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Huntsville Ontario

Ontario’s link to Muskoka and Algonquin Park Vacations

The historic town of Huntsville, the main setting of the Lake of Bays cottage vacation area, is perfectly situated on the top end of Muskoka and right at the western doorstep to the pristine lakes and backcountry of Algonquin Park.

It is the largest and fastest growing municipality of the Muskoka region and with a population of around 18,000 it is big enough to offer a few more amenities than is sister Muskoka towns of Bracebridge and Gravehurst but still small enough to retain the intimacy or this world famous cottage and lake vacation paradise.

History of Huntsville

Huntsville was founded in 1860 by Captain George Hunt and was built by the logging industry and the vast Pine forests of the region. The railroad arrived in 1885 and Huntsville was incorporated as a town in 1900.

Huntsville Activities

Just in the Huntsville area, there are over 140 lakes that you can choose to explore for day trips, fishing, swimming, boating or scouting for that future dream cottage. We have all the resources you need to start learning about this wonderful area. Beautiful Lake of Bays is just to the east and also near by is the connected lakes – Mary Lake, Fairy Lake, Peninsula Lake and Lake Vernon.

There are great golf courses in the Huntsville area to test your skills – and frustration levels. And because of the proximity to Algonquin, there are outfitters and guides to set you up for the quintessential Canadian backcountry camping or canoeing experience. But it’s not just summer that is a great time to be here. The fall colors are at their peak from mid-September to late October. And in the winter there is downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and even dog sledding.

Getting To Huntsville

So how do you get here? Huntsville is 134 miles from Toronto and 220 miles from Ottawa. Most visitors arrive from Toronto. From Toronto take Hwy 400 north to Barrie and then exit on to Hwy 11 north to Gravenhurst and Bracebridge and then finally to Huntsville near the juncture of Hwy 60.

Explore the Huntsville Ontario area for your next vacation or maybe scout your next dream cottage.

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