Muskoka District is perhaps the most scenic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. Its rugged granite landscape interspersed with waterfalls and hundreds of lakes is spectacular in any season, but especially so during the fall colour transition. The area is well known for its upscale resorts, summer kids' camps and boutique shops, but it also has very affordable services and attractions for any budget. Boat tours and dinner cruises depart from Port Carling and other ports through the Muskoka Lakes locks. Muskoka Lakes Museum highlights the fascinating heritage of Muskoka with exhibits and events during summer. Water ski shows, festivals, concerts, art exhibitions and cranberry bog tours showcase the district's talent and culture. Beausoleil Island, largest of the Georgian Bay Islands National Park archipelago, is a treasure trove of diverse landscapes, rare wildlife, boating and camping areas. Six Mile Lake Provincial Park has excellent boating, fishing and hiking trails. The Torrance Barrens features a Dark Sky Reserve and numerous hiking and biking trails over its unique alvars. Big Chute Marine Railway, the only one of its kind in North America, is a massive boat carriage on the boundary of Simcoe County and the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Torrance Barrens nature reserve, located on Southwood Road 13 south of Torrance, has trails over intriguing alvars where Ontario’s only lizard, the Five-lined Skink can be found as well as other rare reptiles such as the Massasauga Rattlesnake and Spotted Turtle. These beautiful animals are protected by law and may NEVER be removed from their natural environment, which is the only place where they can truly flourish. The Barrens is also a Dark Sky Reserve where stargazing is simply amazing! The trails can be bicycled or hiked over terrain that varies from open rock alvars to forests and wetlands with boardwalk crossings. The barrens' extreme environments lends itself to unusual
Muskoka Paddle Shack in Bala can put you in a boat for maximum fun with minimum hassle - and no hidden charges! Take a canoe or kayaking lesson with one of our qualified instructors. Learn skills ranging from how to get in and out of the craft, paddle strokes and safety tips and pointers to help you build your confidence. You have the choice of taking a lesson in a recreational or a tripping canoe, kayak or paddle board and we can help you make that decision. If you have your own boat you are welcome to use it during the lesson. We can do the lesson locally or we can come to your cottage in Muskoka. We have a huge choice of beautiful boats, boards and paddling gear for sale. We also offer
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, located just off White's Falls Road 34, offers camping with showers, beaches, boat launches, trails and interpretive programs. The Gibson-McDonald canoe route links the park with the spectacular Three-Rock Chute and Georgian Bay.
The story of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ comes alive at Bala’s Museum, with costumes for boys and girls and photo ops from scenes out of ‘Anne’. Photograph the famous Anne & Diana Tea Party; Anne saving Minnie May’s life and Anne thwacking Gilbert with her slate. Marvel at the world’s largest replica Green Gables dollhouse. Shop in Canada’s best Anne of Green Gables Gift Shop & Bookstore. The museum itself is the former Tourist Home where ‘Anne’ author, Lucy Maud Montgomery and her family ate meals daily for 2 weeks in the summer of 1922. Later Montgomery would publish ‘The Blue Castle’, an adult novel set in Muskoka
Bala Falls has beautiful water cascades and picnic areas that overlook the Moon River at the outlet of Lake Muskoka. It is a popular spot for wading and swimming during summer when the current is not too strong. It is also a popular staging area for mountain bikers who enjoy rock hopping over the ledges. The twin chutes are especially scenic during autumn when the maples display colourful leaves.
The Muskoka Lakes Museum is beautifully located in Port Carling (the hub of the Muskoka Lakes) on scenic James Bartleman Island Park. The island is situated between both the large and small locks, and provides picnic tables and newly renovated washroom facilities. The island is accessed by a footbridge off the main street (Joseph Street) in the centre of the village. Parking space is on nearby village streets, behind the Library or at the Community Centre. Activities: Several museum-wide scavenger hunts are available anytime to engage school-age children to explore and discover fun facts about Muskoka's past. Our Flashback Fun Days kids programs are featured Wednesdays to Fridays
House on the Hill is a charming bed & breakfast home overlooking the Bala bay on Lake Muskoka. It is located close to shops, beaches, dining and entertainment; within walking distance to Bala Falls and the Kee to Bala. We have three rooms: The Burgundy Room has a queen bed and an ensuite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. The Blue Room has a queen size bed. The Captain's Room has a king size bed that can be made into two singles. The Blue Room and Captain's Room share a bathroom so they are nice for families or friends. All rooms have a view of Lake Muskoka and wake ups to beautiful sunrises. A full hot breakfast is served in the dining room between 8 a.m.and 10 a.m.
