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Over 4,700 Square Kilometers of Natural Playground One of the top 20 “Best of the World Must-See Places”

Festivals, Museums, Art Shows, Markets and Music Concerts Pick Your Season – Muskoka Always Has Something Going On


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Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency is proud to bring you this publication as part of the effort to showcase the magnificent Muskoka Region. Muskoka Tourism is a non-profit organization with a volunteer board of experienced tourism operators and community leaders who represent the members. If you are planning a vacation, visiting the first time or are one of the many returning visitors, we know the guide will be a valuable addition to your trip.

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You’re in World-Class Company.

There’s a great deal more to Muskoka than stunning scenery, crystal clear lakes and fresh air. Add to this picture an enticing mix of excellent dining, cultural and golf experiences, and it’s easy to see why Muskoka is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular destinations for travelers seeking a little down time.

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ust two hours by car – but a world away – from power- house Toronto beats the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka. Families have gathered here for generations to revel in true wilderness. This is a place that massages the senses: the smell of pine with soft sand and needles underfoot, early mornings watch the sun burn the mist off a glassy lake, hearing the loons as they float by.” National Geographic Traveler

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Located just two hours north of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, a visit to Muskoka is like being transported to a different place and time. The region’s endless rocky backdrop of exposed granite – known as the Canadian Shield –

dates back 1.5 billion years to when the earth’s crust was formed. Topping this rugged natural beauty are the numerous cool, deep lakes left behind by the massive glaciers that shaped the land mere millions of years ago. But not only does Muskoka look different, it sounds different, too. From the haunting call of a loon echoing across a lake to the gentle rustle of a breeze in the trees or the lapping of water tickling the shoreline, Muskoka also offers the ultimate soundtrack to your vacation experience.


Discover Muskoka National Geographic’s Best Of The World – Must-See Places. The region’s beginnings as a modern day vacation destination can in fact be traced back to the mid-1800s with the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Europe. Lured by the promise of free land, they tried their best to farm the land, an all but impossible task due to the ever-present Canadian Shield. Some of the savvier settlers, however, made the best of things, encouraging sportsmen from Toronto and the US to travel north to hunt and fish. Demand soon grew as these same sportsmen brought their families with them, leading to a dramatic expansion of lodges and resort accommodations. Things have come a long way since then. Today, Muskoka is widely regarded as one of the world’s top vacation destinations – not only did Muskoka host the 2010 G8 Summit, but for two consecutive years (2011/2012), National Geographic Traveler recognized Muskoka as a top vacation destination.

Despite the thousands of visitors that visit the region each year, there is plenty of room for everyone in Muskoka. The region stretches across some 4,700 sq. kms, leaving space enough for an incredible diversity of fauna and flora. Stop for a hike and you’ll find yourself immersed in a wonderland of spruce, jack pine, poplar, tamarack, balsam and birch, and countless wildflowers, including magnificent displays of orchids, which provide an incredible carpet of colour to these forest floors. Muskoka is also home to many different walking, crawling and flying creatures, including some 250 or so species of birds, more than 50 different types of mammals, and 25 species of amphibians. While spotting a moose or bear isn’t guaranteed, a wander through the woods will likely result in you catching a glimpse of an otter or beaver, a woodpecker or a heron or perhaps perhaps even deer… The list is as endless as the vast variety of things there are to do during your visit to Muskoka!

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n the past decade, Muskoka’s charms have expanded to include excellent golf courses, soothing spas, and top notch restaurants. While the region is popular in summer, when families congregate at the resorts and Hollywood celebrities lounge at their lakeside “cottages,” this is a great area to visit at any time of year.” Frommer’s Toronto 3


The perfect playground – Muskoka’s Ready To Explore. For almost 150 years Muskoka’s been one of Canada’s top tourist destinations, keeping pace with ever-evolving demands as people’s travel habits change. Since the region’s early beginnings as a hunting and fishing destination, Muskoka has consistently topped the list of the very best places in the world to spend vacation time. From its quaint wilderness lodges to its many luxurious resorts, the region has wholeheartedly embraced its rich history while continuing to cater to modern tastes and sensibilities. There’s simply no end of choice when it comes to finding fun things to do or wonderful places to stay when visiting Muskoka. Boasting a multitude of resorts – everything from 5-star all-inclusive resorts, family-run lodges, quaint inns, historic B&Bs and rustic cottage resorts – Muskoka’s got something for everyone. Those looking for a back to nature experience are well catered to, with 1 National and 11 Provincial Parks as well as many private camp grounds and facilities available to set up camp. The list of things to do once you arrive in magnificent Muskoka is equally long. Boaters will want to explore the mile-aftermile of shorelines along the region’s outstanding lakes, big and small. Take your pick on how best to do it: area marinas and resorts offer rentals of everything from

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powerboats to canoes and kayaks, as well as winter equipment such as snowmobiles and snowshoes, and boat ramps and beaches are plentiful if you’re bringing your own vessel. Exploring Mother Nature’s rich abundance on foot is another wonderful way to discover Muskoka. From the many hiking trails crisscrossing vast Algonquin park to Muskoka’s Trails with over 300 km plus to hike on, to pleasant strolls along picturesque streets and boardwalks, Muskoka is one endless outdoor adventure. Wilderness hikes will lead to encounters with vast stretches of trees and water, all of it home to a tremendous array of wildlife. In town you’ll be rewarded with unique dining, shopping and cultural experiences. There are, of course, many other great reasons to visit Muskoka: fantastic golf, relaxing spas, skiing, festivals and art shows… the list is endless. Stretching from the vast wilderness of Algonquin in the east to the rugged windswept shores of Georgian Bay in the west, the District of Muskoka – including the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville, and the townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes – offers a truly unique Canadian experience, one that will draw future generations of travellers for decades to come.

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Discover Muskoka Endless Miles Of Water Lure Adventurers. Comprising more than 600 sparkling lakes along with 14,000 kms of shoreline – not to mention countless rivers and waterfalls – Muskoka is a paradise for water enthusiasts. Watercraft of all shapes and sizes scurry across Muskoka’s endless waterways, whether classic wooden motorboats, powerboats or sailing vessels, as well people-powered craft like canoes and kayaks. To satisfy the demand for the casual boater, the region’s many marinas provide rentals and tours, as well as boater licenses and training. When it comes to exploring Muskoka by water, the region’s bigger lakes – Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, along with Lake of Bays and Lakes Peninsula, Fairy and Mary – are all easily accessible. All are perfect for day-trips or even weekend getaways by boat, with plenty of places to dock for a meal or a spot of sightseeing. Muskoka’s lakes are also popular for wakeboarding and waterskiing, as well as for extreme water sports like knee boarding or parasailing. Another great way to enjoy Muskoka is aboard a cruise vessel. The best known is the Royal Mail Ship Segwun, North America’s oldest still operating steamship. RMS Segwun offers short sightseeing tours, longer lunch and dinner cruises, and even overnight adventures including accommodations at an historic resort. Three other vessels offering excursions on Lake Muskoka are the

300-passenger Lady Muskoka, and Sunset Cruise’s two historic vessels: the decades old Peerless II, a 45 passenger vessel and her sister ship, the elegant 12-passenger M.V. Idyllwood. These classic vessels are available for charters for special occasions such as weddings and family reunions.

Equally popular are cruises around the spectacular 30,000 Islands on Georgian Bay aboard the Island Queen out of Parry Sound, and many smaller vessels provide cozy cruises aboard pontoon boats, classic wooden launches or vintage yachts on the Muskoka Lakes. Fisher-folk, too, won’t lack for great reasons to head north to Muskoka. Whether you prefer lake or river fishing – even ice fishing or fly-fishing – cottage country offers first rate angling experiences. Muskoka’s fish, including bass, trout and pike, are so abundant that even the least experienced fishermen won’t go home empty handed.

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Magnificent Metal – Muskoka Artist Sculpts Wildlife Out Of Steel. Muskoka has long been home to creative types. From artists to writers and all stops in between, the region and its stunning beauty has proven both a draw and an inspiration to people with an artistic streak ever since those first intrepid travellers visited over 150 years ago. One of the most fascinating of Muskoka’s current crop of artists is sculptor Hilary Clark Cole. A resident of the region since 1971, Clark Cole’s spectacular metal sculptures grace many private collections, as well as public and corporate locations both in Canada and overseas. From her realistic life-size depictions of wolves, bears and moose – magnificent creatures made all the more real by the weathered, rusty finish provided courtesy of mother nature – to three-dimensional depictions of everything from people to trees and flowers, Clark Cole’s work is a celebration of a deep-rooted connection to the environment around her. Working predominantly in hand built welded steel, as well as in cast limited edition bronzes, her unique metal sculptures come in all shapes and sizes, and cover all manner of subject matter – a fact that allows Clark Cole to include, on occasion, a variety of different metals in addition to the predominant steel, including copper and brass. One of Clark Cole’s most spectacular works – and one of her most recent – is an incredibly detailed full-size Muskox. Taking a year and a half to complete, this piece weighs in at a hefty 1600lbs.

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The Muskox is currently on show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge, and Hilary Clark Cole’s work can be seen at Penny Varney Gallery in Gravenhurst and the Algonquin Art Centre in Algonquin Park. For further details, visit www.hilaryclarkcole.com.


Discover Muskoka Muskoka Chautauqua. Whether you’re a literary buff, music lover or just enjoy good conversation, Muskoka Chautauqua’s Signature Event is not to be missed. Held annually, this exciting threeday event includes talks and interviews with big-name (and local) authors, musical and dramatic performances, poetry readings, and presentations from young participants from the group’s arts in education programs. The theme for 2013 (May 31st - June 2nd) encompasses “Humour, Health and Happiness” and will again be hosted by TVO’s Steve Paikin. This year’s event will be held in the heart of the historic and lively community of Port Carling, with events occurring in different venues throughout the village. Muskoka Chautauqua is an arts and learning organization providing year-round creative, multi-disciplinary arts-based programming for entertainment, life-long learning and community engagement. In Muskoka during the 1920s and 30s, summer-long Chautauqua assemblies were held on Tobin Island, Lake Muskoka, where some of Canada’s literary greats of the time spoke, earning the group the title of “Canada’s Literary Summer Capital”. For further information and details on other Muskoka Chautauqua events, call 705-765-1048 / 1-888-311-ARTS, or visit the group’s website at www.muskokachautauqua.ca

Wood’s End Studio Kilworthy’s Wood’s End Studio features John de Lang’s bird carvings and a fairytale village. 2013 events: Teddy Bears Picnic (July 14) and Enchanted Forest Art Show (August 10-11). Details at www.woodsend.ca or 705-689-8831.

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Small Town Feel – Muskoka’s Communities Charm Their Guests. Nestled amidst its never-ending forests and perched on the shores of its pristine lakes, Muskoka’s exciting small towns and communities all have something special to offer vacationers. In all, this vast region boasts 17 towns and villages, each with its own distinctive flavour, each unmistakably Muskoka and each just waiting to be explored. Port Carling is a great place to start your small town Muskoka adventure. Situated between lakes Muskoka and Joseph, this picturesque two-time winner of Canada’s Communities in Bloom community is as popular with cottagers as it is with day-trippers and resort guests. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to linger as you take in the busy locks – especially when the historic RMS Segwun passes through – and eclectic stores, galleries and eateries along its long, always busy main street. Over on the north western tip of Lake Muskoka, Bala, too, has many art studios and galleries, including Iroquois Artisans, a unique gallery devoted to works by First Nations artists. Bala is also famous for its ever-popular Cranberry Festival, a celebration of the

wonderful fruit that draws crowds each fall from across Ontario. A little further east sit the hamlets of Honey Harbour, MacTier and Port Severn located on the edge of Georgian Bay and its 30,000 islands. It’s extremely easy to take in more than one Muskokan community in a day, regardless of the season. Why not visit in the fall and spend a day visiting places like Baysville, Dorset and Dwight as you take in the spectacular colours and don’t forget winter. Most small towns in Muskoka embrace winter, celebrating the snowy season with carnivals, Santa Claus parades, sleigh rides and other fun family events.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY AIR, MUSKOKA AIRPORT IS WHERE YOU WANT TO LAND! Located in Gravenhurst, the larger of two runways is paved and measures 6,000’ x 150’ and supports both VFR and IFR operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Owned and operated by the District Municipality of Muskoka, the airport is an official Canada Customs Airport of Entry and the proud host of the Little Norway Memorial. The Little Norway Memorial commemorates the lives and sacrifices of those Norwegians that trained in Canada during WWII – ensuring that their legacy will not be forgotten.

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Discover Muskoka Muskoka’s Finest Food – Severn Lodge Serves Up Enticing Dining Experiences. Muskoka is undeniably home to some of Canada’s finest dining experiences, many of them found in the region’s classic resorts and lodges. And thanks to its long tradition of hosting visitors from far and wide, Muskoka continues to attract some of the world’s leading culinary talent, all eager to be part of the region’s incredible food scene.

Resort – before settling at Severn Lodge. Along the way, his reputation preceded him, and his talents have been recognized by the Muskoka and District Chefs’ Association who recently honored him as “Chef of the Year”.

