Ancillary Event Schedule

Thursday August 27th
4:00PM – 7:30PM Volunteer Orientation – Main Stage
4:00PM – 10:00PM Food Vendors Open | Wine & Beer Garden Open
7:30PM – 10:00PM Sean Cotton Band – Main Stage>
Friday August 28th
7:00AM – 9:00AM Sunrise Swim for Hospice – Camp Kitchen
11:00AM – 11:00PM Food Vendors Open
4:00PM – 11:00PM Wine & Beer Garden Open
4:00PM – 4:50PM SUBURU IRONKIDS Race Registration – Main Stage
5:00PM SUBURU IRONKIDS Race Start
7:00PM – 8:30PM Opening Ceremonies Athlete Briefing – Main Stage
8:30 – 11:00PM Hunter’s Bay Radio Concert – Main Stage
Saturday August 29th
7:00AM – SUNSET Yogafest! – Town Dock Park (on the hour)
Muskoka Crossfit Challenge (Check Info Booth for timing)
8:00AM – 2:00PM Farmers Market – West Street
10:30AM RONNO/Kids Move – Main Stage
11:00AM – 5:00PM Kids Zone Open (Inflatable castle, face painting, etc.)
11:00AM – 3:00PM SUP Board & Kayak Demos
11:30AM Jam Sandwich!
12:00PM – 11:00PM Food Vendors Open | Wine & Beer Garden Open
2:30PM RONNO – Main Stage
4:00PM Jam Sandwich! – Main Stage
4:30PM – 5:30PM Non-Denominational Church Service – Main Stage
Sunday August 30th (RACE DAY)
8:00AM – 2:00PM Farmers Market – Main Street
11:00AM – 5:00PM Kids Zone Open (Inflatable castle, face painting, etc.)
12:00PM – 11:00PM Food Vendors Open | Wine & Beer Garden Open
1:00PM Jam Sandwich! – Main Stage
2:00PM – 9:00PM Live Music – Town Hall
2:00PM – 7:00PM Kids Activities – Town Hall
3:00PM Jam Sandwich! – Main Stage

Huntsville Summer Walk In Clinic

Huntsville does not normally have a walk in clinic.  But over the summer months, our local family physicians who have offices in the Medical Professional Building, have a rotating walking schedule through their offices.

The main purpose of the Summer Walk In Clinic, which runs from July 1st until Labour Day, is to take some of the pressure off of the Emergency Room and to allow those that really need emergent care have quicker and better accesses.  During the summer, the ER can get up to a 6 hour wait, but this time dramatically goes down when people go to the walk in clinic instead of the ER.  If someone comes to the walk in clinic and they need emergent care, then the family physician communicates with the ER physician and we get the ball rolling to make the patient better.

On IronWeek, the summer walk in clinic is open:

  • Friday: 9-3:30pm
  • Saturday: 9-2pm
  • Sunday (Race Dat): 12-6pm

The location of the building where the clinic: 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntville, ON

The exact office number where the clinic will be held will be taped to the front doors.  No narcotics are dispensed or renewed in these clinics.   Please bring a valid provincial health card.  If you are out of country, your payment will be anywhere between $30-$100 Canadian.

Ironman Muskoka Photo Contest

2539187066_fb6fc70e60Attention all photographers of all skill levels. The Muskoka Photography Club and TriMuskoka would like you to participate in photographically documenting the upcoming historic inaugural Muskoka Ironman on August 30th, 2015 in Huntsville and Lake of Bays.

We would like action photographs (ACTION category) of the athletes swimming, biking, running and in transition. As well we would like you to photograph any other aspect of our community that impressed you during the event (GENERAL category). These could be landscapes (both natural and man-made), people shots, crowd shots, event shots and so on – the kinds of pictures you would show your friends so they could get some sense of the area in which the event was held.

There will be prizes supplied by Huntsville’s Cavalcade Colour Lab Photo Source for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each of the following categories:

  • Action
  • General

All you have to do, is simply have to upload your best photo in each category by noon of August 31st and a panel of professional photographers will judge the submissions and announce the winners on September 6th.

Prizes:

  • 1st prize $100 worth of photo processing at Cavalcade Photo Lab
  • 2nd prize $50 worth of photo processing at Cavalcade Photo Lab
  • 3rd prize $25 worth of photo processing at Cavalcade Photo Lab

To upload your photo:

  • Go to WeTransfer (a secure large file transfer site)
  • At the initial prompt asking you if you are interested in WeTransfer Plus, select “Skip”
  • Agree to the terms
  • Follow these instructions on the screen

Click here for contest details and how to submit your photos

The Ironman Muskoka Shuttle Bus System

Thanks to the fantastic and super generous Rotarians, we have a great way for athletes and spectators to get around over the course of the weekend.

