History is Alive in Muskoka

Posted by John O'Rourke on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 8:55am.

It is hard to believe we are already into the second half of August, and before you know it summer will be history. Speaking of history, Muskoka has a rich history. With the extension of the Northern Railway of Canada to Gravenhurst in 1875, marked the beginning of rail service to Muskoka and a gateway to the region. Tourists came in by train and lumber could be shipped out. The sawmill industry thrived through the late 19th century and into the early 20th century. Early cottagers included American industrialists in areas including Beaumaris, on Lake Muskoka, dubbed "Millionaires Row”. If you enjoy history, try visiting one or more of the nine museums and historic sites in Muskoka. 

Muskoka Heritage Place

Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre

Muskoka Lakes Museum

Bethune Memorial House – National Historic Site of Canada

Dorset Heritage Museum

Little Norway Memorial

Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society

The Tree Museum

Become a local historian and put one of these fantastic locations on your summer bucket list.

 

 

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