Muskoka is cottage country to many people who come from around the world to play and to relax. With a plethora of accommodation options available to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Camping Under The Stars
With Muskoka being known for the great big outdoors, why not take advantage of it while you are here. There are two provincial parks that are very close to Huntsville, offering a Muskoka camping get away for you and your family year round. Yes, year round.
- Arrowhead Provincial Park: This park is less than 10 minutes from the Canada Summit Centre and is super family friendly with biking and hiking trails, sandy beaches, and a clear view of the night stars in the summer. In the winter, it is home to the world famous Arrowhead Skating Trail that winds its way around the park, and is maintained to the standards of any professional arena. It is also home to the Arrowhead Nordic Centre which maintains both skate and classic ski trails with a professional groomer. For accommodations, they have campsites, RV sites, and cabins for rent.
- Algonquin Provincial Park: This park is 45 minutes to town from the western gate, but is what the Muskoka region is well known for. This is where the Group of Seven artists painted their masterpieces many years ago, and these images still pop up into minds of people from around the world when they think of Muskoka. There are many camping and cabin options for you to choose from. This is a great place to train as well. The highway that goes right through the park (60km long one way) has great pavement and a wide shoulder to bike on. Try the gate to gate challenge, or even better, the gate to gate to gate (120km return) ride!
A Bed To Rest Your Head
There are any number of resorts, hotels, and bed and breakfasts in our community that you can book your accommodations with. Many of them within walking distance of downtown Huntsville and the Canada Summit Centre where all of our events take place (The TriMukokan, The TriMuskoka Winter Indoor Triathlon Classic, and Ironman 70.3 Muskoka).
We want to specifically mention a few of these accommodation businesses as they are big supporters of TriMuskoka Triathlon Club and the events that we host.
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.
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.
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.
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
Reservations can be obtained on the Ontario Provincial Park reservation website.
The Comfort Inn Huntsville is located just outside of the downtown core near Highway 60. They have been a long time supporter of triathletes and triathlons in our community.
Colonial Bay Cottage Resort on Peninsula Lake is located 7 km from Deerhurst. A convenient location for the IRONMAN Muskoka and 70.3 Muskoka.
With one of the owners being a triathlete, this family owned and operated cottage resort provides a perfect home away from home for visiting athletes. Colonial Bay offers clean and comfortable cottages and motel style rooms and has become a staple for people training and racing in our area for many years.
There is a safe swimming area, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboats available for someone to accompany an athlete for safe swimming. Families are welcome as there is lots to do at Colonial Bay while the athletes are training and racing. A great and unique place to watch the race from as well!
Clean, comfortable and centrally located in the Commerce Business Park, the Best Western features an indoor pool, hot tub, complimentary wi-fi and complimentary hot and cold breakfast bar. Please quote TriMuskoka as the booking code when you make your reservation.
Athlete Specific Features:
Athletes are able to store their bike in their room, and there is an area to clean and dry their bikes outside should they need to. There is on site gym equipment, including a pool, and hot tub. There are refrigerators in their rooms to store any food that athletes and their families might have.