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Where to eat Muskoka

A Muskoka Tour for Foodies

By CRAIG MOY

The Bakery in Gravenhurst makes delicious pies, cakes, fresh breads and many other treats

The Bakery in Gravenhurst makes delicious pies, cakes, fresh breads and many other treats

One of Ontario’s freshest culinary destinations, Muskoka is known not only for its restaurants, but also its many excellent purveyors of gourmet ingredients. Eat (and cook!) your way through the region by visiting Where’s favourite markets and more.

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Top Summer Trio: Muskoka’s Boat and Cottage Show and Ribfest

Muskoka's boats are in the water and the ribs are in the smokers

Muskoka’s boats are in the water and the ribs are in the smokers in Gravenhurst

JULY 26 TO 28  The most popular lakeside attraction in Gravenhurst floods with locals and visitors as the Muskoka In-Water Boat and Cottage Show and Ribfest returns. Featuring vessels from the biggest names in boating plus all manner of cottage-related exhibitors, it’s a not-to-be-missed event for anyone looking to upgrade their living space or watercraft. And don’t forget to try the mouthwatering meats from some of Ontario’s top rib masters. Muskoka Wharf, free admission; call 647-344-6700 or check out muskokashows.com for more information.

Indulge in the Fresh Flavours of Muskoka

Chefs cook up a storm at Flavours of Muskoka

Chefs cook up a storm at Flavours of Muskoka

JUNE 27  Cottage Country’s culinary landscape is arguably as remarkable as its natural surroundings. Take your taste buds on a tour of the region at Flavours of Muskoka, which showcases gourmet fare prepared by chefs from top restaurants and resorts, plus drinks from some of Ontario’s finest wineries and craft brewers. An unforgettable dining experience complete with silent auction and live music, the event also adds to the Muskoka community’s creative wellbeing—proceeds benefit the Kaleidoscope Arts in Education Program. The Rosseau, a JW Marriot Muskoka Resort & Spa, 6 p.m., $80; call 705-765-1048 or visit muskokachautauqua.ca for more information.

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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