Santa's Village Road - Transportation Improvements

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Santa's Village Road (Muskoka Road 15) requires upgrades and safety feature improvements.
Road repairs are planned from Beaver Creek Bridge to the entrance of Santa's Village Theme Park.

Fall, 2021 Update:

District staff delivered a report to Engineering and Public Works Committee on September 22, 2021, recommending a "Muskoka Solution" to improve Santa's Village Road. This design was a result of the significant community feedback received throughout the duration of the project.

Highlights of the recommended "Muskoka Solution"

  • Road width: 3.0 metres – travelled roadway for motorists
  • Paved shoulders: 0.5 metres and 1.0 metres – varying paved shoulder widths - use of District property only
  • Property: No property acquisition, no expropriation – use of District property only
  • Trees: Reduced tree removals, required as part of construction
  • Guiderail: Steel beam guardrail
  • Safety: Reduce speed limit to 40km/hr and consideration/investigation of three-way stop at Leslie Drive
  • Share the Road: Designated bicycle route and share the road/safety signage
  • Santa’s Village: Continued work with Theme Park for private servicing needs

Next steps: the "Muskoka Solution" design recommendation will be delivered to District Council in October to be ratified.



We Heard You
The District has worked over the years to identify and address the concerns we've heard from our community about this project. Tree removals, road and shoulder widths, pedestrian safety and speeding vehicles were all top priorities that we have been working to incorporate as we work to improve the road but maintain its charming character.


Santa's Village Theme Park
The District and Town of Bracebridge are committed to supporting our area partners. Since 2019, we have been working with Santa's Village Theme Park on requirements to support their growing operation. They need to install a private water main service and sanitary force main. To do this, it must run beneath the travelled lanes of Santa's Village Road, coincidentally, exactly where the reconstruction project is planned.

This presented a unique partnership opportunity. Having this relationship means we can reduce disruption to our community to accommodate both projects successfully, and share design and engineering investigations. We're looking forward to coordinating construction efforts to maximize benefits to residents and to support the operation upgrades needed at Santa's Village Theme Park.
It is important to note that this is a private, commercial service installation for Santa's Village Theme Park only.

On March 22, 2021, we delivered a report to District Council to continue working with the same consultant working with Santa's Village Theme Park for the design and construction of their new underground service. We're looking forward to coordinating construction efforts to maximize benefits to residents and to support the operation upgrades needed at Santa's Village Theme Park.

Santa's Village Road (Muskoka Road 15) requires upgrades and safety feature improvements.
Road repairs are planned from Beaver Creek Bridge to the entrance of Santa's Village Theme Park.

Fall, 2021 Update:

District staff delivered a report to Engineering and Public Works Committee on September 22, 2021, recommending a "Muskoka Solution" to improve Santa's Village Road. This design was a result of the significant community feedback received throughout the duration of the project.

Highlights of the recommended "Muskoka Solution"

  • Road width: 3.0 metres – travelled roadway for motorists
  • Paved shoulders: 0.5 metres and 1.0 metres – varying paved shoulder widths - use of District property only
  • Property: No property acquisition, no expropriation – use of District property only
  • Trees: Reduced tree removals, required as part of construction
  • Guiderail: Steel beam guardrail
  • Safety: Reduce speed limit to 40km/hr and consideration/investigation of three-way stop at Leslie Drive
  • Share the Road: Designated bicycle route and share the road/safety signage
  • Santa’s Village: Continued work with Theme Park for private servicing needs

Next steps: the "Muskoka Solution" design recommendation will be delivered to District Council in October to be ratified.



We Heard You
The District has worked over the years to identify and address the concerns we've heard from our community about this project. Tree removals, road and shoulder widths, pedestrian safety and speeding vehicles were all top priorities that we have been working to incorporate as we work to improve the road but maintain its charming character.


Santa's Village Theme Park
The District and Town of Bracebridge are committed to supporting our area partners. Since 2019, we have been working with Santa's Village Theme Park on requirements to support their growing operation. They need to install a private water main service and sanitary force main. To do this, it must run beneath the travelled lanes of Santa's Village Road, coincidentally, exactly where the reconstruction project is planned.

This presented a unique partnership opportunity. Having this relationship means we can reduce disruption to our community to accommodate both projects successfully, and share design and engineering investigations. We're looking forward to coordinating construction efforts to maximize benefits to residents and to support the operation upgrades needed at Santa's Village Theme Park.
It is important to note that this is a private, commercial service installation for Santa's Village Theme Park only.

On March 22, 2021, we delivered a report to District Council to continue working with the same consultant working with Santa's Village Theme Park for the design and construction of their new underground service. We're looking forward to coordinating construction efforts to maximize benefits to residents and to support the operation upgrades needed at Santa's Village Theme Park.

Page last updated: 05 October 2021, 09:08