Today, Chef Hubert continues the Muskoka tradition of great food experiences by dazzling guests at Severn Lodge with his carefully prepared dishes. His menus include an eclectic mix of both regional and international fare, and regularly feature carefully selected daily entrée choices made using fresh local ingredients whenever possible: Historic Severn Lodge is no exception to this rule, and has been weltop quality beef, poultry, fish along with a vegetarian selection, accomcoming guests with its excellent food since the mid-1800s. panied by homemade soups, garden fresh salads and delectable Today, responsibility for keeping the resort’s guests happy has fallen on desserts. Topping it all is a finely crafted wine list that features a the shoulders of Executive Chef Hubert Obermeier. German-born and selection of the most popular international and domestic VQA wines. trained, Chef Hubert gained further experience in the Swiss ski resorts of Davos, Klosters and Neuchatel before moving to Canada in 1982. At Severn Lodge, thanks to Chef Hubert and his team, the only thing that comes close to rivaling the quality of the food is the spectacular waterfront view. A keen outdoorsman, the move to Muskoka came easy to Chef Hubert, who spent time as Executive Chef at a variety of other prestigious resorts – including Muskoka’s four diamond Sherwood Inn and Taboo

SAVOUR Muskoka’s Famous Field to Fork Event – Sunday, August 11th, 2013 Muskoka’s acclaimed annual Culinary Event, Field to Fork, celebrated at the peak of the summer season is being held in 2013 on Sunday, August 11th. This is an unforgettable and delicious event experience with Muskoka and Parry Sound’s top chefs highlighting their regions highest quality locally produced foods and drinks. Fantastic local entertainment will provide the soundtrack for an afternoon of fun and indulgence with your family and friends. Hosted on a local area working farm, this culinary celebration is an opportunity to engage in our rich food system and talk with the chefs who turn it into art. You will taste the local craft beers and spirits, meet the brewers and winemakers, play in the fields and enjoy the farm life! SAVOUR Muskoka is a grassroots collection of local farmers, chefs, retailers, culinary artisans, accommodation providers and food-engaged community members who work together to cultivate the appreciation and development of Muskoka’s local food. Muskoka is home to two excellent breweries and one wonderful wine maker.

their own food, is one of several initiatives which is supported by proceeds from events like Field to Fork. SAVOUR is helping create a strong local food system that ends up serving us all. Promoting the local way of eating and drinking helps our local economy grow, creates jobs and a skilled workforce and makes the freshest, tastiest, healthiest and most sustainablyproduced foods accessible to more and more people every day! Whenever you eat out, look for the SAVOUR Muskoka member logo. Ask which local farms/producers are responsible for growing the food you eat! Continued support of these restaurants in turn supports the farmers. We all thank you! Field to Fork tickets on sale in March 2013! For more information: www.savourmuskoka.com Connect on Twitter @SAVOURMuskoka and on Facebook Email: info@savourmuskoka.com or call: 705.646.7118

In addition to SAVOUR Muskoka’s well-attended Culinary Events like summertime’s Field to Fork and the winter/spring Maple Syrup celebration, Tap the Sap, SAVOUR creates delicious, educational yearround Culinary Trail tour packages and Farm and Culinary workshops led by Muskoka’s most celebrated chefs and farmer producers who are the top in their field. The Edible Schoolyard, which enlivens schools with Edible Food Gardens and teaches kids how to grow, cook and steward 9


Cottage Life – Capturing That Special Muskoka Feeling. There’s little doubt that Muskoka’s influence extends far beyond its borders. From chairs to cottage apparel, the brand that is Muskoka has left its mark on everything from attire to many-a home or resort with a patio or dock, wherever in the world it might be located. So special is that unique Muskoka flare that it has even inspired its own design movement. Not only do the region’s many excellent builders and developers offer clients a cottage twist – be it the inclusion of rustic timber arches over doorways and windows, or the use of logs and rough hewn wood – but a bevy of top designers and architects have also sprung up to serve the public’s insatiable desire for all-things Muskoka. Many specialty stores also cater to this demand, from tradingpost style affairs to establishments as big as a city-department store, chock-a-block full of everything from clothing to canoes. Cottages and cottage-style resorts, too, are plentiful across Muskoka, and have been

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a part of the fabric of life in Ontario, if not Canada, for close to 150 years. Running the gamut from cozy cabins on smaller boat-free lakes to stunning estates and compounds on the largest lakes, Muskoka has been attracting visitors for decades, all of them seeking the same thing: whether cottager or vacationer, they’re all wanting to simply relax and unwind while enjoying the region’s spectacular scenery, invigorating air and refreshing waters. Whatever your preference – whether you choose to be a full-time or part-time cottager, or are simply wanting to add a cottage flavor to your home – Muskoka has something for everyone.


Discover Muskoka Resorts and Lodges – A Muskoka Tradition of Excellence Continues. For close to 150 years, Muskoka’s magnificent resorts and lodges have welcomed visitors from far and wide, all of them drawn here by the same thing: the region’s breathtaking abundance of trees, water and wildlife. Today, the list of great reasons to visit Muskoka is bigger and better than ever – great golf, superb spas, delicious dining, endless boating… the list goes on and on and it’s thanks to this remarkable list of great things to do that tourism in Muskoka has flourished, putting the region firmly on the map as one of the world’s leading vacation destinations. When it’s time to find the perfect spot in which to stay in Muskoka – whether for a night or a week or more – the region doesn’t disappoint. With well over 80 accommodation options ranging from luxurious 5-star all-inclusive resorts, family-run lodges, quaint inns, historic B&Bs and rustic cottage resorts, Muskoka’s got something for everyone. In fact, many of the same

Eco-friendly Foxwood Resort Located on Lake of Bays near Dwight, Foxwood Resort has been taking great strides towards becoming one of Muskoka’s most eco-friendly family vacation destinations. And its efforts are paying off: Foxwood recently received recognition from none other than the Audubon Green Leaf Eco Rating Program for its eco efficiency. This prestigious “4 Green Leaf ” status covers energy efficiency, resource conservation, pollution prevention and environmental management.

inns that welcomed those very first visitors are still going strong today, some well over 100 years and standing testament to the reputation the region has earned as one of North America’s top tourist destinations. If you’re looking for a little pampering while you’re here, Muskoka’s major resorts maintain first-rate spas, while many of our smaller lodges provide in-room treatments from local practitioners when a massage or pedicure is needed. The traditional spa package needn’t be so traditional, with many resorts stepping up the spa experience a notch with innovative packages focusing on whatever seems to be ailing you and “spa-ing” needn’t be a solo activity any more, with many locations now offering special couples packages that include luxury rooms and treatments. Whether for a day, a weekend or even longer, Muskoka’s resorts and lodges have the perfect accommodation package for you.

adhering to environmental regulations and looking for better ways to be sustainable; reducing energy consumption; building new structures incorporating recycled and sustainable materials; and reducing water consumption. To learn more about Foxwood Resort and its eco-friendly attitude, visit www.foxwoodresort.ca.

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Severn Lodge – A Historic Cottage Resort In Muskoka. Severn Lodge dates back to the mid-1800’s when it served as the location for the Georgian Bay Lumber Company. When the logging era concluded, the location was purchased by a group representing a private club from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania known as the Mordolphton Club.

The Mordolphtons arrived by private Pullman coach to the CNR train station in Waubaushene on Georgian Bay where their luggage was transferred to an awaiting steam ship which took them to Port Severn. From there they portaged over the waterfalls and rapids to an awaiting boat for the final leg of their journey to the northern shores of Gloucester Pool. What takes approximately 15 minutes today by car, took nearly a half day by boat.

Members of the Mordolphtons visited during the summers for many years, being attracted to the fine fishing that could be had in the pristine waters of Gloucester Pool. Then, in the early 1920’s the property was purchased by Glen Crummel and George Barrick of Akron, Ohio. They named it Severn Lodge, and opened it to the public.

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In 1928 William H. “Bill” Breckbill, then a high school student from Canton, Ohio, began working summers at the Lodge. His life-long love affair with Severn Lodge had now begun. Returning each summer, he eventually became the manager, and then

purchased it in the fall of 1936. In 1940 he married Jeanne E. Krammes. In 1973 their son Ron joined the family business, and later married Cindee. In 1977 their other son Rick and his wife Sue joined the business.

During the early years, guests arrived by train and steamer, but as time passed and the road systems were developed, guests could drive to Port Severn. From here our launch would take them on a 45 minute boat ride to the Lodge. Pick-ups were at 11 am and 5 pm. Some times, there were so many guests arriving that a second launch was taken to Port Severn just for their luggage.

In the early 1960’s Hwy 69 (Hwy 400 today) and the White’s Falls were built allowing guests to drive even closer. Since White’s Falls was only 10 minutes by boat, our launch made more frequent pickups. In the fall of 1983 the White’s Falls Rd was extended to the Big Chute giving the resort road access. The start of a new era had come!


Discover Muskoka Clevelands House Renewal Continues Muskoka Tradition Of Excellence. A funny thing happened on the way to the printers when Charles Minett opened his resort in Muskoka in 1883. Asked to label the resort’s first guest register “Cleeve Lands” after Minett’s birthplace in England, the printer inadvertently changed the name to Clevelands. The mistake was never corrected, and 130 years later Clevelands House – which is midway through a substantial program of exciting renovations – remains a name synonymous with Muskoka’s long tradition of hospitality.

vacation packages. Expect to find other great changes this year, too: for the first time in many years, Clevelands House will be open for the Victoria Day long weekend, and a number of exciting new seasonal packages have been created. In addition, customized wedding packages, group and corporate programs (including fun family reunions) have all been added to the resort’s offerings. Clevelands House also has an excellent reputation for the quality of the sports and activities on hand for guests to enjoy. These include tennis (the resort boasts 16 courts), golf on a private nine-hole golf course (as well as play privileges at the neighbouring Nick Faldo designed 18 hole The Rock), swimming (four pools and four hot tubs), fitness facilities and a sauna. Boat rentals, cruises, and waterskiing are also available.

Set on 408-acres with over 923 m (3,000 ft) of waterfront on the western shores of Lake Rosseau, the resort’s old-fashioned charm is being greatly enhanced by the upgrades. While future upgrades will see the renovation of all guest rooms to reflect a cozy authentic Muskoka cottage experience, the original 500-seat dining room has already been replaced with two exciting new restaurants, including Muskoka’s first true steak house. Both restaurants will be helmed by Kids are also well looked after at Clevelands House. Kid’s programs the resort’s new Executive Chef, Jason MacArthur, former Chef at cater to all ages from newborns to teens and revolve around the the Lake Joseph Club’s Water’s Edge restaurant. resort’s one-acre Play World and sports facilities, including two kids’ pools. Add movies, arts and crafts, entertainers, sports – including Also new for 2013 – and part of the resort’s ongoing efforts to a waterski and wakeboard school, as well as a tennis academy – and satisfy the ever-changing needs of its guests – is the opportunity to nature exploration to this extensive list of kids’ activities, and you’re enjoy shorter stay packages, as well the traditional all-inclusive all set to begin your very own Muskoka family vacation tradition.

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Snow Much Fun! Muskoka Is Home To Countless Winter Adventures.

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area = Family Winter Fun! A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone. Gentle slopes for kids and beginners. Challenging runs and a terrain park for adrenaline-junkies. Hot, fresh-cooked meals in the newly-renovated chalet and a rustic stone fireplace to warm your toes. Experience it all, and then repeat. Holiday camps (Christmas and March breaks) and 8-week camps offer fun for the kids while you hit the slopes. But Snow School isn’t just for kids. Certified Ski & Snowboard Instructors are available for all ages and abilities. Home to the Muskoka Ski Club, Hidden Valley hosts competitive ski teams from across Ontario. Watch them in action! Or attend one of many familyfriendly events: the Christmas Eve Torch Light parade, New Year’s Eve fireworks, Ladies’ and Men’s Days, and the spring Puddle Jump. Want to stay & play? World-class resorts are minutes away. Want unlimited skiing and extra perks? Memberships are available. In the heart of Muskoka, just east of Huntsville, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area has been sharing winter magic with families since 1965. Hidden Valley is open from December to March for skiing and snowboarding both day and night. Equipment rentals are available. Safe, uncrowded slopes. Superb snow conditions. Warm & welcoming staff. Come and see why families return year after year.

Night Skiing • Discover Ski or Snowboard Packages • Holiday Kids Camps

1655 Hidden Valley Road, Huntsville, ON 1.800.398.9555 • 705.789.1733 • www.skihiddenvalley.ca

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Come winter, Muskoka becomes a picture-perfect wonderland of snow-blanketed pines, ice-covered lakes, and cozy rural settings straight out of a Christmas card. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in all that white stuff. With up to five snow-filled months each winter, Muskoka offers numerous outdoor winter recreational opportunities. Downhill ski and snowboard enthusiasts should checkout Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Resort, which gets an average 318cms of snow each season – more than enough to satisfy the 6500 skiers that hit the slopes every hour on its 11 different runs, the longest of which is 580m. For cross-country skiers, Muskoka has countless kilometers of groomed trails available through parks resorts and golf courses. Many of these same trails are also available for the increasingly popular sport of snowshoeing: minimal equipment is needed and modern snowshoes are light and easy-to-use, making the sport fun for the whole family. Snowshoes can handle the deepest of snow, opening up the backcountry for winter hiking, or even winter camping.


Discover Muskoka Snowy Muskoka – The Way Winter Used To Be. Seeking more tranquil outdoor pursuits? Most Muskoka communities have long-established winter festivals, often hosted in partnership with area resorts. Other accessible activities include skating, pond hockey, ice fishing, dogsledding, winter horseback trail rides and curling. Of course, the region offers many-a great hill if you want to keep it simple and do things the old fashioned way… all you need is a toboggan, and a flask of hot chocolate to help thaw out.

Muskoka is also an important link in Ontario’s extensive snowmobile network. More than 1,600kms of trails crisscross the region, and for those who don’t own a ‘sled’, machine and equipment rentals are available from most marinas. Along with your snowmobile, you’re also provided with a warm snowmobile suit, boots, gloves and helmet, as well as expert training before being turned loose on the trails.

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World Class Events And Attractions . Nature Trail adventures offer a year round soft wilderness nature program for all ages, including a spot of stargazing and if you enjoy a little running commentary while on the water, try any one of the region’s 10 excellent boat cruise companies – cruises range from short 1 hour excursions to epic three day outings on the waterways of Muskoka.

Muskoka has no shortage of incredible things to do and see, and is widely regarded as being home to some of Ontario’s best events and attractions. Museums such as Bethune House and Muskoka Heritage Place showcase cottage country’s rich history, while nature lovers come to enjoy the region’s great outdoors – Muskoka’s many parks boast countless lakes, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, campsites and hiking trails, and you can also get close to nature at places like Muskoka Wildlife Centre or the Torrance Barrens, Canada’s first dark sky reserve.

For those seeking an even more exhilarating experience, many Muskoka attractions provide exciting adventures suitable for the whole family. From waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons to a thrilling outdoor adventure aboard one of Era Tours’ rock buggies or Back Country Tours’ ATV adventures, there’s never a dull moment for the young (and the young at heart) in Muskoka.

