Our Club Members Picks for What To See and Do In Huntsville and Lake of Bays

Whether you’ve been training, racing, coaching, volunteering or cheering at The TriMuskokan, the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, or any number of the other endurance sporting events our area has to offer, you deserve a break.

Set some time aside to visit any number of the natural attractions that our area has to offer and realize why people from all over the world flock to the Muskoka region, and National Geographic named is as the number one "Best Summer Trips of 2011", and the honour was repeated in 2012.  Muskoka was also quoted in their publication, "100 Places That Can Change Your Childs Life" with any number of the amazing outdoor camps that exist here in the Muskoka region.

ost of our TriMuskoka Triathlon Club members have families with young kids. So, sneaking in that training swim, ride, or run often means compromising family time. With this compomise, there often comes guilt that you are spending time away from your family.But alas, we have a "Made in Muskoka" solution for you to get in some "guilt free" training time. Think about this...you drop the kids off at any of our camps, such as Camp Tawingo or Ontario Pioneer Camp, and enjoy a week of exploring the vast training ground that our area has to offer. The kids will be having so much fun exploring and playing in the great outdoors, sleeping underneath the stars, and singing songs around the campfire that they won't even notice you aren't there. Meanwhile, you can cozy up in a cottage rental, a bed and breakfast, a hotel room, or even your own tent under the stars to have a little time of your own.

Since our club is as much social as it is serious, why not take in a mini-brewery tour of the area. With four fantastic microbreweries in the area, you can't go wrong. There is Lake of Bays Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing Company, and Highlander Brew Company in the area. There are even two beer and music festivals in Bracebridge (August 5) and Huntsville (May 20) each summer.

  • The Huntsville Festival of the Arts is a local organization that coordinates most of the artistic events that happen in Huntsville both out in the open and in our state of the art Huntsville Theatre
  • Nuit Blanche:  This is an outdoor celebration of the arts in our community.  The downtown comes alive with performing artists, buskers, painters, sculptors, and so much more.  Come down and see what our arts community has to offer!
  • Algonquin Theatre:  This state of the art theatre
  • Celestial Cinema:  During the summer months we have a movie experience underneath the stars in River Mill Park which is situated in the downtown core just behind Main Street.  Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the show!
  • Downtown Events and Festivities:  Watch our downtown come alive with street festivals, concerts in the park, parades, and so much more.
  • Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery: Explore how the Group of Seven, Canada’s celebrated painters, tried to capture the landscape in this self-guided tour’s 90 larger-than-life mural replicas of the group’s work.

Get outside and play in the great outdoors.  This is why so many visitors from around the world come to our area as the beauty of our area is unparalleled anywhere.

  • Algonquin Park:  Arguably one of the best known parks in Canada for hiking, paddling, camping, and anything out of doors.  There are two fine dining restaurants in the part (Bartlett Lodge and Arowhon Pines) if you don't want to rough it.  Athletes will love the park as Hwy 60 has beautiful 4' paved shoulders where you can bike anywhere along the 60km stretch of road.  Tackle a local favourite ride....the gate to gate to gate ride!  Start at either end of the park and ride to the other gate and bike for a 120km return trip!
  • Arrowhead Park:  There is so much to do in this park that is less than 10 minutes from downtown Huntsville.  There are a lot of great hiking trails, trail biking trails, fishing, and camping experiences to be had!
  • Limberlost Nature Reserve has a vast array of hiking and trail riding (and running for that matter) opportunities in this privately owned and operated parcel of Muskoka.  The Reserve was home to the Muskoka Grind Off Road Triathlon, which provided athletes with a one of a kind off road challenge!
  • Get on the water by renting a stand up paddleboard (SUP), Kayak and Canoe from Algonquin Outfitters.
  • Golfing: There’s always time to squeeze in a round on some of our region’s stunning links. Whether they carve through granite, hug a shoreline, or occupy an entire island, more than 30 local courses offer spectacular views and challenging holes for players of all abilities.

Muskoka has been a place that was a gem that was tucked away in Ontario for many years.  In fact, it was a place that the government sent immigrant settlers to come and try to farm, full well knowing that the terrain was not amenable to farming.  However, what was quickly realized was the Muskoka landscape was like no other and had a way of creating an emotional attachment to anyone who comes to visit.  So, take a trip back in history and discover our roots with some of these local activities that bring you back to the early Muskoka days.

  • Immerse yourself in the day to day life of Muskoka settlers at the Muskoka Heritage Place and Train Association
  • Take a lake cruise on one of the historic steamships that used to bring settlers to their cottages and homes on the remote parts of the lake.  If you are lucky enough to take part in one of their kids cruises (pirates, princesses, and astronauts aboard!), they are super fun!

Keeping the kids engaged sometimes can be a challenge, but here are some family friendly activities that our clubs members families like to partake in as a "local outing"!

  • Capitol Theatre: This is our local theatre that has new releases coming every week.  With two state of the art theatres, that still has the small town theatre charm, this is a guaranteed hit for the whole family
  • Huntsville Bowling Alley
  • Chartered Fishing Trips: Lots of freshwater lakes means lots of freshwater fishing!  Check out one of the charter companies here.
  • Get out on the water and learn how to ride the water!  There are a couple of great companies in Muskoka that can teach you how to waterski and wakeboard!
  • Take the kids out to Johnsons Cranberry Farm where there is lots of fun to be had, especially around the time of the harvest in the fall!
  • Similar to the many lakes comment, there are a lot of trees here too!  So get up on top of the canopy and have a great time with a ziplining and tree top trekking adventure!
  • Christmas happens all summer long in Muskoka!  Come see how Santa and his elves spend their off-season at Santa’s Village.

Arrowhead Park:  As much fun as Arrowhead is in the summer, it is almost more fun in the winter.  It is the home to Ontario's premier skating trail that winds through the campground area.  It is also home to the Arrowhead Nordic Centre which has a large system of cross country (skate and classic) trails, a large tubing hill, and fantastic snowshoe trails for all abilities.  The ANC also plays host to the internationally renowned Muskoka Loppet.

For more information on area events and activities, visit Explorers’ Edge, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, and Muskoka Tourism