Welcome to our Muskoka Signature Experience collection. From family attractions to outdoor adventures, live entertainment to culinary delights, these are Muskoka’s MUST-DO experiences!
Welcome to our Muskoka Signature Experience collection. From family attractions to outdoor adventures, live entertainment to culinary delights, these are Muskoka’s MUST-DO experiences!
Relax, Stroll, Shop & Dine at the Trendy Muskoka Wharf
Muskoka Wharf is an 89 acre celebration of Gravenhurst’s unique and rich heritage and is one of the best destinations in Muskoka to relax, stroll, shop and dine. Walk the spectacular boardwalk (over 2,000 feet) from one end to the other, visit some of the exciting shops, enjoy waterfront dining, visit local and historic attractions, and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of this waterfront marvel. The Muskoka Wharf is home to a number of Gravenhurst’s signature events throughout the year as well as the Farmer’s Market from May to October.
Beautiful year-round with explosive colours during the fall, this 80 km loop around Lake of Bays has stops in the charming villages of Baysville, Dwight and Dorset. See the best of Lake of Bays with stops at decadent bakeries, fabulous restaurants, Lake of Bays’ own craft brewery and local artisan studios. Plan to take a cruise on the historical SS Bigwin, or climb the Dorset Fire Tower for one of the best views in Muskoka. For history buffs, each village has its own Heritage Walking Tour so you can dive into the area’s fascinating past. Visit the website for walking tour maps.
Celebrating 25 Years of Performing Arts Excellence
The Huntsville Festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year. From classical to country, reggae to bluegrass, jazz to world music, the Festival features International, National and local artists in an eclectic series of evening and daytime performances. Based out of the intimate 400 seat Algonquin Theatre located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, you are sure to find something for every taste. The friendly and laid back atmosphere of downtown Huntsville captures the essence of Muskoka, creating a theatre-going experience that is unmatched.
Bracebridge boasts more waterfalls than any other town in Muskoka, featuring 3 of the region’s best waterfalls all within a 5 minute drive of downtown. Start at High Falls, making sure you find the hidden Little High Falls nearby. Next up, Wilson’s Falls has a walking trail with a great view. Finish your loop in Downtown Bracebridge at the iconic Bracebridge Falls and Silver Bridge. This waterfall is one of the most popular in all of Muskoka. Be sure to admire Bracebridge’s charming downtown, visiting the local shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Legacy of Tom Thomson Lives on, 100 Years Later
Tom Thomson passed away mysteriously in 1917 in Algonquin Park, and 100 years later his legacy lives on with the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery Tour. This unique outdoor trail features over 90 incredible mural replicas from the Group of Seven, who drew inspiration from Algonquin Park and Muskoka over a century ago. Start this self-guided tour in Huntsville at the Tom Thomson statue before exploring this charming downtown and admiring the 35 murals, all within walking distance. Continue the tour in your vehicle along highway 60, making stops in Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park.
Discover Muskoka’s Best Side from the Water
With more than 2,000 sparkling lakes covering some 14,000 km of shoreline, cruising the lakes by boat is one of Muskoka’s most quintessential experiences. Gliding over the water in a tube or carving through the waves on water skis is synonymous with the Muskoka boating experience. Muskoka Boat Rentals is Canada’s largest boat rental company, with over 150 new boats and pleasure crafts ready to get you on the water fast! They also carry a line of water toy rentals including water skis, tubes and wakeboards. The best part, they deliver anywhere.
Paddle to one of Ontario’s Most Majestic Waterfalls
One of the area’s most popular day trips! Enjoy an easy three to four hour lake and river paddle to scenic Ragged Falls and back. This self-guided trip departs right from the dock of Algonquin Outfitter’s Oxtongue Lake store. Canoe and kayak rentals available on-site, equipped with map, regulation safety kit and PFD. Bring a picnic lunch with you and enjoy the view of the area’s largest waterfall, named one of the ten best waterfalls in Ontario. Algonquin Outfitters has 12 locations in total including Bracebridge, Huntsville, Port Carling and Algonquin Park.
Making Family Memories that Last a Lifetime!