No trip to Muskoka would be complete without visiting Santa’s Another great way to experience these natural attractions is with a Village Family Entertainment Park in Bracebridge, welcoming kids guide, such as those offered by wilderness expert Robin Tapley – his of all ages for over 50 years. A trip to Santa’s Village includes the

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Discover Muskoka There’s Simply No End To Things To See And Do In Muskoka. pay-as-you-play Sportsland Park with its thrilling go-carts, minigolf, batting cages, laser tag and arcade.

 

All Steamed Up…

 Courses Offer Unique Steam Train Experience

Casey Jones, eat your heart out! Visitors to Muskoka now have an exciting opportunity to fulfill that childhood fantasy of driving a steam train of their very own… at least for a day. This unique opportunity to be an engineer takes place at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville aboard the historic 1926 Portage Flyer steam locomotive (or, alternatively, a 1949 diesel electric locomotive), once part of the world’s shortest commercial railway operating between North and South Portage near Dwight from 1904 and 1959.   Participants in the Engineer for a Day program receive full training aboard the historic engine, learning everything from engineer procedures to railway protocol to handling the controls. All would-be engineers are required to first pass a pre-screening interview, as well as a written exam (study materials are supplied in advance) before receiving professional practical instruction and learning the ropes.   The big day begins at 9 am with an orientation session followed by the exam. Once that’s done, the real fun starts when your certified engineer instructor allows you to take the controls – before you know, it you’ll be chugging along with a train full of passengers in tow. The whole awesome experience wraps up at 4 pm, by which time you’ll be more than a little sad your time as an engineer has come to an end.   The cost for the day-long course is $200, and participants must be at least 16 years of age. Muskoka Heritage Place’s rail season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, and registration opens on March 14th (Casey Jones’ birthday).

For the real adventurist check out Treetop Trekking aerial park, Huntsville, at Deerhurst Resort, a treetop trek through one of the highest adventure parks in Ontario. You’ll experience zip lines, wobbly bridges, monkey cables, balance beams and Tarzan ropes… and exciting nighttime options are also available. Finally, try to plan your visit around one or more of the unique events that make Muskoka so special. From artist studio tours and art and craft shows, food and comedy festivals, in-water boat shows like the Antique and Classic Boat Show, to fall fairs and festivals like the famous Bala Cranberry festival, Muskoka has everything you need to have some family fun. See the events and attraction listings in the centre of the guide or check out www.discovermuskoka.ca

For further details and to book your unforgettable engineer experience, contact Ron Gostlin at 705-789-7576, ex 3210, email ron.gostlin@huntsville.ca to arrange a pre-screening interview, or visit www.muskokaheritageplace.org. 17


Back Country Tours Offers Thrilling Outdoors Adventures. For the truly wild at heart, Muskoka offers some of Canada’s most diverse conditions for an exciting outdoor adventure – not only is cottage country full of spectacular scenery and rugged, rocky terrain, it offers fun outdoor activities each and every season. One of Muskoka’s leading providers of outdoor adventure experiences – and Ontario’s largest – is Back Country Tours. The company’s extremely experienced staff offers expert assistance whatever your preferred choice of transport, from ATVs or personal watercraft to snowmobiles. Do-it-yourself “You-drive Adventures” include rentals of all equipment and machinery, delivered to your cottage or resort destination, and where necessary, training is also provided. Off-road adventures include having your own (for awhile, at least!) fully automatic ATV to rip along sections of a 3000km trail network, and guided ‘Mud Tours’ are also available. For those wanting to extend their adventure, special Backcountry ATV Camping Safaris are available for groups of four or more. Alternatively, accommodation packages can be arranged for those preferring a little more comfort.

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For fans of winter, Back

Country Tours offers a number of unique snowmobile adventures. Packages include accommodations at luxury locations such as Deerhurst Resort, or rentals by the day or by the hour. Whatever your choice, your adventure will take you on a thrilling ride along sections of Ontario’s largest snowmobile trail network – some 1,600 km of trails crisscross Muskoka, and are just waiting to be explored. Guided tours are also available, and all equipment and training is provided.


Discover Muskoka Rich With History – Museums Offer Glimpse Into Storied Muskoka’s Past. Muskoka has a very colourful and well-documented history, and numerous museums have been established to preserve the region’s rich cultural and social heritage. It’s a history that involves people from around the globe: from the early British settlers responsible for starting the resort industry in the 19th Century, to their American guests, and even the Norwegians who used the Muskoka Airport as a training base during World War II. Little wonder then, that Muskoka continues to welcome visitors from far and wide. Nine museums and historic sites are open to the public in Muskoka, each offering an array of educational adventures and family fun. Transportation fans are particularly well-catered to. In Gravenhurst alone, the Muskoka Wharf is home to Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre and its superb collection of historic wooden boats, and is also the home port of the historic steamship, RMS Segwun. Gravenhurst also boasts a museum dedicated to Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, considered a hero in China for his humanitarian deeds, and the lovely town of Bala just 25 minutes away has a museum dedicated to Anne of Green Gables

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site Looking for an inspiring family experience? Visit the birthplace of Dr. Norman Bethune and discover the remarkable achievements of this great Canadian Doctor. Internationally known, this humanitarian, battlefront surgeon, activist, inventor, teacher and artist remains a revered hero to the Chinese people 74 years after his death for his medical contribution during the Sino-Japanese War. But Bethune did not just leave his mark there. Follow his blazing trail that started in Canada and took him to the battlegrounds of World War I and to Spain during the Spanish Civil War. You will be amazed at what one man accomplished in his lifetime!

creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who used to cottage in Muskoka. A little further north in Huntsville is the delightful Muskoka Heritage Place with its pioneer exhibits, as well as the vintage Portage Flyer steam train. In Bracebridge, the town’s past as a major logging and transportation hub is celebrated in historic walks and heritage sites around the beautiful waterfalls at the heart of the town. Finally, be sure to pay a visit to the Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling. Located on beautiful Island Park adjacent the town locks, this exquisite museum perfectly reflects the area’s rich past. beautifully restored Victorian Manse in the heart of Gravenhurst. The new exhibits offer engaging, interactive experiences and showcase his extraordinary achievements, while offering insight on his motivations and his legacy. Be inspired by his humanitarian spirit, reflecting the profound effect of one man’s quest for social justice and the greater good of mankind. Those values, exemplified in the accomplishments and sacrifices of many Canadians heroes like Bethune, have in many ways defined our national image. Be intrigued by his controversial and enduring legacy, for although he was not without flaws, his life is proof that one resolute man can make a difference in a world torn by conflicts. Open June through October, the site also offers a multi-purpose gallery available for rental, which will showcase other temporary exhibits and provides opportunities for lectures, activities and meetings set in this extraordinary and powerful ambiance. This National Historic Site is a stirring “must see” for the whole familyPlan your visit at www.pc.gc.ca/Bethune.

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Boat Cruising – Land of Sparkling Waters, Blue Skies And Majestic Pines. If you do not own your own boat or even if you do, the best way to see the grandeur of the lakes of Muskoka with their remarkable boathouses and majestic summer homes is from the deck of a tour boat, whether it is a private charter or a public cruise. The cruises range from sightseeing tours along the fabled Millionaires’ Row, lunch and dinner cruises, and overnight adventures which include accommodations at a historic resort. A cruise in Muskoka is an experience to be cherished forever. The oldest and the most iconic of the cruise ships is the R.M.S. Segwun which was built in 1887 and has the distinction of being the oldest operating hand-fed coal-fired steamship in North America. This 99 passenger ship plies its trade from

We offer public sightseeing, lunch and sunset dinner cruises as well as private charters on Peerless II. Private charters also arranged for Idyllwood. Interested in seeing parts of the lakes not seen on the larger ships, we can take you there. Operating late May till mid October, 2013.

SUNSET CRUISES

For information & reservations: Captain R.S. Potts 705-645-2462 www.sunsetcruises.ca info@sunsetcruises.ca

Sound viewing Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands Biosphere Reserve. The Miss Midland sets sail with different departure times out of Midland along the southeastern side of Georgian Bay and takes you towards Beausoleil Island. Many smaller vessels, including pontoon boats, classic wooden launches and vintage yachts, are also available across Muskoka for intimate family cruises.

Gravenhurst’s Muskoka Wharf along with its sister ship the Wenonah II. They have a variety of sailing times. If you are in the Bracebridge area the 300 passenger Lady Muskoka offers an excursion down the Muskoka River and out into Lake Muskoka. While visiting the Hub of the Lakes, Port Carling, you have the option of taking a number of different cruise boats, one of which is the 40 passenger pontoon boat operated by Waterway Tours. Waterway Tours offer a number of different sailing times. However, if you are interested in a luncheon cruise or a more intimate cruise, there is the 45 passenger Peerless II, a resurrected B/A boat that supplied fuel on the lakes or the more intimate 12 passenger Idyllwood which operates out of different ports of call depending on the day. All of the above boats are Transport Canada certified and available for private functions and charters.

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If you are on the Georgian Bay side of Muskoka and want to see the ruggedness of the coast there you will find two excellent tour boats operating in different areas. The 550 passenger Island Queen operates twice daily tours out of the harbor at Parry


Discover Muskoka No Matter What Level Of Golf You Play - Muskoka Has A Course For You. “Without question Muskoka is one of the world’s leading golf destinations and is the favourite destination of our clients, unrivalled for it’s beauty, quality of golf courses and it’s charm...it exudes a sense of well-being, rarely found anywhere else in the world”. Gary Stangoe, Across the Fairways - England

When it comes to a golfing experience, Muskoka, with its many outstanding facilities, ranks in there with the top few destinations of North America. Playing any of Muskoka’s courses is both a delightful and memorable experience. Each course offers its own uniqueness from the vistas and views that you have from elevated tee blocks to the outcropping of the granite rocks and the treelined lush fairways which lead to large greens with subtle breaks. There is nothing like starting your day standing on a tee block overlooking a valley with the warm morning sun shining and a fine morning mist blanketing the fairway or, standing on the green readying your putter while hearing a light rustle in the trees and noticing a couple of deer making up the gallery. One thing you will not see on a Muskoka course is pesky alligators or cottonmouth snakes. However, it is common to see deer, the occasional moose and even the odd bear playing through. What makes Muskoka different from other course destinations is the quality and quantity of courses. Muskoka has over 25 courses to challenge you, courses like Muskoka Bay Club, (which is ranked as one of Canada’s 10 best), Taboo, The Rock, Rocky Crest, Deerhurst, Bigwin, Diamond in the Ruff, South Muskoka, North Granite Ridge, Muskoka Highlands, Windermere, Huntsville Downs and Bracebridge Golf Club. The list reads like the who’s who of golf. Muskoka proudly offers first-class courses for any level of golfer.

Huntsville Downs Golf & Country Club Built on 200 Acres of Beautiful Muskoka Countryside, Huntsville Downs, a 18 hole, 6,400 yard par 72 course with undulating fairways and greens offers a pleasant golfing experience for every golfer. Golf... as good as it gets!

Huntsville • 705-789-1000 www.golfhuntsvilledowns.ca

Tailgate Tuesdays – Every Tuesday in June, July and August. $69 includes Green Fee, Cart Fee, Contest Holes, BBQ lunch and a Cameron’s Beer. Sunday Golf & Dine – Every Sunday in July and August. $149 per couple includes Green Fee, Cart Fee, Dinner Buffet and Live entertainment on the Patio by Karla Crawford. Friday MasterCraft Hole in One Days - $99 per player includes, Green Fee, cart fee, a chance at a hole in one for a MasterCraft Boat and a Lunch special. The Rock Golf Club, Minett, ON phone: 705-765-7625 fax: 705-765-0282 www.therockgolf.com

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Golf In Muskoka - It’s All About The Experience. Experience the Stay and Play There are so many selections to choose from when it comes to stay and play packages that it is hard to make a decision. The Rock offers packages through two wonderful resorts, Clevelands House and the new Rosseau (the only J. W. Marriott in Canada). Taboo Resort and Spa on Lake Muskoka has both a spectacular course and a wonderful resort, the ultimate northern retreat for vacationing or business. The Muskoka Bay Club has packages that include staying at Muskoka Bay’s villas with the privileges of the private members amenities. The Windermere Golf and Country Club presents a level of service that will be tailored to your needs. For groups they will make arrangements for your accommodations at the Baldwin Resort or the Windermere House Resort. Deerhurst Resort’s stay and play packages come with unlimited golf. Deerhurst offers a full range of accommodations to stay at from hotel rooms and junior suites to full multi-bedroom condos. Rocky Crest, a favourite of many, offers comfortable and spacious suites with all the amenities. Experience the Lake Joe Club and Grandview with a stay at the charming Sherwood Inn. Diamond in the Ruff’s dining experience offers impressive casual country fair cuisine. Large groups are welcome at most of Muskoka’s Courses and unlimited advance booking can be arranged when necessary.

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Discover Muskoka Unique Muskoka Attractions. Georgian Bay

Big Chute Marine Railway

Miss Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises

North America’s only in-water, indoor exhibit of working antique boats. Enjoy the museum’s heritage of the Muskoka Lakes. • (705) 687-2115 • www.realmuskoka.com

Gravenhurst Torrance Barren’s Dark Sky Reserve

Enjoy memorable cruises aboard the IDYLLWOOD, a restored 1920’s vintage yacht, offering elegance and grace for up to 12 guests. • (705) 645-2462 • www.sunsetcruises.ca

Farmers Markets The Locks & The Wall in Port Carling An interactive learning wildlife park with indoor facilities and fifty acres of scenic walking trails featuring exhibits of many species of wildlife, native to Ontario. • (705) 689-0222 • www.muskokawildlifecentre.com Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

Island Queen Cruises

“The Wall” is the world’s largest historic photo-mosaic, that adorns an entire side of a building at the locks in Port Carling. • www.portcarling.com

Explore the beautiful Thirty Thousand Island region of Georgian Bay aboard the 550-passenger Island Queen and discover the unbelievable beauty of this remote region of Canada. It would be a pleasure to welcome you aboard. • www.islandqueencruise.com

Sunset Cruises

Muskoka Wildlife Centre

Big Chute Marine Railway is the only one of its kind in North America. In operation since 1917. • (705) 750-4900 • www.pc.gc.ca/trent Take a Sightseeing Cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland and experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands - the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere. • www.midlandtours.ca

known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada. • 1-888-579-7739 www.bala.net/museum

See the stars as you have never seen them before. The first of its kind in Canada, the Torrance Barrens is now officially recognized as a Dark Sky Reserve. • www.muskokaheritage.org/natural/ torrancebarrens.asp Gull Lake Park - Music on the Barge

Spend some leisurely time at one of the many farmers markets in Muskoka. The days and times vary. • Bala’s Summer Market - Mondays • Parry Sound - Tuesdays • Gravenhurst - Wednesdays • Huntsville – Thursdays, • Rosseau - Fridays • Bracebridge - Saturdays For further info contact • 1-800-267-9700 or www. discovermuskoka.ca

Waterway Tours

Huckleberry Rock Huckleberry Rock has been a well known and most scenic lookout in Muskoka for over 100 years. Located just off Hwy. 118 at Milford Bay Road. Follow the signs.

