There are many reasons why you should visit Muskoka, check them out below.
Maple Syrup: From mid-March to mid-April, maple syrup takes centre stage in Muskoka, with the area’s maple farms offering tours to see how Canada’s favourite sweet treat is produced. Restaurants get in on the act with maple-themed dishes while even the local breweries have special maple-flavoured offerings.
Arrowhead Provincial Park: In winter, Arrowhead Provincial Park, just north of Huntsville, is a snowy playground where you can go skiing, skating or snowshoeing. In the warmer months, it offers hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing, camping or simply sunbathing on the lakeside beaches.
Steamships: In summer, three steamships sail the lakes of Muskoka just like these stately vessels used to do 150 years ago. While the Wenonah II is a replica built in 2002, the Royal Mail Ship Segwun and the Wanda III are the real deal, having been built in 1887 and 1915 respectively.
The Views: There are spectacular views to be had throughout Muskoka, especially in autumn when the leaves are a riot of colour. Two of the best spots are Lions lookout overlooking Huntsville and Fairy Lake, and the 100-foot Dorset Scenic lookout tower just north of Dorset.
Beer: With many craft breweries in Muskoka, you will never go thirsty on a hot day. Muskoka Brewery, Sawdust City Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewery and Canvas Brewery are waiting for you to visit and taste some amazing Muskoka Beer. Huntsville Beer Festival
Festivals: Throughout the year Muskoka hosts festivals and events celebrating everything from art, music and great food. These include the Baysville walkabout Festival, Dockside Festival of the Arts, Bala Cranberry Festival, Maple Festival.
Muskoka Heritage Place: Located in Huntsville, Muskoka Heritage Place lets you travel back in time. Here you’ll find the Muskoka Museum, the Muskoka Pioneer Village and the fabulously fun Portage Flyer, a steam train that takes you on a scenic trip along the Muskoka River.
Golf: Muskoka is one of Canada’s most popular golfing destinations. Choose from the variety of courses to find one that suits your skill level or try them all by booking a golf package.
Diving: The lakes of Muskoka offer excellent freshwater diving and snorkelling. You can even explore shipwrecks such as the Waome in Lake Muskoka’s Milford Bay or the S.S. Mohawk and S.S. Mary Louise in the Lake of Bays’ Portage Bay.
Rotary DockFest: One of the most unusual sporting events in Muskoka is the Rotary DockFest held every summer in Huntsville. While there’s nothing strange about watching participants race through obstacles on the Muskoka River, you might do a double take when you see what their choice of vessel is: bathtubs!
Farmers’ Markets: The farmers’ markets of Muskoka offer the best in fresh produce, homemade goodies and arts and crafts. There are markets in Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Bala, Port Carling, Bracebridge, Rosseau, Baysville and Dwight.
Visual Arts: In the early 20th century, the Group of Seven found inspiration in Muskoka for their paintings of the Canadian landscape. You’ll still find many galleries and art studios throughout the region or you can simply admire the mural known as the Port Carling Wall.
Waterfalls: Muskoka boasts nearly 20 gorgeous waterfalls, some of which require a bit of a hike while others, such as the Bracebridge Falls (pictured), can be seen from the road. Ragged Falls near Huntsville is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area.
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Hill: Great ski slopes to enjoy a family or individual experience with a hill side resort (us) with ski in ski out abilities. This ski hill is for all level of skiers and boasts the bragging rights on having Dara Howell a local who won the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2014 Sochi games.