Muskoka

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Welcome to Muskoka

A stunning lake haven, also referred to as Canada’s Hamptons

Experience the splendor of nature at its finest in one of Canada’s top destinations – over 2 million people visit every year. With lush forests and around 1,600 lakes of all shapes and sizes, Muskoka sees remarkable sunrises and sunsets and is a paradise of waterfront cottages.

There’s no escaping the beauty of nature at Muskoka, and that’s a good thing – its affluent homes are embraced by it. In this place where nature and rustic architecture thrive together, the result is truly enchanting.

What to Love

  • Marvelous landscape and views
  • Countless outdoor and water activities
  • Numerous country clubs
  • Gorgeous waterfront cottages
  • Amazing shopping and dining

Local Lifestyle

In Muskoka, people live a homey but luxurious lifestyle. Residents have active summers with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, on land and water alike – but they especially love and enjoy boating activities. Muskoka also encourages extraordinary resort-style living with numerous private country clubs, wonderful golf, marinas, and top-notch amenities.

Local Attractions

Locals enjoy vast exceptional dining at Muskoka. Whether it’s the Sherwood Inn Restaurant, Boathouse Restaurant at Taboo overlooking Lake Muskoka, the restaurants at the JW Marriot hotel, and the other countless options, the food at Muskoka won’t disappoint.

Visit Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery to sip award-winning wines from Muskoka Lakes, hike their trails, and attend the annual Bala Cranberry Festival the weekend after Thanksgiving.

In terms of shopping, Muskoka takes care of all your needs with its trendy shops and boutiques, specifically in the small town of Port Carling. Shop for home goods, art, accessories, fashionable clothing, and more at Tommy Bahama, Bridgeport Muskoka, Red Bean Interior Design, Open Court, and Lemonwood.

Things to Do

The three main connected lakes at Muskoka include Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Muskoka, the largest inland lake in the region. Their vast, magnificent waters are perfect for water activities. Summers are best spent in the water with boat tours and cruises, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddling, wakeboarding, water skiing activities, and excellent fishing year-round.

Visiting Muskoka’s spectacular waterfalls is a must. With over a dozen of them, most notably Ragged Falls, High Falls, Wilson’s Falls, and Bracebridge Falls, they’ll be experiences you won’t ever forget. Muskoka also has a water park and several beautiful public parks. The wonderful Algonquin Provincial Park offers a wide variety of high-intensity and low-intensity wilderness experiences for everyone. 

Muskoka is also home to excellent golf courses found at Windermere Golf Club, Lake Joseph Club, and Öviinbyrd Golf Club equipped with fantastic food, service, and views.

To find that balance between athletic activity and relaxation, wind down at the luxurious HydroSpa Muskoka overlooking Lake Rosseau. Locals also love attending the Dockside Festival of the Arts and the Muskoka Music festival to celebrate music and artisans in the village. It’s also worthwhile to enjoy a night of music at The Kee to Bala, an iconic concert venue, and to visit the Muskoka Lakes Museum to learn about the settlement and development of the region. 

There are also numerous summer camps for children and teenagers at Muskoka: Muskoka Woods, Pathfinder, Camp Tamakwa, Camp Tanamakoon.

Schools

The Muskoka area is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

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