Pristine, sandy beaches, trails, breathtaking headlands, boat dockage, camping and cabins can be found on Beausoleil Island, part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The park also provides nature interpretation programs. Access is by private boat, local water taxi or DayTripper* park ferry from Honey Harbour. The park is also the gateway to Georgian Bay’s fabulous 30,000 Islands, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that is unequalled in its beauty and biodiversity. It is the world’s largest fresh-water archipelago. The region contains the iconic, windswept pines, oak savannahs and glacier-polished granite islands that it is famous for. It is also home to most of Canada’s
Port Carling overlooks the boat locks between Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka where heritage steam ships Segwun and Wenonah II cruise through the channels. Bridge lifts are a regular occurrence when the ships move through the locks, providing a good photo opportunity for people who like to watch big machinery in action. Sunset Cruises' Peerless II gives sightseeing, sunset and dinner cruises from Port Carling locks and the classic wooden yacht Idyllwood provides intimate tours for groups up to 12 passengers to the most scenic nooks of the Muskoka Lakes. The Port Carling Wall is the world's largest historical, photo-mosaic mural that depicts an overall picture of a steamship made up of
Muskoka’s shimmering blue waters, it’s majestic green pines, it’s spectacular scenery all await your discovery aboard the Sunset Cruisers - Peerless II & Idyllwood. A whole new discovery. Take a cruise aboard Peerless II and see what Muskoka is all about. A unique part of the "Muskoka Experience" must include a cruise on one or more of the three big Muskoka Lakes. Take in the sights of the stunningly rugged and beautiful Canadian Shield on lakes Rosseau, Joseph or the biggest lake, Muskoka. We offer high quality cruises which allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy your view of the magnificent summer homes that Muskoka has become famous for. History and local lore is
Honey Harbour is located on the edge of Muskoka District as a pretty little village that beckons visitors to the heart of “cottage country”. Its cottage rentals, camping parks, marinas, golf courses and resorts provide a variety of services for recreation. This is also the gateway to Georgian Bay’s fabulous 30,000 Islands, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that is unequalled in its beauty and biodiversity. It is the world’s largest fresh-water archipelago. The region contains the iconic, windswept White pines, oak savannahs and glacier-polished granite islands where most of Canada’s rarest reptiles and amphibians can be found. Pristine, sandy beaches, trails,
Port Carling has many golf courses, resorts, charming boutiques and restaurants located in the heart of “cottage country”. The village overlooks the boat locks between Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka where heritage steam ships Segwun and Wenonah II cruise through the channels. Bridge lifts are a regular occurrence when the ships move through the locks, providing a good photo opportunity for those who like to watch big machinery in action. Peerless II gives sightseeing, sunset and dinner cruises from Port Carling locks and the classic wooden yacht Idyllwood provides intimate tours for groups up to 12 passengers to the most scenic nooks of the Muskoka Lakes. An historic
MacTier is in the heart of Muskoka's cottage country and provides visitors with supply services. The village is a good staging point for visits to fabulous Lake Joseph and Massasauga Provincial Park, which are unparalleled waterways for their beauty and heritage. The Railroad Heritage Society Caboose exhibits railroad artifacts, nostalgia and historical displays of the village's ties to the railways that run through the region.
Bala is a charming village in the heart of Muskoka Lakes’ “cottage country”. It features notable art galleries and studios, shops, restaurants and entertainment adjacent to beautiful water cascades and picnic areas that overlook the Moon River at the outlet of Lake Muskoka. Jaspen Park, on Rd. 38, has a beach and playground. Windsor Park has a dock and picnic area where Tuesday night Water Ski Shows are held during summer. A Farmers’ Market opens on Mondays during summer. The area is known for its cranberry bogs where berries are harvested each fall by flooding the bogs and skimming the floating fruit off the water. The Bala Cranberry Festival celebrates the harvest