The birthplace of a hero! Bethune Memorial House commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. Johnson’s Cranberry Marsh • (705) 687-4261 • www.pc.gc.ca/ bethune-ont-bethune@pc.gc.ca

Tour Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph or Lake Muskoka, upon Waterway Tours Pontoon Boat. • (705) 687-3805 • www.waterwaytours.com

The Gravenhurst Opera House

Georgian Bay Biosphere

Bracebridge Many well-known musical acts have been presented here since the 1940’s. • www.gravenhurstchamber.com Muskoka Wharf Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is one of only 13 in Canada and is recognized by Unesco. It covers 347,000 hectares of shoreline ecosystem stretching from the Severn River to the French River. It contains over 100 species of animals and plants that are at risk in Canada and Ontario, including unique reptiles and amphibians. • www.gbbr.ca Georgian Bay Islands National Park

The Muskoka steam era comes alive here with heritage facilities, shops and restaurants. • www.muskokawharf.ca Muskoka Steamships

This historic opera house continues to be one of Gravenhurst’s most important attractions and the home of many great musical and theatrical performances of the past 100 years. (705) 687-5550 • 1-888-495-8888 • www.gravenhurst.ca • The Tree Museum Established to foster and promote contemporary sculpture, this facility is committed to providing the community with direct access to innovative art in a fully integrated outdoor environment. • www.thetreemuseum.ca Little Norway Museum

Bala Cranberry growers for over 50 years. and Muskoka Lakes Winery, opened in 2001 producing award-winning wine. Drop in, tour the farm, taste our wines and shop in our amazing Cranberry Store. • (705) 762-3213 • www.cranberry.ca

Santa’s Village

Muskoka Lakes Museum

A magical experience under the Muskoka pines. Children spend the day as an elf on over 50 acres of family fun • (705) 645-2512 • www.santasvillage.ca

Representing the history of the Muskoka Lakes Township, the museum is an important cultural, historical and educational resource, serving the community and its many visitors. • (705) 765-5367 • www.mlmuseum.com

Eaglecrest Aerial Park

Kee to Bala

From Honey Harbour to Twelve Mile Bay, you’ll discover the spectacular rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. • (705) 526-9804 • www.pc.gc.ca/gbi Trent-Severn Waterway This unique waterway and National Historic Site links Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay. The system stretches 386 km twisting and turning, linking a number of rivers and lakes by 42 locks, 2 hydraulic lifts and one marine railway. • (705) 750-4900 • www.pc.gc.ca/trent Georgian Bay Airways Georgian Bay Airways provides many services with our legendary seaplanes, including daily Sightseeing Tours over the 30,000 Islands. Parry Sound 705-774-9884 • 1-800-786-1704

The ultimate tree-top adventure. •(705) 645-2512 EXT 224 • www.aerialparks.ca

Board the amazing Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Go sight seeing on Wenonah II, combining turn-of-thecentury charm with modern conveniences. • (705) 687-6667 • www.realmuskoka.com Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre

Rich Hill Candles and Gifts The Little Norway Memorial Building invites you to come and appreciate the history that took place at the Muskoka Airport during the Second World War. Formerly Dunn’s Pavilion - which for nearly • www.emb-norway.ca/ 30 years has been called The Kee To Bala norwaycanada/littlenorway/museum/ continues to draw thousands of people to be MuskokaMuseum.htm entertained with music and dancing . • (705) 762-3134 • www.thekee.com

Muskoka Lakes

Bala’s Museum & Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery Bala’s Museum celebrates the life and writings of author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Since opening in July 1992, it has become

Back Country Tours Ontario’s Largest, Most Experienced Outdoor Adventure Company - X-Treme Hummer Rentals, ATV and Snowmobile Tours - Open Year Round! 1-888-955-9076 • www.backcountrytours.ca

Handcraft your own wax souvenir in our candle factory while you watch chandlers in action. • (705) 645-8600 • www.richhillcandles.com

Back Country Paintball Offers everyone the opportunity to challenge themselves in a safe and dynamic environment while providing both children & adults with a challenging, and fun, tactical experience that can be enjoyed all year round. 705-645-9869 • www.backcountrypaintball.

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Unique Muskoka Attractions. Bracebridge Rene Caisse Memorial Theatre

The theatre features 300 seats, including a balcony and two boxes and features the most up-to-date sound and lighting equipment. •(705) 645 8400 • www. renemcaissetheatre.ca Lady Muskoka Cruises

Huntsville

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area

Muskoka Heritage Place – Museum, Village, Train

Historical Late 1800s genuine settlement dwellings from the Huntsville area with costumed narrators demonstrating pioneer life. Ride the beautifully restored Portage Flyer train along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake. • (705) 789-7576 • www.muskokaheritageplace.org

Algonquin Algonquin Provincial Park

A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone. • Ski & Stay Packages • Learn to Ski or Board Packages • Holiday Kids Camps • 1-800-398-9555 • www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca Brunel Lock Huntsville

Ontario’s oldest and most revered park. Offering a wonderful outdoor experience including fabulous hiking trails, some of the finest canoeing anywhere, lots of wildlife, great camping, and if camping is not your cup of tea there are a number of lodges and resorts in the park. • www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Algonquin Logging Museum

Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery

A great place to see small craft lock through. The 300 Passenger Lady Muskoka offers an incredible sightseeing opportunity you’re sure to remember. 1-800-263-5239 • www.ladymuskoka.com Maple Orchard Farms

This outdoor mural gallery celebrates the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson’s contribution to the heritage of the Algonquin and the Huntsville areas. • www.groupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca

Treetop Trekking One of the highest adventure parks in Ontario – zip lines, monkey cables, Tarzan ropes etc. 1-855-788-9009

Lake of Bays Oxtongue Rapids

Lion’s Lookout

Take a guided tour of our maple syrup kitchen. A 10 to 15 minutes tour of our site is given with an explanation of how maple syrup, maple butter, and maple sugar are made. Factory Outlet and gift shop. • 1-800-461-5445 • www.mapleorchardfarms.com Covered Bridge

Take in the spectacular vista at Lion’s Lookout off Brunel Rd on Park Drive by Huntsville Centennial Centre Swingbridge

Take a unique drive along Oxtongue Rapids Road and view the endless rolling rapids that cascade down the Oxtongue River. Take Hwy 60 east from Huntsville to Oxtongue Rapids Road. Heritage Museum Dorset Showcasing the Dorset area’s past with displays, photographs, stories, and fascinating artefacts. OPEN 10am-4pm: July 1 to Thanksgiving (Wed. to Sat.) • www. dorsetheritagemuseum.ca

Logging Museum brings the story of logging to life – from the early square timber days to the last of the great river drives. Take a step back in time and learn about this very colourful aspect of Algonquin’s cultural history. • www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Algonquin Art Centre

Here, artists share with you some of the many spectacular vistas of Algonquin and area. • www.algonquinartcentre.com

Muskoka Trails

Baysville Dam and Park One of only two covered bridges in Ontario. This bridge spans Beaver Creek on Ball’s Dr. in Bracebridge. Waterfalls With 22 waterfalls, Bracebridge is Canada’s waterfall capital. The cascades can easily be found along the roads and trails of this vibrant town. • www.tourismbracebridge.com Maple Valley Ranch Come and explore our many trails, whether you are on horseback or foot, there is always a relaxing trail to wander down. Bracebridge, 705-646-3759 www.muskokahorseback.com

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Northern Escapades Mini Golf 18 hole miniature golf course and a picturesque spot on the Muskoka River. Water Falls and Ponds, and newly upgraded with dinosaur exhibits . Great for all ages and the whole family will have fun. A great way to spend time in the outdoors and appreciate nature. Bracebridge, 705-645-7025

A great place to relax and have a picnic lunch and watch life float by. Main Street swing bridge • www.town.huntsville.on.ca

Great Country Stores

Algonquin Theatre

A 408 seat performing arts theatre which hosts a variety of performances ranging from elementary school productions to concerts by seasoned professionals. • www.algonquintheatre.ca The Dyer Memorial Nature Reserve A 155 acre nature reserve that is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Visitors are asked to take only photos and leave only footprints

Muskoka is dotted with some of the neatest and unique country stores offering some of the finest shopping experiences in all of Ontario. Offering local cottage country crafts and antiques, one-of-a-kind items from the rustic to the sublime. Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Picnic Site Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view from the platform of the old fire-tower 142 meters (465 feet) above Lake of Bays.

Muskoka has a vast, scenic network of trails that runs through the entire District of Muskoka. • twitter.com/muskokatrails


Discover Muskoka 2013 Muskoka Events FEBRUARY February 1-3, 2013 Taylor Cup Pond Hockey Championship www.taylorcup.ca February 2-3, 2013 Snow Snakes, Port Carling Winterfest www.mlmuseum.com February 1-3, 2013 46th Port Carling Winterfest portcarlingwinterfest.ca February 8-10, 2013 Gravenhurst Wharf 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Tournament www.onthepondcanada.com February 8, 2013 Smart Annual Valentine Day Ride, Severn Falls www.smartsnowmobile.ca February 9, 2013 2013 Poker Rally Lions Camp Dorset, Tall Pines Snowmobile Club www.tallpines.org February 7-9, 2013 Comics on the Rocks www.huntsvilleadventures.com February 8, 2013 Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area Men’s Day 2013 www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca February 9, 2013 Algonquin Outfitters Winter Fun Day, Oxtongue Lake www.algonquinoutfitters.com February 10th and 23rd Cross Country Paintball Bi-athlon at Patterson Kaye Lodge – www.pklodge.com February 11, 2013 Baxter Snow Riders Clubhouse Fundraising BBQ www.baxtersnowriders.com February 16, 2013 Honey Harbour Winterfest pamersby@hotmail.com February 15 & 16, 2013 23rd Annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival www.dorsetsnowball.com February 15-17, 2013 Pond Hockey Tournament Patterson Kaye Lodge Women 18 yr www.pklodge.com February 16, 2013 HGR Open House &

Antique Snowmobile Show www.hgrsnowmobileclub.on.ca February 21-23, 2013 Dwight Winter Carnival www.dwightwintercarnival.com February 22-24, 2013 Gravenhurst Winter Carnival www.gravenhurstwintercarnival. ca February 22-24, 2013 4th Annual Muskoka Carving Event www.muskokacarvingevent.com February 15-18, 2013 PET (Prostate Extreme Team) Ride of Hope Family Day Weekend www.prostateextremeteam.com February 22, 2013 Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area Ladies Day 2013 www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca February 22-24, 2012 North Bay Snowmobile Speed Runs Residence Inn Marriott, Gravenhurst www.nbssr.com February 23, 2013 Annual Indoor Rowing Event Severn River Rowing Club, Gravenhurst www.servernriverrowingclub.com February 28-March 2, 2013 Pond Hockey Tournament Patterson Kaye Lodge 50+ www.pklodge.com February 26-28, 2013 55+ Ontario Senior Games, Huntsville www.huntsvilleadventures.com MARCH

March 4-10, 2013 Masters Cross Country Ski Race, Huntsville www.huntsvilleadventures.com

March 9, 2013 Boogie with your Boots OnHidden Valley Highlands Ski Area www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca March 16, 2013 Puddle Jump- Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca March 23, 2013 Pancake and Dress Up Day Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca March 22-24, 2013 Muskoka Arts & Crafts Spring Member’s Show www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com March 24, 2013 Dummy Downhill Race Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca March 31, 2013 The Annual Muskoka Heritage Place & Chocolatier Community Easter Egg Hunt www.muskokaheritageplace.org APRIL TBA Huntsville Festival’s Annual Spring Play, Guys & Dolls www.huntsvilleadventures.com MAY May 4, 2013 Baysville’s Annual Giant Garage Sale www.discovermuskoka.ca May 5, 2013 Annual Pike Tournament, Honey Harbour May 8, 2013 Gravenhurst BIA Spring Fashion Show www.gravenhurstchamber.com May 11-12, 2013 Walking in My Mothers Shoes www.artsinmuskoka.com May 17, 2013 Muskoka Heritage Place Opening Day www.muskokaheritageplace.org

May 17, 2013 Driver Reviver Station at Muskoka Tourism www.discovermuskoka.ca May 18, 2013 Muskoka Lakes Museum Port Carling-Opening Day www.mlmuseum.com May 19, 2013 Doors Open Georgian Bay, Georgian Bay Township May 24, 2013 Huntsville Festival’s May Marche www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca May 25-26, 2013 Wings Over Muskoka www.artsinmuskoka.com May 31st - June 1st, 2013 Muskoka Chautauqua Signature Event www.artsinmuskoka.com May 26, 2013 Spin the Lakes Bike Tour www.bikemuskoka.ca JUNE Early June TBA Muskoka Chautauqua Signature Event www.muskokachautqua.ca June 1, 2013 Port Sydney Village-wide Garage Sale www.portsydneycofc.com June 8-9, 2013 Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour www.muskokalakesspringarttour. com June12-14, 2013 Just Add Water Festival Port Severn www.justaddwaterfestival.com June 15, 2013 Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Car Show www.gravenhurstchamber.com June 16, 2013 Father’s Day Cruise /Muskoka Steamships www.realmuskoka.com June 16, 2013 Father’s Day Dining Cruise Lady Muskoka www.ladymuskoka.com June 16, 2013 Father’s Day Car Show Bracebridge www.downtownbracebridge.com

