Whether it’s a languid day of lounging and swimming or experiencing the region’s varied attractions, Family fun is guaranteed!
1. Treat Yourself
Summer and ice cream go hand in hand. Grab a cone at Kawartha Dairy Company, where classic flavours such as strawberry and butter pecan meet original concoctions like moose tracks—vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate fudge and mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.
2. Wish Upon a Star
On a clear night the constellations shine brightest up north. Pick out the big dipper and other astronomical wonders with the help of Backyard Stars: A Guide for Home and the Road, available from Readers’ World.
3. Play Time
Hit the beach with a bucket and shovel to make sand castles or stock up for rainy days with board games from Applause! Toy Store.
4. Meet a Kindred Spirit
Step into the shoes of Canada’s favourite red-headed heroine, Anne of Green Gables, at the Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Boys and girls alike can don costumes from the early 20th century.
5. Learn About a Legend
Follow the life of a hockey phenom from his first boyhood skate on the Seguin River to his Stanley Cup–winning career with the NHL’s Boston Bruins at Parry Sound’s Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
6. Catch of the Day
Drop a line in one of the region’s many lakes and rivers for bass, trout, pike, yellow perch and walleye. Pick up pint-sized rods, reels and lures at Indian River Trading Co.
7. Geology Rocks!
Interactive and engaging exhibits and displays at Science North/Dynamic Earth make learning effortless. Move a three-tonne granite globe with just one hand or examine rocks and minerals up close.
8. The North Pole
Visit the jolly man in red’s summer residence, Santa’s Village. Good little boys and girls can take a spin on Rudolph’s sleigh ride coaster, cool off at Santa’s Splash Zone or take a paddle boat around Lemonade Lagoon.
9. Runway Ready
Whether it’s swimwear, board shorts, casual Ts or sandals, outfit the youngest members of the family at 4 Muskoka Kids—where you’ll find designer offerings from Skechers and Mexx—or Grandma Penney’s for cushy Robeez shoes and Osh Kosh apparel.
10. Saddle Up
Explore the region’s natural beauty on horse back. Ride-About Stable (705-641-0457) offers hour-long guided tours overlooking the Muskoka River and 15-minute pony rides, while one or two-hour trail rides and day trips on Icelandic horses are available at Clear Lake Farm.