When National Geographic makes a fuss about something, you know it’s worth checking out. Voted one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s world’s “Best Trips” (2012) and number one in its “Ten Best Trips of Summer” (2011), it is little wonder that Muskoka is where the Canadian tourism industry really got its start.
Muskoka is comprised of the municipalities of Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays, and Muskoka Lakes. Although this 4100 km² region features three principal lakes, Rosseau, Joseph, and Muskoka, “the lake” remains the singular reference and primary getaway for Southern Ontario’s city-dwellers - many of whom make the two-hour drive north from Toronto every weekend to ensconce themselves in nature.
Featuring many parks and wilderness reserves, the region’s Algonquin Park is the most popular for its scenery which inspired the iconic works of Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson.
Muskoka’s varied landscape lends itself to a variety of year-round activities for every budget and interest, from fishing and boating to hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and skiing. Or, for those who prefer “glamping” over camping; peruse the local artisan galleries and indulge in a spa treatment at one of Muskoka’s upscale resorts.
The iconic cottage “Muskoka chair” actually originated in American Adirondack Mountain region hence “Adirondack chair”. Muskoka’s plentiful pink-gray granite outcrops are Precambrian reminders that this region is firmly rooted in the Canadian Shield.