Heading out shopping is a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon or a cool summer evening. Huntsville and Lake of Bays are filled with unique shops and studios where you can browse and find that perfect treasure for yourself or someone you care about. With friendly, knowledgeable staff and a safe and inviting atmosphere, shopping in the region will bring a smile to your face and a skip to your step as you discover a wealth of products, many created locally by caring craftspeople and artists. For your next day trip, head out to the region’s several communities and explore your next favourite shopping destination.
As an added bonus, this summer Huntsville and Lake of Bays are participating in the Cottage Country Spirit program to give you the opportunity to fully explore the very best the region has to offer. While you are taking advantage of the amazing shopping opportunities in the area, you can also uncover a new culinary delight or spend a couple of nights being pampered at a destination close to home. Huntsville and Lake of Bays is the perfect region to use your travel vouchers after a day of getting your shop on! Scroll through to the bottom of the page for a list of the participating businesses waiting to welcome you and provide you with a unique dining or outdoor experience as well as the ideal place to stay if your day trip becomes a fun-filled weekend or even a full week.
Since 1961 Algonquin Outfitters has been providing high-quality Algonquin Park backcountry adventures for the whole family. The company has several retail stores, including one in Downtown Huntsville and the original location on Oxtongue Lake. Algonquin Outfitters has everything you need to make the outdoor adventure you have been dreaming of a reality. Trained staff can help you find the perfect gear. They sell watercrafts and watersport accessories, an extensive line of bicycles and gear, winter sports equipment as well as fashion and footwear. Their Huntsville location is directly on the Muskoka River and you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and more to enjoy a few hours on the water. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Artisans of Muskoka is a unique and eclectic gallery of art and objects, the majority of which are created by artists who live in Muskoka. Located in Downtown Huntsville, at any time the store can showcase the works of up to 200 artists. What began as an artists’ cooperative has become a one-of-a-kind space featuring art and works that reflect and define the beauty and serenity of Muskoka’s gorgeous landscapes.
The Cutter’s Edge was created by Hubert and Terry Lawrence, blending their passions for carpentry, woodworking and art. Now joined in their business by their three children, Cutter’s Edge has grown to three locations, including their newest store in Huntsville. The store combines the best in furniture, home décor and women’s fashions in an elegant shopping experience. The Cutter’s Edge also creates custom kitchens. Visit them on Facebook for more details.
Baysville’s John Murden showcases his multi-faceted talent at his home art gallery. Working in oils, watercolours and acrylics, his subject matter is varied and he enjoys experimenting with different techniques. Murden also has a passion for photography, including shooting aerial photographs from airplanes. In 2008 John and his wife Lynn built a 2000 square foot gallery space that showcases his art along with his wife’s business, Yummies in a Jar.
Muskoka Jewellery Design has been a feature of Huntsville’s Main Street since 1995. Originally started by Joseph Reijnen, son Michael has been the jeweller and business owner since 2016. Michael likes to create jewellery that combines functional style with youthful design. Working with gold, silver and other metals, Reijnen uses simple curves to create dramatic work flowing with elegance. The Main Street store is a showcase of Michael’s love for the craft, and the store also handles jewellery repair and restorations. You can see their Facebook page for more information.
Located in the community of Dwight, The Old Palmer House offers three floors of shopping in a historic 1870 log home. The store has a wide selection of fine home and cottage décor including antiques, furniture, lighting, rugs and linens as well as gourmet foods, fashion accessories and unique gifts. Striving to carry Canadian products where possible, you can find pottery, candles, garden accents and rustic hardware to give your home or cottage a true Muskoka feel. Check them out on Facebook to see more of what they offer.
Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery
Located just outside Dwight, Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery offers an eclectic selection of Canadian craft in their log cabin gallery. With fine craft and original art from over 100 Canadian artists and artisans, the Gallery adds new and distinct collections each season. Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for a special handmade gift or souvenir, head to Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery to discover the perfect piece of art or craft. You can head to their Facebook page for more details.
Rafters of Muskoka offers fine furniture, décor and accessories from their location in Baysville. The store is a one-stop shopping experience for decorating your home or cottage with cues taken from the surrounding Muskoka landscape. Muskoka chairs and outdoor dining sets are perfect for the cottage, while a variety of unique accents are available for indoors as well. Owner David MacPhee has been a designer for over 35 years and offers innovative space planning and unique design solutions. See them on Facebook to find examples of their products and design.
Downtown Huntsville’s The Record Shoppe is the premiere destination for all things vinyl. Selling the best in turntables and accessories, the store is the perfect destination for both the person who is just getting started with vinyl and the long-time collector looking for their next treasure. Head in and check out their Shoppe The Wall feature, a curated collection of albums that changes weekly. The Record Shoppe will go above and beyond to search for special orders and new or used rare albums. You can also visit their Facebook page for additional info.
