Known as the gateway to Muskoka, welcome to Gravenhurst. Gravenhurst is steeped in rich history. Early visitors often rode a train to Muskoka Wharf where they were transported by steamship to their summer homes and holiday resorts on Lake Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph.
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As the Gateway to Muskoka, Gravenhurst has long been known as a travel hub for Ontario’s lake district. Just less than 2 hours north of Toronto, Gravenhurst provides an easy link to Bracebridge and the Township of Muskoka Lakes to the north.
Visitors and residents can still take a historic steamer across the lake from Gravenhurst today.
Gravenhurst’s town centre sits between two large lakes: Muskoka (to the northwest) and Gull (to the southeast). The rest of the area is dotted with many smaller lakes, watersheds, and islands.
Four other townships fall within the Gravenhurst area: Wood, Morrison, Ryde, and Muskoka.
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Gravenhurst brands itself as the “Gateway to Muskoka”. As such, Gravenhurst has features of both the Greater Toronto Area suburbs to the south and the surrounding cottage country. This blend of rural and suburban life means that the homes for sale in Gravenhurst are suited to a variety of living styles, from part-time vacation cottages to large single-family homes.
Vacation homes and fractional condos or villas also make excellent income opportunities. Anytime you’re not in town, just rent them out.
Otherwise, you’ll see real estate in the Gravenhurst property market from country farmhouses, to stick, to large estate homes in coastal shingle style.All, of course, are well winterized, to keep you warm for less in the colder months, and many feature modern windows that balance large-size with energy-efficiency.
Whatever you choose among Gravenhurst’s real estate, you can opt for your own balance of town and country, between private and secluded lakeside cottages and suburban homes conveniently located near everything that downtown Gravenhurst has to offer.
Attractions & Highlights
As the “Gateway to Muskoka”, Gravenhurst has a lofty reputation to uphold, both as a representative of the region as a whole and the place where first impressions are made.
And Gravenhurst lives up to this task with an impressive array of attractions, events, amenities, and other area highlights. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, historic ambience, or a bit of shopping and fine dining, then Gravenhurst will have you covered.
Popular sights in Gravenhurst include:
- The RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest steam ship
- Muskoka Wharf, home to a scenic boardwalk and many eateries
- Muskoka Discovery Centre museum
- The Barge at Gull Lake, a Sunday-night music venue
- Gull Lake Park on the east side of Gravenhurst has a public beach
- The Albion Hotel art gallery and studios
For those who want to get away from the “big city”, the area around Gravenhurst has many options for outdoor activities as well. The many lakes and bodies of water are great for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. And there are more than enough spots for sunbathing and easy swimming from the shore.
Visitors also come to Gravenhurst before winter to appreciate the fall colours, and winter itself is buzzing with winter sporting activities like pond hockey, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.
Gravenhurst is home to a strong boating culture, with regular races, regattas, shows, and fishing events. Other regular events include:
- The Gravenhurst Car Show
- The ACBS antique boat show
- Rib Fest
- Dockside Festival
Students in Gravenhurst are served by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board which administers Gravenhurst High School and three elementary schools. Gravenhurst also has the Ontario Fire College, founded in 1949.
Gravenhurst has had a few names over its history, including McCabes Landing and Sawdust City. It was eventually named “Gravenhurst” after the title of a book. Gravenhurst grew as a transport hub, being a primary embarkation point for steam ships on the lakes. It was also the northern terminus of the Toronto, Simcoe and Muskoka Junction Railway.
Timbre processing has also been a historically important industry in Gravenhurst.
Another notable point in Gravenhurst’s history was the presence of a WW2 prisoner of war camp in the area, the remains of which can still be found at Ungerman Park.
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