Lake of Bays and Huntsville are the perfect destinations from which to explore everything that’s great about Muskoka.
From here you’re an easy drive to world-class resorts such as Deerhurst, famous as the site of Canada’s G8 summit of world leaders in 2010, as well as some of the best open water for boats and personal watercraft. Those who enjoy paddling canoes and kayaks are also spoilt for choice, thanks in particular to the proximity of Ontario’s largest provincially protected wilderness, Algonquin Park, which offers an endless variety of routes and overnight camping opportunities.
The area boasts numerous excellent attractions, too. Perhaps the most famous is the RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest still-operating steamship. Based in the town of Gravenhurst – the ‘Gateway to Muskoka’ – a great time to visit this wonderful old vessel is during the always fun Antique and Classic Boat Show, which draws hundreds of elegant old wooden boats from across the US and Canada.
And, of course, Lake of Bays has its own famous ship: the SS Bigwin, once the property of Bigwin Island, now offers sightseeing trips around the lake. Equally famous is Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, a fun family getaway that’s been drawing the crowds to the summer vacation home of old St Nick for over 60 years now.
And then of course there’s Muskoka’s superb shopping. Any seasoned shopper to the region knows by heart the key places to pick up great souvenirs, gifts and clothing, including Robinsons General Store in Dorset, Muskoka Bear Wear (five locations, including Huntsville), Algonquin Outfitters (also in Huntsville and other locales) and, of course, Yummies in a Jar for sweet or savoury treats.
To learn more of Susan’s favourite things in cottage country, be sure to explore her frequently updated Muskoka Guide.