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Points of Interest in Muskoka

Sightseeing in Muskoka

Georgian Bay Area

Georgian Bay Biosphere
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is one of only 16 in Canada. There are over 600 World Biosphere reserves in 117 countries. Designated by UNESCO in 2004 as a World Biosphere, this incredible place stretches over 200 km from Port Severn to the French River, and contains the world’s largest fresh water archipelago, also known as the 30,000 islands.  www.gbbr.ca

Georgian Bay Islands National Park
From Honey Harbour to Twelve Mile Bay, you’ll discover the spectacular rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield.  (705) 526-9804  www.pc.gc.ca/gbi

Trent Severn Waterway
This unique waterway and National Historic Site links Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay.  The system stretches 386 km twisting and turning, linking a number of rivers and lakes by 42 locks, 2 hydraulic lifts and one marine railway.  (705) 750-4900  www.pc.gc.ca/trent

Big Chute Marine Railway
Big Chute Marine Railway is the only one of its kind in North America.  It has been in operation since 1917.  (705) 750-4900  www.pc.gc.ca/trent

Huronia Museum
Discover the fascinating world of the Huron People prior to the arrival of the Europeans in Canada’s first recreated Huron Village.  (705) 526-2844.  www.huroniamuseum.com   

Miss Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises

Take a Sightseeing Cruise aboard the  300 passenger Miss Midland and experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s  30,000 islands-the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere.  www.midlandtours.com  

Island Queen Cruises
Explore the beautiful Thirty Thousand Island region of Georgian Bay aboard the 550 passenger Island Queen and discover the unbelievable beauty of this remote region of Canada.  It would be a pleasure to welcome you aboard.  www.islandqueencruise.com

Gravenhurst Area

Torrance Barren’s Dark Sky Reserve
See the stars as you have never seen them before.  The first of its kind in Canada, the Torrance Barrens is now officially recognized as a Dark Sky Reserve  http://www.muskokaheritage.org/

Rotary Gull Lake Park-Music on the Barge
Many well known musical acts have been presented here since the 1940’s.
http://www.discovergravenhurst.ca/

Muskoka Wharf
The Muskoka steam era comes alive here with heritage facilities, shops and restaurants.
http://discovergravenhurst.ca/muskoka-wharf-c23.php  

Muskoka Steamships
Board the amazing Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship.  Go sight seeing on Wenonah II, combining turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences.  (705) 687-6667 www.realmuskoka.com

Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre
North America’s only in water, indoor exhibit of working antique boats.  Enjoy the museum’s heritage of the Muskoka Lakes.  (705) 687-2115  www.realmuskoka.com    

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
The birthplace of a hero!  Bethune Memorial House commemorated the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune.  (705) 687-4261  www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/bethune/index.aspx

The Gravenhurst Opera House
This historic opera house continues to be one of Gravenhurst’s most important attractions and the home of many great musical and theatrical performances of the past 100 years.
(705) 687-5550  www.gravenhurstoperahouse.com

The Tree Museum
Established to foster and promote contemporary sculpture, this facility is committed to providing the community  with direct access to innovative art in a fully integrated outdoor environment. www.thetreemuseum.ca  

Little Norway Museum
The Little Norway Memorial Building invites you to come and appreciate the history that took place at the Muskoka Airport during the Second World War.  www.muskokaairport.com/memorial

Muskoka Lakes Area

Bala’s Museum & Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Bala’s Museum celebrates the life and writings of author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Since opening in July 1992, it has become known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada.
1-888-579-7739   www.bala.net/museum

The Locks & Wall in Port Carling
“The Wall” is the world’s largest historic photo-mosaic, that adorns an entire side of a building at the locks in Port Carling.  www.portcarling.com

Huckleberry Rock
Huckleberry Rock has been a well known and most scenic lookout in Muskoka for over 100 years.  Located just off Hwy 118 W. at Milford Bay Road. Follow the signs.

