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With over 2,000 lakes and more than 14,000 kilometres of shoreline, Muskoka is one of Ontario’s most coveted cottage rental 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.
Just a two hours’ drive north of Toronto, Muskoka is one of the most popular places to rent a cottage in Ontario.+ More