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Huntsville (Ontario)

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Huntsville (Ontario)

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Huntsville, [1], is a town and, with a population of 17,338, the largest community in the Muskoka District of Ontario, a province of Canada .


Huntsville was named after Captain George Hunt. He arrived in 1869 and settled on the east side of the Muskoka River. The town plays host to thousands of tourists in the summer season, mostly from Toronto and surrounding cities. Huntsville's numerous lakes and rolling hills make it a beautiful and ideal summer destination. In 2010, Huntsville hosted the 36th G8 Summit, attracting much international attention.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest major airport is Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. There are closer airports in North Bay, Bracebridge, Emsdale and Sundridge/South River. There are daily flights between Toronto and North Bay.

By car[edit]

Huntsville is located on Highway 11, a major highway in Ontario. Toronto is 217 km to the south and North Bay is 128 km to the north.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

You can get almost anywhere in Huntsville by walking

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Lions Lookout provides spectacular views of the town and the rolling hills of Muskoka.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a stroll down Main Street and check out all the little shops where you can find clothing, local art, fine dining and desserts.
  • Walk to Lions Lookout [2] for a scenic view overlooking Huntsville and Fairy Lake.
  • Catch one of the many performances at the Algonquin Theatre [3] downtown.
  • Swim at one of Huntsville's outdoor public swimming areas. Huntsville itself is on three beautiful lakes so, naturally, the town has many public beaches for swimming and relaxing. [4]
  • Take a walk on one of Huntsville's public trails. [5]
  • Visit Arrowhead Provincial Park. [6] Summertime attractions include beaches, hiking trails, and camping. Wintertime attractions include nordic and skate skiing, snowshoeing, downhill tubing, and the highly popular skating trail. [7]
  • Visit Camp Mini-Yo-We [8], a summer camp and year-around retreat centre with many programs for various age groups.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Soul Sista's, a "health and wellness" restaurant at 68 West Road, offers organic and fair-trade coffees and teas, wholesome food, gluten-free products, organic spelt baked goods, and Wi-Fi. Open year round.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • On the Docks Bar. A bar with a nice view of the Muskoka river, nice staff and good food.  edit
  • Moose Delany's Sports Bar. offers casual pub fare in a social setting. A great place to come and have some drinks with friends.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Huntsville has many hotels: Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, Econo Lodge, as well as several others. The town also boasts many quaint Bed & Breakfasts.

  • Beautiful Wilson Lake Resort 1 hour north on the scenic Pickerel River system. 1 to 6 bedroom fully equipped cottages []

Get out[edit]

By Bus Ontario Northland Bus Service Comes from North Bay, making stops at Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Washago, Orillia and Toronto

Routes through Huntsville
Thunder BayNorth Bay  N noframe S  BracebridgeBarrie

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