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2013 Muskoka Events June 17-23, 2013 Aboriginal Celebration Think Tank and Community Sharing Circle www.artsinmuskoka.com June 18-21, 2013 Student Aboriginal Celebration www.artsinmuskoka.com June 22, 2013 Santa’s Village 2013 Season Opening Day www.santasvillage.ca June 22-23, 2013 Muskoka 5150 www.trisportcanada.com/muskoka.php June 24, 2013 Zumba’s Golf Tournament for Dog Guides www.muskokahighlands.com June 27, 2013 13th Annual Flavours of Muskoka www.flavoursofmuskoka.ca June 28, 2013 Driver Reviver Station at Muskoka Tourisms www.discovermuskoka.ca June 29-30, 2013 Bala Craft & Gift Fair www.balacraftandgiftfair.com June 29, 2013 Honey Harbour Canada Day Festival pamersby@hotmail.com June 29-30, 2013 Kaleidoscope Children’s Festival www.kaleidoscopeartsined.ca June 29, 2013 Canada Day Celebrations Port Sydney www.portsydneycofc.com TBA Aboriginal Day Festival Muskoka Heritage Place www.muskokaheritageplace.org JULY

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July and August Water Ski Shows www.summerwatersports.com July 1, 2013 Canada Day Fireworks Bracebridge Bay Park www.bracebridgefireworks.com July 1, 2013 Canada Day Cruise Lady Muskoka/Lady Muskoka www.ladymuskoka.com

July 1, 2013 Fireworks Cruises Sunset Cruises Port Carling www.sunsetcruises.ca TBA Strawberry Social Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville www.muskokaheritageplace.org July 1, 2013 Canada Day Celebrations Kilworthy Park www.discovermuskoka.ca July 1, 2013 Canada Day Quiz Challenge 1913 -2013 Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com July 1, 2013 Canada Day Fireworks-River Mill Park Huntsville www.huntsville.ca July 1, 2013 Canada Day -Big Band Concert JW Marriott www.artsinmuskoka.com July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 Noah’s Ark Cruises, Wednesdays www.realmuskoka.com July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 Lecture series Wednesday July & August Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013 Walking Tours of Port Carling, Thursday sat 7pm in July and August • www.mlmuseum.com July 5-27, 2013 Huntsville Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca July 5, 2013 Butter Tart Festival at Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com July 6, 2013 Antique and Classic Boat Show, Gravenhurst www.acbs.ca July 13, 2013 Nuit Blanche North - Huntsville www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca July 12-14, 2013 Muskoka Pioneer Power Show www.bracebridgechamber.com July 13, 2013 Make a Splash/Sidewalk Sale www.gravenhurstbia.com

July 13, 2013 The Limberlost Challenge www.thelimberlostchallenge.com July 13-14, 2013 Reggae Muskoka, Kerr Park, Bracebridge www.reggaemuskoka.com July 14, 21, 28, 2013 Pirate Cruises Sunday mornings www/realmuskoka.com July 14, 2013 Teddy Bears Picnic www.woodsend.ca July 14, 2013 Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying www.discovermuskoka.ca July 19-21, 2013 Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show, Bracebridge www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com July 19-20 2013 Muskoka Motorcycle Rally Muskoka Wharf www.muskokarally.com July 19, 2013 Midnight Madness Downtown Huntsville www.downtownhuntsvilleadventures.com July 20, 2013 Muskoka Kids Triathlon www.muskokakidstri.com July 20, 2013 Peerless II Birthday Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com July 20 to August 11, 2013 The Artful Garden 15th Anniversary Show www.theartfulgarden.ca July 22-26, 2013 Showtime Kaleidoscope Arts Camp Port Carling www.artsinmuskoka.com

July 24, 2013 Bala’s Museum EVERYTHING ANNE www.bala.net/museum/index.asp

July 25, 2013 en Plein Air Painting and Auction www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca July 26-28, 2013 In Water Boat Show & Rib-fest, Gravenhurst www.caneastshows.com July 27, 2013 25th Annual Baysville Walkabout Festival www.baysvillewalkabout.com July 27-August 10, 2013 Art in the Heart, Bracebridge (Saturdays) www.artintheheartbracebridge. com July 27, 2013 Loggers Day 2013 www.algonquinpark.on.ca AUGUST Civic Holiday Monday 3rd Annual “100 Mile Challenge” Luncheon Barbecue Arowhon Pines Resort, km 16 Arowhon Road, Algonquin Park www.arowhonpines.ca Thursdays in August Wolf Howl www.algonquinpark.on.ca August 1, 8, 15, 15, 22, 29 Walking Tours of Port Carling, Thursdays in July and August, www.mlmuseum.com August 2, 2013 BIA Midnight Madness, Bracebridge www.downtownbracebridge.com August 2, 2013 Driver Reviver Station at Muskoka Tourism www.discovermuskoka.ca August 1-3, 2013 Huntsville Jazz Festival www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca August 3-4, 2013 Piratefest, Gravenhurst www.realmuskoka.com August 4, 11, 18, 2013 Pirate Cruises/ Sunday mornings, Gravenhurst www.realmuskoka.com August 3, 2013 Stephenson Lions Duck Race www.portsydneycofc.com


Discover Muskoka 2013 Muskoka Events August 3, 2013 Rosseau Classic Car show August 3, 2013 Port Sydney Annual Regatta www.portsydneycofc.com August 2-4, 2013 MacTier Big Weekend www.bigweekendfestival.ca August 3, 2013 Port Sydney Annual Regatta www.portsydneycofc.com August 5, 2013 3rd Annual “100 Mile Challenge” www.arowhonpines.ca August 7, 14, 21, 2013 Overnight Voyage Wednesdays Gravenhurst www.realmuskoka.com August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 Noah’s Ark Cruises www.realmuskoka.com August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 Lecture series Wednesdays, July & Aug. Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com August -9-10, 2013 Gravenfest & Sidewalk Sale, Gravenhurst www.gravenhurstbia.com August 10, 2013 Honey Harbour Jazz Fest. pamersby@hotmail.com August 10-11, 2013 Baysville Arts and Crafts Festival www.baysvilleontario.com August 10-11, 2013 Muskoka Model Railway Show, Bracebridge www.muskokamodelrailwayclub. com August 10-11, 2013 Enchanted Forest Art Show www.woodsend.ca August 12-16, 2013 Muskoka Opera Festival, Rene M. Caisse Theatre www.muskokaopera.com August 13, 2013 Artifact or Fiction www.mlmuseum.com August 15, 2013 Muskoka Lakes Public Library Family Fun Day August 16, 17, & 18, 2013 22nd Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts www.gravenhurstchamber.com

August 16-17, 2013 Bracebridge Highland Games, J.D. Lang Park www.bracebridgehighlandgames. com August 17-18, 2013 Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Weekend www.artistsofthelimberlost.ca August 17, 2013 Summer Sidewalk Sale Huntsville www.downtownhuntsvilleadventures.com August 17, 2013 Celebrate Summer Event Port Sydney www.portsydneycofc.com August 23-25, 2013 30th Annual Bracebridge Antique Show www.discovermuskoka.ca August 24, 2013 Muskoka Beer Festival Annie Williams Park www.muskokabeerfestival.ca August 30, 2013 Driver Reviver Station at Muskoka Tourism www.discovermuskoka.ca SEPTEMBER

September 6-8, 2013 Southern Cruisers Bike Ride, Port Severn September 7, 2013 140th Severn Bridge Fall Fair September 7, 2013 Muskoka Fall Classic, Rotary Gull Lake Park Gravenhurst www.severnriverrowingclub.com September 8, 2013 Subaru IRONMAN www.ironmanmuskoka.com September 10-12, 2013 Signatures Voyage,, Sunset Cruises www.sunsetcruises.ca

September 14, 2013 Antique Classic and Custom Car Show Huntsville www.downtownhuntsvilleadventures.com September 13-15, 2013 146th Bracebridge Fall Fair www.bracebridgefair.com September 17-19, 2013 Signatures Voyage Sunset Cruises www.sunsetcruises.ca September 19-21, 2013 Film North 2013 www.filmnorth.net September 20-22, 2013 Huntsville Fall Fair www.huntsvilleadventures.com September 27-29, 2013 Culture Days at Muskoka Lakes Museum Port Carling www.mlmuseum.com September 28-29, 2013 Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour www.muskokastudiotour.com

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October 5-6, 2013 Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour www.muskokastudiotour.com October 5-6, 2013 Bala Craft & Gift Fair www.balacraftandgiftfair.com October 12, 2013 Thanksgiving Open House Muskoka Lakes Museum www.mlmuseum.com October 13, 2013 Last Day of Season at Muskoka Lakes Museum www,mlmuseum.com October 14, 2013 Thanksgiving Day Cruise www.realmuskoka.com October 18-20, 2013 Bala Cranberry Festival www.balacranberryfestival.on.ca October 19, 2013 Bala’s Museum CRAN-ANNE CONTEST www.bala.net/museum October 31, 2013 25th Annual Great Pumpkin Trail www.muskokaheritageplace.org

December 5, 2013 Chamber Christmas Dinner www.portsydneycofc.com December 6, 2013 Muskoka Chautauqua Homegrown Christmas www.discovermuskoka.ca December 2013 Santa Claus Parades www.discovermuskoka.ca December 7, 2013 Bala’s Trek to Bethlehem December 21, 2013 Portage Flyer Christmas www.muskokaheritageplace.org December 21-22, 2013 Santafest Santa’s Village Bracebridge www.santasvillage.ca December 24, 2013 Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca December 31, 2013 New Years Eve Fireworks and Bonfire www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca

November 2, 2013 Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market www.muskokalakeschamber.com November 8-10, 2013 Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend www.huntsvilleadventures.com November 16, 2013 Bala Santa Claus Parade www.muskokalakeschamber.com November 16-17, 2013 33rd Annual Christmas Sale Bracebridge, www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com November 24, 2013 Santa Claus Party - MacTier www.township.georgianbay.on.ca November 29, 2013 Huntsville Santa Claus Parade www.huntsvilleadventures.com TBA Santa Claus Party, Port Severn www.township.georgianbay.on.ca

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Muskoka Has It All Muskoka – a rare gem in the Canadian landscape with its indicolite blue lakes and uvarovite green towering pines, supported by the vast Canadian Shield with its outcroppings of hardened grey and red granite. Muskoka reaches from the crystal blue waters and rugged islands of Georgian Bay on Muskoka’s west coast to the forest covered terrain of Algonquin Park on its northeastern point and then from the Severn River which bounds Muskoka’s southern extremity to its rolling highlands landscape to the north. Covering an area of 4761 sq km and dotted with 600 lakes, it has six municipalities comprised of a number of towns and villages which make up the tapestry of Muskoka. Muskoka has been recognized as an vacation destination for 150 years playing host to thousands of outdoorsmen, hunters, fisherman, social clubs, cottagers and resort goers. By the late 1800’s Muskoka had evolved to become the place to go to be pampered by the staff at one of its 80 many fine 28

resorts. W. H Pratt, one of the areas very first resort owners (1871), stated “treat the guest like royalty,” which became the motto for Muskoka resorts ever since. The area with its abundance of lakes offers up the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor adventure and fun in all four season. From swimming, boating, seadooing and fishing in the summer to ice fishing, ice skating, pond hockey and outdoor curling in the winter. For the land lover there are hiking and biking trails in the summer and snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Both the summer and the winter offer some exciting attractions. In the summer you have Santa’s Village, concerts, festivals, treetop trekking, art shows great golfing and boat cruises; in the winter you have downhill skiing, treetop trekking, tubing, outdoor skating trails, dog sledding, etc. The choices are endless. For the indoor enthusiast there are a fine assortment of resorts that offer relaxing lounges, dining and spas. Muskoka has something for everyone.


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Georgian Bay’s rugged good looks Muskoka’s western most section, Georgian Bay features some of the Muskoka’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery with mile after mile of sometimes barren but always stunning shoreline and windswept islands with their sculptured pines. It’s a breathtaking environment, one that’s as rich in wilderness as it is in unforgettable ‘Kodak moments’. It’s also a place that has greatly influenced many well-known painters, among them Canada’s famous Group of Seven. Even the most cursory of glances at their work leaves little doubt that they were all greatly affected by Georgian Bay’s stunning vistas, crooked pines and endless rock. Today, Georgian Bay Islands National Park consists of 63 of the region’s 30,000plus islands, and is part of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago – an area so important and unique that it’s been designated a world Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. 30

Georgian Bay Township is also home to the Canadian Heritage protected Trent-Severn Waterway with its many locks, dams and waterfalls. Another water-themed structure unique to the township is the extraordinary Big Chute Marine Railway. The only railway of its kind still operating in North America, this mammoth piece of machinery transports boats of all sizes in a giant carriage along rails between Gloucester Pool and the Upper Severn River, a gravity-defying trek up a 19-metre rise that’s thrilling to watch. Off-road adventure fans, too, love exploring Georgian Bay Township’s extensive network of trails. Whether an ATV-er or a snowmobiler, the region offers seemingly endless opportunities to put your machine through its paces, and for newbies to these sports, many area resorts offer play’n’stay packages including everything from equipment rentals to permits.


