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Island Queen Cruise

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 1 to 7, 2011

Take a trip on the Island Queen

1. Pick a pleasant-looking day (blue-skied and sunny, perhaps with a calm little breeze) to enjoy touring the Georgian Bay biosphere on an Island Queen Cruise. Don’t forget your camera—the rugged landscape is definitely worth framing.

2. Take a trip to the English countryside from within the Gravenhurst Opera House, which presents its annual dinner theatre production from August 2 to 13. This year’s show is a hilarious British farce entitled Beyond a Joke. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, July 30 to August 2

July is not going down without a party first. Take particular note of numerous jazz concerts as you celebrate this Civic Holiday long weekend!

North Restaurant chef Alain Irvine serves up the flavours of the Muskoka region

Friday, July 30
Don’t miss the Huntsville Jazz Festival, running this weekend only!  Juno award–winner Alex Cuba opens tonight at the Algonquin Theatre.

Prepare for an evening packed with family fun, shopping and entertainment at the Bracebridge BIA Midnight Madness event.

Saturday, July 31
Indulge in one of Muskoka’s best meals at Gravenhurst’s North Restaurant. Chef Alain Irvine’s fresh, seasonal cuisine is sure to please.

Continue the jazz extravaganza tonight at the Festival of the Sound. The 16-piece Dave Young Big Band performs the renowned bassist’s original compositions and breathes new life into old standards.

Sunday, August 1
Find swing of a different kind by booking a tee time at the exceptional Ridge at Manitou golf course.

Dash into the 1950s tonight as the Lincolnaires offer a nostalgic set of early rock ‘n’ roll classics for Music on the Barge.

Monday, August 2
If the greens are still calling, tee off at the Muskoka Bay Club’s naturally beautiful 18-hole course. On site, the newly renovated Clifftop Clubhouse boasts a pro shop plus indoor-outdoor bistro with tantalizing dining options.

Step aboard the Island Queen for its Sunset on the Bay Musical Cruise. Watch as the sun dips under the water while vocals and instruments provide a musical lullaby.

Weekend Roundup, July 1 to 4

Celebrate Canada Day weekend with an explosion of events—we’re not just talking about the fireworks!

Enjoy a Canada Day cruise aboard Parry Sound's Island Queen

Thursday, July 1
Commemorate Canada Day aboard the Island Queen’s Sunset Musical Cruise, part of Parry Sound’s annual Festival of the Sound. Enjoy ebullient tunes by the Shores of Newfoundland band, then open your eyes wide for a fireworks display in the harbour.

Sway to country, folk, gospel, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and children’s music with Bracebridge’s Memorial Park Bandshell Concert Series. Or, try your luck by entering the annual duck derby at Bracebridge Falls.

Friday, July 2
Mark your calendars! The Huntsville Festival of the Arts returns to Muskoka today, and runs through to August 11. Tonight, catch Canadian rock band Lighthouse at the Algonquin Theatre.

Head over to the Kee to Bala to see Matthew Good live in concert. The popular singer-songwriter‘s eponymous band also features Dave Genn on keyboards and guitar, Ian Browne rocking the drum kit, and Rich Priske on bass.

Saturday, July 3
If you’re one of the lucky ticket holders for the popular Baysville Beef and Lobster Fest, you’ll be sure to spend the day feasting on succulent lobster and juicy meat. Participate in the silent auction and win prizes.

Witness rising star Mark Masri performing live with Canadian songbird Amy Sky at the Algonquin Theatre.

Sunday, July 4
View the works of emerging artists, displayed throughout historic downtown Bracebridge for Art in the Heart.

Walk the line to Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge show. Tonight offers a “Legend in Black” tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Weekend Roundup, June 19 to 21

Greet the beginning of summer in Muskoka with open-air activities and indoor indulgences.

Friday, June 19
Discover the glacier-sculpted islands and remote ruggedness of Georgian Bay on a two-hour Island Queen Cruise.

Upon a sturdy Icelandic horse, gallop through the Almaguin Highlands and along the pristine shores of Newell Lake at Clear Lake Farm.

Saturday, June 20
Stimulate your senses with cottage air, country fare and cold cream ale on a tour of Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery.

Delight in the decadence of the Summerside Surf and Turf Kitchen Party, where you’ll find fresh lobster, succulent steak, an oyster bar, salads and a side of East Coast entertainment at Parry Sound’s Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

Sunday, June 21
Take in the tranquil terrain of pink-granite rock walls and verdant valleys while you tee off into the sunset at the Lake Joseph Club.

Soak up some sun and celebrate Father’s Day at Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park while enjoying toe-tapping Music on the Barge.

10 Ways to Enjoy the Water

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.

Vintage water crafts at the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Vintage water crafts at the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

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.

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