Your next group rental retreat starts at Muskoka Bible Centre!
You can’t ask for a better location to help your group relax, rejuvenate and connect than at our beautiful lakeside conference centre in the heart of Muskoka. Our group rentals coordinator will work with you to incorporate all of your group’s needs. Let us take care of the details – and make this the best group experience ever!
‘Let us go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile…’ Mark 6:31 (NLT)
What is a group rental retreat?
A group rental retreat is a chance for you to bring your group to Muskoka Bible Centre for an experience designed specifically for your group’s requirements. MBC provides top accommodation options, fabulous dining service, meeting spaces, and recreational options in a beautiful Muskoka setting. Our Group Rentals Coordinators can help you organize your group’s best experience ever!
Why are group retreats important?
In our hectic world, we reap tremendous benefits when we take time to withdraw to a quiet place and rest awhile – to drink deeply of God’s Word and take encouragement in the fellowship of others in the beauty of His creation. An intentional time away in an inspiring setting; a ‘disruption of the ordinary’ designed to renew our relationship with God; to pray; to be taught from His Word in a concentrated community experience. This is a recipe for true transformation.
MBC is the resort facility that can meet the unique needs of your group. We have been facilitating retreats for over 90 years and we are committed to making your retreat a success. We have a wide range of accommodations, meeting spaces and meal options which can be tailored to the needs of your group. The beauty of our Muskoka setting can’t be beat!
Meals at MBC
MBC is known for delicious home cooking and fresh baking! Our chef will create a menu of delicious meals while factoring in special diet requirements. Let us look after the details while you simply enjoy the food and scenic view of Mary Lake from our Dining Room that can host up to 185 people at a time.
Cold Cereal Bar
Assortment of baked goods
Pancakes or waffles
Sausage & Bacon
Hash Brown Squares or Tator Tots
Soup of the Day
Pesto Chicken Burgers
Dessert: Assorted loaves & Fruit Tray
Salad Bar (Different style from Lunch)
2 Different Vegetable Options
Fresh Bread, Dinner Roll, or Biscuit
Dessert: Fruit Crisp and Ice Cream
Hot and cold beverages available at each meal.
*Menus are subject to change without notice.
2023 Meal Times & Pricing
Breakfast at 8:00am
$16 + HST per adult per meal
Lunch at 12:00pm
$17.50 + HST per adult per meal
Dinner at 5:00pm
$24 + HST per adult per meal
Youth (Ages 7-12) = 50% Off
Children (Ages 0-6) = Free!
Please Note: Meals are a duration of 1 hour.
Allergies & Dietary Restrictions
Muskoka Bible Centre wishes every experience to be delectable, especially our meals. Prior to arrival we will request your group’s dietary restrictions and food allergies for everyone to have a tasty experience. We are not a nut-free facility. Please ask our Dining Room Team before entering the buffet what items on the menu are prudent to your needs. We can accommodate gluten free, dairy free, vegan, specific food allergies and more.
More than one group onsite can be eating in the Dining Room at the same time. Our Dining Room has a capacity of 185 people at one time.
We offer both options to eat buffet-style or to sit down and receive plate service.
Meeting Spaces at MBC
We have a wide variety of meeting spaces to meet your group’s needs, with flexible seating layouts for up to 450 guests.
The Fellowship Centre
A versatile space, with a large gym and two meeting rooms. The gym can be configured to suit many different purposes.
Lakeside Meeting Room
A private meeting space with seating for up to 56.
Our largest gathering place, with a maximum capacity of 450.
A casual meeting space with a maximum capacity of 80 guests.
A classroom space and casual common areas. The classroom has a maximum capacity of 100.
Housekeeping at MBC
All accommodations (excluding Founders Hall) come with linens. Linens are defined as bedding, body towels, hand towels and face towels. Soap, shampoo and hand cream are also available. Bedding includes a fitted sheet, cover sheet, blanket and a pillow in a pillow case. All accommodations (excluding Founders Hall) come with a mini fridge and Keurig coffee maker in each room. To encourage guest connection, we do not provide TVs in the rooms.
Technology at MBC
MBC’s meeting spaces are equipped with all the needed audiovisual and sound equipment perfect for general sessions, concerts, worship events and conferences. For breakouts and teaching sessions, many of our meeting spaces come with audiovisual and sound equipment to make presenting easier.
Our group coordinators will work with you to ensure you have just what you need to be truly successful.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the conference centre apart from our beach area.
Pricing below is for 2024.
Meeting Room Audio, Visual and Lighting
Standard Complimentary A/V Package:
2 mics/stands, 2 music stands, a sound system with projector and screen or display TV (with HDMI connection).
