Muskoka might be known for its awe-inspiring wilderness and cottage country prestige. Rest assured that hidden behind the acres of beautiful forestry and superb proximity to Ontario’s finest lakes lies a variety of meaningful and splendid activities for the whole family, or for a celebratory night out on the town.
We’ve put together a brief guide on how to spend your day in Muskoka away from the rain and in the comfort of some wonderful local establishments.
Explore the local food options
Be sure to explore the sensational culinary scene in Muskoka by visiting the Moose Café, offering a full breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu with all the classic dishes ready to make you reminiscent of weekend family meals in the past. Stop by the gift shop on your way out to grab a moose-themed souvenir for the kids. Visit the Cast Iron restaurant for some delicious wings or prime rib.
Visit the Muskoka Discovery Centre
Witness this region’s rich history by attending the Muskoka Discovery Centre and appreciate how steamships, wooden boats, and cottage living came to be synonymous with Muskoka. Listen to tales of life on the water and enjoy the many exhibits that will entertain attendees of all ages. The Discovery Centre has an interactive kid zone for the little ones, packed with science and technology-oriented activities to spur creativity and wonder for growing minds. Before you leave, you’ll have discovered the history of the steamships that dominated the Muskoka Waterways, many of which are older than Canada itself.
Visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
Sports fans are recommended to make the drive up to Parry Sound to visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. The exhibit includes an interactive hockey museum with memorabilia and photos of one of Canada’s most celebrated hockey players. You can participate in the “real hockey” slap-shot game, or even try your hand at becoming a play-by-play announcer! A gift shop is on site as well as a popular air hockey table to bring out your competitive spirit.
Explore the Beer and Wine scene
Educate yourself on some of Muskoka’s finest local breweries and their process by booking a tasting tour with the Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays, or Sawdust City. You’ll find no shortage on variety with seasonal taps rotating consistently offering something new for regulars, or those simply seeking refuge from the rain. If beer isn’t quite your fancy, visit the Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery for a classic red or white, or journey off into the latest rewards from the cranberry and blueberry harvest to try an experimental, seasonal, and delicious creation.
Treat yourself to a night of Culture
Treat yourself to a night of culture at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Bring the family to see a local production or drop by for an art show collaboration with the Huntsville Art Society. Art lovers have plenty of options in the Muskoka region as Gravenhurst hosts multiple Art Galleries such as Arts at the Albion and the Auburn Gallery of Fine Art. You will get to witness works of art by local Canadian artists with shows and exhibits happening year-round.