There are shuttles that are leaving from Deerhurst and heading towards downtown Huntsville regularly to help you keep your car at your accommodations.  If your accommodations are not on the bus route, then by all means drive to somewhere close to one of the pick up stations and catch a ride in by the shuttle system.

On race day, there will be buses taking spectators out to Dwight and Baysville to enjoy the sights and sounds of these great little communities.

 
Ironman Muskoka Bus Schedule 2015

 

Click Here To Open A Printable Version of the Ironman Muskoka Shuttle Bus Schedule

 

 

Getting out to see the athletes on the bike course:

  1. Dwight has a great beach for families to hang out at, build sandcastles and swim until you can’t swim no more! Make sure you bring a towel and your swimsuits with you! There are some cafe’s down in this quaint little village for you to grab a snack at as well.
  2. Baysville is a great little town in Lake of Bays, where there is a great park, lots of cafes and restaurants, and of course the award winning Lake of Bays Brewery. Check in there, hang out on their patio and what the bikes go by.

Getting out to see the athletes on the run course:

There are many great vantage points to get out on the run course. Of course you could drive, but why drive when there is a shuttle bus system in place. The roads are still open, but if you have your own bike, and you handle it safely and according to Ontario laws, you can get around this way as well. There are a number of great things to do along the course, and tons of cafe’s, restaurants, and stores to stop into along the way.

Here are the three main stops:

  1. Huntsville Place Mall: this is close to the fourth aid station. There is are a number of large chain and family owned stores in this area, plus is about a 500m walk to a playground that is right on the run course (on Meadow Park Drive)
  2. Boston Pizza and River Mill Park: These are right downtown. Hop off here, join the massive festival that we are having in the downtown where there are a number of opportunities for the kids to have fun in River Mill Park. Grab some street chalk, get your face painted, jump in the bouncy castle, or find a quiet corner to sip away at a beverage of your choice.

Here is a link to the interactive map about where the pick up and drop off stations are.

Sunrise Swim for Hospice

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On August 28th 2015, just before the first, and only, Ironman Muskoka, TriMuskoka and Hospice Huntsville hosted a “Sunrise Swim for Hospice”  charity open water swimming event.  We figured if Kona had the Underpants Run, then we would put a Muskoka spin on things and incorporate the incredible beauty of our area, and the access to our incredible waterway system, to good use for a great charitable cause.

This event was an early morning, fully supported 1.6 km casual and non-competitive swim to raise money for Hospice Huntsville.  Swimmers gathered at Camp Kitchen, which now is the location of the swim start of the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, and headed off for a warm up swim around Alice Island and back to Camp Kitchen for coffee, tea, and some homemade muffins and goodies.

As this was an incredible event that supported an incredibly vital health care service to our community, our club is resurrecting the Sunrise Swim for Hospice for this years Ironman 70.3 Muskoka.  

Please click here to read more about this years Sunrise Swim for Hospice and to register for this great event.

Ironman Muskoka Athlete Welcome Centres

Along with several businesses in Lake of Bays and Ontario Trysport, our Ironman Muskoka Experience Committee has set up “Athlete Welcome Centers” to help athletes out when they are out on the bike course training.

Each centre is equipped with washrooms, drinks and snacks for athletes as well as tools and equipment for bike repair.

Each of these locations will have  a clearly marked sign saying “Athlete Welcome Centre”.  These Athlete Welcome Centres are located in:

  • Dwight … The Beacon:  Located just as you turn off highway 35 onto highway 60.  You can reach them at 705-635-2403
  • Dorset … Robinsons General Store: Located in downtown Dorset, adjacent to the single lane bridge.  You can reach them at 705-766-2415
  • Baysville … Lake of Bays Brewery: Located adjacent to the river right on highway 117 in Baysville, they are open Monday to Thursday 11 to 5pm, Friday 11am until 6pm, Saturday from 10am till 6pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 4:30pm
  • Baysville … Humble Pie and the Fork in the Road: Located just off of the bike course on Bay Street

Ironman Muskoka Floating Coffee Bar

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NyDock Floating Docks and Pontoons has paired up with Muskoka Roastery and our Ironman Muskoka Experience Committee to help give you a kick start on your swim!  The swim up coffee bar tradition that started in Kona, has been adopted by some Ironman communities, but our community is kicking it up a notch.

