Seven ways to spend a rainy day in Huntsville and Lake of Bays

Who says there’s nothing to do on a rainy day? When the weather turns stormy, turn to these fun indoor activities in Huntsville and Lake of Bays.

It’s all fun and games

Who doesn’t love board games? At Canvas Brewing Co., you’ll not only find a stack of board games to keep you entertained, you can enjoy local craft brews while you’re at it. Join in on a trivia night and test your knowledge of, well, everything. Or just sit back and enjoy a night of live music courtesy of some of the region’s best performers.

If you love a good mystery, make your great escape at Zig Zag Escape Rooms at Deerhurst Resort where there are four different escape rooms to puzzle your way out of.

See what’s on stage

From live music and theatre to movies on the big screen, the Algonquin Theatre in Downtown Huntsville has entertainment for every taste.

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While you’re there, visit the gallery in Partners Hall to see works from local artists.

Strike it big

For a classic way to spend a rainy day, head to Huntsville Bowl. Play a game of five- or ten-pin glow-in-the-dark bowling, automatically scored for you so that all you have to do is make your best roll. Challenge your friends to a game of pool when you’re done. Tasty Cream restaurant, right next to the lanes, has a full menu and an assortment of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to wash it down.

Shop ‘til you drop in Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville’s quaint downtown has something for everyone. 

Find funky fashion, footwear, and outdoor gear at Reflections of Muskoka, Algonquin Outfitters, Big Bear, Plum Loco, Wolfe Co, and Zahara’s Boutique. Bejewel yourself at The Topiary, Ron Henry Jewellers, or Muskoka Jewellery Design

Stock up on games and toys at Up North Games or Minds Alive! Don’t forget to grab some snacks for game night from the Nutty Chocolatier.

Pamper your skin with locally made skincare products at Soapstones or The Great Vine

Jazz up your decor at The Wooden Penny, Decorated on Main, orThe Friendly Fox, or take home some original Canadian art from Two Horse Gallery, Artisans of Muskoka, or Coles Art Market.

Groove to some new tunes with vinyl from The Record Shoppe or make your own music with instruments from Music on Main.

And so much more!

Borrow an orange umbrella from a local store to stay dry between stops.


Brush up on your history

If you love history, learn about the past in Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park at a local museum.

At Muskoka Heritage Place, the Muskoka Museum takes you on a journey from the region’s First Peoples through to the arrival of settlers and the advent of industry and tourism. A second museum on the property, the Steam Museum, highlights how steam travel by train and boat opened this area for development and early tourism.

Head down to the quiet village of Dorset for some history about Lake of Bays. At the Lake of Bays Marine Museum, right next to the narrows where the historical SS Bigwin docks, learn about the area’s marine history and see artifacts and photos from the lake’s most legendary resort, Bigwin Inn. Then visit the Dorset Heritage Museum to learn about Dorset’s early days.

Learn more about Ontario’s first provincial park, how logging has been a century-long industry in Algonquin, and discover some of the area’s natural history at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre and Algonquin Logging Museum.

Muskoka Heritage Place

Grab a bite

From pub fare to international cuisine, Huntsville and Lake of Bays have delicious dinner, lunch, or breakfast options for everyone. 

For casual fare and local brews, Canvas Brewing Co., Family Place Restaurant, the Huntsville Brewhouse, Main St Local Kitchen, The Mill on Main, Music on Main, and On the Docks Pub have just the ticket.

Or sample the best of international cuisine without leaving Main Street! Seng’s Thai Cuisine, Marigold Unique Flavours (East Indian and Indo-Chinese), Gangnam Korea (Korean Fried Chicken), That Little Place by the Lights (Italian), and Allora (wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, open for dinner only).

Just a little further away and worth the drive! you’ll find: 3 Guys and a Stove (Hwy 60), Slice of Muskoka (West Rd), Tall Trees (Main St E), Mottbora Sushi (King William Street), and Henrietta’s Pine Bakery (King William St).

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Huntsville Brewhouse

Treat yourself to a spaaaaahhhhh day

A rainy day is the perfect occasion for some pampering. Huntsville’s day spas offer a variety of services that will leave you relaxed and ready for whatever comes your way.

From massages and reflexology to facials, manicures, and pedicures, as well as a variety of specialty treatments, let the day melt away with soothing services at one of these Huntsville-area spas: Amba Spa, HM Day Spa, Hudson Hair Salon and Spa, Massage Works, and Spa Muskoka.

Embrace the forecast

Don’t let a little rain get you down! No matter what the weather, there’s always something fun to do in Huntsville and Lake of Bays. You don’t have to save these fun activities for a rainy day, either. They’re great options when you need a break from the sun, too!

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