As part of the cluster of towns and hamlets within the Muskoka District, Huntsville, a thriving community of 18,000 residents, lies at the northern edge of the region. Tourism is ranked as the town’s main industry which draws throngs of visitors to an expansive geographic area studded with lakes and world famous sites. Art exhibits, heritage sites, fairs, and theatre shows are part of the rich cultural life enjoyed by residents and the thousands of tourists who visit each year. Restaurants, pubs, shopping centers, and world class accommodations add to the entertainment mix.
Huntsville is an ideal service terminal for the many visitors traveling into the interior of the famed Algonquin Park. Easily accessible by train and motor vehicle road from Highway 60 and Highway 11, the town has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for having the most balanced municipal tax system in Ontario, adding to its attraction as an outstanding Northern destination.
Residents can choose from a selection of schools including public schools (administered provincially through the Trillium Lakelands District School Board), private and Christian schools, Montessori schools, and schools administered by the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.
The Huntsville area is also directly connected to nearby post-secondary institutions such as Georgian College and Nipissing University. Contact North offers distance education (high school upgrading to college and university level courses) via audio and video-conferencing facilities, located at Huntsville's Community Centre. Promoting the development of additional post-secondary education opportunities is a major focus of the town’s Strategic Plan (2002).
Four students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine completed their Comprehensive Community Clerkships (CCC) in 2007-2008. Another four third-year learners will make Huntsville their home for the duration of the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Huntsville District Memorial Hospital is a 75 bed facility and along with South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge comprises Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. MAHC is equipped with a 24-hour emergency room and offers a range of inpatient and outpatient services including surgical, rehabilitation, diagnostic and cardio-respiratory services.