Branch 161
The Bracebridge Legion
168 Muskoka Rd. S.
Bracebridge, Ontario  P1L 1H6
Office: 705.645.8500
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Facilities

The branch is situated on a small hill. It was originally a two classroom school house built in 1907 and used for that purpose until 1932. The branch acquired the building in 1935/1936 and over the years has made significant additions to the original solid structure.

Main entrance with canopy and ramp

North parking and main entrance

Access to the building is from the north parking lot facing Muskoka Road at Woodchester Avenue. There is a wheelchair ramp with automated entrance doors; the east parking lot has wide concrete stairs to the large and airy Ballroom (about 36 parking spaces); the south side has an attractive outside grassed area and 42ft X 30ft two-tier deck with two sets of  stairs. Overflow parking (about 50 parking spaces) is available on the west side of the building with a packed gravel surface with steps up to the north asphalt parking lot and main entrance.

East Side

West parking

The three-storey building consists of:

The small top or third storey consists of the Branch Office, Ladies Auxiliary and Poppy Campaign offices and a formal meeting room. The main storey contains – on the south side, the single table Pool Room/Main Bar (maximum occupancy 33) and Ladies Lounge (maximum occupancy 77). The Pool Room  has a wide sliding door access to the attractive 42ft X 30ft two-tier deck with tables, table umbrellas and chairs with two stairs to the large tree-protected grassed area (maximum occupancy 878) including a large covered wood/charcoal fired barbeque for major outside events.

Deck from meeting room window on second floor

Deck viewed from side entrance to garden area

 The wide main hallway connects to the east main floor Ballroom (maximum occupancy 155) with another smaller hallway giving access to washrooms and a seperate stepped entrance to the east parking lot. There is a full commercial kitchen (“double-oven” stove and a separate large griddle/oven combination) with an adjoining servery and small wet-bar with a large cooler for pop, beer or food.

A stairway from the main entrance leads to the lower level meeting rooms with servery/temporary dry bar (maximum occupancy 56) with same floor washrooms. There is a slightly lower and open area (maximum occupancy 106) with 10 dart boards on the wall and customized dart board lighting. This area is not restricted for darts use only. Plans are being discussed for an  electric elevator to give access to the basement area from the main entrance hall.stair

Main Hall to Pool Room

Main bar and pool table

 

Main ballroom stage

 

Main ballroom bar with pale blue shades drawn

 

Lower level meeting room and museum

 

Darts lower level right side

Darts lower level left side

The lower areas are shared on certain evenings and weekends with 2250 Muskoka Pioneers Royal Canadian Army Cadets who have their own secured access to their offices and the lower levels from outside. Function renters using their part of the facilities are allowed access to their areas the afternoon prior to the event for set-up, the day of the event until midnight and the morning after the event for cleanup. Only one event is scheduled on a given day in the large ballroom, it is never double-booked. However, separate functions may operate in another area depending on the activities planned.

Your Legion is a versatile and private venue for weddings, rehearsals, dinners, family reunions, awards ceremonies, funeral services or wakes, general gatherings, fundraisers, dances, meetings, lectures, etc. For example, if a wedding is planned for our attractive yard and the weather does not cooperate you can move inside with minimal disruption to your arrangements – just tell us you would like that flexibility when you sign the agreement!

During weekday mornings community associations serving the Bracebridge area use the facilities so please check if it is a morning session you would like to arrange. To see what is happening for legion activities in the evenings check our Events Calendar on this web site. We do not post details of community organization usage as a matter of policy.

Excellent catering can be requested from the Branch Ladies Auxiliary at very reasonable rates. For full details of rental rates and requirements or to have a look please contact the Branch at: 705-645-8500; or e-mail: bracebridgelegion@yahoo.ca. The Legion will always do its utmost to accommodate your needs.