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Muskoka’s Gateway – All Roads Lead to Gravenhurst Best known as the ‘Gateway to Muskoka’ – there’s even an archway to prove it – Gravenhurst is the first of Muskoka’s big three towns you’ll want to explore. Not only is it the first community you’ll come across when entering the region from the south, it’s also home to one of the liveliest waterfronts… well, make that two waterfronts. Gull Lake Park is a popular family gathering spot due to its safe beach and safe swimming, as well as for its excellent Sunday evening Music on the Barge program. Now in its 54th year, musicians perform everything from the big band swing sound to jazz, folk, and classic rock from a specially designed stage suspended over the water just a few yards off shore. Across town, Muskoka Wharf with its’ meandering board walk by the restaurants, retail stores and the museum all along the shores of Lake Muskoka is a wonderful way to pass the day. The wharf is also the home port of the RMS Segwun, the oldest steamship still operating in North America. The Segwun and its sister ship Wenonah II, offer some of

the best views of Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. The steam-theme is very much in evidence throughout the Wharf, from the architecture to the steamship themed playground. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre. This year-round celebration of Gravenhurst’s rich boat building history contains numerous displays of sleek mahogany launches in slips at the museum docks. The Wharf, along with its 615 metre long boardwalk, is a focal point for a number of other great events including the Gravenhurst Farmers Market, the Antique and Classic Boat Show, Ribfest and the Dockside Festival of the Arts. Gravenhurst also just so happens to be the birthplace of humanitarian Dr. Norman Bethune, and the house in which he was born is now a national historic site and museum. Another heritage building to visit is the Gravenhurst Opera House. Built in 1901, this majestic building graces the community’s uptown shopping area and is a venue for both musical and theatrical events throughout the year. 33


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Oakwood Motel Your Year Round Muskoka Destination! Comfortable guest rooms & cabins with efficiencies, in-room coffee, fridge / microwave. Close to Segwun steamship cruises, Bethune House, restaurants, beaches, Wildlife Centre and trails. Snowmobile access C101D. FREE WiFi. Phone / Fax: (705) 687-4224 www.oakwoodmotel.com 1060 Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst

Family Campground with a Dutch Touch 125 acres, 250 campsites, pony & trail rides. Seasonals welcome. 1633 Hwy. 11 S., Kilworthy • 1-866-695-5768 • 705-689-2366 www.hillbilly.on.ca

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The “Big Three” Lakes – Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph Whether you visit the Township of Muskoka Lakes for a leisurely day-long car trip or spend weeks listening to loons at a cottage or a lodge, you will never forget the experience. Lakes Muskoka, Joseph and Rosseau offer breath-taking vistas of scenery that cry out for your camera. Antique shops, restaurants and special attractions compete for your attention. One of the best kept secrets about Muskoka is that Lucy Maud Montgomery, beloved author of “Anne of Green Gables”, loved its rivers, its lakes and its pines. She based one of her best books called “The Blue Castle”, upon a two-week holiday at a Bala lodge in 1922, setting the love story in Muskoka rather than Prince Edward Island. Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery, which tells the story behind “The Blue Castle”, has attracted well over 100,000 visitors from every corner of the globe since it opened in July, 1992. Many thousands of children have taken advantage of the museum’s “Anne of Green Gables” photo opportunities, dressing up in costume for their tours. The Township of Muskoka Lakes has many other surprises, including the annual Cranberry Festival in Bala each 36

October, walking trails, artists’ studios, cranberry marshes, the Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling, antique and craft shows and postcard scenery. You can disappear into Hardy Lake Park for half an hour or a whole afternoon to hike its nature trails. Bala, known far and wide as Ontario’s cranberry capital, is well worth visiting. Families can picnic and relax beside its falls, looking down the Moon River. The world’s best dance bands, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo, once came here to Dunn’s Pavilion which is now the Kee to Bala, offering concerts through the summer. A newly created theatre company attracts patrons from as far away as Toronto. Meanwhile, just outside of town are two cranberry marshes. Port Carling, which prides itself on being “the hub of the lakes”, links Lakes Muskoka and Rosseau through historic locks where you can see a regular parade of pleasure craft and larger cruisers. If you’re lucky, you may even see the R.M.S. Segwun or one of the many cruise boats passing from one lake to the other. Not far from Port Carling are a series of villages with their own attractions and special features, including Glen Orchard, Minett, Windermere and Milford Bay which are all worth a visit.


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Bracebridge – Muskoka’s Heart and Soul Located in the very heart of Muskoka, postcard-perfect Bracebridge is a vibrant community crisscrossed by hundreds of kilometres of trails and waterways. Long a popular vacation destination – the town sprung up when the first trains and steamships began ferrying travellers northwards from Toronto and the US – Bracebridge today is a vibrant hub of activity offering the very best of Muskoka. As the heart of Muskoka’s officially designated ‘Arts Community’, Bracebridge is a cultural focal point with a vibrant group of diverse artists and artisans. The work of these talented individuals can be found in the town’s many galleries, as well as the always-busy “Art in the Heart” show held each summer to showcase the cream of Muskoka’s emerging artists. Bracebridge is also famous for Santa’s Village, the ‘official’ summer home of Father Christmas. As well as hanging out 38

with the big guy himself in his festive theme park, kids of all ages can try their hand at a variety of other exciting activities, including a tree-level aerial walkway and go karts. Bracebridge is also a wonderful place to explore on foot. A good place to start is Bracebridge Falls at the bottom of Manitoba Street. After taking in the breathtaking waterfalls, head north up the town’s main thoroughfare, making sure you spend time enjoying the first-rate shops and restaurants with their charming vintage architectural facades. Next, take a little detour and head down the side streets and alleys – it’s like stepping back in time as you meander past stately heritage homes and churches. Be sure to visit after nightfall, too: the town’s clock, bell tower, courthouse and “silver bridge” are outlined in unique, colourful lighting (and be sure to come back to check out the stunning Christmas display!).


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Featuring an amazing selection of candles & gifts. Famous for Elle Lunch bags, Hatley clothing and accessories, Gourmet Du Village, Peak Time DÊcor, Trio Cylinders, & Waboba Balls. Great Family entertainment includes making your own wax souvenir and watching their chandlers work. Well worth the drive! Bracebridge • 705-645-8600 info@richhillcandles.com www.richhillcandles.com

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HUNTSVILLE

Muskoka’s Cultural Capital – Huntsville celebrates the arts with numerous festivals Muskoka’s largest municipality may also be its liveliest. With a population of 18,000, Huntsville boasts an exciting mix of world-class entertainment and cultural activities. A dynamic mix of urban and rural attitudes, Huntsville features many wonderful examples of how heritage-style architecture can be melded with more modern sensibilities. Best of all, this unique package is all found in the midst of 144 lakes, the largest being the interconnecting Lakes Vernon, Fairy, Mary and Peninsula. Little wonder, then, that Huntsville provides such a perfect backdrop for arts festivals. The largest of these is the yearround Festival of the Arts. Billing itself as a celebration of all things connected to arts and culture, the festival offers a particularly strong music component, highlighting all styles from jazz to pop to choral, as well as orchestral and classical. It’s also a popular supporter of live theatre and the visual arts,

with most events being held in the town’s state-of-the-art 400-seat Algonquin Theatre. Celebrating 100 years of Tom Thomson painting in the area the town hostess a self guide walking tours featuring over 90 Group of Seven murals. For movie fans, fall marks the return of Film North, The Huntsville International Film Festival (mid-September). Now in its fourth year, Film North showcases the very best of Canadian and international movies with an emphasis on environmental themes. Like most Muskoka towns, Huntsville got its start as a lumber town before becoming a vibrant urban centre. To get a taste of what life must have been like back in those frontier days, Muskoka Heritage Place includes a variety of fully restored centuries-old pioneer buildings and displays. It’s also home to the fantastic Portage Flyer, the very same steam train that ferried visitors from the steamships of Lake of Bays to Peninsula Lake at the beginning of the 20th Century. 41


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LAKE OF BAYS

Lake of (Many) Bays – Endless Water Fun The Township of Lake of Bays, in the northeast corner of Muskoka between Huntsville and Algonquin Park, is home to three of the region’s most picturesque communities. The villages of Dorset, Dwight and Baysville are located along the lake’s more than 560 kms of shoreline. The large body of water the Township is named after – Lake of Bays – is in fact the second largest of Muskoka’s magnificent lakes, and offers some of the region’s best places to indulge yourself. And with its numerous sandy beaches and steep wooded hills, Lake of Bays always seems a little more laidback than Lake Muskoka. The lake itself, dotted with countless classic cottages and historic lodges dating back well over a century, is a true paradise for water sports enthusiasts. From canoeing to kayaking, 44

waterskiing and wakeboarding, power boating and sailing, the lake’s plentiful bays and inlets are just begging to be explored. And when you’re done with all that water, there’s also numerous hiking and biking trails, incredible golfing on courses such as famous Bigwin Island, and in winter the region’s a real draw for snowmobilers and cross country skiers. Be sure to explore the villages themselves. Dwight is well known as a centre for canoe building and is home to a number of workshops, and also has one of the busiest family beaches in Muskoka. Dorset should be visited for its Lookout Tower and breathtaking views of the surrounding area, in addition to famous (and always bustling) Robinsons General Store. Finally, Baysville, at the southern-most tip of the lake, has a picture-perfect dam, the ideal spot for a picnic after taking in one of this busy community’s fun antique or art shows.


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Algonquin Park – The Ultimate Outdoor Experience. Algonquin Park provides 7,725 square kilometers of striking unspoiled forests, lakes and rivers. The sounds of the loon echoing on the lake, a moose taking a leisurely meander through the lily ponds, and other stunning views offer a memory to last a lifetime. Whether you are a hiker, paddler, outdoorsmen, a rugged deep woods camper, or enjoy a more moderate camping experience Algonquin has the sites and trails for you. Even if you enjoy the outdoors but camping is not your forté anymore and you prefer the luxury of a lodge on a lake, Algonquin, will answer your call. Along the highway 60 corridor there are three magnificent lodges that can be accessed from this highway. Bartlett Lodge, has a wonderful range of accommodating cabins or you can treat yourself to the unique experience of luxurious platform tenting with a king size bed, full linen service and a deck overlooking a small bay on Cache Lake. Each of these tents even has its own individual 3 piece bathroom located beside the tent. Try out this Glamping which refers to their Tent & Breakfast offering. Then, just a few kilometers off the beaten track, lies a quiet, peaceful summer resort in the middle of the woods of Algonquin Park called Arowhon Pines. The great natural beauty of this resort is combined with a renowned kitchen, warm hospital46

ity and attentive service. Their accommodation are of rustic rooms in log cabins along the lakeshore. Three meals per day are served in their extraordinary heritage log dining room. Killarney Lodge is on the shores of Lake of Two Rivers, right in the heart of the park. For over 70 years, Killarney Lodge has been serving the park traveler. Take an opportunity to experience this unique wilderness area from the comfort of your own waterfront cabin. Discover miles of walking trails and bicycle routes. Enjoy a quiet paddle in a canoe, plan a longer outing with a delicious picnic lunch or enjoy fine country cuisine in there intimate dining room. Yet not to worry if you are a novice at camping and canoeing but want to experience the adventure, there are a number of topnotch outfitters and guides in the park like Algonquin Outfitters, the Portage Store and Algonquin Bound Outfitters that will direct and lead you on a one day or multiday excursion to the interior of the park. When attending the park in the main seasons be sure to visit the Logging Museum and the Interpretive Centre. The park is also a wonderful place for those who love winter camping. There is something inspiring about seeing and recognizing animal tracks in the snow, listening to the birdsong of wintery feathered friends, identifying other animal calls like the coyote or wolf or just admiring Mother Nature blanketing the park under a fresh layer of sparkling snow. They are easy to find. Just tie on your snowshoes and go for a morning stroll. Algonquin is truly a four seasons’ park. Who could ask for more?


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GEORGIAN BAY Delawana Inn Spa & Resort Honey Harbour, 1-888-335-2926 Page - 32, www.delawana.com Severn Lodge Port Severn, 705-756-2722, 1-800-461-5817 Page - 32 www.severnlodge.on.ca Christie’s Mill Inn and Spa Port Severn, 705-538-2354, 1-800-465-9966 Page - 32 www.christiesmill.com Driftwood Cove Marine Resort Port Severn, 705-538-2502 www.driftwoodcove.com Elm Cove Cottages Honey Harbour, 705-756-2245, 1-800-843-1669 www.elmcovecottages.ca Georgian Bay Island National Park Honey Harbour, 705-526-9804 www.pc.gc.ca/georgianbay Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages Honey Harbour, 705-756-2462, 1-877-425-5726 www.hallscottages.com Hidden Glen Trailer Park & Marina Port Severn, 705-756-2675 www.campgrounds. org/?pageid=133campground=158 Muskey’s Landing Waterfront Resort and Hotel Port Severn, 705-538-2184, 1-888-812-2299, www.muskeys.ca Sunnylea Resort Port Severn, 705-538-2527 www.sunnylearesort.on.ca Turtle Gate Resort Port Severn, 705-207-0275 GRAVENHURST 4 Seasons Trailer & Tent Park Severn Bridge, 705-689-6384 Page - 35 Arundel Lodge Gravenhurst, 705-687-4030 www.arundellodge.ca Bayview Wildwood Resort Severn Bridge, 705-689-2338, 1-800-461-0243 Page 29, www.bayviewwildwood.com Blaincroft B and B Gravenhurst, 705-684-8994 www.bbmuskoka.com/blaincroft

Severn Shores B and B Severn Bridge, 705-689-8619 www.bbmuskoka.com/severnshores D and B Bed and Breakfast Gravenhurst, 705-687-5264 www.bbmuskoka.com/Dandb Lynch’s Bed and Breakfast Gravenhurst, 705-687-2048 www.bbmuskoka.com/lynchs Pine Garden B and B Gravenhurst, 705-687-2068 www.bbmuskoka.com/pinegardens.htm The Inn on Bay B and B Gravenhurst, 705-681-0258, 1-800-493-0235 www.innonbay.com Eden Place B and B Gravenhurst, 705-687-4980, 1-877-656-6076 www.edenplacebb.com Camp Hillbilly Estates Camp Ground Kilworthy, 705-689-2366, 1-866-695-5768 Page 35 www.hillbilly.on.ca Clear Lake Village Resort Torrance, 705-762-3420 www.clearlakevillageresort.com Club Muskoka Gravenhurst, 705-684-8434 www.clubmuskoka.ca Gables Cottage Resort Washago, 705-689-5321 www.gablescottages.com Gravenhurst/Muskoka KOA Camp Ground Gravenhurst, 705-687-2333, 1-800-562-9883 Page - 5, www.koa.com Hart of Muskoka Gravenhurst, 705-646-9077, 1-888-646-9077 www.hartofmuskoka.com Howard Johnson Inn Gravenhurst, 705-687-7707, 1-800-221-5801 Page - 35 www.hojo.com Oakwood Motel Gravenhurst, 705-687-4224 Page - 35, www.oakwoodmotel.com Pine Grove Cottages Gravenhurst, 705-641-0490 Pine Lake Cottages Gravenhurst, 705-687-2072 www.pinelake.net Pinedale Inn Gravenhurst, 705-687-2822 www.pinedalemotel.com Residence Inn Muskoka Wharf Gravenhurst, 705-687-6600, 1-866-580-6238 www.residenceinnmuskokawharf.com Skyways Motel Gravenhurst, 705-687-6608 www.skywaysmotel.com Taboo Resort, Golf & Spa Gravenhurst, 705-687-2233, 1-800-461-0236 www.tabooresort.com The Cottages at Port Stanton Severn Bridge, 705-689-8583, 1-800-461-0243 www.thecottages.ca Tangle Tamarack Gravenhurst, 705-687-6084 www.tangledtamarack.ca Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. Gravenhurst, 705-687-0066, 1-800-387-7640 www.vacationtimemuskoka.com Granite Ridge Retirement Residence Gravenhurst, 705-687-0007

