Visit Oxtongue Lake

A little slice of heaven known as Oxtongue Lake can be found at the border of Muskoka and Algonquin Provincial Park. Oxtongue Lake connects Lake of Bays to Algonquin Park via the picturesque Oxtongue River and Oxtongue Rapids. Ragged Falls Provincial Park is at the top of the rapids and considered one of the best waterfalls in Ontario.

Oxtongue Lake is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise but also offers quiet solitude for those looking to escape. In winter, some of Ontario’s best snowmobile trails are at the doorstep of Oxtongue Lake.

The Oxtongue Lake Community Centre is bursting with activities all summer long, including a “An Evening With…” series of lectures, events and movies on Wednesday nights. Check our calendar for details. The Community Centre also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including Canada Day festivities.

This little hamlet is full of natural attractions and interesting activities that keep world travelers returning every year.

The Group of Seven at Oxtongue Lake

Art enthusiasts can explore locations where Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven painted in the early 1900s; over 40 known paintings by these famous artists were painted on the Oxtongue River and Oxtongue Lake, including Thomson’s infamous Northern River. In 1964 A.Y. Jackson specifically mentioned the Oxtongue River in his Canadian flag design submission to Prime Minister Lester Pearson and A.J. Casson frequented the Blue Spruce Resort later in his artistic career.

Two of the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery murals are in Oxtongue Lake – one at the Community Centre next to the The Tom Thomson and Group of Seven Outdoor Art Exhibit (“Oxtongue River” by A.J. Casson) and the second at Algonquin Outfitters (“Northern River” by Tom Thomson).

Natural Wonders

  • Like hiking? Try the Beetle Lake Trail for winding paths and a breathtaking view of the lake
  • Walk up to Ragged Falls and see why it got its name
  • Camping or canoeing in Algonquin Park? Visit our outfitters on your way to gear up
  • Check out Trail Riding and Day Camp with over 10 km of wilderness trails and a self-sustaining, off-the-grid farm offering fresh eggs, vegetables and chemical-free, farm-fresh meat

Arts & Culture

  • Visit The Tom Thomson and Group of Seven Outdoor Art Exhibit next to the Oxtongue Lake Community Centre and enjoy “The Oxtongue River” (A.J. Casson) mural on the side of the building. You are very close to where the painting was done!
  • Algonquin Outfitters features another outdoor mural of Tom Thomson’s “Northern River”


  • Canada Day celebration every July 1
  • “An Evening With…” Wednesday night summer series of talks, movie screenings and events at the Community Centre
  • Village-wide yard sale in August
  • Annual Canoe Regatta Day in August
  • Hike Haliburton event in September
  • Fishing Derby in March

And More…

  • Stay at one of the eight family-style resorts and motels along the lake