DescriptionGravenhurst, Muskoka's first town, is a Victorian town at the gateway to the Muskoka Lakes District. The downtown area, with its shops and opera house, is accented by trees and period lighting. The walls of several buildings are decorated with murals created by different artists as part of the “Picture Our Heritage” series.
Gravenhurst was the birthplace of Dr. Norman Bethune, renowned for his research in tuberculosis and for the creation of a mobile blood transfusion service on the battlefield during the Spanish Civil War. A pioneer in surgical techniques, Bethune also invented surgical instruments.
A farmers market is held downtown each Wednesday, mid-May to late October. Favorite summertime recreational pursuits include bicycling, fishing, golfing, hiking, swimming and boating, while winter offers skiing and snowmobiling.
Visitor InfoGravenhurst Chamber of Commerce 275 Muskoka Rd. S. GRAVENHURST, ON P1P 1J1. Phone:(705)687-4432
Self-guiding toursInformation about historical walking tours of Gravenhurst is available at the chamber of commerce office.
Things to SeeBethune Memorial House National Historic Site