Santa’s Village – Muskoka’s Theme Park – has been a family tradition in Muskoka for over 60 years! Half way between the equator and the North Pole, Santa’s Village is affectionately known as Santa’s summer home. With kid’s rides, a splash pad, live entertainers, games, souvenirs and of course, that magical visit with Santa Claus, this one-of-a-kind amusement park has it all. For older children and ‘children-at-heart’, Sportsland and Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park offer exciting grown-up fun, truly making this amusement park fun for the entire family! And brand new for 2017 – be the first to ride the triple loop spinning coaster!
Family Time at the Farm
Be introduced to the world of horses and connect with these magnificent creatures as you brush and interact with them. Explore the farm and learn how it operates, pet the ponies, and ride behind the big red tractor on a wagon ride. See the website for Family Farm Tour dates and times. Another exceptional family experience at the farm is private horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides through their scenic woodland trails during the fall and winter. Also offering romantic evening rides or large group packages for the whole family. Your adventure awaits!
“The Ultimate Muskoka Experience”
The Lady Muskoka has been running boat cruises for over 50 years. Traveling on the beautiful Muskoka River and onto Lake Muskoka, you will see and experience everything Muskoka has to offer, from wildlife to cottage life, Millionaire’s Row and everything in-between. Dine aboard the Lady Muskoka for lunch or dinner with an enticing menu offered by esteemed local chef David Friesen and his culinary team. Choose from their Millionaire’s Row cruise, Muskoka River sightseeing cruise, or their NEW dinner sunset cruise.
Birthplace of Summer Theatre in Canada
83 years ago, John Holden brought the first professional summer theatre company to Gravenhurst, truly making the Gravenhurst Opera House the birthplace of summer theatre in Canada. This tradition is thriving today, with over 100 performances set to take the stage in 2017. To celebrate Canada 150, the Gravenhurst Opera House is featuring an all-Canadian summer season lineup. Situated right in the heart of downtown Gravenhurst, this remarkable and historic venue is also the host to many talented musicians throughout the year. Visit their website to see what’s on stage!
Travel Back in Time at Muskoka Heritage Place
Muskoka Heritage Place is one of Muskoka’s most historical attractions, and is sure to excite everyone in the family from the kids to the grandparents. Dive into Muskoka’s rich history with the museum and pioneer village, featuring authentic pioneer buildings and live costumed narrators that bring you right back to the 1800s. The Portage Flyer Train – once the world’s smallest commercial railroad – is one of Muskoka’s true hidden gems, taking you on an open-air, scenic trip along the Muskoka River to a platform overlooking Fairy Lake.
Swing, Climb and Zip in Muskoka’s Forest Canopy
The 3-hour Zip line & Aerial Game Trek at Treetop Trekking takes you on one of Muskoka’s most exciting adventures, high above in the treetops of the picturesque Muskoka forest. See Muskoka’s natural beauty from a whole new vantage point, moving from tree to tree by way of suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, balance logs, cable traverses and of course zip lines! This experience can be enjoyed by an entire family, a group of friends, or even a couple looking for a fun date. You’ll find the bonds you share become closer, when you get to share this thrilling experience together.
Tom Thomson Guided Canoe Tour: Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park
The Portage Store is commemorating Canada’s most famous artist with their Tom Thomson Guided Canoe Tour offered daily throughout the summer; 10am – 3:30pm (includes picnic lunch). Expert guides bring you on a tour of the lake in which Tom lived and died, visiting historic sites and teaching you about Tom’s life, art, and the mystery of his death 100 years ago. The Portage Store offers this exclusive tour, as well as all your Algonquin Park adventure needs including: complete outfitting, canoe rentals, guided tours, canoe delivery, gift shop and a licensed restaurant.
Do you Chautauqua?
One of Muskoka’s most iconic arts and culture traditions, Muskoka Chautauqua provides visitors with unique and engaging arts-based experiences year-round. Muskoka Chautauqua’s art experiences are exciting and diverse, including intimate coffee house concerts, authors’ talks, painting classes, art workshops, gallery exhibitions, and their popular Artist in Residence program where you can get up-close and personal with truly exceptional artists. Muskoka Chautauqua nurtures your curiosity and creativity, allowing you to discover Muskoka’s thriving art scene in a whole new way.