Additionally, we also offer the following services/rentals:
- Keyboard Rental: $60 + HST
- Drum Rental, includes set up and tear down: $130 + HST
Chapel Rentals ONLY
Tier 1 - Standard Complimentary A/V Package
2 mics/stands, 2 music stands, a sound system with projector and screen (with HDMI connection).
Tier 2 - Advanced A/V System
If you are using the Chapel and have a proficient A/V Technician this system would be setup at the back of the Chapel at a fixed rate of $275 + HST, which includes the following:
- 2 x JBL Eon15 powered speakers (full range speaker with 15″ woofer and horn 300watts rms) – This will be connected and ready upon arrival.
- 1 x JBL618S Powered 18″ Subwoofer 500 watts rms.
Soundcraft Spirit 8 32 Channel analog mixing board.
- 16 Channel snake (Group is welcome to bring another 16 channel snake to make 32 channels).
- 2 x mics, boom stands, music stands.
Lighting board to tap into some of the house lights.
Tier 3 - Full Audio Visual Lighting Service
We recommend that our groups over 100 people in the Chapel take advantage of what the space has to offer with regards to our two projectors with screens, extra lighting and sound options with our AVL Specialist, overseeing your audio, visual and lighting needs. The cost for this service is $50 per hour + HST. A weekend group can have anywhere from 15-30 hours during their stay. To help save on cost, our AV team can connect with your group via email and telephone to best prepare prior to arrival.
Recreation at MBC
Your group will enjoy the many indoor and outdoor amenities that MBC offers. In the warmer months we have everything from an inviting sandy beach to tennis and mini-golf. In the cooler season, enjoy games by the fire, snow tubing down the hill, games in our indoor gym or snowshoeing around the beautiful grounds.
Spring & Fall Recreation Amenities
- Pickle Ball
- Mini Golf
- Disc Golf
- Beach Volleyball
- Our MBC Playground
- The Best Beach in Muskoka! (June & September)
Winter Recreation Amenities
- Snow tubing
- Snowshoeing (pick up your snowshoes at the main entrance to the Lodge)
- Outdoor hikes and walking trails
Please note that activities during the fall and spring are weather-dependent. We keep a close eye on the weather conditions and react accordingly to make sure that every stays safe.
8 Pioneer Avenue
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We are located:
- 207km north of the YYZ Toronto Airport
- 122km north of the city of Barrie
- 12 km away from Huntsville Town Centre
- 346km west of the city of Ottawa
What kinds of groups can come to a Group Rental retreat?
We have a wide variety of groups coming in all sizes and ages. Churches come in groups with their families, leadership, small groups and youth groups. Businesses join us for corporate retreats. Not-for-profit groups come to MBC for strategic planning. Families choose MBC for their family reunions. High schools, colleges and universities come for extra-curricular programming.
When are the check-in and check-out times?
Our accommodation check-in time is 4:00pm. Our check-out time is no later than 11:00am on the day you are leaving. Please return your keys to the Lodge Reception.
Would we be sharing the Dining Room?
Depending upon your group’s size, yes, you would be sharing the Dining Room with other guests on site, but tables will be assigned per group.
Is MBC accessible?
MBC offers handicapped accessible rooms. Please connect with our Group Rentals Coordinators for details. email@example.com
What is the weather like?
Environment Canada is the best website for more accurate weather forecasts or the Weather Network app.
We do encourage guests to dress in layers as the weather changes. Many groups prefer enjoying the outdoors in our Sports Zone in the Spring and Fall.
Should you require additional blankets in your room, feel free to reach out to your Duty Manager during your stay.
In the spring and fall months, we have complimentary umbrellas available in stands located in our Lodge Lobby to borrow during your stay with us should you require them.
What are MBC's policies and guidelines?
MBC is a smoke, vape, alcohol and pet free site.
Out of consideration for our neighbours, our quiet hours begin after 11 PM.
Indoor shoes are required while using the Gymnasium.
Please refer to all of our policies and guidelines.
Don’t wait any longer, make a request for your group today!
I would absolutely recommend MBC to other groups. MBC’s experience in hosting retreats, as well as its Christian foundation and philosophy, help to provide a positive and refreshing time for groups, both large and small, who are planning a getaway retreat.
The Staff really made the difference. They were always friendly, ready, and available for any questions and requests we made. They were well-prepared when we had students feeling ill and made the proper arrangements to care for them. They made a lot of accommodations for our youth group and I’m very grateful to everyone at MBC for helping us to make our winter retreat happen!
Thank you for everything! Our youth were very blessed and they love going to MBC for retreats because everything is so well-organized with great food and amenities. I’m looking forward to booking another youth retreat at MBC!