Experience the region’s 1,600 lakes firsthand.
—By Danielle Milley
1. NEED FOR SPEED Freestyle across the water with a jet ski from Woodland Marine Leasing or cruise in luxury aboard a vessel from Pride of Lake of Bays Marine. A variety of new and used boats by noted brands like Crownline and Nautiques—from power to pontoon—are for sale and rent here.
2. SWAY ON THE BAY On July 11, cruise back in time to the 1940s and 1950s at the Antique and Classic Boat Show on Lake Muskoka. Admire the vintage watercrafts that once carried people to lakeside dance halls while listening to big band music from the era.
3. ALFRESCO FARE A day on the water isn’t complete without a good meal. Irvine & Sons Fine Foods packs the perfect picnic basket—whether it’s pâté for a romantic sail, or fish and chips or fried chicken for a family day at the beach.
4. FULL DOCK SERVICE Area marinas have you covered when it comes to location and amenities. Slip into Big Sound Marina (705-746-7642) for convenient access to restaurants and stores, or take advantage of the restaurant’s valet service at Pride of Muskoka Marine (705-766-2488).
5. ACTION PACKED TRICKS Check out gravity-defying ski jumping and awe-inspiring wakeboarding as professionals from Summer Water Sports perform nightly shows Monday through Thursdays around the region. Call 1-888-475-4797 for a complete schedule.
6. GEAR UP Algonquin Outfitters has the outdoors covered with paddles and life jackets for the whole family—including Fido. With brands like Birkenstock, Helly Hansen, Chinook and Maglite, you’ll be stylish while you soak up the sun.
7. LOOK THE PART Attire yourself in the latest fashions from Lacoste and Burberry at Port Sandfield Marina—the region’s exclusive carrier of American brand Vineyard Vines—or go casual at the Muskoka Store with Billabong, O’Neill and Oakley.
8. TO THE RESCUE Stranded or broken down? Never fear, the Georgian Bay Marina (705-746-9559) makes cottage calls and offers boat repair as well as towing services.
9. SET SAIL Skipper your own schooner with sailing classes from the South Muskoka Sailing Club. Lessons are held on Lake Muskoka every Tuesday from July 7 to August 11; contact 705-645-9230 for details.
10. ANCHORS AWAY Cast off aboard the RMS Segwun—North America’s oldest operating steamship—for a sunset dinner cruise, or soak up some rays on a scenic pontoon-boat trip from Lake of Bays Boat Tours (705-645-6954). Relish the rugged beauty of the 30,000 Islands region from the Island Queen Cruise, Canada’s largest sightseeing cruise ship.