The region boasts some 14,000 kilometres of shoreline stretched over the 6,475 square kilometres expanse that makes up the region. Carved from the rugged Canadian Shield, Muskoka is well known for its iconic landscapes, made famous by such notable artists as the Group of Seven.

 

 

For more than a century guests have made their way to the area to enjoy a slice of authentic Canadian hinterland and stay at one of Muskoka’s many resorts or historic cottages.

 

There are six municipalities which comprise the area known as Muskoka and each one of them has a charm all its own. Known as the gateway to Muskoka, the municipality of Gravenhurst begins on the north side of the Severn River.

 

Gravenhurst is famous for its iconic steamships – the Wenonah and the RMS Segwun. The 131-year-old Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America. The ships both offer a variety of different cruise options on Lake Muskoka and sometimes beyond.

 

The ships sail out of the Muskoka Wharf, which has been renovated extensively over the past decade and now bustles with life. Restaurants, gift shops, boat rentals and the Muskoka Discovery Centre museum keep the area hopping throughout the entire year.

 

On Muskoka’s western border lies Georgian Bay Township, where miles of rugged shoreline connect the Trent Severn Waterway and Georgian Bay.

 

The region is home to Georgian Bay Island National Park, which is located on 14 square kilometres of spectacular Canadian Shield landscape rising out of the bay. On Beausoleil Island, the largest island in the park, guests can camp overnight in a tent or cabin, swim, fish or hike one of the many trails.

 

Next door in Muskoka Lakes township you can find the “big three” lakes that have earned Muskoka its reputation as cottage country – Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka.

 

Spectacular cottages and boathouses dot the shoreline, yet more than 80 percent of the region maintains its natural cover.

 

In Bala, the annual Bala Cranberry Festival (always held the weekend after Thanksgiving) draws thousands of people to the community to celebrate the unique berry.

 

 

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery are open year round offering many different tours. In the winter, they create a unique ice skating trail that runs through the cranberry marsh.

 

Bracebridge is known for its many waterfalls and its thriving downtown core with a wide range of unique shops and restaurants.

 

From Bracebridge Bay in the heart of town, the Muskoka River meanders past several shoreline parks and the home of Santa’s Village, which has been drawing the young and the young at heart to the area since 1955.

 

The Muskoka Brewery is the largest of several craft breweries in the area, and one of the most popular in the province. They welcome guests for tours and tastings at their Muskoka Beach Road location.

 

 

 

The town of Huntsville has been drawing guests to the picturesque four season community since the days of Tom Thomson. In fact, the Group of Seven murals found throughout the downtown core have become an attraction themselves. The site of multiple golf courses and resorts, Huntsville was also the centre of activity for the G8 Summit in 2010.

 

Lion’s Lookout offers a view of one of the most stunning vistas in the entire region. Muskoka is known as one of the best places on the planet to see maple trees in their full autumn glory, and there’s no better place to get a view than the Lookout.

 

Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville is home to Muskoka Pioneer Village and the Portage Flyer train. The train, which first began running in 1904, is a seasonal favourite during the holidays when it shuttles children back and forth down a short stretch of track to meet Santa Claus.

 

Bordering on Algonquin Park, the township of Lake of Bays is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. The township is home to more than 100 lakes and the unique communities of Dwight, Dorset and Baysville.

 

Recently restored to her former glory, the SS Bigwin now offers cruises from the Dorset docks. The venerable watercraft has ferried many notable guests throughout its history, including Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and Louis Armstrong.

 

The Dorset Fire Tower draws visitors from near and far to scale the stairs 142 metres up and look out at a panorama of the local landscape.

 

With its natural beauty and unmatched hospitality, there’s truly no place quite like Muskoka.

 

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