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From its' origin in 1970 as a cottage industry, Rich Hill Candles & Gifts has blossomed into one of Muskoka's favorite family attractions. The business was established on a small farm in a community in Central Ontario, originally settled by Irish immigrants from Rich Hill, Ireland - hence the company name.
1975 saw a relocation of the still fledgling operation to Bracebridge. By 1980, the company had begun to prosper, but a disastrous fire destroyed the Wharf Road retail location. Driven by a combination of youth and determination, the Bracebridge location was rebuilt, and expansion continued into Port Carling and Huntsville. The separate Bracebridge production facility continued to service these locations, as well as supplying products to several other large distribution companies who shipped all over North America. A general economic downturn in the late 80's forced consolidation of the entire operation into one location, the current facility at 9 Robert Dollar Drive. Timing was right, as the "factory outlet shopping / factory viewing era" had arrived.
Today's visitors to the facility are treated to tremendous family entertainment in the form of a "sight and scent safari". A unique Muskoka destination, providing fun filled, old-fashioned family entertainment.
When the new store reopens some large factory-viewing windows will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a view of the candle production floor. The antique taper dipping carousel is estimated to be over 120 years old, and will still function every day dependent entirely on "people power"- the candles are all still hand crafted! Our "in factory" candle dipping room will put you in the "heat " of the action, as you create your own candle souvenir to take home, working right next to the chandlers! In the meantime while preparing to reopen our flagship location please visit us at our smaller main street candle shop location at 193 Manitoba Street.
The gift shop is renowned throughout the north for its' fun, friendly and fantastic entertainment value.
The evolution of Rich Hill Candles & Gifts has spanned over 50 years - from a candle maker with a hobby and a dream to one of Muskoka's favorite family destinations.
OUR DOWNTOWN GIFT SHOP
193 Manitoba St.,
Tuesday to Saturday 11am -5pm
We are currently working on
rebuilding our factory. We will
announce our opening date soon!
9 Robert Dollar Dr.