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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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Downtown Port Carling
Ride Muskoka
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Don's Bakery
The Cove Muskoka Marina
Muskoka Lakes Museum
Torrance Barrens
Downtown Bala
Spa Rosseau
Ride Muskoka
Muskoka Place Gallery
Summer Water Sports
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Summer Water Sports
Bala Cove Marina
Winding Fences Farm
Muskoka Lakes Winery
SWS Water Ski Shows
Skeleton Lake Marina
Beginnings Spa at Sherwood Inn
Beaumaris Marina
The Rock Golf Club
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
SWS (Snowy Winter Sports)
Port Sandfield Marina
Windermere Marina
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery
Windermere Golf and Country Club
Cranberry Ice Trail
Catto Gallery
Muskoka Fine Art Gallery
AMBA Spa at Windermere House
Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Muskoka Flyboard Powered by SWS
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #1
Bala Farmers' Market
Sunset Cruises
Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Muskoka Lakes Cycling Route #2
TourMuskoka.com
Hanna Park Skating Trail
TourMuskoka.com
Muskoka's Playground
SWS Pop Up Village
The Craft Room Rosseau
Kee to Bala
Port Carling Farmers' Market
Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Muskoka Lakes Marine
Forest Rock Resort
Crestwood Inn
Trafalgar Bay Cottages
Pier 100 Cottage Resort
Muskoka Stay n' Play Tours
Muskoka Shores Cottages
Sherwood Inn
Clevelands House Resort
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
Arundel Lodge
The Muskokan Resort Club
Shamrock Lodge
Windermere House Resort
Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park
Cottage Comedy CBC LOL Gala
May
11
Sloan
starts
May
19
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May
20
Spotlight on Muskoka Lakes
Jun
15
Father's Day Special aboard Sunset Cruises
Jun
17
Bala Antique and Nostalgia Show Sale
starts
Jun
29
ends
Jul
01
Bala Craft & Gift Fair
starts
Jun
30
ends
Jul
01
Fireworks Cruise
Jul
01
Matt Mays & Lowest of the Low
starts
Jul
01
ends
Jul
02
Canda Day Celebration Muskoka Lakes Museum
Jul
01
SWS Water Ski Shows
starts
Jul
02
ends
Aug
23
Kim Mitchell
starts
Jul
07
ends
Jul
08
Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua Gourmet Graze
Jul
12
July Talk
starts
Jul
13
ends
Jul
14
Butter Tart Festival
Jul
14
The Glorious Sons
starts
Jul
20
ends
Jul
21
The KEE 5K
Jul
21
Birthday Cruise aboard the Peerless II
Jul
21
Everything Anne of Green Gables Day
Jul
24
The Trews
starts
Aug
05
ends
Aug
06
MLA Antique Boat Show
Aug
11
54.40
starts
Aug
11
ends
Aug
12
Artifact or Fiction
Aug
16
Muskoka Muscle
starts
Aug
18
ends
Aug
19
Opera Muskoka-Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Aug
22
Opera Muskoka Vocal Master Classes & Opera Concert with Jennifer Tung
Aug
23
The Sheedogs
starts
Aug
25
ends
Aug
26
"Beat the Heat"
Aug
25
"All Day Lake Joseph Cruise"
Aug
26
Sam Roberts Band
starts
Sep
01
ends
Sep
03
Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes Museum
starts
Sep
29
ends
Sep
30
Thanksgiving Open House at Muskoka Lakes Museum
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Oct
06
ends
Oct
07
Bala Cranberry Festival
starts
Oct
12
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Oct
14
Bala's Museum Cran-Anne Contest
Oct
13
Blue Castle Experience
Oct
13
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market
Nov
03
Port Carling Santa Claus Parade
Nov
17
Bala's Trek to Bethlehem
Dec
01
Field of Greens
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
Moon River Lookout
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
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