The Town of Huntsville ensures that a wide range of arts, culture and heritage opportunities are available to residents and visitors by working actively in partnership with community organizations and enterprises. Huntsville is actively working to be recognized as a leading creative community in Ontario. The Cultural Strategy and Unity Plan for community sustainability. The Town of Huntsville maintains a number of arts, cultural and heritage facilities and programs. The responsibility for daily operation and programming of these facilities is shared with Town staff and local volunteer organizations. Please visit the Town of Huntsville's community directory page to find information on arts, cultural and heritage facilities and groups, local volunteer organizations and other useful community links.
Muskoka Heritage Place, Pioneer Village and the Portage Flyer Train
Touch the Past in Huntsville, Ontario Canada at Muskoka Heritage Place, the home of the Muskoka Museum, Muskoka Pioneer Village and the Portage Flyer Train. Muskoka Heritage Place is the primary historical centre in Huntsville, featuring two museums, 18 authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all situated on a beautiful 90 acre site. Visitors to Muskoka Heritage Place enter through a turn-of-the-20th-century Muskoka museum to a 90 acre outdoor site encompassing Cann Lake and nature trails. Life in the late 1800s is historically recreated with genuine settlement dwellings from the Huntsville area. Costumed narrators demonstrate pioneer life and engage and entertain our visitors with pioneer demonstrations and hands-on activities. www.muskokaheritageplace.org
The Huntsville Art Society & The Signal North Gallery at the Culture Station
The Huntsville Art Society is an exciting and active club with over 100 enthusiastic members who share their artistic skills and knowledge in a rewarding fellowship. Our member artists work in all types of media. This dynamic group is comprised of a full range of skills; from creative individuals who are just beginning, to full-time professionals. We host numerous events such as community art shows and skill sharing workshops held primarily in the Muskoka, Ontario region. The Huntsville Art Society is a proud sponsor to a variety of community support groups. We combine the exhibition of our members' works with fundraising activities, resulting in contributions to charitable organizations throughout Muskoka. We encourage you to come out and participate in the many events and activities that our members help plan and organize. The Signal North Gallery is located at the Culture Station, in the former Huntsville Train Station. A hub for local culture, the Culture Station is also home to the Baggage Room, which includes a historical exhibit on the history of train travel to the Huntsville area. Visit website for more information and gallery location and hours. www.huntsvilleartsociety.ca Click here for exhibition and event calendar.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts
Muskoka Arts & Crafts is the true heart of visual arts in the province’s favourite vacation area. One of Ontario’s oldest and most well established arts organizations, Muskoka Arts & Crafts has grown since its inception in 1963 to include nearly 400 artists and arts supporters, and has become an innovative force in the community at large.
For artists, Muskoka Arts & Crafts is one of the benefits of living in Muskoka, a source of support through like-minded people that fosters creative growth and a feeling of community. In turn, the promotion of the arts through Muskoka Arts & Crafts and its members has made Muskoka a vibrant and culturally engaged destination for visitors, local residents and summer residents alike. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com
Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery
The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery is an inspiring and dramatic mural collection featuring over 80 world-class reproductions of famous artwork by Tom Thomson and Canada’s renown Group of Seven artists. The Gallery is a free public art experience that is designed to engage the community, residents, visitors and tourists alike. The murals are hand painted by select mural artists from across Canada, and are displayed on the exterior walls of businesses and public buildings throughout the Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park region. The public is encouraged to view the works at their own leisure through self guided tours. This year round attraction makes for an educational, fun and fascinating adventure for the whole family. The Group of Seven Outdoor Galleries main collection in focused around the Historic Downtown Huntsville Main St district. The tour Begins in Front of the Algonquin Theatre 37 Main St. East The map (above) has a blue line to indicate the walking path to take to view the murals. Please take your time to obey all traffic signals, when crossing roads and intersections. There are a number of murals located at the sketch gallery, which is a short walk south on Brunel Rd. www.thegroupofsevenoutdoorgallery.com Click here for map of Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery Tour Map.
Artists of the Limberlost
The Artists of the Limberlost is a collective of 8 artists and craftspeople with studios along the scenic Limberlost Road, north of Hwy. 60 in Muskoka, Ontario. Their work covers a broad range of media and style, but they are united in their love of the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Shield landscape which they call home. Each artist welcomes visitors to their studio (see contact information on Studio pages), but to really share their work with the public, the Artists of the Limberlost join together for their annual Open Studio Weekend. With guest artists at each location, you'll meet and see the work of many diverse and talented artists along a compact, 20 km. route. Limberlost Road is close to Algonquin Park in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area of Ontario, and winds through forest, rock and wetlands rich in wildlife and natural beauty. www.artistsofthelimberlost.ca Click here for the Summer Studio Tour.
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
Over the past 37 years, the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour has seen a continued evolution, presenting only the finest professional artists and craftspeople working within Muskoka. There is always something new to discover, from well-designed functional items to expressive fine art. Everything you see on the tour has emerged from the inspiration of the landscape and the skill of our members. The artists of Canada's original studio tour invite you to explore Muskoka's dramatic autumn landscape and to see where the past year's inspiration has taken us. The remarkable realm of colour, form, texture, and design created by the artists of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is echoed in the splendour of the region at this magnificent time of year. The brilliant foliage and sparkling waters highlight the pleasure of seeking out the studios tucked in back roads and overlooking scenic vistas. www.muskokaautumnstudiotour.com Click here for a map of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour.