Got your Cottage Country Spirit travel vouchers ready? Great! It’s time to discover (or rediscover) the best of Muskoka Lakes – and you can cash in your vouchers at many places around the big lakes. Here are the must dos when visiting our cottage country paradise.
Get back to nature. You won’t need a voucher for this: our trails, lookouts and falls are free and the views never disappoint. For the best lookouts over Lake Muskoka, check out Huckleberry Rock in Milford Bay or the Lookout Trail in Walker’s Point. Soak up the sun by the Bala Falls or walk the trail at Fish Hatchery Trail to see the falls at the end of the trail. A river runs through it in Rosseau and Hekkla for beautiful photo opportunities – and the sunset over Moon River is a must to see. There are lots of spots to fish and if it’s a beach you’re looking for, we’ve got those, too, along with picnic and playground areas, such as Windermere Beach, Hanna’s Park in Port Carling, Jaspen Park in Bala and the beach on our fourth biggest lake – Skeleton Lake at Utterson. If you’re a star gazer, our Torrance Barrens was the first designated Dark Sky Preserve in the world.
Cruise the lakes on one of our famous cruise ships (yes, you can use your vouchers at Muskoka Steamships!) or rent a boat to venture out on your own. Our tour boats curise the three big lakes in Muskoka: Lake Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. And did you know? Muskoka Lakes is the only place where you can rent an antique boat built in Port Carling – in fact the only place you can rent a classic boat in all of North America.
Make it a culinary adventure. See why Bala is Ontario’s cranberry capital and try our area’s distinct wines and spritzers at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery (you can use your vouchers here!). Not far away is Clear Lake Brewing with its newly opened beer garden. And on your way to Bracebridge, you can use a voucher at Muskoka Brewery to taste their ales. Plus, we have all types of restaurants to choose from. There’s fine dining lakeside or overlooking lakes at independent restaurants and at our resorts. Many other restaurants offer a wide variety to tempt your taste buds. Like sushi near Walker’s Point, Mexican in Port Carling, pizza in Torrance, Bala, Rosseau, Port Carling (we love our pizza) or Muskoka’s best fish and chips in Wahta. Our bakeries battle over who bakes the best buttertarts (use your vouchers at Don’s Bakery or Cottage Cravings in Bala). And you should always take home some Milford Bay Smoked Trout from one of our grocers.
Book your stay at a Muskoka Lakes resort or charming bed and breakfast. Sherwood Inn. Windermere House. The ‘New’ Baldwins. The JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa. The Rosseau Retreat. Cottage Country Spirit is alive and well at all of these top Ontario resorts.
Shop for unique items you won’t find elsewhere. You can count on an abundance of comfy cottage clothing along with some surprises in Muskoka Lakes. How about a piece of antique furniture from a more than century old cottage? Our décor stores showcase the best of old and new. Maybe you’re in search of a classic rope fender for your boat? And from bikinis to Tilley Hats to nautical dresses, our clothing boutiques offer a wide variety of brands you know and love. Our artists have their own take on our stunning landscapes. Watch for the purple banner indicating an open art gallery as you tour around the lakes.
Still have questions about what to do in Muskoka Lakes Township? Scroll our list below of tourism operators taking part in the Cottage Country Spirit travel voucher program for more ideas. You can drop in to our Visitor Information Centre in Bala, call the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 705 762 5663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more insider tips about what to see in Muskoka Lakes.
Get your Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package before they’re gone! Limited supply left, get them at: www.explorersedge.ca/cottagecountryspirit
You can spend your Cottage Country Spirit Vouchers at these Muskoka Lakes Chamber Members: