Gravenhurst in Muskoka, Canada
Gravenhurst in Muskoka is surrounded by many lakes. Everyone knows Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka but there are others like Muldrew Lake, Bird Lake, Gull and Loon to name a few.
Only 90 minutes from Toronto it is knows as the Gateway to Muskoka.
Back in 2005 the Muskoka Wharf was developed which is home to restuarants, a boardwalk and pleanty of shopping. Across the road is the weekly Farmer’s Market.
The opera house which was built in 1901 and features arts & cultural programming year-round. This landmark represents the birth of summer theatre in Ontario. Gravenhurst is a vibrant town in all of our Canadian seasons from local artists and artisans displaying their creations in the summer to the fun and exciting winter carnivals in February.
People starting coming to Muskoka in the 19th century with the ample amounts of Forestry, limber yards and railways started to be build in the late 1800’s. Soon the railway would bring up passengers who enjoyed the peace and quiet of the area.
With the influx of tourists brought resorts and hotels and soon a booming steamship industry began. The R.M.S. Segwun was built in 1887 and is the oldest operating coal steamship in North America. The Wenonah II was built in 1907 and relaunched in 2002, both offer sight seeing tours with the luxury of modern amenities like Air Conditioning and an elevator.
Several of the original churches, homes and downtown buildings still remain in Gravenhurst today. Many are designated as his
toric buildings and maintained to their former glory. Buildings such as the train station, the post office, the Albion, St. James Anglican and Knox Presbyterian churches, buildings in the downtown core and the homes along Bay St. are evident reminders to residents and visitors of the history of Gravenhurst.
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