Your Muskoka Lakes Experience Begins Here
Welcome to your resource for the Muskoka Lakes area. Here you will find an ever expanding resource of information covering everything you need to know about the pristine lakes, lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation Activities of this treasured region of Ontario, in the heart of cottage country.
In Muskoka, life begins just north of Lake Couchiching on Highway 11 and centers around the four major bodies of water, Lake Rousseau, Lake Joseph, Lake Muskoka (which by the way comprise one third of the lake surface of the entire Muskoka watershed), Lake of Bays and the three largest towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville.
The southern gateway to the Muskoka Lakes region begins at Gravenhurst which has a rich logging, railroad and steamship history. Here you will begin to see the hundreds of crystal lakes that dot the Precambrian shield landscape.
Just nine miles down Hwy 11 brings you to
the scenic town of Bracebridge – the heart of Muskoka. Nestled along the Muskoka River, it boasts over 22 waterfalls including High Falls, the Niagara of the North.
About 20 miles further north you arrive in Huntsville, the fastest growing municipality in the area. This
beautiful former logging centre is now a prime vacation area and there are over 140 lakes in the immediate vicinity.
These Muskoka Lakes communities offer diverse Festivals all year round that include winter carnivals, and also showcase maple syrup, waterfalls, arts and crafts, antiques, cars and boats and music. The list is long.
Peace and tranquility await you whether you own or are have picked one of the hundreds of Cottage Rentals, like a waterfront property cottage, or whether you are staying in other accommodations like some of the historic Bed and Breakfasts, Resorts or world class Health Spas.
But there is far more than just luxury accommodations. There are numerous Inns, Motels and Hotels to fit a variety of budgets.
There is something for everyone to rejuvenate your soul, re-focus your life and tantalize your palate at top notch restaurants.
And for the more adventurous outdoor recreation enthusiasts who prefer to be closer to nature there are amazing parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves and campgrounds nearby to start your exploration.
In fact we have a long list of all the different Parks in the Muskoka Region and what you can expect to find. If you enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding… look no further.
We have a description of some of the best Ontario Hiking Trails in the Muskoka area. Or maybe you prefer some more civilized activities like playing a nice game of Golf in Muskoka. We have a list of the top golf courses in the region so you can golf until your heart’s content.
And if you think summer is the only time to be here, you thought wrong. Winter time is great for snowshoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling and even dog sledding.
A Water Wonderland
But to really know the Muskoka lakes you have to appreciate all the beautiful water bodies in the area, not just the big four.
We have a growing list of lakes in the area, some well known, some lesser known with all the information you need to know about them like whether is good for swimming.
Is fishing your thing? Then this will help you because some of the finest fishing in Ontario is in this region. For each lake we identify the access points, what kind of fishing you can expect, the type of traffic on the lake and whether it’s good for paddling, swimming or not.
And as you might expect, with all the lakes and waterways at your fingertips, the paddling is fantastic.
We have a list of some of the best paddling routes in the Muskoka region. Whether you prefer to paddle a canoe or a sea kayak, there is “no better way to get away” and explore pristine areas away from the crowds and closer to nature.
And don’t worry, there is more than enough shoreline to explore hidden bays where no one will ever see you taking a dip in your "birthday suit"!
Are you a boater? Boating is huge with lakes too numerous to count and if you are looking for marinas to stock up or tune up for the summer check out what marinas are in the area you will be staying.
The beauty of the Muskoka Lakes extends far beyond the developed upscale tourist areas and Millionaires’ Row. Although some of these boat houses are pretty darned impressive! Take a steamship cruise to see for yourself.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you have the dream of one day owning a cottage in this little piece of paradise and you would like to know more about all the Muskoka lakes in the area or you just want to have a weekend getaway from the city and find interesting things to do, you will find a lot of great information at the click of your mouse.
Make Experience-Muskoka.com your starting point to a great Muskoka Lakes vacation.
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