When it comes to shopping, you’re spoilt for choice in Muskoka. Cottage country communities big and small have plenty to offer shoppers on the look out for that unique souvenir or seasonal gift. The downtown core of the larger towns like Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst have numerous antique and craft stores to visit, as well as art galleries showcasing the work of local artisans, jewelers, potters and photographers.
Muskoka’s smaller communities, too, provide a wonderful indoor shopping adventure for the whole family. Picturesque Port Carling, two-time winner of Canada’s Communities in Bloom, is a vibrant village always popular with cottagers, day-trippers and resort guests. Boasting five art galleries, it’s a place you’ll want to linger as you take in the numerous eclectic stores and eateries along its long, always busy Main Street. Bala also enjoys a wealth of galleries, including Iroquois Artisans, a gallery devoted to works by First Nations artists.
Two uniquely Muskoka experiences not to be missed are the nearly-daily Farmer’s Markets (running from May to Thanksgiving), and the wonderful general stores with their incredible collection of cottage-centric wares.