Established in 1904, Muskoka Foundry operated initially as a linen mill & then a metal fabrication factory for over
DIGGING INTO THE PAST.
Built in 1903 and first occupied by Dominion Linen Mills in 1904. The linen factory, the only one in Canada had over 50 employees, primarily from Ireland and maintained operations at 101 Entrance Drive until 1912. It faced some financial hardship and when it received funding from the Town of Waterloo, it relocated its operations. The property sat vacant until 1917, when Mungo Park McKay, founder of Muskoka Foundry, purchased the property and expanded his foundry operations from its location at the Bracebridge Bay. The McKay family operated the Muskoka Foundry, casting metal parts for the timber industry and making signs, until early 1950’s, several years past the death of Mungo Park McKay.
The foundry sat vacant until 1961 when the property saw its 3rd owner, Bracebridge Manufacturing. It was then that the building went through a major transformation and renovation with the massive steel beams and new roofs. Ron Wilson, President, was the chief engineer and production lead that managed the construction and future business operations. Bracebridge Manufacturing owned the property until 1974 and produced large custom equipment mainly used in the mining and forestry industries having customers throughout North America.
Muskoka Foundry had several other owners within the metal fabrication industries, Northern Ontario Casting and Cross tech Industries until 2010.
THEN AND NOW
Later in 2010 Muskoka Foundry was purchased by Mr. McNabb and he renovated the front portion of the building and relocated his home décor and home goods retail operations. Also on site was a wood shop where he designed and produced one of a kind dining tables, hutches and other beautifully crafted furniture.
Muskoka Foundry was purchased Ms. van Petegem in 2015 and with a vision to transform the property into a shopping, dining and entertainment destination location.
The property went through rezoning, engineering and architectural drawings in 2016 and in 2017 began the physical transformation to create an incredible space for several business operations soon to be operating under the building’s 4 different roofs of which have incredible arched trusses ceiling soaring up to 54 feet high. The vision of Ms. van Petegem was to have synergistic business types that would conduct their normal business operations, while providing consumers with a reason to visit and stay.
The result is a one of a kind venue for food and events in Muskoka
Comprising of brewery/brew pub, marche dining, bakery, coffee roaster, eclectic retail, potato chip manufacturer, radio station studio, special events venue with music concerts, live theater, comedy acts, cirque performances, festivals, auto shows, markets supporting local food producers and artisans, wedding receptions, corporate events, film set location and much more.