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.


Santa's Village Road (Muskoka Road 15) - Construction Update - September 23, 2022

Notice of full road closure as construction continues

We’ve been hard at work with the install of a new watermain and sanitary infrastructure – but some of this work requires a full road closure, as we get closer to finalizing these activities. Due to the depth required for this connection, a road closure is needed to ensure both the safety of on-site works as well as any public who need to travel along Santa’s Village Road.

Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – Santa’s Village Road will be fully closed from Leslie Drive to civic address 371 to facilitate final connection between the new and existing watermain.

The road will reopen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

All residents between the area from Leslie Drive to civic address 371 with driveways fronting Santa’s Village Road will have accommodated access. Site staff will be in touch with these residents prior to the closure to address any needs and concerns.

Information for Leslie Drive and Fairlight Glen Crescent Residents:

  • Residents along Leslie Drive and Fairlight Glen Crescent will have access to Leslie Drive via Golden Beach Road
  • School bus transportation partners are aware, and drivers will be re-routed accordingly to ensure students get to school on time. Please reach out to the school board should you have any questions regarding the adjustments that will be temporary in place while the closure takes place, families will be updated by TLDSB on any changes.

Information for Nichols Country Lane Residents:

  • Residents along Nichols Country Lane will have access to Nichols Country Lane via the west side (Wellington Street) of Santa’s Village Road
  • School bus transportation partners are aware, and drivers will be re-routed accordingly to ensure students get to school on time. Please reach out to the school board should you have any questions regarding the adjustments that will be temporary in place while the closure takes place, families will be updated by TLDSB on any changes.

Full Road Closure:

  • Location: Santa’s Village Road fully closed at Leslie Drive to civic address 371 – access to Leslie Drive available via Golden Beach Road
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. to Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Access: Road fully closed, only access for emergency service vehicles will be permitted during the closure.
  • Reason: Underground work to safely facilitate final watermain connection for Santa’s Village Theme Park

Construction is nearing 50% completion – we’re currently on schedule to complete this work for mid November.

Reminder: Muskoka Marathon

The Muskoka Marathon is scheduled to take place on October 1st, 2022 and there are road closures and restricted access, resulting in impacts to residents and communities along Santa’s Village Road.

For more information on the closure locations and timelines for this event, please visit the Muskoka Marathon webpage – a detailed map is available at www.engagemuskoka.ca/svroad for easy access for residents.



Follow Santa

Santa’s Village Road is encouraged for local traffic only this season. Portions of Santa’s Village Road will be reduced to a single-lane while crews are on site, resulting in increased delays. Construction work zones are busy areas that present potential hazards, usually with several work activities taking place at the same time. Our community will see temporary line paint markings along Santa’s Village Road - these refreshed lines are in place to ensure drivers can easily recognize the appropriate route through the work zone.

It is recommended that active transportation users and cyclists avoid this area due to uneven pavement and gravel sections.

To get to Santa’s Village Theme Park, visitors are encouraged to “Follow Santa” – and take an alternate route to reach their destination. Community members using boat launches in this area should also “Follow Santa” to reach locations such as the George Road public boat launch.

  • To avoid Santa’s Village Road during construction, “Follow Santa”
    • Take Wellington Street to Highway 118 West
    • 118 West to Golden Beach Road
    • Golden Beach Road to Santa’s Village Road

The District delivered a report to the District Engineering and Public Works Committee on May 18, 2022 which recommended award of the work to Fowler Construction Ltd. Formal approval for this contract is pending ratification at District Council on June 20, 2022.


Highlights of the "Muskoka Solution"

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

A full time District Inspector has been assigned to this work and will be made available to residents to discuss local impacts and design specifics. Hand-delivered notices will be delivered to residents throughout construction.


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 opportunity. Working together 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.



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.


Santa's Village Road (Muskoka Road 15) - Construction Update - September 23, 2022

Notice of full road closure as construction continues

We’ve been hard at work with the install of a new watermain and sanitary infrastructure – but some of this work requires a full road closure, as we get closer to finalizing these activities. Due to the depth required for this connection, a road closure is needed to ensure both the safety of on-site works as well as any public who need to travel along Santa’s Village Road.

Starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – Santa’s Village Road will be fully closed from Leslie Drive to civic address 371 to facilitate final connection between the new and existing watermain.

The road will reopen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

All residents between the area from Leslie Drive to civic address 371 with driveways fronting Santa’s Village Road will have accommodated access. Site staff will be in touch with these residents prior to the closure to address any needs and concerns.

Information for Leslie Drive and Fairlight Glen Crescent Residents:

  • Residents along Leslie Drive and Fairlight Glen Crescent will have access to Leslie Drive via Golden Beach Road
  • School bus transportation partners are aware, and drivers will be re-routed accordingly to ensure students get to school on time. Please reach out to the school board should you have any questions regarding the adjustments that will be temporary in place while the closure takes place, families will be updated by TLDSB on any changes.

Information for Nichols Country Lane Residents:

  • Residents along Nichols Country Lane will have access to Nichols Country Lane via the west side (Wellington Street) of Santa’s Village Road
  • School bus transportation partners are aware, and drivers will be re-routed accordingly to ensure students get to school on time. Please reach out to the school board should you have any questions regarding the adjustments that will be temporary in place while the closure takes place, families will be updated by TLDSB on any changes.

Full Road Closure:

  • Location: Santa’s Village Road fully closed at Leslie Drive to civic address 371 – access to Leslie Drive available via Golden Beach Road
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. to Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Access: Road fully closed, only access for emergency service vehicles will be permitted during the closure.
  • Reason: Underground work to safely facilitate final watermain connection for Santa’s Village Theme Park

Construction is nearing 50% completion – we’re currently on schedule to complete this work for mid November.

Reminder: Muskoka Marathon

The Muskoka Marathon is scheduled to take place on October 1st, 2022 and there are road closures and restricted access, resulting in impacts to residents and communities along Santa’s Village Road.

For more information on the closure locations and timelines for this event, please visit the Muskoka Marathon webpage – a detailed map is available at www.engagemuskoka.ca/svroad for easy access for residents.



Follow Santa

Santa’s Village Road is encouraged for local traffic only this season. Portions of Santa’s Village Road will be reduced to a single-lane while crews are on site, resulting in increased delays. Construction work zones are busy areas that present potential hazards, usually with several work activities taking place at the same time. Our community will see temporary line paint markings along Santa’s Village Road - these refreshed lines are in place to ensure drivers can easily recognize the appropriate route through the work zone.

It is recommended that active transportation users and cyclists avoid this area due to uneven pavement and gravel sections.

To get to Santa’s Village Theme Park, visitors are encouraged to “Follow Santa” – and take an alternate route to reach their destination. Community members using boat launches in this area should also “Follow Santa” to reach locations such as the George Road public boat launch.

  • To avoid Santa’s Village Road during construction, “Follow Santa”
    • Take Wellington Street to Highway 118 West
    • 118 West to Golden Beach Road
    • Golden Beach Road to Santa’s Village Road

The District delivered a report to the District Engineering and Public Works Committee on May 18, 2022 which recommended award of the work to Fowler Construction Ltd. Formal approval for this contract is pending ratification at District Council on June 20, 2022.


Highlights of the "Muskoka Solution"

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

A full time District Inspector has been assigned to this work and will be made available to residents to discuss local impacts and design specifics. Hand-delivered notices will be delivered to residents throughout construction.


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 opportunity. Working together 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.



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