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Welcome to our Bay and Beyond project hub!

  • Latest Update: May 21, 2024
  • What's Happening Now: Construction for the Bay & Beyond project is nearing the kickoff date with important dates highlighted below.
    • Week of May 20 ­– Oza Inspections staff on site going door-to-door for residents and businesses in the Stage 1 construction area to schedule pre-construction condition surveys prior to construction taking place.
      Prior to the Bay & Beyond construction project commencing, Oza Inspections have been hired by the project’s construction contractor, Trisan Construction, to perform pre-construction condition surveys for properties located adjacent to the construction area.

      Pre-construction condition surveys protect property owners from damage that may be caused by vibration, blasting and all other construction activities. Although blasting isn’t currently anticipated during the Bay & Beyond project, we take every precaution necessary when there is potential for blasting during a construction project.
      Please click here to view documents further detailing the inspection process and how to arrange for a survey.

    • Week of May 27 – Trisan Construction will begin staging equipment and preparing to install a new, smooth surface on James St. to accommodate detour traffic. Construction signage for the project, upcoming James St resurfacing work and the full road closure of Bay St will start to be installed.
    • Week of June 3 – Trisan Construction beginning to apply new surface to James St., including paint markings and stop bar adjustments at the James St./Muskoka Rd. intersection (Shoppers Drug Mart).

      The surfacing of James St. will be completed overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m on Monday, June 3 (weather depending) to reduce daytime disruptions. Single lane closures controlled by flaggers can however be expected throughout the start of the week as work outside of the resurfacing operations are completed to accommodate the upcoming detour. Please
      click here to read the road closure notice and a map of the detour.
    • Week of June 3 (mid/end-week) – Following the completion of the James St. surfacing work, Bay St. will be fully closed between the Steamship Bay Rd./N. Muldrew Lake Rd. intersection and the east entrance (908 Bay St.) of the Muskoka Wharf. All traffic including large trucks will be directed to use the James St. detour route.
    • Signage: Keep an eye out for project signage around town over the next few weeks. These signs will provide advanced warning, give notice of construction, and provide wayfinding to wharf-area businesses to remind folks businesses are open while construction is happening.
  • Construction Start: May 2024
  • Did you know? The Bay & Beyond project is set to transform Gravenhurst by updating essential services that have been underground since 1944. We're not just working under the streets but improving everything above them too from roads to sidewalks, to pedestrian safety and active transportation.
  • Stay Connected: Sign up to our 'Bay and Beyond' Newsletter, your gateway to staying updated and informed. Sign Up Here.

Detour Routes, Maps and Concept Drawings
Click here for a pdf of the project detour routes and maps.
Click here for a pdf of the Stage 1 concept drawings.
Click here for a pdf of the Stage 1 farmers' market parking lot concept drawings.

Detour Directions for Motorists

  • To get to the Muskoka Wharf area from Gravenhurst’s downtown core:
    Go west on Bay St. (MR 169), toward John St. (at the Canada Post building)
    Follow Bay St. by staying left through the Bay and Greavette streets intersection
    Turn right into the Muskoka Wharf parking lot entrance at 908 Bay St.


  • To get to the Muskoka Wharf area from Bala:
    Go east on Muskoka Rd. 169.
    Turn right onto N Muldrew Lake Rd.
    Turn left onto James St. W
    Continue on James St. W to Muskoka Rd. S (MR 18)
    Turn left onto Muskoka Rd. S
    Turn left on Bay St. (MR 169), toward John St. (at the Canada Post building)
    Follow Bay St. by staying left through the Bay and Greavette streets intersection
    Turn right into the Muskoka Wharf parking lot entrance at 908 Bay St.


Planned Improvements

We heard you - we're making plans to connect the iconic Gull Lake Park, Gravenhurst Wharf and the downtown community, allowing residents and visitors to fully experience the distinct charm of these areas.
Here's a sneak peek at the improvements:

  • Creating more opportunities for active transportation
  • New multi-use trail from North Muldrew Lake Road to the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market
  • New, improved parking area to better accommodate the busy Farmers Market
  • Upgrades to the Steamship Bay, Muskoka Road North/South, and Bethune intersections - traffic signals and enhancements to accessibility
  • New pedestrian crosswalk downtown at Sharpe Street and Muskoka Road South
  • New street lights from Cherokee Lane to Greavette Street
  • New, smooth driving surfaces
  • Replacement of sidewalks and curbs
  • and replacement of the 80 year-old water pipes, watermains, storm and sanitary sewers underground - to keep Gravenhurst connected.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for a pdf of common questions regarding the project.

Don't see your question in the FAQs? We're here to help. Contact our Project Team at bayandbeyond@muskoka.on.ca

Sign up to our 'Bay and Beyond' Newsletter, your gateway to staying updated and informed.
Sign Up Here.


Welcome to our Bay and Beyond project hub!

  • Latest Update: May 21, 2024
  • What's Happening Now: Construction for the Bay & Beyond project is nearing the kickoff date with important dates highlighted below.
    • Week of May 20 ­– Oza Inspections staff on site going door-to-door for residents and businesses in the Stage 1 construction area to schedule pre-construction condition surveys prior to construction taking place.
      Prior to the Bay & Beyond construction project commencing, Oza Inspections have been hired by the project’s construction contractor, Trisan Construction, to perform pre-construction condition surveys for properties located adjacent to the construction area.

      Pre-construction condition surveys protect property owners from damage that may be caused by vibration, blasting and all other construction activities. Although blasting isn’t currently anticipated during the Bay & Beyond project, we take every precaution necessary when there is potential for blasting during a construction project.
      Please click here to view documents further detailing the inspection process and how to arrange for a survey.

