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Muskoka Outfitters

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from June 13 to 19, 2011

The candy cane fountains at Santa's Village

1. There’s only six months until Christmas! See how Saint Nick’s preparing for his 2011 toy delivery—or perhaps he’s still relaxing in the Muskoka sun—by visiting Santa’s Village, where kids can ride the Christmas ball ferris wheel, cool off under candy cane showers, get crafty in the elves’ workshop and more.

2. Witness the Kee to Bala be transformed into the “dogg pound” as legendary rapper Snoop Dogg enlivens cottage country with his distinctly brand of West Coast hip hop on June 17.

3. If you can handle the black flies and mosquitoes—and really, if you’re in Muskoka, that should be a given—then consider planning a camping trip to really experience the Canadian Shield. Well-known retailers like Algonquin Outfitters and Muskoka Outfitters can equip you with all the latest outdoorsy gear. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 7 to 9

The holiday weekend is over, but Muskoka is still buzzing with activity—we’re particularly excited about Handel’s Messiah on Sunday!

RMS Segwun

Tour Muskoka's lakes on the historic RMS Segwun.

Friday, August 7
Brush up on your canoeing skills by registering for a five-hour course from Muskoka Outfitters in Bracebridge. Learn how to paddle in tandem, how to brace, and how to canoe through rough waters.

Armed with an affordable day membership for Spa at the Rosseau, relax in the steam room or sauna, take advantage of complimentary refreshments in either the men’s, women’s or co-ed lounge, and admire the lake vista while soaking in an indoor hot tub.

Saturday, August 7
Board the RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship, for a Millionaire’s Row cruise. Feast on lunch and the multi-million-dollar summer homes perched on Muskoka’s shores.

In the evening, head over to Port Carling and seek out in Treasure Island, an interactive family theatre production that’s part of the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival. Who doesn’t like pirates? Arrr!

Sunday, August 9
It’s your last chance to catch the Festival of the Sound. Spend the afternoon listening to Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the Elmer Isler Singers with the Festival Chamber Orchestra and others. Arrive early at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to hear conductor Lydia Adams talk about the classical-era masterpiece.

Kids too active to sit through a concert? Then take them to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, also located within Parry Sound’s Charles W. Stockey Centre, to learn about one of the National Hockey League’s greatest players. (Visit the Hall’s website for a printable 2-for-1 admission pass.)