Skyline International has received the go-ahead to make the largest investment in Muskoka’s history after receiving approval from Huntsville town council in late September.
The ambitious $500-million master planned community and new Deerhurst Village Centre includes 150 new hotel rooms, 45,000 sq. ft. of retail and plans for multiple boutique mixed-use buildings totalling nearly 500 residential units.
“I am very pleased by council’s decision to approve the zoning request,” says Gil Blutrich, chairman and president of Skyline International. “Deerhurst is the crown jewel of Muskoka and in many ways a gateway to Ontario’s spectacular North. With council’s blessing, we will work on turning our vision for Deerhurst into a reality.”
The municipal council’s decision arrives on the heels of Skyline International receiving unanimous approval for zoning by the planning committee earlier this month.
“This is tremendous news for Hunstville and the Muskoka District’s hospitality and resort offerings,” says Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison. “Deerhurst is already the largest single employer in Muskoka and we are thrilled that Skyline International is continuing to invest in the resort and surrounding communities. Deerhurst is set up to be a major hospitality magnet for international and Canadian travellers for the foreseeable future.”
Last month, Skyline International announced plans to spend an additional $10 million renovating the Deerhurst Resort with significant upgrades earmarked for the Legacy Hall, Compass Lobby Bar, Pavilion guest rooms, Maple Pub and Fitness Centre, as well as improvements to the lakeside waterfront.
“Deerhurst is iconic to Canadians. It’s synonymous with Muskoka. We want to make sure we are honouring this historic brand and the communities that surround it in everything we do. That is our mission,” says Skyline International CEO Michael Sneyd.