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Enjoy fresh country air around Huntsville vacation rentals

Want to spend your vacation experiencing the great outdoors from the safety of a small and friendly community? Then Huntsville could be your bag. Teeny yet vibrant, this waterfront town sits among the lakes and forests of Ontario's Muskoka region and is a great jump-off point for nearby Algonquin Provincial Park. Water babies will be in their element here, as will hikers, bikers, and nature lovers of all backgrounds and ages. And when you've had enough doses of stunning natural scenery, there's a charming historic downtown to be explored, and plenty of good eating and drinking to be had.


The area around Huntsville was settled in circa 1869 by a man named George Hunt, who gave the town its name. The settlement expanded in the late 19th century after the arrival of a railway line and a new road. This is a town that's proud of its history and you can tour a pioneer village complete with guidance from costumed narrators, take a scenic trip on an early 1900s steam train, learn about local history at the Muskoka Museum, or just admire the town's heritage buildings during a stroll around downtown.


Activities and attractions in and around Huntsville

Are you hoping to discover things to do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Huntsville a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lions Lookout (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Huntsville Downs Golf & Country Club (2.3 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Grandview Golf Club (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Hidden Valley Highlands (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • North Granite Ridge Golf Club (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Diamond In The Ruff Golf Course (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Huntsville

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Huntsville is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Arrowhead Provincial Park (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Dwight Beach (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Lake of Bays (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
  • J. Albert Bauer Provincial Park (11.2 mi / 18 km)
  • Marsh's Falls (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Big East River Provincial Park (14.2 mi / 22.9 km)
How to get around

Travelling near your Huntsville vacation rental

Downtown Huntsville is easily walkable, and given its peaceful waterside location it's very pleasant to explore on foot. If you're feeling fit, there are also a number of walking and cycling trails that lead from the town along the lakeshore and into the forest. However, if your Huntsville vacation rental is further out of town, or you want to get out and explore the nearby nature reserves and beaches, then you're going to need some wheels, preferably of the motorized variety! There's a public bus service but it's not extensive or frequent enough to be of much use to vacationers.

Food & drink 

Getting a foodie fix near Huntsville vacation rentals

Huntsville's position as a vacation hotspot ensures that there's a wide vareity of excellent eateries, bakeries, and gourmet food shops. There's everything here from low-key delis and fast food joints to steakhouses and upscale restaurants. You'll find choices to suit every budget, and plenty of family-friendly options to boot. Come summer, farmers' markets across the region are laden with delicious local produce, and the town and surrounding areas aren't short on regional specialties either. There are maple syrup producers, craft breweries, and even wineries, all within a short hop of your Huntsville vacation rental.

Essential info

Facts to know when staying in Huntsville vacation rentals

Huntsville has a population of 20,000 and is the largest town in Ontario's Muskoka region. A popular tourist destination, it's known as the western gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park. The town sits on hilly terrain and is surrounded by water, including expansive Mary Lake, Lake Vernon, and Fairy Lake. If that weren't enough water, the Muskoka River also winds its way through the centre of town. The currency is the Canadian dollar and tipping is customary. English is the main language. This is a safe area and crime rates are generally low.

Where to stay near Huntsville?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 409 house rentals near Huntsville. From 242 Cottages to 242 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Huntsville for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Huntsville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Huntsville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arrowhead Provincial Park: 287 home rentals
  • Hidden Valley Highlands: 291 home rentals
  • Deerhurst Lakeside Golf Course: 300 home rentals
  • Muskoka Heritage Place: 315 home rentals
  • Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course: 296 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Huntsville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Huntsville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 242 Cottages in Huntsville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Huntsville include:

  • Cabins: 242 lodging choices
  • Houses: 117 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 242 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Huntsville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 55 vacation homes with pool available in Huntsville.

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