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Only a few hours drive from Toronto, the Muskoka District in Ontario has some 1,600 lakes and is one of the most popular cottage country destinations in Canada. Known for its beautiful scenery and lakefront cottage properties, the district stretches from Georgian Bay in the west, to the north tip of Lake Couchiching in the south and the western border of Algonquin Provincial Park in the east. It consists of six municipalities, including the towns of Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays and Georgian Bay. A popular escape from the city in the summmer for lake-side lounging and water sports, Muskoka is also a beautiful place to hike, bike and watch the leaves change colour in the Spring and Fall. In the winter, daytime activities consist of snowshoeing and hiking, followed by cozy evenings in front of the fireplace. As a more remote family getaway destination, travellers visiting Muskoka tend to prefer short-term vacation rentals, such as cottage rentals or lodges that can comfortably accommodate families and larger groups.
With over 2,000 lakes and more than 14,000 kms of shoreline, Muskoka is one of Ontario’s most coveted cottage rental and vacation destinations. In fact, National Geographic named Muskoka the number one best summer travel destination in the world!
Famed for its natural beauty, Muskoka was a favoured subject in the work of Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven painters, and its lakes and forests are the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities. At the region’s national, provincial, and local parks, visitors can go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATVing in the summer, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding come winter. Muskoka is also home to several award-winning golf courses.
Water sport enthusiasts, from windsurfers to wakeboarders, can spend day after day out on the lake. Anglers will be well served with catches of bass, pike, and trout. Of course spending a day (or few) sunbathing and relaxing dockside in a famed Muskoka chair is also a must.
With plenty of restaurants, cafés, pubs, and spas in the region, there’s no shortage of places to retire to after a day on the water or trails. The towns Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Huntsville are home to Farmers’ Markets and microbreweries (check out Muskoka Brewery) and are dotted with charming boutiques and art galleries that display and sell local artisans’ work. These lakeside communities also play host to an array of annual events and festivals, including the annual Muskoka Lakes Music Festival.
Muskoka has been named a top destination by many publications around the world and for great reason - the beautiful lakes, amazing cottages and tourist stops. Fantastic ferry and boat tours through the amazing lakes, and great fishing opportunities will make you never want to put a foot on land again. When travelling to Canada make Muskoka a top stop on your vacation.