Straddling the Muskoka River, BRACEBRIDGE, a quick 20km north of Gravenhurst, boasts of its location on the 45th Parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the equator, which isn’t perhaps very much to get excited about, but it does for starters. The town’s most distinctive feature is the waterfall at the foot of the main street and it was this ready source of energy that attracted the town’s first settlers in the 1860s. Otherwise, the prettiest part of Bracebridge is the short main drag, Manitoba Street, which is flanked by a pleasant ensemble of Victorian red-bricks. Bracebridge is also within comfortable striking distance of both Algonquin Provincial Park, about 100km away, and the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

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