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.
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 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.