet.ca.

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ALGONQUIN PARK Killarney LODGE

Your own cabin in Algonquin Park CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS GUIDED CANOE TRIPS (1/2 & FULLDAY) MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS RESTAURANT OVERLOOKING LAKE ALGONQUIN GIFTS & CRAFTS BACKCOUNTRY CANOE & CAMPING PACKAGES Enjoy a relaxing day of paddling on a pristine Algonquin lake. Let our friendly helpful staff make your Algonquin adventure one to remember. Then treat yourself to a Fresh Homemade Burgers & a Cold Beer in our restaurant over looking historic Canoe Lake. Pick-up a one of a kind T-shirt or gift in our Algonquin inspired gift shop. All in one beautiful location in the heart of Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Park, Canoe Lake 14km from the West Gate, on Hwy 60 www.portagestore.com info@portagestore.com 705-633-5622

Since 1935, our small family-run lodge has been offering the Canadian wilderness experience in relaxing comfort. We’re located right in the heart of Algonquin Park, on Lake of Two Rivers.

Fine Country Dining Open for Lunch & Dinner Warmly-Appointed Cabins All on the Water’s Edge Includes Your Own Canoe

Outfitting Algonquin explorers since 1937

Drop in for a meal... or come stay for a night or two. We hope you’ll join us!

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33 km inside West Gate, off Hwy. 60, Algonquin Park 1-866-473-5551 1-705-633-5551 www.killarneylodge.com

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