This floating 16’x32′ bar, complete with Muskoka chairs, and adjoining floating picnic tables, will be a swimming experience that you have never experienced before.  The location will be just off of the beach at the swim start at Deerhurst resort, and it will be open for business on Friday August 28th and 29th.  We tried to have it available on race day, but we thought it might distract too many people…

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Ontario Pioneer Camp Volunteer Village

ontario-pioneer-camp-winner(1)Ontario Pioneer Camp has graciously offered up a number of their dorm style rooms to create a “Volunteer Village” for Ironman Muskoka.  Pioneer Camp is a 20 minute drive from the race site on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Port Sydney.  For $15 per person, per night, these accommodations provide a true Muskoka experience as “camp life” is central to what Muskoka is all about.  Click on the link below to view the flyers and details:

Contact Pioneer Camp to book your spot and let them know you are a volunteer for the race!

 

Endurance Sports Medicine Course

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The CASEM Summer Endurance Sport Medicine Course is back and this time we are holding the course immediately prior to the new Ironman® Muskoka event in Huntsville starting at noon on Thursday 27th August and ending at 5pm on August 28th – we also encourage participants to stay on and volunteer for (or participate in) the Ironman race – this is the ONLY Ironman in Ontario and only the third in Canada – this course will provide a great opportunity to increase knowledge on the issues pertinent to endurance athletes and their care by reviewing the latest science regarding sports and exercise, as well as common sports related injuries and illness.   For 2015, we have also added a mental health component – as the great endurance athlete Ray Zahab noted, completing and participating in an endurance events –“limitations are 90% mental and the other 10% are in your head”. In addition to the course, attendees also have the option to earn additional CME credits by volunteering in the Ironman® Medical Tent on race day.

In addition to CASEM members, this one and a half day course is open to physicians in the fields of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, PM&R, Orthopedics and others who care for athletes or engage in regular athletic activity, as well as Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Exercise Scientists.

 For those of you volunteering in the medical tent at Ironman® Muskoka, we have arranged for a preferred registration rate (see online registration form for details).

For more information and to register, visit:

http://casem-acmse.org/event/casem-endurance-sport-medicine-course/

Ironman Muskoka Spectator Guide

Our Ironman Muskoka Experience Committee is trying to give you and your family a relaxed, and truly Muskokan experience to your race week.  River Mill Park, situated right in downtown Huntsville, will be the place to hang out before and during race day.

We know, we have heard it all before about Ironman events, and “IronSpectating”.  Once the athletes are off on their Ironman Muskoka journey, and are taking on the beast, what do the supporters have to do?  Well LOTS!  Check out the schedule of events below that we have going on for athletes, volunteers, spectators, and local residents in the days leading up to the race.  But even more, check out what we have in store for race day!
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Click on the thumbnail to see a large version.  To print it off, right click on the image and select “Print…”

Click here for a printable (PDF) version:Ironman Muskoka Spectator Guide

 

Athletes Care – Medical and Massage Therapy for Ironman Athletes

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Every athlete wants to be in tip top shape for race day.  Long days of travel in cramped planes and cars can leave your muscles in need of a massage to get you race ready.  Located at Deerhurst Resort in the main massage tent adjacent to the transition area, our Ironman Muskoka medical team has put together a team of eager massage and manual therapists who will work out those kinks.

Prices:

For health care information outside of Deerhurst Resort including local information about our hospital, walk in clinic, Sports Medicine clinic, and other Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, and Chiropractors), please visit our Health Services page.  There are a number of therapists that are available in our community that are available for your personal attention and care.  If you don’t want to wait until August 5th, and want to get out of the hullaballoo of the athlete village, book with one of our participating clinics.

Reactivate Muskoka

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Reactivate Muskoka is a multi-disciplinary sports and exercise medicine clinic right in the heart of triathlon country.   We are focused on treating local and visiting athletes with advanced therapeutic techniques to help resolve their injuries, as well as restoring balance to ensure that athletes are fine tuned machines on race day.

Reactivate Muskoka is a clinic that features:

  • Muskoka’s only Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Rich Trenholm
  • Two Chriopractors who are both additionally certified in acupuncture, and ART
    • Dr. Chad Barber
    • Dr. Tammy Bowler
  • Two Massage Therapists
    • Irene Whittem who specializes in deep tissue massage
    • Kassandra Barker who specializes in deep tissue massage as well as neurokinetic therapy (NKT)

Four of our clinicians are triathletes, so we understand your needs, and your desires to be in tip top shape on race day.  We work hard to be available for athletes visiting the area.

