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The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from June 6 to 12, 2011

Laugh along with Robin Duke and the rest of the "Women Fully Clothed"

1. The delightful dames of Women Fully Clothed—Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek—bring their humorous yet affecting stories to cottage country. See their latest show, Older and Hotter, on June 10 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

2. View and purchase the works of 20 fine artists and craftspeople while partaking in the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour on June 11 and 12. This self-directed jaunt takes art lovers to the studios and galleries of creators in Bracebridge, Bala, Port Carling and more. Click here for a map.

3. Don’t miss a chance to check out hundreds of vintage vehicles at the annual Antique and Classic Car Show, taking place June 11 at Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park.

4. The lake gets more exciting when you’re zipping around on water skis or a wakeboard. Stock up on all the top-brand equipment at such retailers as the Rosseau Board Shops at Muskoka Lakes Marine, then jump in and make some waves!

5. After all that merrymaking, you’ll want to refuel. Why not grab some gourmet casual fare from Crossroads Pub and Grill, where chefs Richard and Julie Lalonde serve up fine Muskoka lunches, dinners and mid-afternoon bites.

6. For once in your life, when someone tells you to “take a hike,” you can do just that: the Muskoka region offers no fewer than four provincial parks, one national park, and thousands of acres of pristine nature to explore. If you’re near Parry Sound in particular, why not spend the day at Killbear Provincial Park.

7. Though the sun stays out for a long time during the Muskoka summer, when it does go down you have an excellent opportunity to kick back, relax and contemplate the night sky. The regions best spot for stargazing? Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, a huge swath of land that’s officially protected from light pollution.

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