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Muskoka Discovery Centre will open a new exhibit in 2018

January 22, 2018


The Watershed Gallery is the 1st new permanent exhibit since 2006

The Watershed Gallery at the Muskoka Discover Centre in Gravenhurst will be an innovative, interactive virtual exploration of the Muskoka River Watershed. When it opens in July 2018, through cutting-edge technology, visitors will discover how the watershed works and how it shapes their lives. Visitors will also learn how research conducted on the Muskoka Watershed has been instrumental around the world to improve the water quality of freshwater lakes. The exhibit will tell a local story with international implications.

John Klinck, who is the Muskoka District Chair and our Advisory Council Chair, believes, This exhibit will tremendously increase the awareness of the Muskoka watershed and the importance of preserving and protecting Muskoka’s most valuable resource.”

MS&DC is partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Muskoka Watershed Council, Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and the Muskoka Lakes Association to develop content that explores key physical and biological elements of the watershed. The local watershed scientists who are recognized internationally are sharing their expertise to ensure that the content is relevant and accurate.

The fun, excitement and interactivity of the exhibit is being designed and fabricated by Canadian companies with international reputations: Simbioz, Expographiq as well as Reich and Petch. They have designed exhibits for museums and galleries around the world.

With support of all board members, the President and members of the community we have raised 62% of the $350,000 target. Rick, (Chair of the Muskoka Discovery Centre Revitalization Committee), and Gayle McGraw, have made a generous donation of $50,000. In their words: “We believe this is a transformational event for the Discovery Centre. It demonstrates community support in connecting Muskokan’s to the importance of the health of the watershed and how Muskoka has had an impact around the world in the care of our most precious resource, water.”

John Miller, President, Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre said, “Our vision is to be the leading dynamic facility open year round. The Watershed Gallery will elevate the Discovery Centre, setting it apart while entertaining, educating and inspiring visitors of all ages.

Gary Getson, Chair of the Board “ I am delighted that this project increases the vital link to our community through education and compelling action to ensure the stewardship of the Watershed. So please help us reach our financial goals to make this exhibit an unforgettable experience enjoyed by all just like our 1600 lakes.

Private and corporate donations can be made online at or by phoning 1.866.687.6667. Tax receipts will be given for donations of $10 or more. Cheques should be made payable to Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society, and mailed to 185 Cherokee Lane, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1Z9.