Touch the Past 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, eighteen authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all situated on a beautiful 90 acre site close to the downtown core. Learn all about the exciting and informative activities you can take part in at Muskoka Heritage Place below!
Enjoy some time riding the rails on the open-air Portage Flyer Train. The train tracks run alongside the Muskoka River, and bring you to a cabin that features a number of displays for you to check out inside. Have the engineer show you the firebox, or squash a piece of the Crown’s money! The train engine is powered by steam or diesel-electric, depending on availability.
Muskoka Pioneer Village represents a small Muskoka community that mostly consisted of early settlers to the area. When you arrive at the authentic village, you’ll see old homes and businesses, thousands of original items from points around Muskoka, tiny squared-log homesteader cabins hand-carved out of the bush, a one-room school house, an Inn, and a church. While traveling throughout the property you may just meet a blacksmith, a cast of interesting and knowledgeable characters from days gone by and even some farm animals.
The Muskoka Museum is full of original artifacts and displays that await your curiosity. Take a tour from the time of the geological formation of this land about 4 Billion Years ago, learn about the First Peoples from 10,000 years ago, and discover the history of Huntsville’s early settlement and industrial history from 1880 to 1910.
The Steam Museum is inside the Rotary Village Station, which is a re-production of a 1920s train station. The station is full of information and artifacts on the early days of rail and the formation of Canada. Also enjoy learning about local rail in Huntsville and the Portage Flyer, the world’s shortest commercial railway.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions the indoor museums are currently closed, but the Pioneer Village is open daily from 10am-4pm and the train is on the tracks from Tuesday to Saturday with run times of 12pm / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm.
You may not be able to see all of Muskoka Heritage Place in one day, so why not make the most of your visit to Huntsville and Lake of Bays and check out these great accommodations nearby?