Visit our website for all of our contact information.

Ironman Muskoka IronKids Fun Run

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That’s right folks.  IRONMAN Muskoka will be having our very own IRONKids Fun Run.  The IRONKids Fun Run will start and finish downtown in River Mill Park on Friday afternoon at 5pm before the Athlete Meeting and our evening festivities (more details to come).

Registration is $20, and it includes lots of high fives, a finishers medal and t-shirt.  We are working on some other goodies too…

Click here to learn more about the event and to register

Camp Tawingo Muskoka Day Camp

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CAMP TAWINGO MUSKOKA DAY CAMP

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Every year, children from around the world come to Muskoka to go to camp. The same features that make Muskoka a great venue for the Ironman Muskoka also make it a destination of choice for a wonderful camp experience. Camp Tawingo (now in its 55th year of operation) has a world-wide reputation in the camping community and prides itself on its quality leadership, beautiful setting and program excellence.

We are pleased to offer one more added value to your Ironman Muskoka experience by providing a wonderful camp experience for your children while you finalize your preparations and participation in the Ironman Muskoka. This balance of excellent experiences for both you and your children assures “Guilt Free Training” for you and “Camp was Great!” for them. Your children are looked after at a world class outdoor camp while you look after your part in a world class outdoor event.

Camp Tawingo is located on Lake Vernon and just minutes from Huntsville. (Transportation is available to and from camp daily.) It operates as a camp during the summer months offering both overnight and day camps for children and teens alike.  It also operates year-round as an independent, private school and an outdoor education centre.

During the Ironman Muskoka, Tawingo is offering you a very flexible day camp format for children, where parents can sign up their children for camp by the individual day or for the entire session spanning the days from August 27th to August 31st.

What are the hours?  The day camp runs each day from 9am until 4:45pm

How far is Camp Tawingo from Huntsville?  Camp Tawingo is a 10 to 15 minute drive from downtown Huntsville.  But better yet, they have a shuttle that will come get kids in town at a central location in downtown Huntsville, and then drop them off!  How sweet is that!!!  Drop the kids off, then go out for coffee, enjoy the day, do a little last minute training, and then pick them up!

How much does it cost?

You can register your kids for one day, or for all five days!  Each day is $60, and the “Full Five” is $270.  Kids will receive a hot lunch (they have amazing food there) and two snacks.  They will also receive a ton of memories that will last them a lifetime, and probably will beg you to come back again next year.

Have we twisted your arm enough? Honestly, camp life is part of Muskoka life.  If you and your family truly want the full Muskoka experience, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

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To learn more about this opportunity, click on the links below:

 

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Our Local Hospitals

We have two excellent community based (Level 1) hospitals that provide 24/7 Emergency Services at both the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Site and the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site (in Bracebridge).  Our team of emergency physicians, family physicians, surgeons, internists, allied health professionals, registered nurses and registered practical nurses provide the best possible care.

On race day, there are stationary medical teams at each of the aid stations, as well as mobile units on each leg of the race and in transition zone.  Should an athlete need to be transported directly to the hospital from the race course, the large majority will be transported to Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.  Non-emergent patients will be transported to the main medical tent at Deerhurst for evaluation, treatment, and disposition.

Before the race, please bring the following with you, as well as update your athlete profile with Active.com so that our medical team has the most up to date information about your chronic and acute medical conditions on hand during race day:

  • Valid Ontario Health Care or our of province insurance documentation
  • Address and contact information for:
    • Current home address and contact information
    • Where you are staying in Muskoka during your stay
  • Current medication list

Here is the contact information and directions to the hospitals in Huntsville and Bracebridge.

The TriMuskokan Try-a-Tri and Short Course Triathlon

Date: June 25th, 2017

The resurrection of the traditional early short course has been 5150 Swim Starta priority of our organization over the last couple of years.  Several passionate TriMuskoka members have come forth to make this reality.   And so was born “The TriMuskokan”.

This event will feature a Try-a-Tri, Short Course Tri, Duathlon, as well as Relay Options, Club and Family & Friends Challenges.

Read more about The TriMuskokan here!

