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Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes

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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Muskoka Place Gallery
Muskoka Place Gallery
TourMuskoka.com
TourMuskoka.com
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #1
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #1
Muskoka's Playground
Muskoka's Playground
Beaumaris Marina
Beaumaris Marina
Port Sandfield Marina
Port Sandfield Marina
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery
Downtown Port Carling
Downtown Port Carling
Downtown Bala
Downtown Bala
Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Muskoka Fine Art Gallery
Muskoka Fine Art Gallery
Catto Gallery
Catto Gallery
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Ride Muskoka
Ride Muskoka
Windermere Golf and Country Club
Windermere Golf and Country Club
Muskoka Lakes Museum
Muskoka Lakes Museum
SWS (Snowy Winter Sports)
SWS (Snowy Winter Sports)
Port Carling Farmers' Market
Port Carling Farmers' Market
The Rock Golf Club
The Rock Golf Club
Cranberry Ice Trail
Cranberry Ice Trail
Muskoka Lakes Marine
Muskoka Lakes Marine
Ride Muskoka
Ride Muskoka
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Torrance Barrens
Torrance Barrens
Windermere Marina
Windermere Marina
SWS Pop Up Village
SWS Pop Up Village
The Cove Muskoka Marina
The Cove Muskoka Marina
Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #2
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #2
Muskoka Flyboard Powered by SWS
Muskoka Flyboard Powered by SWS
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Winding Fences Farm
Winding Fences Farm
Summer Water Sports
Summer Water Sports
Skeleton Lake Marina
Skeleton Lake Marina
TourMuskoka.com
TourMuskoka.com
SWS Water Ski Shows
SWS Water Ski Shows
SWS Water Ski Shows
SWS Water Ski Shows
Bala Cove Marina
Bala Cove Marina
Summer Water Sports
Summer Water Sports
Summer Water Sports
Summer Water Sports
AMBA Spa at Windermere House
AMBA Spa at Windermere House
Beginnings Spa at Sherwood Inn
Beginnings Spa at Sherwood Inn
Sunset Cruises
Sunset Cruises
Muskoka Lakes Winery
Muskoka Lakes Winery
Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling
Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling
Kee to Bala
Kee to Bala
Spa Rosseau
Spa Rosseau
Don's Bakery
Don's Bakery
Hanna Park Skating Trail
Hanna Park Skating Trail
Bala Farmers' Market
Bala Farmers' Market
Forest Rock Resort
Forest Rock Resort
Windermere House Resort
Windermere House Resort
Arundel Lodge
Arundel Lodge
Muskoka Soul
Muskoka Soul
The Muskokan Resort Club
The Muskokan Resort Club
Trafalgar Bay Cottages
Trafalgar Bay Cottages
Sherwood Inn
Sherwood Inn
Pier 100 Cottage Resort
Pier 100 Cottage Resort
Crestwood Inn
Crestwood Inn
Shamrock Lodge
Shamrock Lodge
Muskoka Shores Cottages
Muskoka Shores Cottages
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Arundel Lodge
Arundel Lodge
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park
Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park
House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
Clevelands House Resort
Clevelands House Resort
SWS Water Ski Shows
SWS Water Ski Shows
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That Night in Muskoka
That Night in Muskoka
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Aug
17
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Aug
18
Muskoka Muscle
Muskoka Muscle
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Aug
18
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Aug
19
Opera Muskoka-Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Opera Muskoka-Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Aug
22
Jennifer Tung in Concert
Jennifer Tung in Concert
Aug
23
Moshe Hammer in Concert
Moshe Hammer in Concert
Aug
24
The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs
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Aug
25
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Aug
26
"Beat the Heat"
"Beat the Heat"
Aug
25
"All Day Lake Joseph Cruise"
"All Day Lake Joseph Cruise"
Aug
26
Yoga & Spa Series at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
Yoga & Spa Series at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
Aug
30
Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts Band
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Sep
01
ends
Sep
03
Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes Museum
Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes Museum
starts
Sep
29
ends
Sep
30
Thanksgiving Open House at Muskoka Lakes Museum
Thanksgiving Open House at Muskoka Lakes Museum
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Oct
06
ends
Oct
07
Bala Cranberry Festival
Bala Cranberry Festival
starts
Oct
12
ends
Oct
14
Bala's Museum Cran-Anne Contest
Bala's Museum Cran-Anne Contest
Oct
13
Blue Castle Experience
Blue Castle Experience
Oct
13
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market
Nov
03
Port Carling Santa Claus Parade
Port Carling Santa Claus Parade
Nov
17
Bala's Trek to Bethlehem
Bala's Trek to Bethlehem
Dec
01
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Field of Greens
Field of Greens
Moon River Lookout
Moon River Lookout
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