Muskoka District

About

Muskoka is a scenic area sprinkled with picturesque villages and towns, farming communities, and lakeside vacation hotels and resorts near to golf courses, country clubs, and marinas.

Muskoka Warf

Photo: Muskoka Wharf

Studded with lakes and rocks, the land offered an abundance of fishing, hunting, and trapping, but was poorly suited to farming. European inhabitants ignored it while settling what they thought were the more promising areas south of the Severn River. What made Muskoka unsuitable for agriculture, made it desirable for tourism as early as 1860.

Muskoka is clustered around three big lakes — Muskoka, Joseph and Rosseau — that are carved into the Canadian Shield and framed by a dense canopy of hemlocks, pines and maples. With a galaxy of private islands and thousands of miles of glacial shoreline, Muskoka is beautiful and secluded.

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Annual EventsAttractions & EntertainmentOutdoorsEatingShoppingRest & RelaxMapsKey Locations

Annual Events

The main festivals include:
. January – Banff Mountain Film Festival
. February – Gravenhurst Winter Carnival
. March – Muskoka Brew Tours
. March/April – Muskoka Maple Trail
. May – Spin the Lakes Tour
. June – The Muskoka Powerboat Races
. July – Canada Day Celebrations
. August – Lake of Bays Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show
. September – Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
. October – Bala Cranberry Festival
. November – Muskoka Arts & Crafts Christmas Show & Sale
. December – Santa Fest

Attractions & Entertainment

HELI MUSKOKA
Gravenhurst / Muskoka District
Historical Site – Museum – Restaurant – Gift Shop
Offers aerial tours of Muskoka, Algonquin Park and Georgian Bay.
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Outdoors

HIDDEN VALLEY HIGHLANDS SKI AREA
Huntsville / Muskoka District
Skiing(alpine)
A ski and snowboard resort in Huntsville, Hidden Valley offers 14 groomed trails, three quad chairlifts, one handle tow, two snow cats, night skiing and snowboarding, and a terrain park.
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ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK
Huntsville / Muskoka District
Biking – Camping – Canoeing – Fishing – Hiking – Skating Trail – Skiing(nordic) – Snowshoeing – Tubing
Four seasons of activities with rentals of canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes during the summer season; skis, snowshoes and ice skate rentals during the winter. There are 15 km of hiking trails, including a trail leading to a waterfall, and remains of an old homesteads from the 1870’s.
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WINDING FENCES
Windermere / Muskoka Lakes / Muskoka District
Horseback Riding / Hiking / SnowShoeing
Situated on 200+ acres of farmland and forest in cottage country, offering scenic custom trail rides through open meadows and forests, hiking trails in the spring, summer and fall and snowshoe trails in the winter. Winding Fences is a working farm that has been raising Hereford cows, Berkshire pigs and chickens, naturally, from its’ beginning.
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Eating

THE BURGER SHOP
Bracebridge / Muskoka District
Faster Food – Ice cream
Always fresh, never frozen. Dine-in or takeout. Burgers are made with a special beef blend of sirlion, round and prime rib Canadian Beef – ground fresh daily and hand pressed. Also serving Country Smith ice cream
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Shopping

MUSKOKA CHAIR COMPANY
Huntsville /Muskoka District
Furniture
The Muskoka Chair is the Canadian cousin of the American Adirondack Chair. The Muskoka Chair company is the original Muskoka Chair Manufacturer in Muskoka, with 4 Generations of Muskoka Chair Builders. Established in 1995, selling hand-crafted outdoor furniture made locally in Muskoka.
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LINDGREN POTTERY
Huntsville /Muskoka District
Pottery
Creating stoneware pottery – special individual pieces as well as a line of functional pots for the kitchen, table, and garden, as well as dinnerware. Many sizes and types of vases and planters are always in stock. The showroom is open to the public through the year, in the woods on the south side of Huntsville.
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Rest & Relax

WINDERMERE HOUSE
Windermere / Muskoka Lakes / Muskoka District
Resort / Spa / Restaurant / Pub / Live Music
The Victorian structure has stood over Lake Rosseau since its construction in 1870. The Resort holds 56 rooms and suites, as well as four separate bedrooms in the Windermere Cottage. Lunch is served in the Windermere Pub & Patio, fine dining in the Rosseau Grill or the Lobby Bar & Terrace by Oliver & Bonacini. Edo Sushi is available in the lobby bar. You can also enjoy live entertainment throughout the summer.
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Maps

The following google map lists the Cities, Towns and Townships of Simcoe County that are listed further below.

Key Locations

Towns
Bracebridge
Gravenhurst
Huntsville

Townships
Georgian Bay
Lake of Bays
Muskoka Lakes (including the communities of Bala, Bala Park, Bardsville, Barlochan, Beaumaris, Baysville, Bear Cave, Beatrice, Bent River, Brackenrig, Cedar Village, Dee Bank, Dixon’s Corners, Dudley, Duffy, Echo Beach, Ferndale, Foot’s Bay, Glen Orchard, Gregory, Gull Rock, Hekkla, Inverness Lodge, Juddhaven, Mendora, Milford Bay, Minett, Morinus, Mortimers Point, Park Beach, Port Carling, Port Keewaydin, Port Sandfield, Raymond, Redwood, Roderick, Rossclair, Rosseau Falls, Rostrevor, Shannon Hall, Sunset Beach, Thorel House, Tomelin Bluffs, Torrance, Ufford, Ullswater, Valley Green Beach, Walkers Point, Willow Beach, Whiteside, Windermere, Woodington, Woodward Station and Ziska

Visit the official Regional site of Muskoka District

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