Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon

Date: August 28th, 2016

Set in Parry Sound, the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon features a triathlon, duathlon, try-a-tri, and a Kids of Steel event.

Since in 1993, this annual event has taken place on the the eastern shores of Parry Sound, the world’s deepest freshwater port.

Swim in the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.  Bike paved shoulders on quiet roads on a fast out-and-back bike course.  Run along a wide and flat lakeside fitness trail with spectacular views.

The transition and race festivities take place at Waubuno Beach, in the heart of Parry Sound.  Adjacent to the beach is a great playground for kids.  Bring the whole family!

READ MORE ON THE Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon WEBSITE

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Huntsville

Located at Hwy 11 & 60, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Huntsville is the IDEAL choice for Triathletes. Race weekend we setup a bike cleaning station, offer towels & bottles of water in the lobby & we have the HEALTHIEST breakfast options of any hotel. We have eggs & meats but also 3 types of yogurt, 4 types of cereal, hard boiled eggs, whole fruit & yes we have pancakes & our signature cinnamon buns too!!!

Athlete Specific Features:

Athletes are able to store bike in room, and there is an area to clean and dry bike outside.  Inside, there is an on-site gym equipment, pool, in-room refrigerator, HEALTHY Breakfast Options included with your stay Including Yogurts, cereals, fruit as well as eggs, meats, pancakes, breads bagels etc.

Local Events Calendars and Other Resources

There is so much going on in Muskoka that it is hard to keep track of everything.  Thankfully, our local tourism boards have Events Calendars that can show you everything that is going on every day of the year.

Click here to visit the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar.

For even more events and activities visit:

Huntsville Adventures – www.huntsvilleadventures.com

Muskoka Tourism – www.discovermuskoka.com

Explorer’s Edge – www.explorersedge.ca

Let Your Body Unwind

Whether you are an athlete training for one of our events, are a member of an athletes support crew, a volunteer, or a visitor to the area, everyone needs to unwind.  There is a wide variety of spas and therapists that would be more than happy to help you work out those kinks, pamper yourself, and truly let you relax.

Stay tuned to see these resources as we are updating our page!

Explore Muskoka’s Artistic Side

Muskoka has a strong and vibrant artistic community that encompasses the visual, dramatic, and musical arts.  There are many art galleries that visual artists and sculptors call home dotted throughout Muskoka.  However, throughout Huntsville’s downtown core, there are large scale murals that display an artists rendition of the area in the typical style of the Group of Seven.

Our community is a regular stop on internationally acclaimed musical artists who perform in cozy backroom venues all the way up to large scale outdoor concerts.

Stay tuned to see these great activities and events as we are updating our page!

Get Outside and Play

Your parents were right, it is beautiful outside so get outside and play! The Muskoka region is an all natural playground with many opportunities for people to get out and play.

Golf, hiking, biking, treetop-trekking, boating, and a vast array of playgrounds await visitors to take advantage of. Scroll through the list below to help plan out your days of what to do in your down time. Alternatively, put together a plan of fun activities that your family or friends can do while you are out training in our area.

Golf

Deerhurst Resort Huntsville 1-800-461-4393 www.deerhurstresort.com
Huntsville Downs Golf Course Huntsville (705) 789-1000 www.huntsvilledowns.com
North Granite Ridge Golf Club Port Sydney 1-866-385-0808 www.northgraniteridge.com
Diamond in the Ruff Golf Club Utterson (705) 385-2222 www.diamondintheruff.ca
Taboo Muskoka Gravenhurst (705) 687-8430 www.taboomuskoka.com
The Rock Minett (705) 765-7625 www.therockgolf.com
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst  (705) 687-7900 www.muskokabayclub.com
Grandview Golf Club Huntsville  (705) 788-9978 grandview.clublink.ca

Explore the Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors define Muskoka.  Covering over 3,900 square kilometres, Muskoka is home to approximately 58,00 people, with 18,000 of these residing in Huntsville. With so much of the great outdoors to explore, there is something for everyone!

On this page, you will find a plethora of information about where to hike, paddle, trail bike, or simply get lost in the woods.

Check out this video for a sense of what you are in for!