MUSKOKA LAKES J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Minett, 705-765-1900, 1-866-240-8605 Page - 1, www.JWRosseau.com Butterfly Lake Trailer Park Port Carling, 705-765-3927 www.butterflylake.com Clevelands House Resort Minett, 705-765-3171, 1-888-567-1177 Page - 13, www.clevelandshouse.com Cottages at the Diamond in the Ruff Utterson, 705-385-2222, 1-877-385-3222 Page -29, www.diamondintheruff.ca Crestwood Inn Port Carling, 705-765-3743, 1-888-573-0239, www.crestwoodinn.ca Forest Rock Resort Utterson, 705-769-3641 www.forestrockresort.com House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast Bala, 705-762-1595 www.bbmuskoka.com/houseonthehill Manse Bed and Breakfast Port Carling, 705-765-1117 www.themansemuskokacom Muskoka Shores Cottages Utterson, 705-769-2046 www.muskokashorescottages.com Pier 100 Cottage Resort Port Carling, 705-764-1281 Page - 29 www.pier100cottages.com Rocky Crest Resort MacTier, 705-375-2240, 1-866-323-3305 www.rockycrest.ca Rosseau’s Northern Landing Rosseau, 705-732-6320 www.northernlanding.com Sandwood Tent & Trailer Park Utterson, 705-769-2372 www.sandwoodtrailerpark.com Shamrock Lodge Port Carling, 705-765-3177, 1-888-742-6742 Page -37 www.shamrocklodge.com Sherwood Inn Port Carling, 705-765-3131, 1-866-844-2228, www.sherwoodinn.ca Baldwins Resort Windermere, 705-769-3371, 1-800-461-1728 www.baldwinsresort.com The Cottages at Windermere Windermere, 705-769-3611, 1-888-946-3376 www.windermerehouse.com The Muskokan Resort Club Port Carling, 416-960-9016, 1-866-960-9016 www.muskokanclub.com Windermere House Resort Windermere, 705-769-3611, 1-888-946-3376 www.windermerehouse.com BRACEBRIDGE Bay House Bed and Breakfast Bracebridge, 705-645-7508 www.bbmuskoka.com/bayhouse Cedarwood on Lake Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-645-8558 www.cedarwoodresort.ca Krugers Muskoka River B and B Bracebridge, 705-645-5814 www.bbmuskoka.com/krugersmuskoka

Monastery Bed and Breakfast Bracebridge, 705-646-0871 www.bbmuskoka.com/themonastery Muskoka Communities Bonnie Lake Resort Bracebridge, 1-647-405-4782, 1-888-610-4511 www.muskokacommunities.com Muskoka Ridge Bracebridge, 705-646-1259 www.muskokaridge.com Muskoka Riverside Inn Bracebridge, 705-645-8775, 1-800-461-4474 www.muskokariversideinn.com Patterson Kaye Lodge Bracebridge, 705-645-4169, 1-800-561-6998, www.pklodge.com Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground Bracebridge, 705-645-5682 Page - 39 , www.santasvillage.ca/camping Sleep Inn Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-645-2519 1-877-945-2519, Page - 40 www.sleepinn.com/hotel-bracebridgecanadad-cn363 Spirit Bear Bed and Breakfast Bracebridge, 705-645-2869 www.spiritbearbandb.com Touchstone on Lake Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-764-5353, 1-866-928-1098, Page - 40 www.touchstoneonlakemuskoka.com Travelodge Bracebridge Bracebridge, 705-645-2235, 1-888-695-5885, Page - 40 www.travelodgebracebridge.com Wellington Motel Bracebridge, 705-645-2238, 1-866-212-2280 www.wellingtonmotel.com Inn at the Falls Bracebridge, 705-645-2245, 1-877-645-9212 www.innatthefalls.ca HUNTSVILLE, LAKE OF BAYS A Muskoka Dream Catcher B and B Huntsville, 705-788-0715 www.bbmuskoka.com/amdream.htm Algonquin Trails Camping & Driving Range Dwight, 705-635-1262 www.campingalgonquin.com Beauview Cottage Resort Huntsville, 705-789-3004, 1-800-363-6047 www.beauview.com Best Western Muskoka Inn Huntsville, 705-788-3385, 1-866-895-3345 www.bestwestern.com Blue Water Acres Huntsville, 705-635-2880, 1-800-461-4279 www.bwacres.com Blue Water Acres Fractional Huntsville, 705-635-2880, 1-866-396-2583 www.bluewateracres.ca Bondi Village Cottage Resort Dwight, 705-635-2261, 1-888-300-2132 Page - 45 www.bondi-cottage-resort.com Cedar Grove Lodge Huntsville, 705-789-4036, 1-800-461-4269 Page – 43 www.cedargrove.on.ca Clyffe House Cottage Resort Port Sydney, 705-385-2714 www.clyffehouse.com Colonial Bay Cottages Huntsville, 705-635-2008, 1-800-916-2008 www.colonialbay.com

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Muskoka At Your Fingertips. Comfort Inn Huntsville, 705-789-1701, 1-800-228-5150 Page – 43 www.choicehotels.ca/cn269 Cottage-Resort.com www.cottage-resort.com Cottages on the Web Huntsville, 705-788-1801, 1-888-681-4255 www.cottagesontheweb.com Deerhurst Resort Huntsville, 705-789-6411, 1-800-461-4393 www.deerhurstresort.com Deerlake Trailer Park Huntsville, 705-789-3326 www.deerlakepark.ca Diamonds Edge Utterson, 705-385-9606, 1-877-643-3343 Page - 29, www.diamondedge.ca Traces of Muskoka Utterson, 705-644-9806 www.tracesofmuskoka.ca Fairy Bay Guest House Huntsville, 705-789-1492, 1-888-813-1101 www.fairybay.ca Foxwood Resort Dwight, 705-635-3933, 1-866-919-3933 Page - 45, www.foxwoodresort.ca Gryffin Lodge Huntsville, 705-789-7491, 1-800-565-7491 www.gryffinlodge.ca Hidden Valley Chalet Huntsville, 905-681-0454 www.condo.webcentre.ca Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Huntsville, 705-788-9500, 1-877-660-8550, Page - 43 www.hiexpress.com/huntsvilleon Huntsville Inn Huntsville, 705-789-4431, 1-866-222-8525 www.huntsville.com Hidden Valley Resort Huntsville, 705-789-2301, \1-800-465-4171 www.hvmuskoka.com Lagoon Tent and Trailer Park Huntsville, 705-789-5011 www.visitmuskoka.com/lagooncamping Logging Chain Lodge Dwight, 705-635-2575, 1-877-635-2575 www.loggingchainlodge.on.ca Lumina Resort Dwight, 705-635-2991, 1-800-461-4371 Page - 45, www.luminaresort.com Luxury Chalet Private Rental Huntsville, 905-731-4901 http://www3.sympatico.ca/mirfp/ Morgan House Bed and Breakfast Huntsville, 705-380-2566, 1-866-311-1727 bbmuskoka.com/morganhouse Motel 6 Huntsville, 705-787-0118, 1-800-466-8356 Page - 43, www.motel6.com Muskoka Guest Nest Huntsville, 705-787-0995 www.muskokaguestnest.ca Muskoka Moments Cottage Court Huntsville, 705-788-7125, 1-866-788-7125 www.muskokamoments.on.ca Nordic Inn Dorset, 705-766-2343 www.thenordicinn.com Norsemen and Walker Lake Resort Huntsville, 705-635-2473, 1-800-565-3856 www.norsemen-walkerlake.com

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PJs Place B and B Port Sydney, 705-385-0844 www.bbmuskoka.com/pjsplace.htm Port Cunnington Lodge Dwight, 705-635-2505, 1-800-894-1105 Page - 45, www.pc-lodge.com Portage Inn and Chalet Huntsville, 705-812-1621, 1-877-241-7614 www.muskoka-rental.com Riverside Motel Dwight, 705-635-9021 www.riversidemoteldwight.com Silver Sands Tent & Trailer park Huntsville, 705-789-5383 www.visitmuskoka.com/silevrsands.htm Spring Lake Resort Dwight, 705-635-9995, 1-877-635-9995 Page - 45, www.springlakeresort.net Tally Ho Inn Huntsville, 705-635-2281 1-800-461-4232 www.tallyhoinn.com The Landscapes Baysville, 705-767-3114, 1-800-410-2407 Page -10 & backcover, www.thelandscapes.ca Pines Cottage Resort Dwight, 705-635-2379 www.algonquinparkaccommodations. com Trillium Resort and Spa Port Sydney, 705-385-1212, 1-800-263-6600 www.trilliumresort.com Tulip Inn Huntsville, 705-789-4001, 1-800-564-4001 www.tulipinn.ca Water’s Edge Vacation Rentals Huntsville, 705-788-2885, 1-877-218-5370 Page - 37, www.cottagevacations.com ALGONQUIN

Page - 48, www.bartlettlodge.com Killarney Lodge In Algonquin Park, 705-633-5551, 1-866-473-5551 Page - 47, www.killarneylodge.com The Couples Resort Whitney, 1-866-202-1179 www.couplesresort.ca MUSKOKA & NEAR MUSKOKA Ahmic Lake-Woodland Echoes Resort Magnetawan, 1-888-661-3669 www.woodlandechoes.on.ca Cottage Country Travel Service Muskoka, 905-862-0252 www.cottagerental.com CottageCountry.com Muskoka, 1-866-808-6210 www.cottagecountry.com Fern Glen Inn B and B Emsdale 705-636-1391, 1-866-311-8519 www.ferngleninn.com Haliburton Highlands Water Trails Dorset, 705-489-2379 www.algonquinhighlands.ca Muskoka Bed and Breakfast Association Page - 29, www.bbmuskoka.com Muskoka Rooms Muskoka, 705-789-9111 www.muskokarooms.com Northridge Inn and Resort Sundridge, 705-384-2252 www.northridgeinn.com Parry Sound Quality Inn Parry Sound, 705-378-2461, 1-800-638-5883 www.parrysoundqualityinn.co Resorts of North Muskoka Muskoka, www.north-muskoka.com Stone Gate Inn Orillia, 705-329-2535, 1-877-674-5542 www.stonegateinn.com Tea Kettle Campground Novar, 705-789-9793

The Arts & Entertainment

Adventure Lodge Near Algonquin Park, 1-888-327-3403 www.adventurelodge.com Algonquin Provincial Park Whitney, 705-633-5572, 1-877-668-7275 www.algonquinpark.on.ca Arowhon Pines In Algonquin Park, 705-633-5661, 1-866-633-5661 Page - 48, www.arowhonpines.ca Bartlett Lodge In Algonquin Park, 705-633-5543, 1-866-614-5355

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site, Gravenhurst, 705-687-4261 www.parkscanada.qc.ca/bethune Georgian Bay Airways

Muskoka Arts and Crafts 705-645-5501 Page - 6 www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com Muskoka Chautauqua 705-765-1048 Page – 7 www.muskokachautauqua.ca Film North Page – 43, www.filmnorth.net Wood’s End Studio 705-689-8831 Page - 7, www.woodsend.ca Bala’s Museum, Ann of Green Gables Bala, - 1-888-579-7739 Page - 37 , www.bala.net/museum Kee to Bala Bala, 705-762-3134 www.thekee.com Santa’s Village Family Entertainment Parks Bracebridge, 705-645-2512 Page – 39, www.santasvillage.ca Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh Bala, 705-762-3203, www.cranberry.ca Northern Escapades Mini Golf Bracebridge, 705-646-7025 Muskoka Heritage Place Museum Huntsville, 705-789-7576 www.muskokaheritageplace.org

Parry Sound, 705-774-9884 www.georgianbayairways.com Back Country Paint Ball Bracebridge, 705-645-9869 www.backcountrypaintball.com Muskoka Wildlife Centre Gravenhurst, 705-689-0222 www.muskokawildlifecentre.com

Real Estate RE/MAX Baywatch Ltd. Honey Harbour 705-756-7629, 1-866-540-5900 www.georgianbaycottages.com Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. Gravenhurst, 705-687-0066, 1-800-387-7640 www.vacationtimemuskoka.com Residence Inn Marriott, Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, 705-687-6600, 1-866-580-6238 www.residenceinnmuskokawharf.com Richard Wallace Real Estate Port Carling, 705-765-6176, 1-888-765-6176 www.rwallacerealestate.com Royal LePage Four Seasons Real Estate 705-686-7500, 1-888-686-7501 www.rlfourseasons.ca Muskoka & Haliburton Association of Realtors, Huntsville, 705-788-1504 www.mhar.on.ca The Landscapes Baysville, 705-767-3114, 1-800-410-2407 Back Cover / Page – 10 www.thelandscapes.ca Cottages at the Diamond in the Ruff Utterson, 705-385-2222, 1-877-385-3222 Page - 22, www.diamondintheruff.ca

Cottage Rental Waters Edge Vacation Rentals Muskoka, 1-877-218-5370 Page - 37, www.cottagevacations.com Cottages on the Web Muskoka – 1-888-681-4255 www.cottagesontheweb.com Ontario Cottage Rentals Muskoka 1-877-788-1809 www.Ontario_Cottage_Rentals


Discover Muskoka Muskoka At Your Fingertips. CottageCountry.com Muskoka, 1-8866-808-6210 www.cottagecountry.com Cottage-Resort.com Muskoka, 705-789-3004 www.cottage-resort.com Cottage Country Travel Service Muskoka, 1-905-862-0252 www.cottagerental.com Boat Cruises Lady Muskoka Cruises Bracebridge, 1-800-263-5239 Page - 20, www.ladymuskoka.com Sunset Cruises Muskoka Lakes, 705-645-2462 Page- 20, www.sunsetcruises.ca Waterway Tours Port Carling, 519-688-0236 Muskoka Steamships Gravenhurst, 705-687-6667 1-866-687-6667, Inside front cover www.realmuskoka.com Miss Midland Cruises Midland, 705-549-3388 Page - 32, tours@midlandtours.com Island Queen Cruises Parry Sound, 1-800-506-2628 www.island-queen.com

