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Best Ways to Experience Fall Colours in Muskoka

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Don’t just see the fall colours, experience them!


Aboard a Cruise Ship

Muskoka boasts six fall cruises that will take you out to view the colours by water. Witnessing the majestic colours aboard one of these masterful vessels that ply the beautiful Muskoka waterways is an experience worth reliving again and again.


The Cranberry Harvest

Bala is undoubtedly the Cranberry Capital of Ontario, highlighted by their weekend celebration, the Bala Cranberry Festival, always the weekend after Thanksgiving. The celebration isn’t just confined to this weekend, as this tart little berry is celebrated throughout its harvest.

You can visit Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery throughout the cranberry harvest. They offer three tours daily, wine tasting, shopping, tasting, hiking, wagon rides, helicopter rides, and the ever popular photo opp of you walking in the berries.


On the Island

Georgian Bay Island National Park in Honey Harbour is Muskoka’s National Park, situated in the world’s largetst freshwater archipelago. What makes Georgian Bay so fascinating, is the changing colours of the leaves is mixed with the wind swept pine trees that have made Georgian Bay famous for centuries, and have been the muse of many artists (inlcuding the Group of Seven). The Daytripper runs until October 11, open daily.


From one of Muskoka’s Lookouts

The best vantage point to see the colours is from above, and the best way to catch a view is from a refreshing hike. A few of the most popular lookout points are:

Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville

Huckleberry Rock in Muskoka Lakes

Track and Tower in Algonquin Park


A Relaxing Drive on Muskoka’s Beautiful Back roads

Sometimes there is nothing more gratifying than a drive around the lakes when the colours are popping. Or a drive on one of Muskoka’s awe-inspiring country roads, where it feels like you are going through a tunnel of bursting colour.

Check out our Fall Driving Tours for your own self-guided tour


From High Above

Cottage Air Inc. Cottage Air Inc. offers clients throughout Ontario a secure and private charter flight to cottage country.

Blade Aviation based out of the Muskoka Airport in Gravenhurst, offers sightseeing helicoptor tours to visitors and guests to the area. Their state of the art fleet and experienced crew is ready to treat you and your guests to a spectacular view of Muskoka’s fall colours.

Georgian Bay Airways can take you on the ride of your life, flying over the beautiful fall landscapes of Muskoka and Parry Sound, as well as the rugged coast line of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands, home of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.


On the Links

Muskoka is widely renowned as the best golf destination in Canada, and with good reason. Stay and Play rates in the fall are the best of the year, and so too are the views from a colourfull fall backdrop.


In the Trees

Zip lining through a canopy of coloured leaves is a remarkable feeling. The crisp fall air tickles your face and a blur of colours passes you by as you zip from tree to tree.

Treetop Trekking in Huntsville

On an Early Morning Canoe or Kayak

There is no better time to go for a canoe or kayak than a crisp Autumn morning. The mist slowly clears away, and the beautiful fall colours appear to be on fire with the burning sun finally touching down on them. We’ve got a number of outfitters right on the water that rent canoes, with recommended routes for you to take:

Liv Outside in Bracebridge

Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville & Oxtongue Lake

The Portage Store in Algonquin Park

Swift Outdoor Centre in Georgian Bay


On a Horse and Wagon Ride through Private Woodland Trails

Back of Beyond Equine Centre (just outside of Huntsville) offers a unique way to admire the colours with their horse and wagon rides. These fall wagon rides are great for families, from kids to grandparents and everyone in between. The experience has proven to be very popular with couples as well with a smaller, more intimate wagon for lovebirds.


From the Comfort of Your Muskoka Chair

Best served with one of our local seasonal brews available at our local breweries

Muskoka Brewery’s Harvest Ale

Lake of Bays Brewing Co’s Pumpkin Ale

Sawdust City Brewery



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