John Wesley’s guidebook

John Wesley
John Wesley
John Wesley’s guidebook

Beach and swimming

Great sandy beach with a shallow walk in. Great for small children as well as teenagers and adults. Lots of trees for shade and a large parking lot. Boat launch at side of beach where road ends.
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Hutcheson Beach
9 Hutcheson Beach Rd
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Great sandy beach with a shallow walk in. Great for small children as well as teenagers and adults. Lots of trees for shade and a large parking lot. Boat launch at side of beach where road ends.
Long sandy beach with shallow walk in to deeper water. Great for children of any age. Large pier (dock) for jumping in to deeper water plus boat tie ups. Boat launch. Parking can get crowded when busy.
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Dwight Beach
1158 Dwight Beach Rd
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Long sandy beach with shallow walk in to deeper water. Great for children of any age. Large pier (dock) for jumping in to deeper water plus boat tie ups. Boat launch. Parking can get crowded when busy.
cottage town with some nice restaurants and a great sandy beach. There is swimming on the south side of the dam as well but use caution near the rocky outflow of the dam. You will see locals sliding in the waters there but major injuries and deaths have occurred. Below the rocky outflow is a small park with parking. The river is good for swimming here and this is a popular place for many to launch their canoes and kayaks to paddle down the Muskoka River towards High Falls in Bracebridge. There are 2 short portages around scenic chutes along the way. The main beach is the big family draw in Port Sydney.
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Port Sydney
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cottage town with some nice restaurants and a great sandy beach. There is swimming on the south side of the dam as well but use caution near the rocky outflow of the dam. You will see locals sliding in the waters there but major injuries and deaths have occurred. Below the rocky outflow is a small park with parking. The river is good for swimming here and this is a popular place for many to launch their canoes and kayaks to paddle down the Muskoka River towards High Falls in Bracebridge. There are 2 short portages around scenic chutes along the way. The main beach is the big family draw in Port Sydney.
A small cottage town with a nice beach and boat launch with big dock. Swimming is good and the drive there is scenic.
South Portage Dock
1415 Muskoka District Road 9
A small cottage town with a nice beach and boat launch with big dock. Swimming is good and the drive there is scenic.

Neighbourhoods

Cottage town with multiple beaches and picnic areas. You can get a Pickerel dinner and the restaurant by the swing bridge on the river. Great pizza place on the highway at the south end of town. Catch a lake cruise on the historic steamship that docks in town. Visit the famous Robinson's country store. Boat and fish in the many bays of Lake of bays. A great scenic drive no matter what route you take. Don't miss out on the view from the Fire Watch Tower that resides on top of the hill overlooking the town and lake.
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Dorset
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Cottage town with multiple beaches and picnic areas. You can get a Pickerel dinner and the restaurant by the swing bridge on the river. Great pizza place on the highway at the south end of town. Catch a lake cruise on the historic steamship that docks in town. Visit the famous Robinson's country store. Boat and fish in the many bays of Lake of bays. A great scenic drive no matter what route you take. Don't miss out on the view from the Fire Watch Tower that resides on top of the hill overlooking the town and lake.

