Muskoka is truly a four-season destination; we just change the colours and the temperatures. Whether you visit in fall, winter, spring or summer, each season offers a distinctive vacation experience. Whether it’s exploring one of our many marked and maintained trails on bike, snowmobile, skis or snowshoes or paddling, boating, or fishing on one of our many lakes, or maybe pampering yourself at one of our spas, restaurants or reading a book in one of our famous Muskoka chairs or practicing your swing at one of our many championship golf courses, a vacation in Muskoka will capture your heart and soothe your soul.
Springtime – Rejuvenation For The Soul
Springtime in Muskoka awakens the senses and arouses the need to get out and explore the land. Buds and blooms awaken after a winter’s nap. Warm days are perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking on our many trails, lakes and rivers. The nights are cool and refreshing, alive with shooting stars and northern lights. Lie back on a rock or dock and count the constellations.
When the snow starts melting in the spring, the sap starts running from the trees and it’s maple syrup time. Visit any of the area’s popular maple sugar bushes and watch how sap is tapped from the trees and processed into delicious products such as maple syrup, taffy and butter.
Tee-off at any one of Muskoka’s 21 championship golf courses, regardless of your budget or level of play, Muskoka has a course just right for you. Head north to explore Muskoka’s antique stores, unique shops, local roadside emporiums, and artisan galleries for unique treasures and incredible finds.
Springtime is the best time to visit the Waterfall Capital of Canada with over two dozen spellbinding waterfalls, time is sure to stand still as you listen to the roar of the water and watch the white sparkling froth bubble over the falls. Feel the cool fresh spray against your skin and wonder over the power of this incredible natural resource, which has played an important economic role throughout Muskoka’s history.
Summer – Muskoka At Play
Swimming, wakeboarding, water skiing, fishing or boating, you can “feel the spirit” in Muskoka, it’s the water that inspires, soothes and revives. A visit to Muskoka is not complete without a cruise on one of Muskoka’s beautiful lakes. Cruise Lake Muskoka, Rosseau or Joseph on a historic steamship, the R.M.S. Segwun or Wenonah II or the Lady Muskoka. Cruise at sunset, lunch or dinnertime, or cruise the famous millionaires row. Explore Lake of Bays on a pontoon boat or hop aboard the Island Queen and tour the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay.
Muskoka’s festivals and events are a must see and do in the summer. Artisans showcase their treasures at our many antique and arts and crafts shows. Head to the water for Canada’s largest in-water boat display. Kick back and watch the fireworks or get out and see a performance at Muskoka’s many music festivals.
From tennis to horseshoes to camps to golf and water ski lessons Muskoka’s resorts and cottage resorts offer families a vacation of a lifetime. Visit Santa’s summer home, explore Muskoka Heritage Place, explore Muskoka’s museums and natural resources centre for a truly educational vacation. At night roast marshmallows by the fire, singing songs with friends your kids will have for a lifetime.
Want to get really close to nature? Try camping. Muskoka is a haven for campers, with numerous parks, campgrounds and RV parks. Choose from the rugged, rocky sites of Georgian Bay Islands National Park or the wilderness adventure of Algonquin Provincial Park and many in between.
It’s not summer in Muskoka without a good feed of butter tarts, blueberry pie and the best Chelsea buns on the planet. Make sure to experience the fun of Muskoka Farmers Markets and local bakeries, go for a picnic, experience the fun of buying your groceries at one of the original award wining country stores and having a BBQ at one of the many picnic and beach spots.
Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, summertime in Muskoka is truly a time to play.
Fall – A Living Canvas Of Colour
The fun doesn’t have to end after Labour Day; our fall colour is a virtual living canvas, colours that would rival Van Gough and that inspired the Group of Seven. Come and see why Tom Thompson called his painting RED LEAVES.
Muskoka is the cranberry capital of Canada, join in the cranberry harvest, take in the Bala Cranberry Festival, enter the Cran-Anne look-a-like contest, taste the multitude of home-made cranberry products including juice, cran-maple syrup, sauces, chutney and sparkling cranberry wine, sure to bring a smile to every visitor.
Improve your golf game at one of our 21 championship golf courses, at 1000-feet above sea level the ball does go farther in Muskoka! Back pack through crimson trails, leaf covered forests and get cozy in front of a big crackling fire. Enjoy yourself at a luxuriating spa or take in a show.
Muskoka is famous for it’s multitude of talented and award-wining artisans. What better way to see the artists at work in their studios, then at the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, a must in September. Experience the mouth watering culinary delights of Muskoka’s international award-wining Chef’s. Some of Canada’s finest chefs have fled hectic city life to take high profile positions at Muskoka’s top resorts and local restaurants. Muskoka Chef’s create entrees with locally sourced ingredients from maple syrup, cranberries, spices, fish and local game. You can wine and dine to please your palate and your budget.
Winter – White Magic
The arrival of snow to Muskoka turns the region into a glorious winter wonderland and brings out the kid in you. Snowball fights, snowmen, snow forts, snow angels, winter-fests and carnivals, cross-country ski trails, alpine skiing, great tobogganing hills, outdoor ice rinks, dog sledding, snow shoeing and winter sleigh rides pulled by horses.
One of the most popular experiences is snowmobiling. Muskoka boasts more than 2,000 kilometers of finely groomed snowmobile trails and the most picturesque scenery that is sure to take your breath away. Visitors thrill as they glide over frozen lakes and along tree-lined trails. Easy access to amenities from the trails and there are unlimited opportunities for short loop trips and multiple day journeys.
For a once in a lifetime experience, try dogsledding. There’s nothing more thrilling then learning to harness the dogs, hooking them up to the sleds and then swooshing along scenic forested trails with the wind blowing in your face. For the outdoor adventure enthusiast, Muskoka offers more than 600 kilometers of cross country ski trails and downhill ski and snowboarding facilities at Hidden Valley Ski area in Huntsville.
For those that love to keep warm and cuddle, Muskoka’s resorts, bed and breakfasts, and inns will have you kick starting the passion in no time. Known for their delicious and hearty morning treats, a stay at a Muskoka B&B will make you want to hibernate all winter!