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh
Bala Cranberry growers for over 50 years, and Muskoka Lakes Winery, opened in 2001 producing award-winning wine.  Drop in, tour the farm, taste our wines and shop in our amazing Cranberry Store. (705) 762-3203  www.cranberry.ca

Muskoka Lakes Museum
Representing the history of the Muskoka Lakes Township, the museum is an important cultural, historical and educational resource, serving the community and its many visitors.  (705) 765-5367  www.mlmuseum.com

Kee to Bala
Formerly Dunn’s Pavilion – which for nearly 30 years has been called The Kee to Bala continues to draw thousands of people to be entertained with music and dancing.
(705) 762-3134   www.thekee.com

Sunset Cruises
Enjoy memorable cruises aboard the Idyllwood, a restored 1920s vintage yacht offering elegance and grace for up to twelve guests.
(705) 645-2462 www.sunsetcruises.ca

Bracebridge Area

Santa’s Village
A magical experience under the Muskoka pines. Children spend the day as an elf on over 50 acres of family fun. (705) 645-2512   www.santasvillage.ca

Rich Hill Candles and Gifts
Handcraft your own wax souvenir in our candle factory while you watch chandlers in action.
(705) 645-8600  www.richhillcandles.com

Rene M.  Caisse Memorial Theatre
The theatre features 300 seats, including a balcony and two boxes and features the most up to date sound and lighting equipment.  (705) 645-8400 Ext. 21  www.renemcaissetheatre.ca

Lady Muskoka Cruises
The 300 passenger Lady Muskoka offers an incredible sightseeing opportunity you’re sure to remember.  1-800-263-5239  www.ladymuskoka.com

Maple Orchard Farms
Take a guided tour of our maple syrup kitchen.  A 10 to 15 minutes tour of our site is given with an explanation of how maple syrup, maple butter, and maple sugar are made.  Factory Outlet and gift shop.  1-800-461-5445   www.mapleorchardfarms.com

Covered Bridge
One of only two covered bridges in Ontario. This bridge spand Beaver Creek on Ball’s Drive in Bracebridge.

Waterfalls
Bracebridge is renowned for its spectacular waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls are accessible, but not all. The cascades can easily be found along the roads and trails of this vibrant town. www.tourismbracebridge.com

Huntsville Area

Muskoka Heritage Place-Museum, Village, Train
Historical Late 1800’s genuine settlement dwellings from the Huntsville area with costumed narrators demonstrating pioneer life.  Ride the beautifully restored Portage Flyer train along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake.  (705) 789-7576  www.muskokaheritageplace.org

Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery
This outdoor mural gallery celebrates the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson’s contribution to the heritage of the Algonquin and the Huntsville area. www.groupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca

Lion’s Lookout
Take in the spectacular vista at Lion’s Lookout off Brunel Rd. on Park Drive by Huntsville Centennial Centre

Algonquin Theatre
A 408 seat performing arts theatre which hosts a variety of performances ranging from elementary school productions to concerts by seasoned professionals.  www.algonquintheatre.ca   

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone.  Ski & Stay Packages, Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages , Holiday Kids Camps.  1-800-398-9555  www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca

Lake of Bays Area

Oxtonque Rapids
Take a unique drive along Oxtongue Rapids Road and view the endless rolling rapids that cascade down the Oxtongue River.  Take Hwy 60 east from Huntsville to Oxtongue Rapids Road.

Heritage Museum Dorset
Showcasing the Dorset area’s past with displays, photographs, stories and fascinating artifacts.  Open 10am-4pm July to Thanksgiving  (Wed. to Sat.)  www.dorsetheritagemuseum.ca

Baysville Dam and Park
A great place to relax and have a picnic lunch and watch life float by.

Great Country Stores
Muskoka is dotted with some of the neatest and unique country stores offering som of the finest shopping experiences in all of Ontario. Offering local cottage country crafts and antiques, one-of-a-kind items from the rustic to the sublime.

Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Picnic Site
Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view from the platform of the old fire-tower 142 meters (465 feet) above Lake of Bays.

Algonquin Area

Algonquin Provincial Park
Ontario’s oldest and most revered park.  Offering a wonderful outdoor experience including fabulous hiking trails, some of the finest canoeing anywhere, lots of wildlife, great camping, and if camping is not your cup of tea there are a number of lodges and resorts in the park.   www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Algonquin Logging Museum
Logging Museum brings the story of logging to life – from the early square timber days to the last of the great river drives.  Take a step back in time and learn about this very colourful aspect of Algonquin’s cultural history.  www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Algonquin Art Centre
Here, artists share with you some of the many spectacular vistas of Algonquin and area.
www.algonquinartcentre.com

Muskoka Trails
Muskoka has a vast, scenic network of trails that runs through the entire District of Muskoka.
www.muskokatrailscouncil.com

Muskoka Farmers' Markets
Spend some leisurely time at one of the many farmers markets in Muskoka.  The days and times vary.
     Bala’s Summer Market - Mondays
     Baysville - Fridays
     Bracebridge - Saturdays
     Gravenhurst - Wednesdays
     Huntsville -Thursdays & Saturdays
     Port Carling - Thursdays
     Rosseau - Fridays
For further information see our page of Farmers' Markets

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