Huntsville — center of tourism in Muskoka

Follow-​up from : Both sides of the Niagara Falls

This is the third part of my multi-​part essay covering my fall vacation in Canada.

Because my vacation in Canada included a canoe trip in Algonquin Park, I did some research were to start the adventure with style. Stuart from Algonquin Park Tours confirmed my consideration of Huntsville in Ontario — so I planned a stopover in this small town (population 18.000) on my way from Toronto to Ottawa.

Both essays should be published soon…

A bus ride is the only way to get to Huntsville by public transportation, because the train service was discontinued in 2012. So I took the early coach (operated by Ontario Northland) from Toronto’s Coach Terminal to Huntsville.

After a short ride — with a coffee break in Gravenhurst — I arrived at the local bus station just before noon. As my motel was located on the main road of Huntsville I decided to take a walk through the town center. After unpacking my luggage I had lunch at a nearby italian restaurant. I also bought some supplies in a grocery store and started exploring the town by foot.

There are many small bars, restaurants and shops in the town center. A rather large outdoor store can also be found on Huntsville’s Main Street. The waterfront around Town Dock Park is simply beautiful and wasn’t crowded at all :

The main season was over, so I only saw only few tourists… 

I continued exploring the southern part of the town because the shore around Fairy Lake was gorgeous (hence the common name “Cottage Country”) and the weather turned out so be good, too :

I also got a first glimpse of the typical Canadian fall foliage…

On my way to Lions Lookout I discovered the Train & Steam Museum which even operates a small steam-​powered train along Camp Kitchen Road :

Unfortunately the Muskoka Heritage Place was already closed for this season…

Late afternoon I returned to the town center and visited River Mill Park and went to The Cottage Waterfront Grill. The menu sounds nice and the view at the Town Docks is great.

I even was lucky to watch some American car classics at the parking lot…

Walking down Main Street at sundown was really a pleasant surprise — as I hadn’t the chance to enjoy a typical small Canadian town without tourists, yet…

After a light dinner I sat down at the waterfront and watched the last rays of the sun going down. I returned to my motel room and repacked my gear for the next days while watching the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. 

The next morning my adventure in Algonquin Provincial Park started. After finishing my canoe trip I came back to Huntsville in order to catch the coach to Ottawa (with an early transfer in North Bay at 02 :00 am).

Continued in : Ottawa - the Canadian Capital