Sightseeing

Great cottage town with a number of good pubs style restaurants and The Lake Of Bays Brewing Company Brewhouse pub. Places to swim, Ice cream shop and boat launches. From hear you can head out to explore the scenic bays of the lake in your boat.
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Baysville
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Great cottage town with a number of good pubs style restaurants and The Lake Of Bays Brewing Company Brewhouse pub. Places to swim, Ice cream shop and boat launches. From hear you can head out to explore the scenic bays of the lake in your boat.
Huntsville is the gateway to Algonquin Park. Lots of daytime hiking trails, one day canoe or kayak excursions, beaches for swimming and waterfalls. The Logging Museum near the East Gate is a great walking tour. Check out the Alligator (it's a logging boat).
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Algonquin Park
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Huntsville is the gateway to Algonquin Park. Lots of daytime hiking trails, one day canoe or kayak excursions, beaches for swimming and waterfalls. The Logging Museum near the East Gate is a great walking tour. Check out the Alligator (it's a logging boat).
Arrowhead Privincial Park is a year round park on the north edge of Huntsville. Cross country ski trails and a mile long skating rink in the winter along with good snow for snowshoeing. In the summer it hosts great hiking trails, scenic water falls and good swimming at the beaches on it's small lakes. Canoe rentals are available. A park pass is required.
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Arrowhead Provincial Park
451 Arrowhead Park Rd
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Arrowhead Privincial Park is a year round park on the north edge of Huntsville. Cross country ski trails and a mile long skating rink in the winter along with good snow for snowshoeing. In the summer it hosts great hiking trails, scenic water falls and good swimming at the beaches on it's small lakes. Canoe rentals are available. A park pass is required.
Just south of Dwight on highway 35 the Frost Centre is the former Ontario Forest Fire Fighting Training Centre. It is currently under major renovations for a new life. This is the start point for a large number of hiking and water trails that spread out across the protected forestry area of the Frost Centre. Ample free parking along with canoe rentals and a small store with snacks. The lake at the launch point is very scenic and great for canoeing and kayaking. The fall colours are well worth the visit in October for an end of season paddle. The trails are also available for winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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Haliburton Highlands Water Trails- Frost Centre Access Point
20130 ON-35
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Just south of Dwight on highway 35 the Frost Centre is the former Ontario Forest Fire Fighting Training Centre. It is currently under major renovations for a new life. This is the start point for a large number of hiking and water trails that spread out across the protected forestry area of the Frost Centre. Ample free parking along with canoe rentals and a small store with snacks. The lake at the launch point is very scenic and great for canoeing and kayaking. The fall colours are well worth the visit in October for an end of season paddle. The trails are also available for winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Century old lift locks that got the small steam boats onto the Muskoka River for access down to South Mary Lake. Still operational to take your family down river in your own boat. Great swimming just south of the locks and great fishing in the fast water on the lower side of the dam. Free parking and picnic area at the locks plus a boat launch with swimming and parking just south of the locks.
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Brunel Lift Locks
561 Brunel Rd
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Century old lift locks that got the small steam boats onto the Muskoka River for access down to South Mary Lake. Still operational to take your family down river in your own boat. Great swimming just south of the locks and great fishing in the fast water on the lower side of the dam. Free parking and picnic area at the locks plus a boat launch with swimming and parking just south of the locks.
Great fun for the kids and the adults like it too. Rides, petting animals and fun food.
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Julemandens landsby: Muskoka's Theme Park
1624 Golden Beach Road
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Great fun for the kids and the adults like it too. Rides, petting animals and fun food.
For a history of the Muskokas, the lakes and the ships and boats that sailed them, this is the place to go. You can still get a tour cruise on 3 of these ships that served the big lakes for many decades.
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Muskoka Discovery Centre
275 Steamship Bay Rd
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For a history of the Muskokas, the lakes and the ships and boats that sailed them, this is the place to go. You can still get a tour cruise on 3 of these ships that served the big lakes for many decades.
Heritage railway with steam engines. Take a ride on the tracks along the river and out to Fairy Lake and return. Heritage place is a pioneer village showing life as it was when logging was the focus of the area. A blacksmiths shop and bakery are some of the active venues that can be seen here. Open 10 am to 4 pm. Near the High School and Summit Centre, close to downtown.
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Muskoka Heritage Place
Muskoka Heritage Place
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Heritage railway with steam engines. Take a ride on the tracks along the river and out to Fairy Lake and return. Heritage place is a pioneer village showing life as it was when logging was the focus of the area. A blacksmiths shop and bakery are some of the active venues that can be seen here. Open 10 am to 4 pm. Near the High School and Summit Centre, close to downtown.

