For the week of October 14 – 20, 2019
It’s prime leaf peeping time, so hop in your car and check out the best driving tours to make the most of this unbe-leaf-able season. Plunge into, taste, and tour the harvest of Muskoka cranberries during the Bala Cranberry Festival. Cruise aboard the Muskoka Steampships for the specialty cruises that will get you into the spooky or sudsy spirit. Dress up and ride into Halloween at Halloween Spooktacular. Sit down for a talk that takes you back in time at the Speaker Series: Muskokans Fight the Great War.
Read on to learn a little more about each event.
Fall Driving Tours
Great news – with over 50% leaf change all over Muskoka and minimal leaf fall, it is a fantastic time to go for a drive to see the colourful leaves in this beautiful area, named the best place in Canada to view fall colours by Huffington Post. You will be in awe of the oranges, yellows, and fiery reds that are bursting at every turn in the road, and the thousands of lakes across Muskoka only add to the allure. Pack your bags, hop in the vehicle, and hit a number of these driving tours to see the fall colours at their absolute best! While you’re on the road, check out the perfect place for a picnic on the View the Lakes Chair Tour. Stay up-to-date on the Muskoka colours with the Fall Colour Report.
Bala Cranberry Festival
The beloved Bala Cranberry Festival will be back October 18 – 20! View the harvest, shop at the farmers’ market, or sip on a delicious cranberry bevvy while enjoying candied cranberries and other goodies. Once fueled up with cranberries, watch the competition unfold at the judged exhibits.
While you’re in the cranberry spirit, tour around Muskoka for the 2nd annual Cranberry Route – a fun-filled (and delicious) culinary trail inspired by the cranberry! Businesses across Muskoka have worked hard to create delicious cranberry products to celebrate the harvest, whether it be a baked goodie or treat, craft brew, dining and culinary meal, spa treatment, cranberry good or a cranberry attraction. Click here for the list of participating businesses and a sneak peek into their creations!
Halloween & Oktoberfest Cruise
Two eventful cruises are setting sail!
The Halloween Cruise starts off with a party at 10:00 AM at the Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre with lots of fun activities for the kids. At 2:00 PM, Captain Corbin heads over to the Discovery Centre to gather the troops and lead them in a raiding parade to capture the Wenonah II! The two hour cruise heads out at 2:30PM.
Later on in the evening, hop onto das Schiff (the boat) to celebrate Oktoberfest (19+ only). The cruise will be filled with delicious brews, pub snacks and music. There will also be fantastic door prizes to get you in the sudsy spirit! The two hour boat cruise takes off at 5:00 PM.
Something spooky’s happening at Santa’s Village! Dress the entire family in Halloween attire and head to Bracebridge for Halloween Spooktacular. The park-wide event is sure to get your whole family in the Halloween spirit.
Check out your favourite rides and attractions as well as a haunted house, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and more.
Speaker Series: Muskokans Fight the Great War
Join J. Patrick Boyer, a fourth generation Muskokan with a masters degree in Canadian history, as he delves into Muskoka’s past and places historic events and people in context during the Speaker Series. While you’re there, explore the museum that inspires curiosity as you discover the history of the steamships, wooden boats, resort hotels, aboriginal and early settlers through interactive exhibits and hands on experiences.
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