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What to Do Muskoka

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 10 to 16

EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WHERE MUSKOKA IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MUSKOKA!

A Father's Day cruise on the Wenonah II (right) is a great thing to do in Muskoka this week (photo: Stonehorse Studios

A Father’s Day cruise on the Wenonah II (right) is a great thing to do in Muskoka (photo: Stonehorse Studios

JUNE 15 & 16  Take the opportunity to discover Muskoka’s grand history during Doors Open. On Saturday, Gravenhurst venues like its heritage opera house and railway station can be explored, while Sunday sees Bala and Port Carling open their doors to history buffs.

JUNE 16  Make Father’s Day a memorable one in Muskoka by taking dad on a special dinner cruise. Boarding Muskoka Steamships’ Wenonah II in Gravenhurst gets your pop a three-course prime rib dinner, Muskoka Brewery beer tasting and more. Lady Muskoka Cruises, operating out of Bracebridge, also offers a Father’s Day excursion on the water.

JUNE 16  If your old man would rather stay on dry land, why not take him to the Bracebridge Car Show? Starting bright and early with a pancake breakfast, the event also features a scavenger hunt, push-car races, live entertainment and, of course, some of the region’s most exotic vintage and contemporary automobiles.

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 3 to 9

EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WHERE MUSKOKA IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MUSKOKA!

Sonny Landreth is scheduled to perform at Peter's Players—just one of this week's things to do in Muskoka (photo: Acadiana Centre for Film and Media

Sonny Landreth is scheduled to perform at Peter’s Players—just one of this week’s things to do in Muskoka (photo: Acadiana Centre for Film and Media)

JUNE 5  Spend an afternoon at Huntsville’s River Mill Park and check out the colourful canoe-paddle art created by Huntsville High School’s youth in transition.

JUNE 7  Listen in wonder as Louisiana slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth performs classic tracks and songs from his latest album at Peter’s Players.

JUNE 7 & 8  Parry Sound’s Stockey Centre hosts a toe-tappin’, head-noddin’ good time thanks to its two-day Rock Fest. Friday night is headlined by “Signs” singers the Five Man Electrical Band, while Saturday sees performances by Eagles tribute band Hotel California and others.

JUNE 8  Classic rock fans may want to make a return trip to Peter’s Players: the Gravenhurst venue’s second show in as many days features Yardbirds founding member Jim McCarty and his blues- and classical-influenced band.

JUNE 8 & 9  Hit the road this weekend—not just to enjoy the region’s natural scenery, but also to take in the excellent visuals by participants in the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour.

Muskoka Farmers’ Markets for 2013

Muskoka's farmers' markets offer an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and more (photo: a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rheaney/4623200857">Ryan Heaney)

Muskoka’s farmers’ markets offer an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and more (photo: Ryan Heaney)

Whether you’re heading up to the cottage for a summer getaway or just visiting for the day (or even if you live in the region all year long), one of the best ways to get a little local flavour is to attend one of the many Muskoka farmers’ markets. Be sure to visit these weekly gatherings for the best of nature’s bounty!

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Muskoka Road Trip! How to Spend a Weekend in Ontario’s Cottage Country When You Don’t Own a Cottage

By TIM JOHNSON

JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort near Minett (Photo: courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa)

Located just 200km north of Toronto, the Muskoka region has long been the favourite chill weekend getaway spot for hot, tired city dwellers. They arrive by the carload to experience its lakes, rivers and beaches. Until recent years, that commute was the only kind of Muskoka road trip there way—this beautiful area was considered “cottage country” and a visit here was dependent on having a place on the lake—or a friend who has one.

That was then. These days, there’s a new kind of Muskoka road trip emerging. With the addition of a number of great luxury properties—including a lovely JW Marriott set on the shores of Lake Rosseau—a new kind of Muskoka holiday is becoming possible. More and more “cottage-less” folks can now explore the area, checking out its quirky shops, interesting museums and great restaurants, then bed down for the night in style at a five-star resort. To celebrate this new kind of traveller, we offer our Muskoka road trip guide, loaded with tips on where to go, what to see and where to stay.

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Muskoka in Winter: 8 Can’t-Miss Winter Activities in Muskoka and Beyond

Muskoka in Winter

Muskoka in winter: the fluffy snow of the Muskoka winter can do much more than bury chairs (Photo: John Maddin)

By CRAIG MOY

Ontario’s cottage country is a popular summertime destination, but devotees of fresh-air fun know Muskoka in winter can be a blast too. Head up north for the snowy scenery, but stay for the snowshoeing, dogsledding and other wonderful activities offered in the region when the temperature drops. Below, we’ve picked the eight top activities to take advantage of Musoka in winter, and recommend places that you can sign up for all them.

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