 

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Run for a Way

run for a wayDate: August 31, 2014

Run for a Way is a fantastic charity run that features 1km, 5km, 10km and 21km race options.  All of the race proceeds go towards Ovarian and Pancreatic Cancer research.  The race course is “Muskoka” flat, and for a good portion of the run follows along the Muskoka River.

The neat thing about this race is that the 1km kids race takes place in Santa’s Village, and the kids are welcome to play there all day after the race.  You will have a hard time convincing your kids not to run in this race!

Read more about it on the Run for a Way website.

Muskoka Rocks

muskoka rocksDate: August 3rd, 2014

This 1km/5km/10km charity running race is capped at 500 runners and all proceeds go to Camp Oochigeas which is a camp in Muskoka that has been providing kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.

Read more about it on the Muskoka Rocks website

 

Limberlost Challenge

Date: July 8th, 2017

limberlost challengeExperience the very best of  trail courses.  The Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve is the trail runner’s dream with its challenging terrain that will take athletes alongside pristine lakes, through a wetland with its tier of beaver dams, up and over some steep inclines and either tiptoeing or splashing through the occasional creek or mud hole.

Athletes will run through technical areas that will require the nimblest of footwork and on trails that allow you to open up to your best speed, plus everything in between. Runners will marvel at the extraordinary beauty of this privately owned reserve that we are so privileged to enjoy. It will leave you breathless in more ways than one!

Race distances include 14km, 28km, 42km, and 56km courses that will provide runners with an amazing experience that will leave them coming back for more.

Read more about it on the Limberlost Challenge website.

Huntsville Half – Band on the Run

Date: June 10th, 2017

Probably oneBOTR_horozontal_no_notes of the most fun running events that you will ever participate in, the Huntsville Half Band on the Run offers athletes the chance to run one of the hilliest running routes in Ontario.  This race has a 1km kids run, 5km, 10km, and half marathon options.  And if you want a truly Muskoka experience, then do the 5km canoe portage!  All of the run routes feature quiet country roads that have very little road traffic during the race.

The upside is that the post race party is pretty amazing.  Juno award winning artists typically are the headliners at a post race concert that features a beer tent and the chance to watch some wicked bands while relaxing on a blanket at River Mill Park.

Read more about the Huntsville Half Band on the Run website

CottageVacations.com by Waters Edge

As this is cottage country, there is no better way to relax in the area during your stay in Muskoka than at a cottage.  From ultra luxurious cottages to rustic cabins, CottageVacations.com allows visitors to find rental cottages effortlessly throughout the region, and there is something that will suit everyones taste, room capacity and price point.

The owners themselves are triathletes and understand you, your families, or your clubs needs during your training and racing vacations.

Contact them directly and let them know that you are coming for IRONMAN Muskoka or any other endurance sporting event and they will be glad to help you find the cottage that is right for you.

Algonquin Park

The wold famous Group of Seven painters used Algonquin as their backdrop for a majority of their incredible artwork.  Explore Algonquin at its best; a vast landscape of maple hills, rocky ridges, spruce bogs, and thousands of lakes, ponds, and streams. By paddle and portage – more than 2,000 kilometres of canoe routes and over 1,900 campsites await those who seek the rugged beauty of Algonquin Provincial Park. Additionally, Algonquin has three backpacking trails which also probe the heart of the backcountry.

There is so much to do in the park other than hiking, navigating your way around the lakes, playing on the beaches and sitting by the campfire.

  • With ample paved shoulders on Highway 60, and long rolling hills, cycling in the park is nothing short of spectacular.
  • Camping is not your only option.  There are a number of cottages to rent in Algonquin Park, and there are a few lakeside inns that you can stay at
  • There are restaurants that offer fine dining in the Park.  Satisfy your tastebuds on a culinary adventure.
  • Museums and attractions await visitors throughout the park.  Read more about it here.

Read more about Algonquin Provincial Park on its website, and book reservations here.

 

Swim for Hospice

Date: August 12, 2018

Swim for HospiceFeaturing 1km, 2km, and 3km distances for any age that believes that they can safely swim that distance (yes, personal floatation devices are allowed!), this event is one that truly benefits every single person in our community.  Everybody dies at some point or another in their life, and Hospice Huntsville helps people die in their home or at our residential hospice comfortably and with dignity.

