Gravenhurst Travel Guide

  • Boats in Lake Huron (Georgian Bay)
    Boats in Lake Huron (Georgian Bay)
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  • A view of Fall colours from Dorset
    A view of Fall colours from Dorset
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  • Miss Midland Cruising on Lake Huron
    Miss Midland Cruising on Lake Huron
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Gravenhurst Things to Do

  • Miss Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises

    We took a Sightseeing Cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland and experienced the crystal clear and choppy waters, the pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka-Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands. The cruise starts from Midland in Simcoe County, but covers a major portion in Muskoka waters, encircling Georgian Bay Islands National Park. A welcome part of...

  • Visitor Centre of Georgian Bay Islands...

    We visited the Welcome Centre at Lock 45 on the Trent Severn Waterway to learn more about Georgian Bay Islands National Park that we wanted to paddle our canoe and kayak to. The Centre has many exhibits showing the natural and cultural heritage of the national park as well as general information on such things as ‘invasive species’ in our...

  • Gateway to the National Park

    There are water taxis operating from Honey Harbour to take the passengers to the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. When we reached Honey Harbour after battling a two hour traffic jam, it was already 1 pm and the village was bustling with tourists. Cottages and resorts dwellers were busy shopping and many tourists were sailing or motor boating...

  • Multiple activities at Port Severn Lock...

    Port Severn is considered by boaters as the Gateways to Ontario's Lakes and rivers including Georgian Bay and the Historic Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada. We stopped here for gathering information on the Georgian Bay Island National Park, which has its modest Visitor Centre located here. The staff has multiple duties and operates the Lock...

  • Picturesque drive on Highway 35

    We reached Muskoka district by exiting Highway 401 near Toronto for taking Highway 400 North to Barrie. Pass Barrie, we took Highway 11 North and then pass Orillia, we took the diversion for Highway 118 East. Then, we took Highway 35 for Dorset, which turned out to be the most beautiful and picturesque drive for Fall colours for us. Highway 35...

  • Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower Trail

    This is a moderate 2.3 km circular trail around the Lookout Tower to view 800 sq. km’s of area adjacent to it. This is good for people afraid of heights and are unable to climb up the tower. Although the crowd made taking pictures somewhat difficult, the presence of same was refreshing in a way.Part of the lower portion of the trail system toward...

  • Scenic Lookout Tower of Dorset

    We reached Dorset on Highway 35 and had to wait in our car for about 45 minutes to be allowed entry to the ridge top where the legendary and very popular Scenic Lookout Tower is located. The number of cars entering the park is regulated due to limited parking space on the top of the ridge. The ticket is a paltry $ 5 per car, but you can park the...

  • The Boat Slips

    New boat slips have been built at the wharf to accomodate the various crafts that frequent the lakes, including the cruise steamship Segwun.

  • The Muskoka Wharf

    From downtown Gravenhurst, it is a 5 minute drive to the wharf. The Muskoka Wharf area is under reconstruction and should be fully open to the public by the summer (2005).


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Gravenhurst Shopping

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    Best shopping for regional artifacts

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Oct 13, 2010

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    Fashion conscious Muskoka women have shopped at this interesting new and consignment store on Bracebridge’s main street. In its well organized shop, you will see a large inventory of high quality, seldom worn clothing and accessories as well as new designer fashions in sizes from 0 to plus. It offers a large inventory of jewellery and footwear, including the famous DuBarry riding boots. A professional wardrobe consultant is available on premises. If your plans include some special social or travel events, you will be assured of looking your best at very affordable prices.

    Address: 11 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, ON, P1L1T6
    Telephone: 705-646-2291
    Hours: Call for winter hours. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.


    If you are travelling on Highway 60, south of Algonquin Park and have ever dreamed of owning a classic cedar canvas or a high performance carbon fiber canoe, you must visit the Dwight, Ontario head office and factory outlet of Canadas oldest canoe company. For over six decades a Langford canoe has been a prized possession of thousands of Canadian families. On display are many examples of canoes and kayaks at wholesale prices. Its factory store also has an interesting selection of accessories and gifts. Langford also has four other locations including Midland.

    Address: 2832 Highway # 60, Dwight, ON, P0A1H0
    Telephone (800) 337-1006
    Hours: Seven days/week, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    There is an information and gift centre near the Dorset Lookout Fire Tower. The Centre offers visitors a chance to purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps bearing Dorset Tower logo. In addition there are many other gift items based on the natural and cultural heritage of the region.
    Needless to mention, we bought lot of souvenirs, including giant sized portraits of Eastern Red Wolves that are native to the region.

    What to buy: Native art and crafts.

    Gift shop at Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel

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Gravenhurst Local Customs

  • The marinas

    The marinas provide the access to the numerous cottages on the lakes' islands. The boats are (fork) lifted from the water at the end of the season and stored for the winter.

  • The Lakes

    Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, are interconnected deepwater lakes (100 meters deep at points), Rosseau being to the northeast and Joseph to the northwest of lake Muskoka. There are numerous islands on the lakes, ranging from the very large to ones too small to support even a single cottage (as the one pictured).

  • The hemlock

    The basic tree that dominates the shoreline is the hemlock. It is an attractive but somewhat inconspicuous species.


Gravenhurst Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of 5 situations

    I would like to alert tourists to five situations, although I think even these can add to the enjoyment and fun part:1. Traffic: Highway 400 going north off Highway 401 and Highway 11 north of Barrie can both become traffic nightmares at weekends and especially on long weekends of late spring, summer and early fall season. The cottage country...

  • Deadly Fish!

    The Muskoka Great White can be quite bothersome to unsuspecting bathers...he he're right...there is something fishy about this photo...

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Gravenhurst Sports & Outdoors

  • Regattas

    Throught the summer there are opportunities to participate in various sailing competitions such as this one sponsored by a local club.

  • Muskoka River fishing

    The Muskoka River is an excellent place to fish for northern pike. I caught this one Aug. 14 by spin-casting in the reeds with a Mepps #3 gold spinner.

  • Snorkleing

    Water related activities are the center of cottage life.My daughter, criminal defense lawyer, scuba diver and VT member l_y_d_i_a


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