Downtown Bracebridge is 286 kilometres from the House of Commons chamber on Parliament Hill.
Major roads include highways 11, 69, and 400.
Parry Sound is a deep freshwater port on the eastern side of Georgian Bay.
Some of Muskoka’s rocks can be traced back more than one billion years. The region’s Canadian Shield landscape is synonymous with evergreen trees and outcrops of igneous rock.
About 8% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.
German is the most common non-official mother tongue in the riding.
Approximately 5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $42,964.
Parry Sound is the hometown of hockey legend Bobby Orr, who has a community centre and hall of fame named after him.
Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed amusement park in Bracebridge, is symbolically located halfway between the equator and the North Pole, on the 45th parallel.
Muskoka is believed to get its name from a 19th-century Chippawa chief named “Mesqua Ukee.”
The RMS Segwun, built in 1887, is North America’s oldest working vessel powered by a steam engine.
The Deerhurst Resort hosted the 2010 G8 summit, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.
The riding and its lakes sees over two million visitors each year. Muskoka has an additional 100,000 seasonal residents, thanks to its historic role in Ontario’s “cottage country.”
Construction, retail, health care, and accommodation and food services are top employment categories.
Average household income is $ 57,192.
The Georgian Bay Littoral was designated Canada’s 13th UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2004, and includes one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos.
Killbear Provincial Park, on a peninsula west of Perry Sound, is popular for its rocky and sandy beaches.
Invasive fish and plant species have caused problems for Georgian Bay’s native fish population.
Nobel was home to a dynamite factory during the First World War.
The area was largely settled in 1868 following the Free Land Grand and Homestead Act. Each immigrant family was granted 200 acres of land, and would later be able to own the land under the conditions that they clear 15 acres of it, build a house, and live on the land a minimum six months per year for five years.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Waabanoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations
Wasauksing First Nation
Henvey Inlet First Nation
Ogemawahj Tribal Council
Moose Deer Point
Shawanaga First Nation