With an abundance of fresh water lakes in Muskoka, open water swim training opportunities are endless.  With the gentle lapping of waves while the sun dances on the waters surface, you might actually forget that you are training.

These lakes can be accessed from any number of public beaches and docks, or right from the end of the dock at your waterfront accommodations Here are a couple of our favorite swimming locations to give you some options of where you might be able to train safely. Try to always swim with another person or someone who is paddling beside you, be aware that there are motorized boats around you, and make yourself visible with a bright swim cap and a floatation device that is brightly coloured.  Please take a minute to read about training safety in Muskoka.

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


TriMuskoka Triathlon Club Swim Night

These swims that are hosted by our triathlon club are held in a sheltered bay and vary in distances so that every level of ability is welcome.  

So as long as you have a Triathlon Ontario number, you are more than welcome to join our clubs kayak guided open water swim night on Mondays as a visitor.  Our club has a "try before you buy" policy that is in keeping with Triathlon Ontario.  This means that you can come out for two workouts (swim, bike, or run) before we ask that you join our club.  

If you are up in Muskoka for the summer, consider joining our club so that you can take advantage of all of the other great benefits of being a club member!  We have many people who are members and are only here during the summer months.  Given the fact that we post our club workouts on our team management website (TeamSnap), that means you have access to the workouts that our head coach puts together year round, so you can do the workouts wherever you are!

Camp Kitchen Beach

Camp Kitchen has been the site of the swim start for the Muskoka Chase, the Muskoka 5150, and a number of triathlons. Known for swimming upstream, athletes need to strategically know how to minimize their exposure to the current by snaking their way into the quiet eddies of the river for a faster swim. You can also head south along the shoreline for a safe and protected swim. An early morning favorite of TriMuskoka, if you have someone to go with you and you are visible, is to go out around Alice Island (just shy of 2K) or Antler Island (3k) and back

Camp Kitchen is very close to downtown Huntsville.  Click here for a map of Camp Kitchen's location.

Deerhurst Resort Waterfront Beach

Host site of IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka, you can follow close to the IRONMAN 70.3 swim course, but we strongly advise that you do this only with a kayaker accompanying you if you plan to cross the lake to replicate the actual course.

The bay where Deerhurst Resort is located can be busy, as there is a small marina there as well.

Alternatively, you can leave the beach area and swim along the northern shore of Penninsula lake, and follow the shoreline along to be safe.

Port Sydney Beach

Mary Lake is a fantastic beach to swim from, and is the home of the Muskoka Kids Triathlon. This kids triathlon and adult try-a-tri is a rite of passage for many locals and visitors alike making their first attempt at a triathlon.

The Port Sydney Beach has a nice canopied area to get into your wetsuit, as well as a public restroom to change in.  The beach is great for kids and families if athletes are visiting with them so that they are equally as entertained while athletes go for a swim.

As this area also has a boat launch, the boat traffic is higher here than you might think. As such, it is a very good idea to have kayak or canoe accompaniment, and as stated previously, follow our suggestions on the Training Safety in Muskoka page.

Click here to view where the Port Sydney Beach is on Google Maps.

Dwight Beach

This is a quiet beach that is at the 15km point of the IRONMAN bike course. This is not only a great place to swim, but also has a fantastic sandy beach for family to hang out on. The pier that juts out into the lake has a photogenic canopied area that is quintessential Muskoka.

Click here to see where it is on the map

Avery Beach

This public beach is also a popular spot to swim from, but is a boat launch as well, so please swim in groups or with a person in a kayak or canoe.

Swimming from here into the town docks, you are going with the current for a 2km swim, and best to be closer to the shore than out in the middle of the bay, as this is the main area for people to go into town from Lake Vernon.

Click here to view a map of where Avery Beach is located.  Turn towards the lake on Yonge Street at West Side Fish and Chips, and it will take you right there.

Colonial Bay Cottage Resort Boat Launch

Just east of Colonial Bay Cottage Resort is a quiet little public beach and boat launch that is not very visible or known.

There is a gravel road that passes behind (just west) the main building of Tally Ho Resort, and just east of the entrance to Colonial Bay Cottage Resort.  As far as a public swimming area, it is not very well marked, but is a great location to swim from.  Again, you should follow the safety rules of swimming in our lakes and consider having a kayaker or someone in a canoe with you.

Swim either direction along the shoreline for as long as you want. This is a great place to swim for swim training, or after going for a bike ride on Limberlost Road (40km out and back).

Click here for a map of its location.