Client Town of Gravenhurst
Historically a lumber town, tourist destination and boat building centre, the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario has a heritage that stretches back to the late 1800s. Known as the Gateway to Muskoka, the town wanted to honour its past while securing its future. FORREC took the helm, and developed the master plan for this waterside community.
FORREC based the plan on the traditional use of the town’s harbour as a steamship port serving the area for over a century. North America’s oldest operating steamship, R.M.S. Segwun, built in 1887, still sails from this wharf. The resulting development combines retail, food, accommodation and cultural resources like the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Museum, connected by a scenic boardwalk.
Master planning and concept design