Gravenhurst Ontario Visited
by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
Gravenhurst is a great place to visit!
After all, it is the “Gateway to the Muskoka Lakes“!
Over the years, Judi and I have visited the Town of Gravenhurst a number of times.
We have always enjoyed exploring the Gravenhurst shops and eating in their various restaurants!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Gravenhurst is referred to as the Gateway to the Muskoka Lakes.
Certainly many people do travel through Gravenhurst to get to their cottages.
But for me, Gravenhurst is much more than a “drive through” community.
For those who take the time to explore, they will discover many “treasures“!
For example, Norman Bethune was born in Gravenhurst and there is the Bethune Memorial House which honors the life and achievements of Dr. Bethune. It is now a Canadian National Historic Site.
Another great place to visit and explore in Gravenhurst is “The Muskoka Wharf“.
The Muskoka Wharf area is a combination of unique shops, excellent restaurants and fun activities!
Muskoka Steamship Lines is there and offers visitors Muskoka Lakes cruises.
They have two steamships available for Muskoka Lake cruises.
There’s the Wenonah II, a modern replica steamship and the 130 year old historic steamship, R.M.S. Segwun.
During the summer months a cruise on one of these amazing steamships is a must!
Judi and I had a great time watching the Wenonah prepare to “set sail“.
We even got to take a look and some of their unique instruments.
The Muskoka Wharf is located on Lake Muskoka, so there are lots of boats coming and going into the harbour.
A few years ago, my grandson, Tyler, and I where able to attend the annual “Antique and Classic Boat Show” held in Gravenhurst at the Muskoka Wharf. It definitely brought back many fond memories of cruising Lake of Bays in our classic Shepherd Runabout.
As I mentioned before, there is a lot tp see and do at The Muskoka Wharf!
Another great place to visit when you are in Gravenhurst is the Gull Lake Rotary Park.
You may not realize this, but Gravenhurst is located on two lakes… Lake Muskoka and Gull Lake.
Gull Lake may be smaller and less known, but it offers a lot to visitors!
The Gull Lake Park has a great swimming area.
It also has fun “play” facilities.
And, if you want a private or family picnic, you can do that there too!
So the next time you are “driving through“, stop and explore “the Gateway” community of Gravenhurst!
“You will be glad you did!”