Read more about it on the Swim for Hospice Website

Arrowhead Park

At this year-round park in 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. 

Here are some of the great things about Arrowhead Provincial Park:

  • They have large, treed and private campsites in the heart of Muskoka
  • There are three sand beaches on Arrowhead Lake
  • All of the lakes are quiet and motorboat-free
  • There are 15 km of hiking trails; including a trail leading to a waterfall
  • Look back at our local history as there are remains of old homesteads from the 1870’s
  • They rent canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes during the summer season; skis, snowshoes and ice skate rentals during the winter
  • As much as it is known for summer, it is well-known for winter activities; they have a fantastic skating trail, an awesome tubing hill, and the areas best cross country ski trails that are groomed and track set

Read more campsites on either the Arrowhead Provincial Park blog or the My Campsite Review website.

Reservations can be obtained on the Ontario Provincial Park reservation website.

 

Gravenhurst Duathlon and Triathlon

Date: July 15th and 16th, 2017

gravenhurstThis very popular triathlon usually sells out every year as there are limited spaces on the historic SS Wehnona and SS Seguin steamships that take swimmers out to the start line.

The race consists of a straight in swim to the Gravenhurst dock in Lake Muskoka, then a undulating bike course through the beautiful cottage roads in the area, and  is capped off by a great out and back run.

This is a local favorite, and often sells out by June.

Read more on the Gravenhurst Triathlon Website

Dash for the Sleigh Kids Duathlon and Adventure Race

Date: August 30, 2014

A great off road event on Saturday August 30th – sponsored by XTERRA and tailored uniquely for kids. The challenges will have participants age 4 – 13 running, biking and getting dirty all for a great cause…to fix Santa’s Sleigh! A combination off road Duathlon and Adventure Race in Muskoka!

Read more on the Dash for the Sleigh Website

Lake of Bays Road Race

Date: August 24th 2014

The Lake of Bays Road Race is an Ontario Cycling AssociationLake of Bays Road Race ~ TriMuskok (OCA) Road Race event adhering to the rules and guidelines for an OCA road event.

This is some exciting and very fast cycling on the vast terrain of Muskoka.  The 2013 event was in May, which brought a freak snow storm, but nonetheless was a very exciting event.

This year, there might be some subtle changes which will make it easier for non-OCA members to participate in this fantastic event.

Read more on the Lake of Bays Road Race website

Spin the Lakes

Date: May 27th 2017

Take a tour around Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region. The tour takes ySpintheLakes4ou around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts.

The fabulous tour will have you traveling through several small towns and over terrain that consists of moderate rolling hills.  This event is not a race and is geared for everyone to participate from the race enthusiast to the first time rider there is a course for you. The event is fully supported with vehicles, food and water stations

Spin the Lakes also has a post ride buffet, as well as full access to Hidden Valley Resorts pool and showers after the ride is done.

Read more on the Spin the Lakes website

Lions Lookout Loop

Those up for a short 1.6km loop that offers up a decent hill (up and down) in both direction, running through our natural granite amphitheatre, then up on a mid loop out and back up to Lions Lookout for breathtaking vistas of Fairy Lake will love this loop that can be done over an over.

The Lions Lookout Trail can be accessed at the Forbes Hill Dr and Camp Kitchen Road intersection behind the Active Living Centre at the Canada Summit Centre. The trail follows Camp Kitchen Road along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake. It then crosses the Portage Flyer railway tracks and heads up a steep slope to the top of the sports track. The trail continues around the track and along the roadway to Forbes Hill Dr. The view from the top of the track across Fairy Lake is magnificent.

Click here to view the map of this routes location.

Hunters Bay Trail

The Hunters Bay Trail is a 3.8km hard packed trail that follows along the southeastern part of Lake Vernon as it heads into town.

Located right close to town, this is a great option for a quick run, and the nice thing is that if you get too hot on a summers day, there is Avery Beach at the midway point where you can jump in to quickly cool off.  TriMuskoka members sometimes use this location for an atypical swim-run-repeat brick.

Click here to look at the map of its location.