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Where to go Muskoka

Explore History During Doors Open in Muskoka

Bala's Museum participates in this year's Doors Open Muskoka

Bala’s Museum participates in this year’s Doors Open Muskoka festivities

JUNE 15 & 16  Visitors are invited to literally walk through history during this season’s Doors Open festivities, a province-wide program designed to introduce new generations to the built heritage of various communities. On June 15, explore Gravenhurst sites like its turn-of-the-century Opera House; on June 16, venture to Bala and Port Carling for Victorian-era architecture and quaint attractions such as Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Various venues, free; visit doorsopenontario.on.ca for further details.

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 10 to 16


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.

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


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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