The morning steamer through fog on Lake Muskoka

Some might argue for sunsets, but nothing compares to early morning in Muskoka. Sitting on the dock, watching the mists rise from the lake to mingle with the steam from a cup of hot coffee resting on the arm of Muskoka chair, the wistful, lonely sound of the loon calls to you from across the lake. A fish jumps just feet away, a reminder of the bustling activity to come as the sun moves higher. In just a few hours the vista will change to one of neighbors waving as they motor past in a fine 1947 Greavette Streamliner. Passing them will be a spanking new MasterCraft pulling a wake boarder throwing a Backside 360 or other seemingly implausible trick. As the afternoon heats up, you could be honing your own expertise with friends on the links at the exclusive Oviinbyrd, a golf course often talked about but seen only by a privileged few. After all, the idyllic dock-side scene that is so iconic Muskoka is just one way to experience incredible Ontario cottage country: there is so much more to discover in Muskoka.

Royal Muskoka Hotel

Once discovered, never forgotten

Stretching from the vast wilderness of Algonquin Park in the east to the rugged windswept shores of the Georgian Bay Islands in the west, the District of Muskoka includes the treasured towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville and the townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes. Each offers a unique experience with endless activities, attractions, outdoor adventures and of course, our world-famous cottages, boathouses and Muskoka chairs to laze the day away on.

Muskoka has a rich history dating back to the earliest records from 1615 (of course the Huron and Algonquin were here long before the pioneers), and today Muskoka offers attractions you can find no place else. Like the Royal Mail Ship Segwun, the oldest working steamship in North America, the world’s largest historic photo-mosaic mural, North America’s first dark sky preserve at the Torrance Barrens Conservation area, and the summer home of Santa Claus, directly on the 45th Parallel in Bracebridge, and halfway between the Equator and the North Pole! More attractions (link to attractions).

girl on zipline in provincial park

Muskoka By the Numbers

Muskoka is just 90 minutes from Toronto and has vastly different landscape, including:

  • 2,500 square miles of towering pines, 1.5 billion year old rocks and water, an area the size of Rhode Island
  • 1,628 lakes and 22 waterfalls – Muskoka is blessed to be one of the most abundant fresh water regions on earth and is known as the Waterfall Capital of Canada
  • 7 Provincial Parks and conservation areas (including Algonquin Park) plus dozens of municipal public parks and beaches
  • 63 islands comprising 1 National Park accessible only by boat in the world’s largest fresh-water archipelago: Georgian Bay Islands National Park in the area known as the “Thirty Thousand Islands”
  • 20 public and semi-private Golf courses

Attractions and Festivals

Whether it is the Cottage Country Comedy Festival or the home of Dr. Norman Bethune in Gravenhurst or the Bala Cranberry Festival that piques your interest, there’s something for everyone to see and do in Muskoka, all year long

  • January
    • Gravenhurst Winterfest
    • Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships, Huntsville
  • February
    • Dorset Snowball
  • March
    • Maple Syrup Festival, Deerhurst
    • Muskoka Home Builders Show, Gravenhurst
  • April
    • Muskoka Home Builders Show, Gravenhurst
  • May
    • Festival of the Falls, Bracebridge
    • Muskoka International Air Show, Gravenhurst (on occasion)
  • June
    • Art in the Park, Algonquin Park
    • Music on the Barge, Gravenhurst
    • Cottage Country Comedy Festival, Throughout Muskoka
    • Antique and Classic Car Show, Gravenhurst
  • July
    • Canada Day Fireworks, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Falls
    • Huntsville Festival of the Arts
    • Heart of Muskoka Craft Show, Port Carling
    • Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, Gravenhurst
    • Muskoka River Bathtub Derby, Huntsville
    • Muskoka Lakes Music Festival
    • Muskoka Antique Show, Port Carling
    • Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound
    • The New Actors’ Colony Theater Festival, Bala
    • DragonFly Summer Theater, Gravenhurst
    • Shakespeare in the Park, Bracebridge
    • In Water Boat Show and Ribfest, Gravenhurst
  • August
    • Dockside Festival of the Arts, Gravenhurst
    • Summer Regattas, Most Lakes in Muskoka
    • MultiSport Canada Triathlon, Bala
    • Muskoka Beer Festival, Bracebridge
  • September
    • Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour October
    • Bala Cranberry Festival
  • November
    • Santa Claus Parades, Bala, Port Sydney, Gravenhurst
  • December
    • Santa Claus Parade, Bracebridge
    • Festival of Lights, Bracebridge
    • Trek to Bethlehem, Bala
Muskoka, once discovered, never forgotten lovely pink sky Muskoka boataeril view of Deerhurst resort
riding bicycle around Lake Muskoka handmade canoes, antique water craft, A prize winning musky, fishing on Lake Rosseau
This is a young moose in Muskoka wakesurfing on Lake Muskoka
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