Sunset Cruises Muskoka Lakes, 705-645-2462 Page - 20, www.sunsetcruises.ca Muskoka Steamships Gravenhurst, 705-687-6667, 1-866-6876667 Inside front cover, www.realmuskoka. com Hammond Transportation Bracebridge, 705-645-5431 www.hammondtransportation.com Muskoka Travel Service Bracebridge, 705-645-2583, 1-800-5631885 www.muskokatravelservice.com

Air Charters / Sightseeing

Marinas

The Muskokan Bracebridge, 705-645-8771 www.muskokan.com Where Magazine Muskoka

Driftwood Cove Marine Resort Port Severn, 705-538-2502 www.driftwoodcove.com Boat Rentals Canada Gravenhurst, 705-687-1400 www.boatrentalscanada.com Muskoka Wharf Marine

Tech Home Ltd. (Viceroy) Gravenhurst, 1-888-417-8761 www.techhomeltd.com French’s Fine Homes Port Sydney, 705-385-2311 1-800-282-7763 www.homesmuskoka.com

Paradigm Events in Muskoka Parry Sound, 705-732-2976 1-877-760-0360 http://paradigmevents.com Delawana Inn Resort Honey Harbour, 705-756-2424 1-888-335-2926 Page - 32, www.delawana.com Clevelands House Resort Minett, 705-765-3171, 1-888-567-1177 Page - 13, www.clevelandshouse.com JW Marriott Resort and Spa Minett, 705-765-1900, 1-866-240-8605 Page -1, www.jwrosseau.com Sherwood Inn Port Carling, 1-866-844-2228 www.sherwoodinn.ca Rocky Crest Golf Resort MacTier, 1-866-323-3305 www.rockycrest.ca Muskoka Riverside Inn Bracebridge, 705-645-8775 1-800-461-4474 www.muskokariversideinn.com Deerhurst Resort Huntsville, 705-789-6411 1-800-461-6522 www.deerhurstresort.com Hidden Valley Resort Huntsville, 705-789-2301 1-800-465-4171, www.hvmuskoka.com Christie’s Mill Port Severn, 705-538-2354 1-800-465-9966 Page - 32, www.christiesmill.com

Radio Chay Today at FM 93.1 Inside Back Cover

Magazines

Golf GRAVENHURST Gravenhurst Koa Campground Gravenhurst, 705-687-2333 Page - 35, www.koa.com Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa Gravenhurst, 705-687-2233, 1-800-461-0236 www.tabooresort.com Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst, 705-687-7900 www.muskokabayclub.com The Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst, 705-687-7007

Builders

Meetings and Incentives

Georgian Bay Airways Parry Sound, 705-774-9884 1-800-786-1704 www.georgianbayairways.com

Bigwin Island Golf Club and Marine Dining Lake of Bays, 1-800-840-4036 www.bigwinisland.com Deerhurst Highlands Huntsville, 705-789-6411 1-800-461-4393 www.deerhursstresort.com/golf Deerhurst Lakelands Huntsville, 705-789-6411 1-800-461-4393 www.deerhurstresort.com/golf

Shopping GRAVENHURST Blooming Muskoka Gravenhurst, 705-687-6622 1-800-559-9914 www.bloomingmuskoka.com Muskoka Bay Clothing Gravenhurst, 705-687-9900 www.muskokabayclothing.com Gravenhurst BIA Gravenhurst, www.gravenhurstbia.com Ontario Kit Car Builders Severn Bridge, 705-345-6982 www.ontariokitcarbuilders.com Scuba Shack Gravenhurst, 705-687-5879 www.scubashack.on.ca Swift Canoe and Kayak Gravenhurst, 705-687-3710 1-800-661-1429, www.swiftcanoe.com

MUSKOKA LAKES

Gravenhurst, 705-687-0005 Page - 35, www.muskokawharfmarine.ca Walker’s Point Marina Gravenhurst, 705-687-7793 www.walkerspointmarina.com Beaumaris Marina Beaumaris, 705-764-1171 1-877-496-4450 Page - 37, www.beaumarismarina.com Gordon Bay Marina MacTier, 705-375-2623 www.gordonbay.com Muskoka Lakes Marine Rosseau, 705-732-4383 www.muskokalakes.com Port Sandfield Marina Port Sandfield, 705-765-3147 www.portsandfieldmarina.com Woodland Marine Ullswater, 705-769-2151 www.woodlandmarine.ca Pride Marine Group Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Lake of Bays, Rosseau, 705-645-9151 www.pridemarinegroup.com Allport Marina Bracebridge, 705-645-5610 www.allportmarina.com Baysville Marina Baysville, 705-767-3323 Page - 45, www.baysvillemarina.com

Rocky Crest Golf Club MacTier, 705-375-4688, 1-866-323-3305 www.lakesideatrockycrest.com The Rock Minett, 705-765-7625 Page - 21, www.therockgolf.com Windermere Golf and Country Club Windermere, 705-769-3382, 1-888-464-4414 www.wondermeregolf.ca BRACEBRIDGE Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge, 705-645-2362 www.bracebridgegolfclub.com Muskoka Highlands Golf Links Bracebridge, 705-646-1060 www.muskokahighlands.com South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club Bracebridge, 705-645-8472, 1-800-595-0155 Page - 21, www.southmuskoka.com HUNTSVILLE Diamond in the ‘Ruff’ Utterson, 1-877-385-3222 Page 22, www.diamondintheruff.ca Huntsville Downs Golf and Country Club 705-789-1000 Page - 22, www.huntsvilledowns.com North Granite Ridge Golf Course Port Sydney, 705-3385-0808 1-866-385-0808 Page- 22, www.northgraniteridge.com

Woodmill of Muskoka Gravenhurst, 705-687-5959 1-888-597-5573, www.thewoodmill.ca MUSKOKA LAKES Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh Bala, 705-762-3203, www.cranberry.ca Red Barn Antiques Port Carling, 705-764-9191 www.redbarnantiques.ca The Upper Loft Port Sandfield, 705-765-3147 www.portsandfield.com The Yellow House Antiques Port Carling, 705-765-3315, Page -37 BRACEBRIDGE Algonquin Outfitters Bracebridge, 705-645-9262 www.algonquinoutfitters.com

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Muskoka At Your Fingertips. Maple Orchard Farms Bracebridge, 1-800-461-5445 www.mapleorchardfarms.com Muskoka Cottage Brewery Bracebridge, 705-646-1266 www.muskokabrewery.com Rich Hill Candles Bracebridge, 705-645-8600 Page - 39, www.richhillcandles.com Wood’s Clothing Company Bracebridge, 705-645-1737 1-800-843-0704 www.woodsclotthing.com Bracebridge BIA Bracebridge, 705-646-5590 www.downtownbracebridge.com HUNTSVILLE Algonquin Outfitters Huntsville, 705-787-0262 Page - 48, www.algonquinoutfitters.com Dwight Garden Center Dwight, 705-635-1696 Page - 45, www.dwightgardencentre.com Dwight Improvement Group Dwight, 705-635-1696 www.discoverdwight.com Lake of Bays Brewing Baysville, 705-767-2313, 1-855-311-2337 www.lakeofbaysbrewing.ca Robinson General Store Dorset, 705-766-2415 Page - 45, www.robinsonsgeneralstore.ca The Old Palmer House Dwight, 705-635-937 Page - 45, www.theoldpalmerhouse.com Yummies in a Jar Baysville, 705-767-2578, 1-877-687-3367 www.yummiesinajar.com ALGONQUIN Algonquin Outfitters Algonquin Park, 705-635-2243 1-800-469-4948 Page - 48, www.algonquinoutfitters.com Portage Store Algonquin Park, 705-633-5622 Page - 48, www.portagestore.com

Blue Willow tea Shop Gravenhurst, 705-687-2597 www.bluewillowteashop.ca Dock of the Bay Gravenhurst, 705-687-7723 Page - 35, www.dockofthebay.ca Sunset Grill Gravenhurst, 705-687-3748 www.thesunsetgrill.ca Elements at Taboo Gravenhurst, 705-687-2233 1-800-461-0236 www.tabooresort.com Clifftop Bar and Grille Muskoka Bay Club The Muskoka Room Muskoka Bay Club (seasonal) Gravenhurst, 705-687-7900 1-800-321-2004 www.muskokabayclub.com MUSKOKA LAKES The Rosseau, J. W. Marriott Resort Minett, 1-866-240-8605 Page - 1, www.jwrosseau.com Clevelands House (seasonal) Minett, 1-88-567-1177 Page - 13, www.clevelandhouse.com Sherwood Inn Port Carling, 705-765-3131 1-866-844-2228, www.sherwoodinn.ca Rocky Crest Golf Resort (seasonal) MacTier, 705-375-2240, 1-866-323-3305 www.rockycrest.ca Cottage Cravings Bala, 705-762-4444 The Rock Grille and Patio Minett, 705-765-7625, 1-800-765-7625 www.therockgolf.com BRACEBRIDGE Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s Bracebridge, 705-645-7947 www.swisschalet.com Old Station Restaurant

NEAR MUSKOKA The Candy Shoppe Orillia, 705-325-8334 www.candyshoppe.ca

Dinning GEORGIAN BAY Severn Lodge (seasonal) Port Severn, 705-756-2722 1-800-461-5817 Page - 32, www.severnlodge.on.ca Delawana Inn and Spa (seasonal) Honey Harbour, 705-756-2424 Page - 32, www.delawana.com Christies Mill Port Severn, 1-800-465-9966 Page - 32, www.christiesmill.com GRAVENHURST Boston Pizza Gravenhurst, 705-684-8024 www.bostonpizza.com

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Bracebridge, 705-645-9776 1-877-645-9776, www.oldstation.ca Taste Dining at Touchstone on Lake Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-764-5353 Page - 40, www.touchstonemuskoka.com Muskoka Memories Steakhouse At Patterson Kaye Lodge Bracebridge, 705-645-4169 1-800-561-6998, www.pklodge.com

Deerhurst Resort Huntsville, 705-789-6411 1-800-461-4393 www.deerhurstresort.com Hidden Valley Resort Huntsville, 705-789-2301 1-800-465-4171, www.hvmuskoka.com Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s Huntsville, www.swisschalet.com Duffers Tap and Grille At North Granite Ridge Golf Club Port Sydney, 705-385-0808 1-800-385-0808 www.northgraniteridge.com Shades of Muskoka at Diamond on the ‘Ruff’ Utterson, 705-3385-2222 1-877-385-3222 Page - 22, www.diamondintheruff.ca Spring Lake Resort Dwight, 705-635-9995, 1-877-635-9995 www.springlakeresort.net ALGONQUIN Arowhon Pines Algonquin Park, 705-633-5661, 1-866-633-5661 Page - 48, www.arowhonpines.ca Killarney Lodge Algonquin Park, 705-633-5551, 1-866-473-5551 Page - 47, www.killarneylodge.com Bartlett Lodge Algonquin Park, 705-633-5543, 1-866-614-5355 Page - 48, www.bartlettlodge.com Outdoor Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area 1-800-398-9555 Page - 14, www.skihiddenvalley.ca Back Country Tours Lake of Bays, 1-888-955-9076 Page - 18, www.BackCountryTours.ca Treetop Trekking Huntsville, 1-855-788-9009 www.treetoptrekking.com The Portage Store Algonquin, 705-633-5622 Page - 48, www.portagestore.com Algonquin Outfitters Huntsville, 1-800-469-4948 Page – 48, www.algonquinoutfitters.com Swift Canoe Muskoka, 705-687-3710, 1-800-661-1429 www.swiftcanoe.com Algonquin Provincial Park Algonquin, 705-633-5572 www.algonquinpark.on.ca Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Centre Dorset, 705-754-2198 www.haliburtonforest.com Georgian Bay Island National Park Port Severn, 705-726-5939, www.pc.qc.ca Haliburton Highlands Water Trail Algonquin Highlands, 705-489-2379 1-866-364-4498 www.algonquinhighlands.ca

HUNTSVILLE

Municipalities & Associations

Norsemen Restaurant Huntsville, 705-635-2473 1-800-565-3856 www.norsemen-walkerlake.com

Township of Georgian Bay Port Severn, 705-538-2337 1-877-567-0187 Page - 31, www.gbtownship.ca

Town of Gravenhurst 705-687-3412 Page - 34, www.gravenhurst.ca Township of Muskoka Lakes Port Carling, 705-765-3156 www.muskokalakes.ca Town of Bracebridge Bracebridge, 705-645-5264 Page - 39, www.town.bracebridge.on.ca Town of Huntsville Huntsville, 705-789-1751 Page - 42, www.huntsville.ca Township of Lake of Bays Dwight, 705-635-2272 1-877-566-0005 wwwllakeofbays.on.ca District Municipality of Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-645-2231 www.muskoka.on.ca Muskoka Airport Gravenhurst, 705-687-2194 Page - 8, www.muskokaairport.com Southeast Georgian Bay Chamber Port Severn, 705-756-4863 www.segbay.ca Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce Gravenhurst, 705-687-4432 www.gravenhurstchamber.com Muskoka Lakes Chamber Bala, 705-762-5663 www.muskokalakeschamber.com Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce Bracebridge, 705-645-5231 www.bracebridgechamber.com Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber Huntsville, 705-789-4771 www.huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca Port Sydney/Utterson Chamber Port Sydney, 705-385-1117 www.portsydneycofc.com Downtown Huntsville BIA Huntsville, 705-789-1400 www.downtownhuntsvilleadventures.ca Resorts of North Muskoka Dwight, www.north-muskoka.com Savour Muskoka Bracebridge, 705-646-7118 Page - 9, www.savourmuskoka.com Explorer’s Edge Muskoka, 705-646-7673 1-800-835-7303, www.explorersedge.ca

Hwy 11 North Visitor Centre

Port Severn Visitor Centre



Muskoka Tourism Discovery Guide 2013