Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
The new Arrowhead visitor center

Ontario Parks is pleased to announce that the new Arrowhead Provincial Park Visitor Center officially opened its doors on December 14, 2018.

For more than 45 years, Arrowhead has provided high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities in the Muskoka resort area.

Visitor center signBetween 2000 and 2017, winter visitation increased from 11,000 to more than 50,000, making it the busiest winter program in the Ontario parks system.

children's cross-country ski

Arrowhead’s development of the innovative and world-famous ice skating rink in 2012 had a major impact on the growth of tourism in Arrowhead and the surrounding region. The park has also seen large increases in participation in cross-country skiing and special events.

couple holding skates outdoors in the snowTo accommodate the incredible growth of Arrowhead’s winter program, planning and design for the Visitor Center complex began four years ago and construction of the building began last year. The building was completed in the summer of 2018.

A center for outdoor recreation

Conceptual drawing of the Arrowhead Visitor Center.Designed by lead architect Matthew Harvey and the Ontario Parks Environmental Design team, the new visitor center and picnic pavilion is a hub for outdoor recreation and discovery.

A winter wonderland

Arrowhead has one of the best winter programs in the province, offering skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and skating.

Big Bend Overlook with Sunburst

With 17 miles of world-class ski trails, 10 miles of skate ski trails, 5 miles of snowshoe trails, and a world-famous skating trail through the woods, Arrowhead is a winter dream.

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snowshoe trail sign Located in the heart of the park, the new Visitor Center is now the starting point for the network of cross-country and snowshoe trails.

Construction design

To ensure functionality, efficiency and maximum comfort, a lot of thought and consideration went into the design of the building.

visitor center plans

The Visitor Center was designed to meet current Ontario Building Code requirements for energy conservation.

Winter use

During the winter, the Visitor Center is used as a warm-up and rest area.

Employees in a rental store surrounded by winter equipment.

It includes a rental shop equipped with ski, skate and snowshoe rentals, and will host ski workshops and other outdoor training activities.

summer use

During the summer, the Visitor Center will be used for Discovery programming and outdoor skills training.

man in canoe on water, reflecting trees

The park store will be located outside the Visitor Center and there will be rentals of canoes, kayaks, SUP boards and bicycles.

Warm up by the fire

With a beautiful stone fireplace, the Visitor Center is a great place to warm up after playing in the snow.

Ski club standing in front of fireplace with classic skis

Funds for the fireplace were generously donated by the Huntsville Ski Club and the Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club. Thank you!

Visitor Center Fireplace

The fireplace mantel is made from a Douglas fir log that was recycled from a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry dam.

Bird friendly glass

dot pattern glass

The windows are energy efficient and feature the first use of bird-safe glass at an Ontario Parks facility. The glass is designed with a dot pattern that helps birds identify it as a barrier.

A new picnic pavilion

Located next to the Visitor Center is a new winterized picnic pavilion. The pavilion features a stone fireplace and a small food preparation area.

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Arrowhead Ski Pavilion

The picnic pavilion also features a five-station ski waxing room with ventilation hoods.

A center for special events.

The Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club (ANSC) operates its programs within Arrowhead and partners with the park to host several annual special events.

Muskoka Ski Race Start

Events like the Muskoka Loppet will now use the new Visitor Center as a base.

Visit Arrowhead this winter to see the new Visitor Center!

Image of the visitor center covered in snow.

Learn more about what the park has to offer during the winter here.