Welcome to Georgian Bay Township, where hospitality has been a way of life since the first resorts and boat liveries sprang up more than a hundred years ago. Rich in history, the region was dominated by the lumber industry in the 1800s and became a thriving tourist community with easy boat access from Georgian Bay to the Trent-Severn Waterway, bustling with fishing groups, tourists and barges filled with lumber and supplies for the growing cottage communities along the water.
Known for the friendly, courteous people who live, work and play here, this township provides the best
services for their visitors: the marine mechanic who fixes your boat; the staff who serve up some of those wonderful home-style or gourmet meals; the builders who craft fine year-round homes, quaint cabins or grand, Muskoka-style cottages; the photographer who captures those special places that are in abundance here; the fishing guides who know just where to catch that big fish and the boating enthusiast who likes to explore the many bays and rivers.
The UNESCO Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve starts here, where the Trent-Severn waters go into Georgian Bay and northward along its breathtaking shores.
Awaken your adventurous spirit. Exhilarate in the memorable views of ancient Canadian Shield rock, pine trees and sparkling vistas of Georgian Bay, and the inland lakes and rivers that form the unique landscape. Hear the wind forcing its way through the bending white pines or the haunting call of the loon over the still water in the morning. Energize on the numerous biking trails like those in and about the village of MacTier through scenic countryside.
One of Canada’s finest national treasures is here in our own backyard. In Georgian Bay Islands National Park, 14 square kilometres of spectacular landscapes, diverse habitats and the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield are accentuated by the windswept white pine and granite often the subject of artists and photographers. Beausoleil Island, the largest of the islands in the park, offers mooring, camping, cabins, educational programs and hiking trails.
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park boasts sandy beaches, swimming, canoeing and fishing, and a scenic hiking trail. The lake is part of a historic canoe route. Extreme paddling for the adventurous, or portaging the scenic rapids, canoeists and kayakers can experience the ever-popular 56-km Gibson-McDonald canoe route carved through the Canadian Shield from the Georgian Bay shore to inland lakes, rivers and creeks.
Whether by boat or by car, no visit is complete without a trip to see the one-of-a-kind Big Chute Marine Railway, in operation from mid-May until mid-October, on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway.
From serene to stimulating, this incredible region inspires creativity in art and design. Take in the incredible palette of the warm earthy tones to the brilliant blues, crimson and gold found in our natural environment as so many artists and photographers do. Refresh the senses as you explore the forests and wilderness where renowned Canadian artists Tom Thompson, A.Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer and Lawren Harris, from the Group of Seven, found inspiration along the shores of Georgian Bay and Go Home Bay.
Follow the footsteps of David Milne as he would muse upon the pattern of the forest outside the door of his secluded cabin during his years on Six Mile Lake. Visit Milne’s 1930’s cabin, now located beside the Georgian Bay Township Historical Society Barn Museum in Port Severn for public viewing.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy the cuisine, cultural atmosphere and hospitality our many fine restaurants and cafés offer. Often, the distinctive improvisational stylings of jazz musicians or local rock ’n’ roll bands can be heard from the many waterfront restaurants. So, after a day in the sun on the boat, or after a game of golf at Oak Bay Golf Course, the newest Muskoka golf course on the shores of Georgian Bay, or to warm up after a day of snowmobiling, ATVing or skiing, the hospitality of these fine establishments is a welcoming end to a perfect day.
Starting and ending in Port Severn, this rides got a little bit of everything and is a popular Georgian Bay route.
You will start by heading to Honey Harbour where you will take in the rocky expanses of spectacular Georgian Bay shorelines. South Bay Road is a great biking road and is freshly paved.
You will then head towards the Big Chute, the only marine railway of its kind in North America before taking the scenic route back to Port Severn.
Big Chute & Georgian Bay
Start & End @ Port Severn
Approx. 50 km / 30 miles
About 1 – 2 hours depending on number of stops
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park is easily accessible off of the 400 in Georgian Bay Township. Only 90 minutes from Toronto, this popular park is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Outdoor adventure at the park includes:
If you are looking for a day spent in nature trying fun outdoor activities, make sure that Six Mile Provincial Park is a part of your next trip to Muskoka.
Georgian Bay Township offers a spectacular trail riding experience, courtesy of the the Baxter/Severn ATV Club. The trail system has almost 100km of groomed, ATV purposed trails that take you through the brilliant Georgian Bay back-country, offering great riding and great views!
Nestled in the famous 30,000 islands, the world’s largest chain of freshwater islands, Georgian Bay Islands National Park (GBINP) is where you’ll be inspired by the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield and the clear water of Georgian Bay! Muskoka’s only National Park straddles two natural regions and is a core protected area of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. The southern end of the park is dominated by lush deciduous forest while the northern portion of the park is rugged Canadian Shield. This mix of ecosystems results in a high diversity of plants and wildlife in the park. In fact, GBINP has more reptile and amphibian species than any other national park in Canada! Bird-watchers will tally an impressive checklist of breeding birds including Prairie Warblers and Scarlet Tanagers.
What you will find at the Park:
Getting There: The park is made up entirely of islands and is accessible only by boat. Parks Canada operates a boat shuttle service called the DayTripper, which runs between Honey Harbour and Beausoleil Island (reservations are recommended).