Adventure

The Big East river is a sandy bottom river with sandy beach shorelines all along its route and great scenic views of massive sand cliffs along much of the river. Best access for a full day trip is from Williamsport Road on the east side of Arrowhead Provincial Park or from Dyer Memorial Road which is the first right turn off of Williamsport Road after you cross the river. Park near the big bend in the road and you can get into the river from there. For a shorter trip (half day) you can launch off of Arrowhead Park road near the highway or from the park itself. Parking here is either paid in the park and restricted by the highway. There is a small parking spot across highway 11 (west side) on Old North road with access to the river but you will have missed some great scenery at this point. You can paddle or tube flat down the big east. No rapids on this section and the water flows around 2 to 3.5 km per hour depending on the time of year. Faster in the spring. The river is great for swimming, sunbathing on sandy shores, picnics and sightseeing. The Big East exits into Lake Vernon about a half km from Hutchinson Beach. If you are tubing, make sure you have a paddle or other method to get you to the beach. You can park your pick up vehicle at Hutchinson Beach. You can access the Big East much higher up river, close to Algonquin Park by taking Limberlost Road (Muskoka Road 8) and then Billy Bear Road to where you will cross the river. At this point you are looking at a 2 or 3 day trip and some rapids and chutes with portages will be involved. The river is a Provincial Park at this point controlled by Arrowhead and there are camping spots. Check with Arrowhead for water conditions and river hazards to make sure you know where the portages are located.
Big East River
Williamsport Road
The Big East river is a sandy bottom river with sandy beach shorelines all along its route and great scenic views of massive sand cliffs along much of the river. Best access for a full day trip is from Williamsport Road on the east side of Arrowhead Provincial Park or from Dyer Memorial Road which is the first right turn off of Williamsport Road after you cross the river. Park near the big bend in the road and you can get into the river from there. For a shorter trip (half day) you can launch off of Arrowhead Park road near the highway or from the park itself. Parking here is either paid in the park and restricted by the highway. There is a small parking spot across highway 11 (west side) on Old North road with access to the river but you will have missed some great scenery at this point. You can paddle or tube flat down the big east. No rapids on this section and the water flows around 2 to 3.5 km per hour depending on the time of year. Faster in the spring. The river is great for swimming, sunbathing on sandy shores, picnics and sightseeing. The Big East exits into Lake Vernon about a half km from Hutchinson Beach. If you are tubing, make sure you have a paddle or other method to get you to the beach. You can park your pick up vehicle at Hutchinson Beach. You can access the Big East much higher up river, close to Algonquin Park by taking Limberlost Road (Muskoka Road 8) and then Billy Bear Road to where you will cross the river. At this point you are looking at a 2 or 3 day trip and some rapids and chutes with portages will be involved. The river is a Provincial Park at this point controlled by Arrowhead and there are camping spots. Check with Arrowhead for water conditions and river hazards to make sure you know where the portages are located.

