Sightseeing in Muskoka This Fall
Georgian Bay Area
Georgian Bay Biosphere
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is one of only 16 in Canada. There are over 600 World Biosphere reserves in 117 countries. Designated by UNESCO in 2004 as a World Biosphere, this incredible place stretches over 200 km from Port Severn to the French River, and contains the world’s largest fresh water archipelago, also known as the 30,000 islands. www.gbbr.ca
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
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
Big Chute Marine Railway
Big Chute Marine Railway is the only one of its kind in North America. It has been in operation since 1917. (705) 750-4900 www.pc.gc.ca/trent
Discover the fascinating world of the Huron People prior to the arrival of the Europeans in Canada’s first recreated Huron Village. (705) 526-2844. www.huroniamuseum.com
Miss Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises
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.com
Island Queen Cruises
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
Torrance Barren’s Dark Sky Reserve
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 http://www.muskokaheritage.org/
Rotary Gull Lake Park-Music on the Barge
Many well known musical acts have been presented here since the 1940’s.
The Muskoka steam era comes alive here with heritage facilities, shops and restaurants.
Board the amazing Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Go sight seeing on Wenonah II, combining turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences. (705) 687-6667 www.realmuskoka.com
Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre
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
Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
The birthplace of a hero! Bethune Memorial House commemorated the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. (705) 687-4261 www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/bethune/index.aspx
The Gravenhurst Opera House
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 www.gravenhurstoperahouse.com
Little Norway Museum
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. www.muskokaairport.com/memorial
The Tree Museum
This outdoor art gallery in Gravenhurst is a perfect excuse to go for a hike. Give yourself a few hours to see the entire exhibit, and expect to hike roughly 5 km on a well maintained path through the Muskoka forest.
Muskoka Lakes Area
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 known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada.
The Locks & Wall in Port Carling
“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
Huckleberry Rock has been a well known and most scenic lookout in Muskoka for over 100 years. Located just off Hwy 118 W. at Milford Bay Road. Follow the signs.
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh
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) 762-3203 www.cranberry.ca
Muskoka Lakes Museum
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
Kee to Bala
Formerly Dunn’s Pavilion – which for nearly 30 years has been called The Kee to Bala continues to draw thousands of people to be entertained with music and dancing.
(705) 762-3134 www.thekee.com
Enjoy memorable cruises aboard the Idyllwood, a restored 1920s vintage yacht offering elegance and grace for up to twelve guests.
(705) 645-2462 www.sunsetcruises.ca
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
Rich Hill Candles and Gifts
Handcraft your own wax souvenir in our candle factory while you watch chandlers in action.
(705) 645-8600 www.richhillcandles.com
Rene M. 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 Ext. 21 www.renemcaissetheatre.ca
Lady Muskoka Cruises
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
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
One of only two covered bridges in Ontario. This bridge spand Beaver Creek on Ball’s Drive in Bracebridge.
Bracebridge is renowned for its spectacular waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls are accessible, but not all. The cascades can easily be found along the roads and trails of this vibrant town. www.tourismbracebridge.com
Rotary Centennial Gardens
The Rotary Centennial Gardens, located in Bracebridge at the corner of Taylor Road and Pine Street, is a community garden available free to the public. www.muskokagardens.com
Muskoka Heritage Place-Museum, Village, Train
Historical Late 1800’s 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
Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery
This outdoor mural gallery celebrates the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson’s contribution to the heritage of the Algonquin and the Huntsville area. www.thegroupofsevenoutdoorgallery.ca
Take in the spectacular vista at Lion’s Lookout off Brunel Rd. on Park Drive by Huntsville Centennial Centre
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
Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area
A long-favoured destination for generations of skiers and snowboarders, Hidden Valley has something for everyone. Ski & Stay Packages, Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages , Holiday Kids Camps. 1-800-398-9555 www.skihiddenvalley.on.ca
Lake of Bays Area
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 artifacts. Open 10am-4pm July to Thanksgiving (Wed. to Sat.) www.dorsetheritagemuseum.ca
Baysville Dam and Park
A great place to relax and have a picnic lunch and watch life float by.
Great Country Stores
Muskoka is dotted with some of the neatest and unique country stores offering som 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.
SS Bigwin / Lake Of Bays Marine Museum
At the Marine Museum in Dorset you will find on display artifacts, photographs as well as many historical recollections concerning the marine history of the Lake of Bays and specifically the SS Bigwin. Stop by today for an unforgettable voyage aboard the SS Bigwin, learn more about the history of Lake of Bays, check out some local art on display or purchase various novelty SS Bigwin items, everything from apparel to that perfect cottage gift! All profits will be going toward the SS Bigwin and are an important part of the operating plan and the future developments of the property. For scheduling information of public cruises or private charters on the SS Bigwin. www.SSBigwin.com
Algonquin Provincial Park
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
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.
Muskoka has a vast, scenic network of trails that runs through the entire District of Muskoka.
Muskoka Farmers’ Markets
Spend some leisurely time at one of the many farmers markets in Muskoka. The days and times vary.
Bala’s Summer Market – Mondays
Baysville – Fridays
Bracebridge – Saturdays
Gravenhurst – Wednesdays
Huntsville -Thursdays & Saturdays
Port Carling – Thursdays
Rosseau – Fridays
For further information see our page of Farmers’ Markets
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