Reflections of Muskoka has 5,000 square feet of beautiful and delightful retail space in Downtown Huntsville. They are a retail clothing store carrying mid-ranged fashion for both men and women as well as footwear. The interior of the space is classic Muskoka with large timber-frame wooden posts and beams. Reflections is Muskoka’s exclusive Roots dealer and carries Hatley products as well.
Known throughout Muskoka for their outdoor displays and Fall festival, Sandhill Nursery also has a gift shop at their Huntsville location. They have a wide selection of décor for the home and cottage ranging from rustic furniture and accents to fun and whimsical signs and decoration. The store also sells garden art, indoor and outdoor planters and outdoor furniture. Plan a visit to find the next unique piece for yourself or for friends and family. Visit their Facebook page for more inspiration.
Soapstones Natural Skincare has been a Huntsville business for over 20 years. Located on Main Street, Soapstones’ beautifully crafted, natural products are created from bespoke recipes. With a wide range of products from bath and body to face, hair, home and garden and even products for your pet, Soapstones is truly a one-stop-shop for all things skincare. Check them out on Facebook to learn more.
Huntsville’s The Wooden Penny offers handcrafted furniture, kitchens and décor for the home and cottage. With their vast array of modern and rustic items you can bring a little piece of Muskoka home. The store works with two Mennonite brothers and a selection of other Ontario craftsmen to design and build their furniture and custom kitchens. Working with Ontario sawmills, they offer collections built from native trees including pine, maple, cherry, walnut and more. Have a look at their Facebook page for more inspiration.
The Downtown Huntsville BIA is a collection of Downtown shops and merchants who are working together to make your next shopping trip unique and fun filled. All along Huntsville’s Main Street business and shop owners have worked together to offer you a shopping experience like no other. Head Downtown on Thursdays to take advantage of the “Save on Thursdays” program, when Main Street is filled with exciting sales and deals. The BIA also has a number of upcoming events to watch for. The Customer Appreciation Crawl takes place Thursday November 26 from 5-9pm. Local stores are working together to offer special discounts, goodies and a fun evening of shopping for their loyal customers to enjoy. The BIA’s Black Frid “Eh” celebration features a full day of sales, specials and fun culminating with the annual nighttime Santa Claus Parade down Main Street beginning at 7pm.
Whether you are looking to treat yourself with that special something or have been searching for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, you will find it shopping in Huntsville and Lake of Bays. Owners and staff will welcome you with friendly service and a safe and welcoming attitude as you browse unique and often locally produced goods. Head to the region for a single day or a multi-day excursion and uncover your new favourite shops while exploring classic Muskoka communities.
If you have participated in the Cottage Country Spirit local travel package from Explorers’ Edge, Huntsville and Lake of Bays is the perfect region to use your travel vouchers. Below is a list of the businesses waiting to welcome you and provide you with a unique shopping, dining or outdoor experience as well as the ideal place to stay if your day trip spills into a weekend or even a full week.
HUNTSVILLE & LAKE OF BAYS
- 3 Guys And A Stove
- Affogato Cafe + Gelato
- Algonquin Outfitters
- Amba Spa at Deerhurst
- Artisans of Muskoka
- Back of Beyond Equine Centre
- Belly Artisan Ice Cream
- The Birches Restaurant
- Boiler Room Tap & Grill
- Bush Poker Axe Muskoka
- Canvas Brewing Co.
- Cast Iron Restaurant
- The Cutter’s Edge Muskoka
- Deerhurst Highlands & Lakeside Golf
- Dot The T Productions Muskoka Theatre Company
- East Side Mario’s
- Eclipse Restaurant & Terrace
- Farmer’s Daughter
- Find Your Wild
- Grandview Golf Club
- The Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory & Pizzeria
- Huntsville Brewhouse
- John Murden Art Gallery
- Lake of Bays Brewing Company Taproom
- Main St. Local Kitchen
- Marigold Unique Flavour
- Maple Bluff Farm
- Maple Pub & Patio
- The Mill on Main
- MJD Paintball
- Muskoka Heritage Place
- Muskoka Jewellery Design
- Muskoka on the Rocks Steakhouse & Pub Restaurant
- The Nutty Chocolatier
- The Old Palmer House
- Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery
- Rafters of Muskoka
- The Record Shoppe
- Reflections of Muskoka
- Sandhill Nursery Gift Shop
- Soapstones Natural Skincare
- Soul Sistas
- Stoneleigh Farms at Deerhurst
- SWS Watersports at Deerhurst
- That Little Place By The Lights
- Treetop Trekking
- Westside Fish & Chips
- The Wooden Penny
- Yamaha Riding Adventures
- Yummies in a Jar
HUNTSVILLE & LAKE OF BAYS
- Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn
- Bondi Village Resort
- Comfort Inn
- Deerhurst Resort
- Forest Rock Resort
- Hidden Valley Resort
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
- Muskoka Shores Cottages
- Red Maple Inn & Suites
- Rodeway Inn King William
- Tally Ho Inn
- Trillium Resort & Spa