Located just two hours from downtown Toronto, Bracebridge is situated on the beautiful Muskoka River and overlooks the famous Bracebridge Falls, the most significant waterfall in all of Muskoka. Situated on the 45th Parallel halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, makes Bracebridge the perfect Summer vacation locale for Santa and Mrs. Claus to spend the warm months of summer relaxing and living the joy of Christmas. Santa's Village is a great place to spend time with family and friends of all ages!
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Bracebridge is a small town located in the Muskoka District Municipality just 2 hours north of Toronto. The area is very popular with tourists, day-trippers, and vacationers, most of whom use one of the two main access routes to visit. These are Highway 11 running north to south, and Highway 118 running east to west. Downtown Bracebridge is centred around a picturesque waterfall on the mighty Muskoka River.
The area around Bracebridge is home to a number of smaller communities like Lakewood, Springdale Park, Clear Lake, and Fraserburg.
Gravenhurst is another town of similar size in the area, located just 15km south of Bracebridge along Highway 11.
There is also a small regional airport - Muskoka Airport - just 5km outside of Bracebridge, providing easy access to Toronto.
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Bracebridge offers a tremendous mix of properties within a convenient distance of one of Muskoka’s most popular downtown centres.
Downtown Bracebridge itself is a perennially popular destination, with many charming stores, restaurants, and historic architecture. The distinctive red-brick buildings and beautiful Silver Bridge make this a scenic destination for visitors and property buyers alike.
Homes in the area run the gamut between stately farm houses, lakeside mansions, and resort villas. All feature open and illuminated interiors with the best in modern luxuries and amenities. Exteriors are fitting of the rugged, forested landscape, displaying traditional wooden frame, lap, and shingle designs.
Bracebridge is an excellent place to live - the beautiful scenery, convenient location, many attractions, and high quality real estate are difficult to beat.
Highlights & Attractions
Apart from just the incredible scenery and natural beauty of the area, Bracebridge itself is known for its many attractions, making it a regional hub for tourism, cottage enthusiasts, and those looking for an ideal home for sale in Ontario’s lake region.
For a start, there are historical attractions like Woodchester Villa, the town clock tower, and the Silver Bridge.
Other attractions in Bracebridge include:
- The Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre
- A modern Sportsplex with rock-climbing, running, swimming, and gymnastics facilities
- Peake Fields softball fields
- The Aerial Adventure Park
One of Bracebridge’s biggest attractions is Santa’s Village - a Christmas themed park. If you’re more into outdoor activities, then the summer months offer everything from kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding, to relaxing on one of the many decks adjoining the various eateries in Bracebridge.
And things don’t slow down in the winter months, as residents of Bracebridge continue to enjoy skiing, fishing, ski-dooing, skating, and snowshoeing.
Another highlight is the annual Fire and Ice Festival, featuring winter-related activities, performances, and displays. The fall months are also popular for viewing the stunning colours as the trees begin to change ahead of the colder weather.
Students in Bracebridge can attend a number of elementary schools and two high schools. Public school students are served by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
There is also a tertiary institution - Georgian College - specializing in local industries, services, and trades.
Permanent settlement in Bracebridge traces its history back to the 1860s. Once various transportation routes were established, the area flourished as a hub for local trade and business. The nearby waterfalls also served as a handy power-source for various industries.
Bracebridge was eventually incorporated as a town in its own right in 1875, and by 1894 it was the first town in Ontario with a dedicated hydroelectric power station.
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