Robinson’s Your Independent Grocer

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131 Howland Drive, Huntsville ON      705 789 6972

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Your #1 Grocery Store to meet your needs!  There is a Full selection of President’s Choice products, fresh seafood, produce, meat, and bakery, hot & cold deli, instant photo developing, natural value foods, floral, Joe Fresh Clothing, President’s Choice Financial, Pharmacy and the Wine Rack.

RULE #1 – CUSTOMER SATISFACTION!.  Locally owned & operated by Randy & Tracy Robinson

Public Swimming Pools

Huntsville’s Centennial Pool

The Centennial Pool is located within the Canada Summit Centre and features a 25 m six lane pool, smaller teaching pool with gradual levels and whirlpool jets, and a hot tub pool.

The aquatic facilities are fully accessible. Coin lockers are located in the ladies, men and family change rooms. A separate accessible change room is also available.

Here is a link to the aquatics website so you can see when the lap swim times are, and here is a map where the Canada Summit Centre is.

 

Bracebridge Sports Complex

Bracebridge has a 25m eight lane pool, along with a therapy pool and shallow kids pool complete with water slide!

The aquatic facilities are fully accessible. Coin lockers are located in the ladies, men and family change rooms. A separate accessible change room is also available.

Here is a link to the recreation website so you can see when the lap swim times are, and here is a map where the Bracebridge Sports Complex is located

 

Camps: A Guilt Free Training Solution

Muskoka is known worldwide for our outdoor camps. Often, one of the hardest things to do when you have a family and are trying to train for an endurance event like a triathlon is the overwhelming sense of guilt. A guilty feeling that comes from the fact that athletes feel like they should be spending more time with their family.

We have the solution. By enrolling your kids in one of our many outdoor camps, the kids will hardly know that you are gone as they will be having such an amazing time at any number of our camps. Every kid should have a camp experience as it helps them grow personally and become stronger and more confident in who they are.

 

Camp Tawingo Huntsville (705) 789-5612 www.tawingo.net
Swallowdale Camp Huntsville (705) 789-9761 www.swallowdalecamp.com
Muskoka Woods Rosseau (705) 732-4373 www.muskokawoods.com
Arrowhead Camp Dwight (705) 635-1600 www.arrowhead.on.ca
Ontario Pioneer Camp Port Sydney 1-800-361-2267 www.pioneercamp.ca
Camp Mini-Yo-We Port Sydney 1-888-226-7699 www.miniyowe.com
Camp Wenonah Bracebridge (705) 645-6163 www.campwenonah.com
Camp Tamarack Bracebridge (705) 645-4881 www.camptamarack.info
Camp Muskoka Bracebridge (705) 645-6000 www.campmuskoka.com
Camp Huronda Huntsville (705) 789-7153 www.dcamps.ca/camp/camp-huronda
Olympia Sports Camp Huntsville (705) 635-2491 www.olympiasportscamp.com
Hockey Opportunity Camp Sundridge (705) 386-7702 www.learnhockey.com

 

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.

IRONMAN Muskoka and 70.3 Muskoka Run Course

This is the course that many professionals and age groupers will come to enjoy as they run this course either once or twice, depending on the distance of event that they are racing in.  This very spectator friendly course is easy for spectators to get around to see athletes along the way by either car or by bike.

Following along the shores of Fairy Lake, this run course will cross over the historic swing bridge and up the Main Street of Huntsville where crowds of spectators will be cheering the athletes on as they pass the midway point of the course.

Click here to view the run route on MapMyTri.

Limberlost Nature Reserve (Trail Running)

Arguably, for some of the best trail running in Muskoka, and the site of the Limberlost Challenge Trail Running Race, this naturally secluded and protected area is heaven for trail running. Please be respectful of the area and stay on the trails as are laid out in the trail map that is available at the trail head shack.  There are many private cottages in the area, and we ask that you respect their privacy as much as you can while you enjoy the serene beauty that the Limberlost Nature Reserve has to offer.

View the Limberlost Nature Reserve website here for more details.  For more about the Limberlost Challenge trail running race, click here.

Band on The Run (Huntsville Half Marathon)

This popular event that is held each June has a great reputation for being a fantastic party as much as it is a fantastic race course.  Snaking away from downtown Huntsville onto the quiet back streets of our community, this course is as scenic as it is challenging.  Shorten the course to a 5km loop (turn down Shay Dr from Hanes), or 10km (turn around at Muskoka Road 3N) route, and this is a truly classic Muskokan running experience.  Visit the race website for more details.

Click here to view the running route on Strava.