Food scene

On the water and right down town in Huntsville. Great for picnics and lots of take out food available. You can rent a canoe, kayak or peddle boat at the docks from Algonquin Outfitters. You can dock you boat for free at the docks and visit the stores and restaurants. There is often live music on the stage in the park during the summer.
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River Mill Park
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On the water and right down town in Huntsville. Great for picnics and lots of take out food available. You can rent a canoe, kayak or peddle boat at the docks from Algonquin Outfitters. You can dock you boat for free at the docks and visit the stores and restaurants. There is often live music on the stage in the park during the summer.
In town on highway 60 as you head towards Algonquin Park. More flavours than you can count.
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Kawartha Dairy Huntsville
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In town on highway 60 as you head towards Algonquin Park. More flavours than you can count.
Julie and her team serve up incredible smoked sandwiches and french fries in a unique outdoor venue near the water. Lots of parking.
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Smokin Hot Chip Truck
153 ON-60
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Julie and her team serve up incredible smoked sandwiches and french fries in a unique outdoor venue near the water. Lots of parking.
A large selection of great beers produced on site with a kitchen that serves great food most of which is locally sourced. Nice venue with an outdoor patio.
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Huntsville Brewhouse
59 Main St E
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A large selection of great beers produced on site with a kitchen that serves great food most of which is locally sourced. Nice venue with an outdoor patio.
Enjoy good food and beverages while overlooking the river on large multi-storied decks. Right by the bridge.
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On The Docks Pub
90 Main St E
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Enjoy good food and beverages while overlooking the river on large multi-storied decks. Right by the bridge.
Nice restaurant and pub with great food and atmosphere. Large multi-story covered decks provide great views of the river as you enjoy your food and beverages.
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The Mill On Main
50 Main Street East
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Nice restaurant and pub with great food and atmosphere. Large multi-story covered decks provide great views of the river as you enjoy your food and beverages.
This Boston Pizza location is right on the river by the bridge and has a great waterfront deck for enjoying fun times with family and friends. Part of the dock is covered for enjoying the river in any weather.
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Boston Pizza
1100 Bay Street
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This Boston Pizza location is right on the river by the bridge and has a great waterfront deck for enjoying fun times with family and friends. Part of the dock is covered for enjoying the river in any weather.
A large craft brewing facility with a rooftop patio that gives a great view of the river. Facility tours are available.
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Canvas Brewing Company
12 John St
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A large craft brewing facility with a rooftop patio that gives a great view of the river. Facility tours are available.
A great smokehouse with specialty items. They do great takeout and serve a good breakfast. 2 locations with their restaurant right near the highway 11 exit on Main Street (Muskoka Road 3) and a food truck location on the river beside Boston Pizza.
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Algonquin Café & Deli
234 Main St W
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A great smokehouse with specialty items. They do great takeout and serve a good breakfast. 2 locations with their restaurant right near the highway 11 exit on Main Street (Muskoka Road 3) and a food truck location on the river beside Boston Pizza.
A popular restaurant and pub at the intersection of Limberlost Road and Highway 60 heading towards Algonquin Park. Only 10 minutes drive from Huntsville. Try the Prime Rib served on Saturday evenings.
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Muskoka on the Rocks
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A popular restaurant and pub at the intersection of Limberlost Road and Highway 60 heading towards Algonquin Park. Only 10 minutes drive from Huntsville. Try the Prime Rib served on Saturday evenings.
Tall Trees serves great food at reasonable prices. The Chef owned restaurant gets great reviews and is very popular. Make a reservation if you want to get in.
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Tall Trees
87 Main St W
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Tall Trees serves great food at reasonable prices. The Chef owned restaurant gets great reviews and is very popular. Make a reservation if you want to get in.
A popular eatery with a number of vegetarian items on its menu. Nice atmosphere and pleasant dining and good food.
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The Artisan House
21 West Street S
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A popular eatery with a number of vegetarian items on its menu. Nice atmosphere and pleasant dining and good food.
Eat in or take out. Excellent Thai food served with a cheerful smile. Right downtown close to the bridge by the traffic lights.
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SENG'S AUTHENTIC THAI CUISINE
79 Main St E
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Eat in or take out. Excellent Thai food served with a cheerful smile. Right downtown close to the bridge by the traffic lights.
Authentic Thai cuisine from a food truck across from Boston pizza.
The Thai Hut
18 John St
Authentic Thai cuisine from a food truck across from Boston pizza.
Kelseys Roadhose can be found in the shopping area near highway 11 and 60 along with Walmart, Independent Grocer and Marks.
Kelseys Original Roadhouse
111 Howland Dr
Kelseys Roadhose can be found in the shopping area near highway 11 and 60 along with Walmart, Independent Grocer and Marks.
East Side mario's is found near Walmart and Independent Grocer off Howland Avenue near Highway 11 and 60. You can take Centre Street through town to get there as well.
Eastside Marios
111 Howland Dr
East Side mario's is found near Walmart and Independent Grocer off Howland Avenue near Highway 11 and 60. You can take Centre Street through town to get there as well.
Chuck's is found on King William Street (Main Street after it crosses the bridge downtown) and is across from the gas station and Tim's by the stop lights at the Huntsville Shopping Mall. Well priced food and drinks with steaks and burgers and other pub food. A sports bar with lots of big screen tv's. An outdoor patio and indoor family seating accompanies the raised seating bar area.
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Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill
68 King William St
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Chuck's is found on King William Street (Main Street after it crosses the bridge downtown) and is across from the gas station and Tim's by the stop lights at the Huntsville Shopping Mall. Well priced food and drinks with steaks and burgers and other pub food. A sports bar with lots of big screen tv's. An outdoor patio and indoor family seating accompanies the raised seating bar area.

Grocery Stores

Large grocery store found near Highway 11, highway 60 and Centre Street.
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Bullock's Your Independent Grocer
131 Howland Dr
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Large grocery store found near Highway 11, highway 60 and Centre Street.
Large Grocery Store on King William Street (extension of Main Street as you cross the bridge. You can get Pickerel when in season. Great pizza at a great price.
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Metro Dundas Valley
15 Governors Rd
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Large Grocery Store on King William Street (extension of Main Street as you cross the bridge. You can get Pickerel when in season. Great pizza at a great price.
Large grocery store with a great produce section and good prices on groceries. Just over the bridge and behind the plaza in a second plaza. Turn on street behind the Canvas Brewery.
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FreshCo
12 Cann St
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Large grocery store with a great produce section and good prices on groceries. Just over the bridge and behind the plaza in a second plaza. Turn on street behind the Canvas Brewery.