A wonderful combination of small town charm and big city amenities, Huntsville/Lake of Bays is a destination that provides limitless opportunities for anyone who wants to enjoy life here 365 days a year.
As the fastest growing community in Muskoka, a generous portion of Huntsville’s overall economy focuses on our four-season tourism industry. However, we have always had a strong manufacturing and industrial base, and as we continue to grow and prosper, we will need many new businesses and industries.
In order to keep pace with our projected population boost to nearly 26,000 by 2016, the Town of Huntsville has engaged in progressive thinking and a strong healthy vision that is summed up in our Strategic Plan. Lauded by the community, it contains 60 recommendations including the continued revitalization of the downtown core and waterfront, the expansion of the Huntsville Place Mall, and further growth in the tourism and convention business
Assistance Is Close at Hand
Whether you want to start your own business, relocate or expand your existing company, or even start a new career, Huntsville/Lake of Bays can be of assistance.
The Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation is a community-based, not-for-profit organization partnering with local municipalities, businesses, individuals and other community organizations to promote sustainable economic development. Its mandate is to empower entrepreneurs through experienced guidance and counselling, access to business information, and business financing for start-up, maintenance and expansion. (www.muskokacfdc.ca)
Other resources include the Muskoka Community Network, a non-profit organization that implements telecommunications solutions for the region; the Government of Ontario which operates The Business Self Help Office in the Huntsville Town Hall; and the Muskoka Employment Resource Centre Huntsville.
A Real Sense of Community
One of the first things visitors and newcomers alike notice about our area is a sense of belonging, a place where everyone’s interests are taken seriously – even the ones that are simple leisurely pursuits.
The area boasts an incredible range of activities and a network of organizations and clubs that outstrips most communities of this size. The Huntsville Community Centre, home to a local seniors group, seats 400 upstairs and hosts a multitude of events and groups. Sports organizations represent everything from soccer to rugby, hockey, lacrosse, bowling and just about everything in between.
Huntsville/Lake of Bays is also justifiably proud of its educational system. There are seven public elementary schools, Huntsville High School and a number of private schools. Although there are no post-secondary schools in the immediate area, Georgian College in Barrie and Nipissing University in North Bay are nearby.
Equally important, our area is well served with physicians and hospitals. Huntsville/Lake of Bays is included in the Algonquin Health Services (AHS), a multifaceted organization that includes the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital and Burk’s Falls and District Health Centre.
A Place to Worship
Churches in Huntsville/Lake of Bays reflect the history, diversity and hospitality of our communities, and play an important role in the initiatives that make our area such an attractive place to live.