There's always plenty happening in and around Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands each winter.
Here are some of the organized events open to the public. Check back regularly for the latest updates. If you know about an event happening in or around Huntsville, Algonquin Park, or the Almaguin Highlands, let me know and I'll add it.
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Olympic Torch Community Celebration
As one of the celebration venues for the Olympic Torch Relay, Huntsville will be welcoming the torch on Dec 30. Watch it arrive to light the cauldron in River Mill Park in downtown Huntsville. Music, entertainment, interactive displays and giveaways. Free shuttle buses from the commerce park at Hwys 11 & 60 to downtown for the festivities.
Dec 30, 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Burk's Falls Winterfest
The 15th annual festival celebrates winter with small-town charm. Games, dancing, tobogganing, a bonfire and more.
Jan 16 & 17
Algonquin Outfitters again brings the Banff Mount Film Festival World Tour to Huntsville's Algonquin Theatre. Two nights of screenings feature a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films, taking you from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports.
Jan 19 & 20
Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club invites your to Arrowhead Provincial Park for a day of competition and fun. Serious racers as well as recreational skiers, snowshoers and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic beauty of Arrowhead Park in its winter splendour. Races include classic skiing 30km, 15km, 5km social course; snowshoe 3km and 9km; and youth races.
Billed as the largest pond hockey event, and growing larger every year. Two weekends of national playoffs, plus additional weekends of regionals. All on the frozen surface of Huntsville's Peninsula Lake.
Jan 29 - 31; Feb 5 - 7
Two days of races, plus plenty of activities, games, displays, food and entertainment. Races include 4-mile, 6-mile, 40-mile and ski-joring. New this year is a 120-mile unassisted mid-distance race (a qualifier for such famous races as the Iditarod).
Feb 5 - 7
Family Day Long Weekend
A long weekend just to get out of town and have fun with the people you love! This statutory holiday on the 3rd Monday of February makes for a nice long weekend just when you're feeling the mid-winter blahs. Book early as this weekend always fills up.
Feb 12 - 15
Algonquin Outfitters annual fun (and mostly free!) days of great outdoor winter activities. Find out why we love winter so much! Nordic ski touring and lessons, snowshoe hiking, winter camping demos, games, giveaways, and bonfire. Barbeque lunch and dog sled tours are reasonably priced. Great sales in store.
Feb 20 & 21
Athletes from around the province will be converging on local towns as Muskoka hosts the 2010 Ontario Winter Games. Huntsville area venues will be showcasing: Cross-Country Skiing, Women's Hockey, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Figure Skating, Judo and Gymnastics.
Mar 4 - 7