Signature Events for Muskoka Chautauqua:
Free July & August, Presented by the Algonquin Theatre
Join us in beautiful downtown Huntsville for the 2017 summer season of Concerts on the Dock. Featuring free concerts every Wednesday evening at 7pm, weather permitting all summer long. Bring a lawn chair or grab a seat in the park overlooking the Muskoka River and listen to all types of music from country to jazz, bluegrass to big band. Brought to you by Algonquin Theatre, Concerts on the Dock is a must attend evening for the whole family.
Take a Boat Ride to an Unforgettable Dinner in Algonquin Park
See why a dinner at Bartlett Lodge is a “not to be missed” night out in Algonquin Park. A ride in their motorized freighter canoe begins an unforgettable evening. Bartlett Lodge has established an unsurpassed reputation for fine dining, and believes in truly sustainable farming and using local ingredients whenever possible. Lodge guests are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine, the staff will be pleased to uncork your bottle. Make sure you call for reservations.
Bog to Bottle Tour, Offered 3 Times Daily, Year Round
Discover fascinating secrets and surprising flavours on the Signature Bog to Bottle Tour. With your guide, you’ll follow cranberries from their native marsh to becoming wine. Peek behind the scenes at this unique heritage farm, set in the Muskoka wilderness. Then it’s off to the winery where you’ll taste your way from dry wines to iced-style dessert wines. Relax after the tour in a Muskoka chair on the patio with a glass of wine, or a gourmet coffee. Tours are offered daily year round, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Reserve your tour spot online, or drop in anytime!
3 Restaurants Featuring Some of Muskoka’s Best Dining Views
Executive Chef Everett Bell and his culinary team have paired exceptional dining experiences with some of Muskoka’s best views. Windows at Rocky Crest Resort offers fine dining in a traditional Muskoka setting, featuring a menu filled with exciting, Canadiana-inspired dishes overlooking Lake Joseph. Bayside Patio & Lounge is the perfect casual restaurant on the water for an evening of relaxing with friends. The Rocky Crest Golf Clubhouse, a beautiful log cabin with a great view and patio overlooking the 18th hole, features traditional breakfast and lunch fare, before getting creative with their dinner menu.
Muskoka Inspired Cuisine, Fine Wines & Spectacular Views
An unforgettable dining experience awaits in Sherwood Inn’s Vintages Dining Room overlooking beautiful Lake Joseph. Newly appointed Executive Chef Robert Huff’s thirst for culinary creativeness shines through in every dish, and the culinary team’s commitment to using local, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible brings an authentic Muskoka dining experience for guests. Their extensive wine cellar has won multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, and one of their 200 carefully selected wines is the perfect pair to their world-class menu. Make reservations for one of Muskoka’s finest dining experiences.
Truly a Venue Like no Other
This one-of-a-kind venue has made serious noise on the music scene. The 100 seat theatre has a powerful reputation among performers, attracting top notch talent for nearly a decade. In many cases, Peter’s Players is the only Canadian tour stop for some of the most highly acclaimed international artists. Music fans adore the venue for its intimacy with artists so close it feels like you are getting a concert performance, just for you. There is some exceptional talent set to take the stage in 2017; catch a show to see why Peter’s is considered one of the best!
Welcoming Visitors to Muskoka for 151 Years
Since 1866, steamships have welcomed visitors to Muskoka. The flagship RMS Segwun has operated for 130 of those years and is being celebrated in 2017 with special sailings. The modern amenities of Wenonah II, built in 2002, brought steam boating into the 21st century. The Muskoka Discovery Centre ties together Muskoka’s past, present and future. Ashore and afloat, discover unique interactive, engaging adventures for vacationers of any age. Visitors cannot say they have truly experienced Muskoka until they have steamed the lakes aboard one of these spectacular vessels.
A Behind the Scenes Tour of Muskoka’s Craft Breweries
Muskoka has some of Canada’s top breweries, and this is your chance to get an exclusive look at all three; Lake of Bays Brewing Co., Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Co. Brew Tours takes you on a chartered bus tour to all three breweries to get exclusive tastings and specialized tours, all with a highly trained tour guide teaching you the ins and outs of craft beer. The tour includes a sitdown lunch at The Griffin Gastropub, Muskoka’s only (and hidden gem) Gastropub. Tours available on select dates, or you can contact Brew Tours and request a private tour.