Just the two of you or the entire family can enjoy a fun-filled yet relaxing vacation at one of Ontario’s premier lakeside resorts. Located in the heart of the world famous Muskoka Georgian Bay Lake District, Severn Lodge encompasses over 100 acres of property with 700 meters (2000 feet) of pristine waterfront. The view is simply breathtaking, and it is difficult to believe that the resort is only 90 mins from Toronto.
All inclusive packages feature deluxe lake view accommodations, delicious meals, and a host of recreation facilities including a heated outdoor pool & hot tub, sandy beach & lake water swimming, a 25’ water trampoline, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up paddle boards, mountain bikes, 100 acres of beautiful wooded trails, outboard boat & jet ski rentals, fishing, tennis, shuffleboard & horseshoes, and a recreation & games room. In the summer months there is water skiing, tubing, wake boarding, supervised kids’ activities, and evening entertainment. The lodge also offers cottages with kitchens that allow guests to prepare their own meals.
The lodge is featured in “100 Best Family Resorts in North America” and “What to Do with the Kids this Summer”, and numerous other publications.
Hall’s Cottage Resort is a family run, four-season Ontario resort featuring 12 sparkling clean and newly renovated housekeeping cottages for rental and many on-site amenities, including a safe sand beach, boat docking, fishing boat rentals, children’s play area and complimentary use of canoes and paddleboats. Hall’s Cottages is located in the small Ontario resort community of Honey Harbour. Situated within an easy driving distance from Toronto and the GTA, Honey Harbour is a well-known Ontario vacation resort destination of unparalleled beauty. The area provides an ideal natural environment for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling and some of the finest fishing in Canada. As well, this family friendly resort is close to the many popular tourist attractions of Muskoka, Parry Sound and the Georgian Bay region. Whether you are planning a two-week Ontario resort vacation or a two-night resort getaway, you will find to be a comfortable and friendly home away from home – a place where you will want to return to again and again.
A pretty park with landscape that has inspired painters. With three sandy beaches, calm waters for swimming and scenic hiking trails make Six Mile Lake an ideal spot for a weekend camping getaway.
Six Mile Lake offers six campgrounds in a natural setting and within walking distance of all park facilities. All campsites are equipped with a fire pit and picnic table.
Activities at the park include:
Welcome to the world’s largest freshwater archipelago—home to a boat-access nature preserve situated where the windswept white pines and granite shores of the Canadian Shield turn to dense deciduous woodland. Here, adventure is easy. Cycle wooded trails, overnight at secluded campsites or waterfront cabins and hike to viewpoints atop emerald shoreline. The landscape of Georgian Bay Islands National Park inspired the Group of Seven. Let it inspire you.
The Park offers a total of 103 campsites, 10 rustic cabins, 5 oTENTiks and 2 Island Safari Tents available by reservation. The remaining campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible camping is available at Cedar Spring Campground.
Access to the campgrounds is by boat only. If you don’t have a boat, you will have to take the DayTripper which operates daily in the summer, and 5 days a week in the spring and fall.
Enjoy your next family vacation at Elm Cove Cottages on Georgian Bay. Located 90 min. north of Toronto, our waterfront cottages offer a variety of floor plans – 2, 3 & 4 bedrooms and a 4-bedroom deluxe cottage with well-equipped kitchens and 3 & 4-pc bathrooms. Private cedar decks with built-in seating & picnic tables, gas BBQ’s & fire pits complete every cottage. The sandy beach is shallow & safe for your children. As well as swing sets & beach toys, there is more than a “ton of sand” to play with. The pool is refreshing. Play shuffleboard & volleyball. Explore our waterfront with canoes & pedal boats.
~ Providing Quality Family Vacations in a natural accessible environment since 1958 ~ Come be inspired by the beauty of our pine & granite shorelines. Nearby cruises, golf, spa, Huronia museums, Wye Marsh Conservation Area & Beausoleil Island National Park. Great for kids and parents Too! ~ SE Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce 2010 Heritage Business Award Recipient ~ We are a Charter Member of The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.
OPEN ALL YEAR – Enjoy the area’s favourite waterfront housekeeping cottages with full kitchens stocked with everything to cook and eat with, gas fireplaces in most cottages, deck, picnic table and barbeque on park-like surroundings with in-ground swimming pool perfect for a relaxing getaway. We offer some of the best sport fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor games, bon fires, lots of relaxing and lots of family fun. (see more on our website).
We offer some of the best sport fishing for bass, pike, walleye, huge muskey or pan fish, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor games, bon fires, lots of relaxing and lots of family fun. (see more on our website).
Activities include 14′ boat rentals, kayak, canoes and paddleboats, beach volleyball, children’s playground with ping pong, basketball, tetherball, lawn games, horseshoes, bon fires, and many near-by attractions including boat cruises, riding stables, ATV Trails, golfing, historical sites, Casino, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Ste. Marie, The Martyr’s Shrine, Big Chute Marine Railway, great restaurants and much more. (see our website for more)
Free WIFI available. Bus service available via Ontario Northland.
So come on up to Muskoka where our friendly staff are here to serve you and make you stay most memorable.
Driftwood Cove Marine Resort features beautiful cottages, a marina and café in Port Severn. All cottages are fully equipped with all bedding and towels are replaced daily. We have ping pong, horseshoes, shuffleboard and a sandy beach with full play set for children. Our boaters’ washrooms, recreation centre and dock facilities are second to none.
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