Swim for Healthcare – 70.3 Race Weekend

Date: July 7, 2018

The Sunrise Swim provides swimmers with a chance to preview the first leg of the swim of the 70.3, and also benefits local charities.  This year’s charity partner is the Huntsville Hospital Foundation (HHF).  

Often in the first leg of the 70.3 swim, athletes want to get their bearings with respect to landmarks for sighting, strategies on how they are going to approach the initial leg of the swim, and to get comfortable with the surrounding environment.  This is an excellent way to swim this part of the course, with the support of kayaks and boats in a non-competitive fun environment, on the day before the 70.3 Muskoka.  Participants will arrive at the start line the next morning fresh, confident and ready to go!

Read more about it on the Swim for Healthcare Page

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
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

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.


  • 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


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


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…


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


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:


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!


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


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.


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.

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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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.

Second Session 2012 – Slideshow from Camp Tawingo on Vimeo.

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


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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