Take the DayTripper to Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Nestled in the famous 30,000 islands, the world’s largest chain of freshwater islands, Georgian Bay Islands National Park is where you’ll be inspired by the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield and the wind-swept pines and clear waters of Georgian Bay. Accessible only by boat, Parks Canada operates a boat shuttle service called the DayTripper out of Honey Harbour. Rent a bike or bring your own, plan a picnic lunch with a view, hike over 25km of picturesque trails, or swim at their pristine beaches. Experience nature in its purest state, the way it was intended.
Paddle to Muskoka’s Most Spectacular & Hidden Waterfall
Liv Outside is a hub for adventure in Muskoka. Located at the Confluence of the Muskoka Rivers in Bracebridge, Liv Outside offers on-site rentals, guided tours and equipment for cycling, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and more. Their most popular adventure, a Muskoka River Waterfall Trip takes you to South Falls, the most spectacular waterfall in Muskoka. Marvel in the beauty of this hidden location and swim in the pools at the base of the falls. For the adventurous choose the Canoe & Rappelling tour and rappel the canyon walls from the 100 ft lookout.
Jump into your Youth at this Epic Inflatable Water Park
The SWS floating water park at Clevelands House Resort is open to the public 7 days a week and is endless fun for all ages. Bounce, jump, slide and play all day long with the purchase of a Clevelands House day pass ($25 + HST). The Day Pass also gives you access to resort recreation facilities including tennis courts, mini putt, canoes, kayaks and much more, while getting you exclusive discounts on Cleve’s renowned Kids’ Camp. Also, don’t miss out on the world famous SWS Waterski Show at Clevelands House, Mondays throughout the summer. Shows start at 7:30pm rain or shine.
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Cruise and Dine with Port Cunnington Lodge & SS Bigwin
This exceptional dining experience captures the best of Muskoka’s rich heritage. There was a time in the early 1900′s when the world’s elite travelled Muskoka aboard majestic wooden steamships. The SS Bigwin is the last remaining steamship of the original fleet. This summer on Thursday evenings, cruise on beautiful Lake of Bays aboard the historical SS Bigwin, and indulge in the culinary delights of a three course dinner at Port Cunnington Lodge. Port Cunnington Lodge is known for their exceptional dining and warm hospitality, having been a Lake of Bays landmark for over 125 years.
Exceptional Dining at the ‘Lady of the Lakes’
Windermere House is one of Muskoka’s most historic resorts. Their signature dining room Rosseau Grill brings together dining’s pleasures with fine food, impeccable service, superb surroundings, and a locally grown commitment from their talented culinary team. New for 2017, the Master Dining Series pairs art, music, wine & celebrity chefs to give you an unforgettable dining experience. For a more casual dining experience, The Veranda features one of Muskoka’s most charming patios, while the Windermere House Pub & Patio offers fresh pub fare in a one-of-a-kind setting.
Dine with Spectacular Views & Intuitive Service
Perched atop a 100-foot granite bluff overlooking Lake Rosseau, Executive Chef Shaun Crymble and the culinary team craft flavourful dishes for five on site restaurants. Past seasonal creations include maple glazed pheasant breast, Georgian Bay whitefish, and Bala cranberry crème brulee. Tempt your palate with classic Italian at Teca, Certified Angus Beef at Muskoka Chophouse, or hearty favourites at Cottages. Enjoy the views with a craft cocktail at Lakes and during the warm summer months, savour wood-fired pizza at The Deck lakeside bistro.
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail is one of Ontario’s most exceptional lookout points, and one of the best places to catch a sunset in Muskoka. If you time your hike right and the skies are clear, the colourful sunset will leave you in awe. The 2.5km hiking trail to the lookout is as fascinating as it is breathtaking, featuring some of the oldest rock in the world at well over a billion years old. To get to the Lookout, you will have to drive through the Huckleberry Rock Cut on Hwy 118, a popular stretch of road for locals and visitors alike.
Canada’s Original Studio Tour – An Inspiring Experience
Experience the dramatic autumn landscape as you visit the studios of twenty of Muskoka’s finest artists and craftspeople who will share their work including the thought and process behind it. Through demonstrations and discussions, you will witness the evolution of a piece from concept to creation. These diverse artists invite you to expand your horizons, share in their united vision, and immerse yourself in their surroundings as you seek inspiration and search for that stunning piece to add to your collection. Sept 23 – 24, Sept 30 – Oct 1; 10am – 6pm.
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