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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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Downtown Bala
Summer Water Sports
Cranberry Ice Trail
Downtown Port Carling
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Spa Rosseau
Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Windermere Golf and Country Club
Summer Water Sports
Muskoka Place Gallery
Torrance Barrens
Ride Muskoka
SWS (Snowy Winter Sports)
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Port Sandfield Marina
SWS Water Ski Shows
Windermere Marina
Muskoka Fine Art Gallery
Sunset Cruises
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery
Beginnings Spa at Sherwood Inn
Kee to Bala
Bala Cove Marina
Skeleton Lake Marina
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #1
Catto Gallery
Muskoka's Playground
Don's Bakery
AMBA Spa at Windermere House
Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling
Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Bala Farmers' Market
Port Carling Farmers' Market
Muskoka Lakes Winery
The Dabbling Duck Arts & Crafts Gallery
Ride Muskoka
The Rock Golf Club
Muskoka Flyboard Powered by SWS
Muskoka Lakes Museum
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #2
Muskoka Lakes Marine
Winding Fences Farm
The Cove Muskoka Marina
SWS Pop Up Village
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Hanna Park Skating Trail
The Craft Room Rosseau
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Beaumaris Marina
Clevelands House Resort
Muskoka Shores Cottages
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Windermere House Resort
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Crestwood Inn
House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
The Muskokan Resort Club
Arundel Lodge
Shamrock Lodge
Trafalgar Bay Cottages
Pier 100 Cottage Resort
Sherwood Inn
Forest Rock Resort
Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park
Coffee House, featuring Bourrée à Trois
Nov
25
Bala's Trek to Bethlehem
Dec
02
Muskoka Chautauqua Homegrown Christmas Jam
Dec
10
Coffee House, featuring Sue and Dwight
Jan
27
Coffee House featuring Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka
Feb
24
Bala Craft & Gift Fair
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Jun
30
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Jul
01
Bala Antique and Nostalgia Show Sale
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Jun
30
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Jul
01
The KEE 5K
Jul
21
Bala's Museum Cran-Anne Contest
Oct
13
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Moon River Lookout
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