A Weekender’s Guide to Port Carling

Found along highway 118, nestled between Lake Muskoka and Lake Rosseau lies the quintessential cottage town of Port Carling. This small but spirited community proudly features its laid-back charm along with a harmonious synergy with the beautiful lakes that attract visitors from all over Ontario and beyond. As soon as cottage season begins, this summer oasis awakens into a bustling village with stores, restaurants, sidewalks, and docks teaming with like-minded individuals who share an appreciation for Muskoka and all of its beauty. Make your summer an experience to remember by visiting the beautiful town of Port Carling. 


We’ve put together a brief guide on how to make the most out of your time in the “Hub of the Lakes.” 




Explore the Culinary Scene



Port Carling is home to some fantastic restaurants, all of which offer their own unique flair and flavours. Turtle Jack’s is a popular summer institution which incorporates a premium-casual dining experience with a cottage-inspired menu. Local beers, wine, and cocktails can be enjoyed in abundance while looking out onto the water.



Located a 10-minute drive outside of the town centre, The Water’s Edge Wine Bar and Grill is another great option for Muskoka dining. The dining experience here is simply second to none, offering a traditional blend of comfort food while boasting a beautiful patio looking onto lake Joseph. Make sure to stop by on a Thursday for their famous Jazz ‘n’ Oysters party.




Look to Steamboat Bay for a premium retail shopping experience, with access by car or by boat from the Indian River. This quaint retail hub of the Muskoka Lakes region features cedarwood connecting the small shopping fronts together to create a compact space optimal for waterfront shopping. 




While not located in Port Carling, the Rosseau Market is a must-experience Muskoka Lakes tradition. Originally created as a venue to sustain and motivate local growers, this market now features over 80 vendors while serving fresh produce, jewellery and clothing. All products are made by local artists and artisans, fostering the spirit of cooperation between vendors and consumer. 





Learn the Local History




“The Wall” is a visual representation of Port Carling’s story. The mural provides a symbolic welcoming to visitors by collaborating a series of images that make up an image of the RMS Sagamo passing through the Port Carling locks in 1922. Constructed as a commemoration of the history of Muskoka, The Wall is a must-visit spot in Port Carling, if only for a quick photo. Look up close to witness the incredible detail in this mural as each brick contains an individual photo of Port Carling’s first residents from 1860-1960. 



Visitors to Port Carling are also encouraged to visit the many fantastic museums at your disposal. Both the Muskoka Lakes Museum and the Red Canoe Gallery feature the art exhibits and the history of Port Carling in a fun and educational manner. 


Kick Back and Relax



Port Carling’s positive and laid back spirit comes alive during the spring and summer months which makes it the perfect getaway destination for a weekend, or even the entire summer. Port Carling’s main streets are perfect for a leisurely stroll while absorbing the sunshine and admiring the beautiful bodies of water that make Muskoka such a highly-sought after destination. 


Those looking for a more structured way to appreciate the water can opt for an experience with Sunset Cruises, an agency that prides themselves on offering a picturesque boat tour service through Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka. 


Visit our New Office!


Chestnut Park is honoured to be a real-estate partner of the Muskoka region and is proud to be re-opening our office location in Port Carling on Wednesday, July 10th. We are incredibly excited to open our renovated staple of the Muskoka region to serve and assist those who call this special cottage community home. 


Find out more about how you can join us at this event here!