The village of Magnetawan is a four season playground in the Almaguin Highlands Region of Ontario. Almaguin Highlands is a vast area that covers approximately 8000 square kms (3000 square miles) and stretches northward from the district of Muskoka to the Lake Nippissing Area.
In the East, the Highlands border on Algonquin Park, Ontario's largest and oldest Provincial Park, with an area that is larger than some small European Countries.
To the West lies the rugged shoreline of the Georgian Bay Biosphere along with its 'Thousand Islands', and the thriving town of Parry Sound.
The Almaguin Highlands Region is made up of 18 distinctive Municipalities that encompass many small towns, villages and hamlets. From Novar to Callander, from Port Loring to Kearney, this region of Northern Ontario presents to the visitor, the majestic landscape of the Canadian Shield, enhanced by the history and the charm of its many rural communities. With its wide open spaces of mixed woodlands, rolling hills and rocky crags, with hundreds of unspoiled lakes and rivers, the Almaguin Highlands is a paradise for hunters and fishers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
The Park-To-Park Trail is a regional initiative to create an east-west link through Parry Sound/Muskoka Districts and Haliburton County. Connecting Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Provincial Park, this 230 kilometre length of trail is a destination for all trail enthusiasts. Click on logo for more information.
Over 150 km of excellent groomed OFSC trails fan out from the village of Magnetawan in all directions joining with the main OFSC trail network. It is through the dedicated effort of the many men and women who volunteered their time, effort and financial support that the local snow mobile clubs have built, maintained, groomed and continue to improve the now 153 km of snowmobile trails.
A Touch of Grace Bed and Breakfast is situated less than 5 mins from our hidden gem, the Ahmic Lake Golf Course. We are fortunate to have a delightful and challenging course with stunning views over 9 holes...
The village of Magnetawan is located at the junction of a historic road and water way, the Nipissing Development Road, the first road to "The North" and the Magnetawan River. The Nipissing Road is now part of the Trans Canada Trail (Ontario's Ghost Road). Many trails in the area have been developed to allow the visitor to see our historic past and enjoy the beauty of this unique area. The Magnetawan area has become an un-crowded, outdoor haven for those who like to breathe.
Trails....for cycling, motorbiking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling...
Enjoy exploring art created by and celebrating local and provincially known women artists at the newly-opened Windows to the North Gallery. Located just off route 124 and ten minutes drive from downtown Magnetawan, this delightful facility has an eclectic mix of art offerings in fine art, digital photography, pottery, metal scultpture, stained glass, fabric art and wood furniture. Open year-round to suit a variety of tastes. Stop in for a cup of coffee and treats and enjoy the ladies company. Step back in time and visit the Magnetawan Heritage Centre located next to the locks in the former Dailey Brothers Power House. We also have a log-cabin with early days pioneer artifacts from the local area. The log cabin was the first library in the village of Magnetawan. Located between the two buildings is a antique stationary steam engine used in logging and farming in the area.
The second Saturday in August is Heritage Day and there are several events going on through out the village. In 2011 the main display is on the veterans who served from this area and the theme is "Freedom is not Free". Also there is a new display on the former Women's Institute in the village of Magnetawan.
Other things to see and do...
Without a doubt, Centennial Park is a great reason to love the village of Magnetawan. Generations of kids have spent summers with their feet in that sand and generations of parents have been glad it was there. Where else can you get free swimming lessons for all ages, whether your from the area or not? Every year there are improvements, from the trail linking the beach to the Locks to the new Gazebo. By the way, that gazebo is large enough for all but the largest Birthday parties and has been the backdrop for many a wedding photo shoot. Along with the updated playground equipment, there is a new work out area with great, innovative, exercise equipment to use. A work out then a swim, how cool is that? I wonder what they will add next....
Heritage Museum and Magnetawan Locks
Bring your own boat to the village Magnetawan or rent one from some of the many outfitters. Ahmic Lake is at your doorstep with day trips up the Magnetawan River through the locks in the village of Magnetawan. Ride up to Burks Falls on Lake Cecebe and the Magnetawan River or just do some sight-seeing...taking in the beautiful cottages and homes. You may want to try your hand at fishing while you relax on the water. Bring your own toys and enjoy the fun and exciting sports of tubing, water skiing or wake boarding.
Fishing is great year round. Walleye, Small mouth Bass, and Pike are species you can catch in Ahmic Lake, surrounding lakes and along the Magnetawan River. The Ministry of Natural Resources. considers Ahmic Lake to be one of the most well stocked lakes in the Parry Sound District. Bring your own fishing gear, bait and tackle or visit the Magnetawan Bait and Tackle shop for all of your fishing and boating needs. There is nothing better than to experience some of our great scenic trails on horseback. From one hour of riding, a full day adventure or longer, there are several packages you can choose from. Of course, horseback riding is an activity that can be enjoyed year 'round. Trail packages are offered by Riverside Ranch. And for riding lessons or tack needs you can visit Northspring at Springwater Farm on Hwy 520.
The great Canadian experience . . dog sledding or Skijoring. ...a winter adventure.
Experience the ESPRIT White Water Rafting on the Magnetawan River, which explodes out of Knöpfli Falls dam pouring its spring loud water out toward Georgian Bay. Magnetawan River is the spring's most exciting rafting experience. ESPRIT White Water Rafting includes: 1 day of white water rafting, wetsuit, all safety equipment, 1 riverside picnic lunch, 14 ft. self-bailing rafts, international certified guides, après rafting beer, juice or soft drink.
Either on the smooth natural ice of a lake or in the Magnetawan Pavilion ice skating is a sport that everyone enjoys.
The Magnetawan Pavilion, located on the main street of the village of Magnetawan is open during during the winter for skating free to all...there is a heated change room and wash rooms...for Ice Pavilion hours click here.