June 11, 27 & 28 Don’t let the name fool you—the annual Muskoka Lakes Music Festival offers much more than just melodic notes. Celebrations begin with a foodie focus in Flavours of Muskoka on June 11, as more than 20 chefs and vintners gather at The Rosseau, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa to nosh and imbibe. The revelry continues as kids get their cultural kicks in the Kaleidoscope Children’s Fest on June 27 and 28, also at The Rosseau. As for the music—look out for shows throughout the summer by Canadian artists in intimate venues across the region. Tickets $30 to $60; call 705-765-1048 to buy.
Buy, rent or build your ideal cottage retreat with the help of our handy guide.
—By Viviane Kertész
CAN BUY ME LOVE
Cottage country has remained largely unaffected by the real estate downturn in Canada’s urban centres. “Buy now! There is a great selection of available property at affordable prices,” says Jan Sargeant, a licensed broker and realtor for Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty and the president-elect for the Muskoka and Haliburton Association of Realtors. The Rosseau, a JW Marriott Resort and Spa located in Minett, is a 221-suite condo-hotel offering whole ownership of the suites within the property. Creature comforts include Miele appliances, a four-season pool, and an award-winning golf course near a 700-acre nature reserve. Residents can either spend time in their vacation homes or put them in the rental pool—and in return, receive a guaranteed share of rental-room revenue. Nine annual weeks range from $250,000 for studio suites of 464 square feet to $985,000 for one-bedroom-plus-den, 1,100-square-foot suites.
The Rosseau, a JW Marriott Resort and Spa.
Celebrate unique Northern Ontario cuisine with the Savour Muskoka dining program and the region’s many outstanding restaurants.
Enjoy fresh, local tastes at the Delta Grandview Resort.
It was not so long ago that “eating out” in Muskoka meant a wiener roast following a placid canoe trip, or grilling up the fish you caught earlier in the day. In recent years, however, cottage-country dining has gone increasingly upscale, and acclaimed restaurants seek to please the palates of sophisticated residents and vacationers alike.
Muskoka is now home to superlative chefs capable of crafting the most intricate of entrees. Thankfully, these culinary stars, and the establishments at which they toil, still have a sense of what makes this expanse of geography so special—its natural bounty. From berries and mushrooms to myriad vegetables and maple syrup, the region is blessed with an abundance of indigenous and farmed foodstuffs. These often-organic ingredients are highlighted as part of the Savour Muskoka dining program.