Muskoka Springs After Hours draws a crowd

On Tuesday Oct.25, Chamber members were treated to a fantastic evening during the Business After Hours at Muskoka Springs. A good crowd showed up and were treated to some delicious concoctions courtesy of Muskoka Springs and Rae-Anne from Beam Suntory. Well Fed came through with H’ordouvres par excellence and Blooming Muskoka had a spooky flower arrangement for the raffle draw (congratulations to Mary Gauthier!)

Michael Billinghurst provided a riveting history lesson on the company (Muskoka Dry Pale Ginger Ale dates back to 1873), the Gravenhurst aquifer and the unique building on Bay Street. Muskoka Springs also has some intriguing plans in the works – so stay tuned.


Gravenhurst’s annual celebration of the holiday season is set for Saturday, Nov. 26. For 2016, the theme of the parade will be “dreaming of a white Christmas.”

“This year we want to take Gravenhurst back to those classic Christmases of yesteryear,” says Sandy Lockhart, the executive director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce which organizes the annual parade. “We can all picture those traditional Christmas scenes – the family gathered around a roaring fire, decorations placed with care, ornaments on the tree and the snow softly falling outside. Where the float ideas go from there is only limited by imagination.”

The annual Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade has drawn hundreds of people to downtown Gravenhurst for the past 62 years. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., heading out from the Gravenhurst Legion, before proceeding down First Street and then onto Muskoka Road. Afterwards, Santa himself will be available to meet the young ones (and the young at heart) in the Terry Fox Room at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.

  • Entering a float in the parade is free of charge
  • Registration packages are available at the Chamber office located at 275 Muskoka Road North, or on our website at
  • The parade is organized and operated by the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce
  • Contact the chamber at if you are interested in parade sponsorship opportunities.