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Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst is known as the Gateway to Muskoka. The lakes, forests and rocky landscape captivated the first visitors and have drawn people back for more than 150 years.

Early visitors, often rode a train down to Muskoka Wharf where they were transported by steamship to their summer homes and holiday resorts.

Today, take a step into the past by cruising on one of the historic ships that ply Muskoka’s big three lakes. The RMS Segwun, at 130 years old, is the oldest operating steamship in North America.

Gravenhurst has a colourful history. Lumbering and sawmills were important. In fact, at the turn of the century, there were sawmills on Gull Lake and Lake Muskoka, with logs floating to cover much of Gravenhurst Bay.

The mills are gone and today the Muskoka Wharf is buzzing with different activity. A scenic boardwalk traces the same shoreline. Along the way, stop to enjoy a meal at one of the many places to delight the palate – everything from chef-prepared specialities, more casual meals and even a coffee shop and tea house. The wharf is anchored by the historic steamship cruise office at one end and the Muskoka Discovery Centre museum at the other.

Visitors today can also appreciate the past by visiting the Gravenhurst Opera House in Historic Downtown Gravenhurst. The building, nestled in an area of unique shops and restaurants, has a century-long tradition of professional theatre but also offers an assortment of musical entertainment.

Gravenhurst has small intimate music venues offering big memorable experiences. The Barge at Gull Lake is a Sunday night tradition where people gather with lawn chairs to enjoy music. Restaurants, the brewery and a small one of a kind almost home-like theatre regularly offer live music.

Public beaches offer swimming, hiking and more. Gull Lake Park has a public beach, complete with lifeguards on afternoons in the summer. In the winter, that park is a parking area for snowmachine trailers. During the Second World War, a prisoner of war camp was located in Gravenhurst.
Remains of it and a small plaque mark the spot at Ungerman Park.

Treasure hunters will enjoy Gravenhurst’s arts, antiques and collectibles. The restored Albion Hotel is home to an artists’ gallery and many more have studios in the area. Shops specialize in everything from antiques and collectibles, including furniture and decor to great food and fashion.

Boating is big in Gravenhurst. It is home to classic wooden boatbuilders and restorers, annual power boat races, an annual rowing regatta, classic boats, fishing tournaments and a weekly summer water ski show. It is a great place to get out on the water to enjoy big lake boating or exploring one of the many smaller lakes.

There is something exciting happening almost every weekend, all summer long. The Gravenhurst Car Show, taking place the day before Fathers’ Day has been a tradition for over 20 years, the BIA hosts a popular sidewalk sale, The ACBS annual antique boat show takes place early in July, The Muskoka Wharf has regular events too including the popular Rib Fest in July and Dockside Festival arts show in August.

The colourful leaves, a thriving arts community and a more relaxed pace attract autumn visitors. Winter is a time of activities such as pond hockey, winter carnival, snowmobiling and snowshoeing or a time to enjoy the indoors, perhaps at a restaurant or the brewery. Spring is time to get back on the water and onto the trails and explore the community.

Gravenhurst welcomes you to their beautiful town year-round to experience Muskoka at its finest.

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Gravenhurst Muskoka KOA
Gravenhurst Farmers' Market
Swift Outdoor Centre Muskoka
Gravenhurst Opera House
Gravenhurst / Muskoka KOA Campground
The Gypsy Market Mews
Twin Maples Farm
Sawdust City Brewing Company
Twin Maples Farm
Taboo Muskoka Golf Course
Muskoka Bay Gallery & Pottery
Gina Denne Pottery
Sawdust City Brewing Company
Arts at the Albion
SurfSkateFly
Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
Brew Tours
Gateway to Muskoka & Beyond
KIDZONE
The Sands Golf Course
The Tree Museum
Ryde Barn Quilt Trail
Muskoka Wharf
Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre
Buckwallow
Heli Muskoka
Gravenhurst Cycling Route #2
SurfSkateFly
Woodmill of Muskoka
Muskoka Bay Club
Muskoka Bay Clothing
Little Norway Memorial
Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre
Gravenhurst Cycling Route #1
Peter's Players
Bramblewood Studio
Four Ninety Muskoka B and B
Bear & Butterfly Bed and Breakfast
Taboo Muskoka
Robbins' Tuktawayin B & B
Club Muskoka
Camp Hillbilly Estates
Howard Johnson Inn
4 Seasons Trailer & Tent Park
Pine Lake Cottages
Pine Grove Cottages
Pinedale Inn
Skyways Motel
The Inn on Bay
CottageRental.com
Gravenhurst/Muskoka KOA Campground
Lone Pine Inn
D & B's Bed & Breakfast
Muskoka Rose Guest House and Retreat
Bear & Butterfly Bed and Breakfast
Shamrock Bay Resort
Lantern Bay Resort
Severn Shores B&B
Oakwood Motel
Muskoka Bay Resort
Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
The Vaudvillian
Jan
27
Andrea Baston talks about Exile Air – WWII’s Little Norway - Speaker Series
Jan
28
Comedy Night at Sawdust City
Feb
02
Tina Turner - Simply the Best
Feb
10
Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition
Feb
10
Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
starts
Feb
15
ends
Feb
19
Heat up the Night
Feb
15
North Bay Snowmobile Speed Runs
starts
Feb
17
ends
Feb
18
Eli & The Straw Man
Feb
24
Dirty Dishes
Feb
24
Jack De Keyzer
Mar
10
Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition
Mar
10
Ray Bonneville Duo with Richie Lawrence
Mar
24
Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party
Mar
31
Metropolitan Silver Band
Apr
14
Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition
Apr
14
Dave Gunning & JP Cormier
Apr
19
Robi Botos Solo
Apr
21
Alejandra Ribera Trio
Apr
25
Muskoka Builders’ Association Home & Cottage Show
starts
Apr
27
ends
Apr
29
Terry Savage & the Wonky Honkees
Apr
28
Harry Manx
May
04
Suddenly Mommy!
May
05
Broadsway
May
06
Fresh Fashion Show
May
09
Spring Music Cruise
Jun
02
Spring Music Cruise
Jun
03
Gravenhurst Car Show
Jun
16
The Muskoka Powerboat Races
starts
Jun
23
ends
Jun
24
Spring into Summer Art Crawl
Jun
23
Funkfest
Jun
30
38th Annual Summer Vintage Boat Show
Jul
07
Gravenhurst Triathlon
starts
Jul
14
ends
Jul
15
Muskoka Ribfest
starts
Jul
27
ends
Jul
29
Muskoka In-Water Boat and Cottage Show
starts
Jul
27
ends
Jul
29
Sawdust City Music Festival
starts
Aug
03
ends
Aug
05
Celebrate Gravenhurst Sidewalk Sale
starts
Aug
10
ends
Aug
11
Dockside Festival of the Arts
starts
Aug
17
ends
Aug
19
Muskoka Fall Classic-Rowing Event
Sep
08
Severn Bridge Fall Fair
Sep
08
Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade
Nov
24
Muskoka Bay Resort
Blue Willow Tea Shop
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