    • Week of May 27 – Trisan Construction will begin staging equipment and preparing to install a new, smooth surface on James St. to accommodate detour traffic. Construction signage for the project, upcoming James St resurfacing work and the full road closure of Bay St will start to be installed.
    • Week of June 3 – Trisan Construction beginning to apply new surface to James St., including paint markings and stop bar adjustments at the James St./Muskoka Rd. intersection (Shoppers Drug Mart).

      The surfacing of James St. will be completed overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m on Monday, June 3 (weather depending) to reduce daytime disruptions. Single lane closures controlled by flaggers can however be expected throughout the start of the week as work outside of the resurfacing operations are completed to accommodate the upcoming detour. Please
      click here to read the road closure notice and a map of the detour.
    • Week of June 3 (mid/end-week) – Following the completion of the James St. surfacing work, Bay St. will be fully closed between the Steamship Bay Rd./N. Muldrew Lake Rd. intersection and the east entrance (908 Bay St.) of the Muskoka Wharf. All traffic including large trucks will be directed to use the James St. detour route.
    • Signage: Keep an eye out for project signage around town over the next few weeks. These signs will provide advanced warning, give notice of construction, and provide wayfinding to wharf-area businesses to remind folks businesses are open while construction is happening.
  • Construction Start: May 2024
  • Did you know? The Bay & Beyond project is set to transform Gravenhurst by updating essential services that have been underground since 1944. We're not just working under the streets but improving everything above them too from roads to sidewalks, to pedestrian safety and active transportation.
  • Stay Connected: Sign up to our 'Bay and Beyond' Newsletter, your gateway to staying updated and informed. Sign Up Here.

Detour Routes, Maps and Concept Drawings
Click here for a pdf of the project detour routes and maps.
Click here for a pdf of the Stage 1 concept drawings.
Click here for a pdf of the Stage 1 farmers' market parking lot concept drawings.

Detour Directions for Motorists

  • To get to the Muskoka Wharf area from Gravenhurst’s downtown core:
    Go west on Bay St. (MR 169), toward John St. (at the Canada Post building)
    Follow Bay St. by staying left through the Bay and Greavette streets intersection
    Turn right into the Muskoka Wharf parking lot entrance at 908 Bay St.


  • To get to the Muskoka Wharf area from Bala:
    Go east on Muskoka Rd. 169.
    Turn right onto N Muldrew Lake Rd.
    Turn left onto James St. W
    Continue on James St. W to Muskoka Rd. S (MR 18)
    Turn left onto Muskoka Rd. S
    Turn left on Bay St. (MR 169), toward John St. (at the Canada Post building)
    Follow Bay St. by staying left through the Bay and Greavette streets intersection
    Turn right into the Muskoka Wharf parking lot entrance at 908 Bay St.


Planned Improvements

We heard you - we're making plans to connect the iconic Gull Lake Park, Gravenhurst Wharf and the downtown community, allowing residents and visitors to fully experience the distinct charm of these areas.
Here's a sneak peek at the improvements:

  • Creating more opportunities for active transportation
  • New multi-use trail from North Muldrew Lake Road to the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market
  • New, improved parking area to better accommodate the busy Farmers Market
  • Upgrades to the Steamship Bay, Muskoka Road North/South, and Bethune intersections - traffic signals and enhancements to accessibility
  • New pedestrian crosswalk downtown at Sharpe Street and Muskoka Road South
  • New street lights from Cherokee Lane to Greavette Street
  • New, smooth driving surfaces
  • Replacement of sidewalks and curbs
  • and replacement of the 80 year-old water pipes, watermains, storm and sanitary sewers underground - to keep Gravenhurst connected.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for a pdf of common questions regarding the project.

Don't see your question in the FAQs? We're here to help. Contact our Project Team at bayandbeyond@muskoka.on.ca

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  • Share Is the condition of James St going to be addressed prior to the construction beginning on Bay St? I certainly hope so as it will make for a terrible commute with the current state of James St. on Facebook Share Is the condition of James St going to be addressed prior to the construction beginning on Bay St? I certainly hope so as it will make for a terrible commute with the current state of James St. on Twitter Share Is the condition of James St going to be addressed prior to the construction beginning on Bay St? I certainly hope so as it will make for a terrible commute with the current state of James St. on Linkedin Email Is the condition of James St going to be addressed prior to the construction beginning on Bay St? I certainly hope so as it will make for a terrible commute with the current state of James St. link

    Is the condition of James St going to be addressed prior to the construction beginning on Bay St? I certainly hope so as it will make for a terrible commute with the current state of James St.

    Liz MacCarthy asked 4 days ago

    Good morning Liz,
    Yes, the contractor will add a new, smooth surface to James St. prior to work on Bay St. beginning. This is anticipated to begin the week of May 27. 

    Have a good day!

  • Share Where do I find a list of project contacts for the District? on Facebook Share Where do I find a list of project contacts for the District? on Twitter Share Where do I find a list of project contacts for the District? on Linkedin Email Where do I find a list of project contacts for the District? link

    Where do I find a list of project contacts for the District?

    Doug Chamberlain asked 23 days ago

    Hi Doug, Thank you for reaching out.
    You can email bayandbeyond@muskoka.on.ca and someone from the team will respond to your inquiry. This allows us to streamline answers and respond in a timely manner.

  • Share Will the Muskoka Steamship dock still be accessible? on Facebook Share Will the Muskoka Steamship dock still be accessible? on Twitter Share Will the Muskoka Steamship dock still be accessible? on Linkedin Email Will the Muskoka Steamship dock still be accessible? link

    Will the Muskoka Steamship dock still be accessible?

    Rae Cowan asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry,

    Yes, the Steamship Bay docks will remain accessible. Access to Cherokee Lane will be maintained at all times throughout construction.

Page last updated: 24 May 2024, 12:51 PM