A Romantic and Scenic Destination
Are you dreaming of a magical elopement in a breathtaking natural setting? Look no further than Huntsville, Ontario! This charming town nestled in the heart of the Muskoka region is the perfect place to exchange your vows and build incredible memories together. Here are 10 reasons why you should elope in Huntsville, Ontario:
#1 Natural beauty, camping and sightseeing
Huntsville is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including pristine lakes, rolling hills, and lush forests. This picturesque backdrop will make your elopement photos truly unforgettable. Huntsville is home to some of the most stunning campsites in Ontario, with ample opportunities for hiking, boating, and wildlife watching. If you and your partner love the great outdoors, Huntsville is the perfect place to celebrate your love amidst nature’s beauty. There are two incredible Provincial Parks nearby (check them out below) as well as Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve. They are a wilderness haven with twenty private lakes and more than 10,000 unspoiled acres of mixed forest. You can hike and bike around at no charge! Most importantly they practice Conscientious Forest Management which focuses on ensuring sustainability. You can even book accommodations on site through one of my favourite accommodations, Cabinscape! These cozy and eco-friendly cabins are nestled in the heart of nature and offer all the comforts of home, making them the perfect place to relax and unwind after your elopement.
#2 Year-round destination and epic lookouts!
Huntsville is a year-round destination, offering something for everyone no matter what season you choose to elope in. From colourful fall foliage to snowy winter wonderlands, the beauty of Huntsville is always on display. One of my favourite views is from Lion’s lookout. It requires no effort and is incredibly stunning. Grab a coffee and a beavertail and head on up to a short but steep drive to the top of a large hill above downtown to enjoy the view.
#3 Intimate setting and great breweries!
Huntsville is a small town, making it the perfect destination for an intimate elopement. You can escape the crowds and enjoy a private ceremony surrounded by nature. I love a great brewery and there’s four to choose from in the area, there’s Canvas Brewing Company, Huntsville Brewhouse, Lake of Bays Brewing and Muskoka Brewery. You can grab beers to go and enjoy them while watching the falls or end your elopement day at the brewhouse for beers and great food downtown. My husband Jason and I love the epic nachos and creamy mac and cheese at the Mill on Main which has an awesome rooftop patio and is right across the street from the Huntsville Brewhouse.
#4 Romantic atmosphere and super quaint shops
The peaceful atmosphere of Huntsville is perfect for a romantic elopement. You can enjoy a quiet, stress-free wedding day that focuses on your love for each other. The historic town is super quaint with amazing local shops to check out. Walking around downtown Huntsville is so endearing, make sure to keep an eye out for the famous Canadian Group of Seven paintings as you stroll along. I love how many local shops there are to enjoy. There’s the local candy and chocolate shop for all the classic nostalgia you desire, it’s so friggin cute in The Nutty Chocolatier. P.S. they have ring pops! If you want to check out a funky crystal shop there’s the The Topiary. If you’re a record buff like me there’s The Record Shoppe which sells new and used records. And lastly there’s the Sustain Ecostore where you can grab a turmeric latte with nut milk, stock up on refillable items if needed and there’s plenty of zero waste sustainable products to shop for too!
#5 Outdoor activities: Get your adrenaline pumping while feeling like Tarzan swinging through the trees
Huntsville is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering a wide range of activities such as hiking, boating, and skiing. You can make your elopement a true adventure by exploring the great outdoors together. One of my favourite activities is Treetop Trekking and it’s just 10minutes east of Huntsville. This is such a fun and exciting activity to do on your elopement day if you’re an adrenaline junkie. Reservations fill up fast here so make sure to book in advance!
#6 Unique accommodations and cool airbnb’s
Huntsville offers a range of unique accommodations such as cozy cabins, glamping sites, and luxury resorts. You can find the perfect place to stay that suits your style and budget. There’s are so many cool Airbnb’s and cabins to stay in! What is more romantic than soaking in a hot tub while watching the sunset? From tiny eco off grid cabins in the woods to gorgeous A frame floor to ceiling glass windowed cottages with lake views there are so many unique accommodations to choose from! Whether you’re eloping just the two or you or if you have some guests, there’s large cottages to accommodate your whole crowd or intimate options for just you two!
#7 Local culture and the hiking is amazing!!
Huntsville is known for its local culture, including art galleries, museums, and festivals. You can incorporate some of these cultural elements into your elopement to create a unique and memorable experience. There are sooo many hikes all over the Muskoka’s for every skill level. There’s interior and car camping available. If you explore around you’ll find hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, cliff lookouts and more!
#8 Delicious food and epic views!
Huntsville is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes that serve up delicious local cuisine. You can enjoy a romantic dinner for two after your elopement and sample some of the area’s best dishes. What is more romantic then grabbing pizza and beer and hanging out at a waterfall all day? Stubb’s is my ultimate fav waterfall that’s only 10 minutes away! There’s also High Falls and many more in Algonquin too. You’ll find gorgeous lakes around like Rock Lake, Lake of Two Rivers, Pog Lake and so many more!
#9 Friendly locals and Arrowhead is only 10 minutes away!
The people of Huntsville are known for their friendly and welcoming nature. You can feel at home in this charming town and create lasting memories with the locals. You even find friendly folks on the trails and parks like Arrowhead. Arrowhead Provincial Park is on my top 5 places to elope in Ontario. Stubb’s Falls is one of my favourite waterfalls to spend the day at. You can check out my Stubb’s elopement here. You can sit right on the rocks beside the falls during autumn when the leaves are changing and enjoy a picnic. You can hike, swim and canoe there. Arrowhead lake is one of the four beaches at Arrowhead, it’s moderately sized which means it’s warm to swim in early fall and summer and it’s motorboat free making it a very quiet and relaxing lake to visit if you do it at the right time of year! Hot tip: elope during the week to avoid the crowds!
#10 Accessibility: Algonquin is only 30 min away!
Huntsville is conveniently located just a few hours’ drive from major cities like Toronto and Ottawa. You can easily plan your elopement without having to travel too far from home. Plus you can enjoy a day or overnight trip to Algonquin Provincial Park (only 30 minutes away) it’s easy and awesome! Algonquin Park is also one of my top 5 places to elope in Ontario. The lookouts are incredibly stunning and depending on when and where you go you’ll be the only one’s around! It’s a massive Park, the one hour drive through the park passes through conifer and hardwood trees and in September and early October it’s one of Canada’s most spectacular road trips. There are tons of lakes and trails to explore and if you’re lucky you’ll spot a Moose on your visit!
Huntsville, Ontario is the perfect destination for an unforgettable elopement. From natural beauty to unique accommodations and friendly locals, this charming town has everything you need to make your wedding day truly special. Plus you have two gorgeous provincial parks nearby, can it get more amazing than that?!
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