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Algonquin Provincial Park

1-Week Summer Wilderness Escape to Ontario’s Algonquin Park


One of Ontario’s most impressive wilderness areas, Algonquin Provincial Park is larger than some national parks at more than 7,000-square-kilometres and with more than 1,600 km of navigable waterways. Given the park’s size and its distance from both Ottawa and Toronto (about three-and-a-half hours from each to the outermost park entrances), it’s best to set aside some time here: five to seven days is a perfect amount of time to appreciate the diversity of one of Ontario’s best adventure destinations.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Algonquin getaway. (more…)

11 Questions About Muskoka With Roots Co-Founder Michael Budman

Michael Budman, Roots co-founder, chats about his favourite Muskoka Memories (Photo: George Whiteside)

Michael Budman, co-founder of Roots, first experienced Algonquin Park’s natural beauty in 1956 as a teenager attending Camp Tamakwa. For more than 13 years, the Detroit native would spend his summers at the camp as a counselor, a canoeing instructor and a camp director. Algonquin Park was also where the idea for Roots, a lifestyle shop devoted to athletic apparel, began to take shape. The first Roots store opened in 1973; more than 30 years later the company boasts nearly 200 stores in Canada, the United States and Asia.

Here, Budman and his wife, Diane Bald—who also serves as the company’s design director—share their Algonquin Park pastimes and memories. (more…)

MAP: Our Guide to 16 of Muskoka’s Best Nature Trails and Hiking Destinations


View Muskoka Trails: Pathways to Fresh Air and Fun in a larger map

Nature takes centre stage in Muskoka with daily performances by 250 species of birds, 50 types of mammals and 25 species of amphibians. Turn off the iPod and open your ears to Muskoka’s natural sounds by hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the region National Geographic Traveler selected selected as one of the top 20 “Best Trips of the World” for 2012. No gas required and no stress allowed.

Here, we’ve mapped some of our favourite trails for you to explore (zoom in close to see all the smaller trails).

15 Things We Love About Muskoka: A To-Do List of the Region’s Most Memorable Experiences

#1. A classic Muskoka wooden boat. (Photo: Neill Sturgess)

1. Spinning around the lake in a finely honed wooden boat from Muskoka Launch Livery.

2. Chomping down on a fig and prosciutto sandwich at Huntsville’s Pie Iron Sandwicherie.

3. Gazing up at the stars at the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 8 to 14, 2011

Will the wolves be howling this week at Algonquin Park? (photo by White Wolf Photography)

1. Learn about the ecology of wolves at Algonquin Park’s “Wolf Howl.” Attend a slide talk about a wolf’s life history then travel to a designated location where wild wolves may answer to imitations by the park staff. (Weather permitting.)

2. Head out to Annie Williams Park in Breacebridge for Prism Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The classic comedy is suitable for all ages and opens on August 9.

3. Looking for a laugh? Check out the Cottage Country Comedy Festival featuring a full schedule of comedians performing on August 12 and 13. The line-up includes Mike Wilmot, Gilson Lubin, Kathleen McGee, and many more! (more…)

Weekend Roundup, September 4 to 7

Things to do in Muskoka don’t dwindle down even as summer does. Our special four-day itinerary offers much to do over the Labour Day long weekend.

Explore the vast expanse of Algonquin Park this weekend (photo by Craig Moy).

Explore the vast expanse of Algonquin Park this weekend (photo by Craig Moy).

Friday, September 4
Discover what happens when art and agriculture come together at Muskoka Place Gallery‘s Harvest Muskoka exhibition, featuring artwork capturing the region’s crops and food production.

Choose the perfect outfitting package at Portage Store for your long-weekend hiking trip through Algonquin Provincial Park.

Saturday, September 5
Learn about the role of women in boating in Boat Builders of Muskoka: Past and Present, a display on the elements of design, building and production of wooden boats, at Gravenhurst’s Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.

Bite into a succulent lobster tail–topped rib-eye medallion while dining on the waterside patio at Blackburn’s Steakhouse in Huntsville.

Sunday, September 6
In Haliburton, admire the breathtaking view of the Algonquin Highlands from the vantage point of the 100-foot high Dorset Tower.

Pick up jars of creamy maple butter from Bracebridge’s Maple Orchard Farms—a perfect gft for your friends back home.

Monday, September 7
Get an early start on Christmas at Santa’s Village and Sportsland in Bracebridge, where you’ll shriek with delight while riding Rudolph’s Sleigh Ride roller coaster.

End the weekend by lounging in your Muskoka chair dockside, nose buried in a novel by Muskoka author Christina Kilbourne, available at The Gravenhurst Book Store.

Weekend Roundup, July 17 to 19

This weekend, enjoy all the trappings of a cottage-country summer in Muskoka.

Algonquin Park offers hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness (photo by Craig Moy).

Algonquin Park offers hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness (photo by Craig Moy).

Friday, July 17
Admire the aerial ambience aboard as you fly over the 30,000 Islands on a Georgian Bay Airways floatplane sightseeing tour.

Paddle and portage through the pristine paradise of Algonquin Provincial Park for a breathtaking backcountry experience.

Saturday, July 18
Marvel at the popular melodies of Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli, as performed by tenor Mitch Seekins at the Hunstville Festival of the Arts.

Enjoy a pint of premium ale at the Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery—take a tour and have a taste of country food and charm.

Sunday, July 19
Survey more than 200 artists showcasing everything from fashion and furniture to paintings and pottery during the 47th annual Summer Show presented by Muskoka Arts and Crafts.

Tee off amidst the graceful fairways of the Bracebridge Golf Club, then cool down on the licensed patio for a leisurely conclusion to the weekend.