August 20 media release update: While the Diggin’ Downtown project has experienced setbacks due to aging service connections and continuous heavy rainfall (read the July 26 release), project partners have established a new construction schedule and added an additional construction crew on-site to minimize delays. Read the new schedule on the Construction Details and Detours Page

What you need to know

  • The Diggin’ Downtown project will consist of a total of 5 construction stages with the first 4 stages of construction
  • Construction began March 2021. See all construction stages, road closures and detours
  • During construction downtown, all businesses are open, following COVID-19 protocols
  • Sidewalks remain open and provide accessible entry to businesses downtown throughout the construction project
  • Read through questions and answers on the FAQ page

Navigating downtown

The construction project will impact the flow of traffic and parking in our downtown core over the anticipated 8 month construction schedule, but access to stores, services and restaurants are open. Plan your trip in advance:

  • Know the detour routes, discover the handy interactive maps of construction stages.
  • Know where to park. The following parking lots will be open throughout construction: River Mill Parking Lot, the High Street Parking Lots as well as the Canada Summit Centre Parking Lot. 

Construction stages, road closures and detours.

Detour areas

Living on or near a detour area

The construction project will impact traffic in our community, and residents living on detour routes can expect higher volumes of traffic. Detour routes from all construction stages can be viewed on our parking and detour page. 

  • Waste and Recycling: during construction all waste and recycling services will be maintained per your regular collection day schedule. If you have collection concerns please connect with the District of Muskoka

Access to school areas

We are committed to working with our local School Board throughout all Stages of this project. Residents are encouraged to review the detour maps and construction stage information, to plan their travel to and from School Zone areas, especially during peak before and after school drop-off times. We are working with the Transportation division on any scheduled changes, if any routes are altered, families will be contacted directly in advance.

  • Huntsville High School - Stage 1 construction includes road closures at the Main Street Swing Bridge, resulting in no access to Brunel Road from Main Street. Detour routes will be established in advance to avoid the construction area. We ask that our community plan extra travel time, especially before and after school.
  • Huntsville Public School - There are no direct impacts to the Huntsville Public School area in Stage 1, although it’s recognized that increased traffic will be experienced at the Centre Street intersection due to the road closures on Main Street. We look forward to working with our partners as the Stages progress, to mitigate issues and address our community’s concerns.

Shopping, dining and events downtown

All businesses will remain open during construction. Pedestrian access via sidewalks will be maintained throughout all project stages. Please follow the posted detour routes and parking information on our website for access to your favourite shops and services. The Huntsville BIA has many events and incentives planned for this year, including:

  • Downtown Huntsville Voucher Program and Electronic Coupon Booklet
  • Downtown Huntsville Time Capsule
  • Downtown Huntsville Wellness Challenge
  • LIVE Street Art
  • Downtown Huntsville Holiday Market
  • For event information visit 

Stay informed of downtown events and incentives by following the Huntsville BIA on Facebook and on Instagram


If you have a question about this project, please continue to monitor:

Residents and businesses within the construction area can ask questions or share concerns:


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