As Muskoka starts to get covered in snow, all of the perfect winter Muskoka activities are coming to life for the season. Layer up and get ready to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities Muskoka has to offer!
Walking in a winter wonderland is an understatement when it comes to the snow in Muskoka. Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of a Muskokan winter. The Echo Valley Nature and Bike Trails is a great spot to go snowshoeing in Dwight. With over 3.5 kilometres of trails, there is plenty to explore in the snow. There is also an observation deck that overlooks the over 60 acres of lush protected land.
Whether you’re skating on a frozen lake or through a tree-lined trail, ice skating is a fantastic winter activity to get your blood pumping and legs moving. Johnstons Cranberry Marsh is normally a hot spot in the fall for cranberry harvest season, but if you visit in the winter, you can enjoy their ice skating trail that is lined by forest and cranberry beds. Once you wrap up on the trail, you can head over to the winery for a cup of hot mulled wine or cran-apple cider to warm you right up. Check out their website to see updates on when the trail will be open for the season.
Ice fishing in Muskoka encompasses a classic Canadian winter tradition. When the ice upon the lakes is thick enough, ice huts will begin to appear for the season. In Three Mile Lake you can fish for Pickeral, Perch, Large and Small mouth bass. Muskoka Shores Cottages rent out their ice huts so guests can enjoy an ice fishing trip without the hassle. Be aware of ice thickness before you head out as you only want to go onto the ice if it is 4 inches or deeper.
Take a unique ride through the snow fallen forests of Muskoka by dog sled. If you’re looking for a great outdoor excursion in Muskoka, head over to Huntsville to visit the North Ridge Ranch. They offer hour long and half day ride packages and over 60 Alaskan Huskies at the ranch to make your ride an unforgettable one. Each tour will teach you how to properly guide your dogsled through the Muskokan wilderness, with the excursions spanning 10 and 20 kilometres respectively.