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Muskoka Lakes

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is cottage country paradise. Miles of boating, natural wonders, a vibrant history and a superb quality of life attract visitors from around the world.

We’re a land of 80 lakes, including the three big lakes that define the Muskoka experience: lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. Enchanting old Muskoka cottages and spectacular boathouses dot their shores. Still, more than 80% of our land retains its natural cover and the municipality maintains 85% of naturally vegetated shoreline. Parks and beaches provide public access to our pristine waters.

Natural wonders include the striking geological and biologically diverse Torrance Barrens. It’s also North America’s first dark sky preserve, where the “ancient constellations and planets shine forth in majestic profusion,” as described by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Along with the hiking trails at the Barrens, nearby Hardy Lake Provincial Park and the Huckleberry Rock Lookout are two more of seven trails not to be missed. In winter, there are trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing and skating.

The character of the township is reflected in its eclectic mix of events, including the award-winning Bala Cranberry Festival (always the weekend after Thanksgiving). There’s also the Port Carling Winterfest, antique and craft shows, the Bala Trek to Bethlehem, Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua culinary experience, art studio and cottage garden tours and farmers’ markets. Explore our heritage at the Muskoka Lakes Museum that includes an original settler’s log home and a view of how local craftsmen once made
Muskoka North America’s wood-boat-building capital. Beautiful antique boats still grace our lakes.

Bala’s museum offers guided tours and a fun experience for families and fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. Montgomery spent a summer in Bala and based her book, The Blue Castle, on her time here.

Music is part of our heritage, too. Starting in 1942, people danced the night away to the big-band sounds of
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and others at Dunn’s Pavilion, now The Kee to Bala that continues to host top Canadian bands.

Bala is also known for its waterfalls and its cranberries. The Johnston family has been farming cranberries for three generations. Today, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery offer Bog to Bottle, Wagon and Wine Makers tours noted as a Canadian tourism “Signature Canadian Experience.” The scenic cranberry farm has something for everyone to discover year round.

For the sports-minded, try waterskiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and more at many locations and catch our famous water ski shows. Love to fish? Ask local bait shops for tips on where to land the big ones. For the golfer, Muskoka Lakes offers 12 public and private golf courses. And the loops around our lakes make for great cycling tours.

Historically, several buildings are significant, including the municipal office, which was originally the Port Carling Village School (1906). The White’s Road schoolhouse (1890), the original Windermere Village Hall (1953) and the Township of Muskoka Lakes Visitor Centre (1897) have also been restored for public use. Anchored by communities such as Bala, Port Carling and Windermere, our region offers both the sophistication of a popular tourism destination with iconic Muskoka resorts offering all the amenities,
and the wholesomeness of country living. Our resorts are perfect settings for families, romantic getaways, weddings and conferences. Our summer camps are equally famous and loved.

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Bala Farmers' Market
Downtown Port Carling
The Cove Muskoka Marina
Cranberry Ice Trail
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Port Sandfield Marina
Catto Gallery
Muskoka Flyboard Powered by SWS
Port Carling Farmers' Market
Muskoka Lakes Museum
AMBA Spa at Windermere House
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
The Rock Golf Club
SWS Water Ski Shows
The Dabbling Duck Arts & Crafts Gallery
Muskoka's Playground
Windermere Marina
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #2
Ride Muskoka
Torrance Barrens
Windermere Golf and Country Club
Skeleton Lake Marina
SWS (Snowy Winter Sports)
Hanna Park Skating Trail
The Craft Room Rosseau
Ride Muskoka
Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Downtown Bala
Muskoka Lakes Winery
Sunset Cruises
Kee to Bala
Muskoka Lakes Canada 150 Celebrations
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Muskoka Lakes Marine
Summer Water Sports
Muskoka Place Gallery
Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #1
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery
Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling
Don's Bakery
Beaumaris Marina
Winding Fences Farm
AMBA Spa at Sherwood Inn
Spa Rosseau
Summer Water Sports
Bala Cove Marina
Forest Rock Resort
Pier 100 Cottage Resort
House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
Trafalgar Bay Cottages
Shamrock Lodge
The Muskokan Resort Club
Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park
Arundel Lodge
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Manse Bed and Breakfast
Muskoka Shores Cottages
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Arundel Lodge
Clevelands House Resort
Sherwood Inn
Windermere House Resort
Crestwood Inn
Bala Craft & Gift Fair
starts
Jul
01
ends
Jul
02
Bala Antique and Nostalgia Show Sale
starts
Jul
01
ends
Jul
02
Canada Day Open House
Jul
01
Fireworks Cruise
Jul
01
Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua Gourmet Graze
Jul
06
The KEE 5K
Jul
08
Everything Anne Day
Jul
25
Butter Tart Festival
Jul
15
Artifact or Fiction
Aug
15
Muskoka Chautauqua and Wing and a Prayer
Aug
19
Opera Muskoka La Boheme
Aug
22
Opera Muskoka-Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Aug
23
Opera Muskoka Vocal Master Classes & Opera Concert with Jennifer Tung
Aug
24
Opera Muskoka Harp Circle
Aug
25
Culture Days 2017 at Muskoka Lakes Museum
starts
Sep
29
ends
Oct
01
Bala Craft & Gift Fair
starts
Sep
30
ends
Oct
01
Bala Antique and Nostalgia Show Sale
starts
Sep
30
ends
Oct
01
Muskoka Chautauqua The Land in Between
Oct
01
Thanksgiving Open House at Muskoka Lakes Museum
starts
Oct
07
ends
Oct
08
Anniversary North American Chautauqua Trail Weekend
starts
Oct
12
ends
Oct
15
Bala Cranberry Festival
starts
Oct
13
ends
Oct
15
Bala's Museum Cran-Anne Contest
Oct
14
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market
Nov
04
Bala's Trek to Bethlehem
Dec
02
Muskoka Chautauqua Homegrown Christmas Jam
Dec
10
Kim Mitchell
Jul
02
David Wilcox
Jul
29
The Glorious Sons
Aug
05
Sam Roberts Band
starts
Sep
02
ends
Sep
04
July Talk
Jul
21
Muskoka Lakes Canada 150 Celebration
Jul
01
Big Wreck
Jul
15
Headstones
Aug
12
Blues, Brews & BBQ eh
Jul
02
Live Entertainment at Sherwood Inn
starts
Jul
01
ends
Aug
28
Oyster & Live Entertainment
starts
Jul
07
ends
Aug
24
Live Entertainment in Bayside Lounge
starts
Jul
03
ends
Aug
28
James Barker Band
Jul
08
The Sheedogs
Aug
19
71" Birthday Cruise
Jul
16
Camp 'Skoka
starts
Jul
17
ends
Jul
21
SWS Water Ski Shows
starts
Jun
27
ends
Aug
31
Cottages at JW Marriott, The Rosseau Resort and Spa
Teca Dining at JW Marriott, The Rosseau Resort and Spa
Vintages Dining Room at Sherwood Inn
Muskoka Chophouse at JW Marriott, The Rosseau Resort and Spa
Windermere Pub and Patio
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
The Rosseau Grill
Moon River Lookout
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