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Muskoka drive-in donates over $15,000 in passes to local schools

Through the years, the Muskoka Drive-In has helped various charities and organizations
Muskoka Drive-In. Supplied photo

The Muskoka Drive-In Theatre located in Gravenhurst recently donated over $15,000 worth of passes to area schools. The Drive-In made an announcement to help schools show appreciation to volunteers, award excellence or to help them raise money for projects within their own school.

Forty-Two schools plus various organizations made requests for passes from the Drive-In. Schools from as faraway as North Bay in the north, Orillia in the south, Parry Sound to the west and Haliburton in the east all received passes.

William Alexander, owner of the Muskoka Drive-In said, “From the wide area of the school requests, it seems that we are not only Muskoka's Drive-In BUT northern Ontario's as well!"

"Through the years, the Muskoka Drive-In has help various charities and organizations such as the Rotary Club, Ronald McDonald House, the Muskoka Scouts, The Army Cadets, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and the Food Banks located in Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst to name a few. We have also fulfilled many requests to donated passes to family fundraisers as well. The Muskoka Drive In even presented the CBC’s broadcast of the Tragically Hip’s last concert on the drive in screen that allowed many people to share in this unique event and raised over $6,000 for Brain Cancer research."

Built in 1952, the Muskoka Drive-In is unique as the cement screen was built on top of Canadian Shield rock in 1952 and is one of the oldest Canadian drive-in theatres still operating. It is the last of many northern Ontario drive-ins that used to populate areas such as Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, New Liskeard, Huntsville and Orillia.

“This 66-year-old drive-in has always been a part of the community and we will continue to help when asked even if those requests are outside of Muskoka,” adds Alexander.

The Muskoka Drive-In will open for its 66th season either April 6 or 13.

School list of who received passes are below:


  • Bracebridge Public School
  • Lodestar Montessori School
  • Macaulay Public School
  • Monck PS
  • Monsignor Michael O'Leary
  • Muskoka Falls PS
  • St Dominic CSS

Burks Falls

  • Land of Lakes Public School

Cumberland Beach

  • Severn Shores Public School


  • Whitestone Lake Central School


  • Irwin Memorial Public School


  • Evergreen Heights Education Centre PAC


  • Gravenhurst Pubic School
  • Gravenhurst High School
  • Muskoka Beechgrove Public School


  • Stuart Baker Elementary School


  • Huntsville Public School
  • Muskoka Montessori School
  • Pine Glen
  • Riverside Public School
  • Saint Mary School
  • Spruce Glen Public School


  • MacTier Public School


  • Magnetawan Central School


  • Nobel Public School

North Bay

  • École Catholique Sainte-Anges
  • Mother St Bride School


  • École Samuel-de-Champlain
  • Keystone Montessori School
  • Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School

Parry Sound

  • Parry Sound High School/Parry Sound Intermediate
  • Parry Sound Public School
  • Wasauksing school

Port Carling

  • Glen Orchard Public School


  • Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary


  • Humphrey School

Severn Bridge

  • KP Manson School

South River

  • South River Public School


  • Almaguin Highlands Secondary School (Section 23 school)
  • Sundridge Centennial p.s.


  • Muskoka Christian School
  • Watt Public School


  • Rama Central P.S.