Get the most out of your vacation by exploring all that Muskoka has to offer. The crown jewel of cottage country is bursting with hidden gems just waiting to be found. Whether you’re looking for a place to shop, eat, or stay, we’re sure that you’ll find something that catches your eye in our Beyond Listing. We’ve teamed up with some of the best local shops and accommodations to make sure that you don’t miss a thing.
Get out and explore Muskoka! With hundreds of bike trails, lakes, and scenic detours available there’s never a shortage of things to do. Spend a day on the water with a guided tour down the Muskoka River from Lady Muskoka Cruises, or get some gear from Muskoka Outfitters and blaze your own trail through the area’s unmatched natural beauty. Wind down with a relaxing game of golf on one of the dozens of courses in the area such as Muskoka Highlands or South Muskoka. Both offer 18 holes of great golf spread across the beautiful Muskoka landscape for members and visitors alike. If something more fast paced and exciting is more up your alley, then check out Back Country Paintball. With 4 unique fields, and new Laser Tag, it’s the perfect place to bring your friends and get your adrenaline going.
When it comes time to refuel just consider Manitoba Street in Bracebridge destination delicious. With a great selection of local eateries, there’s sure to be something to satisfy even the most distinguished palate. Try a world famous Muskoka Mocha from Marty’s World Famous Café and then find out why they call him the Michelangelo of buttertarts! Test your beer IQ at the Griffin Gastro Pub! Their 10 beer taps are constantly bringing delicious new local brews to your glass and they’ve even been ranked in the top 10 bars in Canada by Air Canada and Enroute Magazine. The Old Station restaurant is another local favourite, offering great fare and a taste of local history, or check out Bistro One Fifty Five for some of the most exquisite fine dining in the area. Whether you prefer a café, pub, or somewhere to sit down, you’re sure to find the spot to fill you up and keep you going.
Once you get here, we’re pretty sure you’ll never want to leave. One thing’s for sure though: one day is not enough. There are tons of great places to stay the night in Muskoka, whether you’re traveling with the whole family, or looking for a relaxing getaway. The Knights Inn is located just moments away from the Bracebridge core, making it a perfect spot for those looking to experience the picturesque little town firsthand. Families will love the newly renovated Muskoka Riverside Inn, which is located along the Muskoka River and has an indoor pool, fitness facility, and bowling alley all on site. For a quieter and more relaxing stay rent a cottage from Patterson Kaye Resort and enjoy the serenity of the waterfront, and the peace and quiet of this hidden gem, just a little off the beaten path. No matter where you lay your head, nothing matches the feeling of waking up in cottage country.
Shopaholics rejoice! There are tons of great stores native to the Muskoka area, and they have some treasures to offer you won’t find anywhere else. Grab a stylish, comfy, and Canadian made Muskoka Bear Wear from one of their 7 locations around Muskoka. If you could weave the feeling of sitting by the fire and eating ‘Smores into a sweater we’re pretty sure this is what it would feel like. For a truly unique find be sure to pop into the Chancery Lane Co. to see their eclectic mix of distinct gifts and curiosities. With everything from home décor and jewelry to gifts and souvenirs it’s definitely worth checking out. The fashionista of the family will want to stop by the Pelican Bay boutique to check out the newest styles. With great new looks arriving every week, it’s always worth checking in to take a peek at the latest shipment. If you’re looking to do some exploring you can get anything you need to conquer the Muskoka wilderness from Algonquin Outfitters. From outer-wear to kayaks (for rent or sale), you can tackle the outdoors in style and plan your own adventure.
Muskoka is home to some of the greatest events and festivals in Ontario. Coming up this month are the Bracebridge Highland Games, featuring Jousting by the “Knights of Valour”, and the “Feats of Strength” heavy lifting competition. There are also a few more shows before the Cottage Country Comedy tour wraps up with its “Best of the Fest” show on the 16th. Featuring some of Canada’s best comics, this side-splitting tour still has stops in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge that you won’t want to miss.
This has all been just a sample of all the great things Muskoka has to offer. Visit http://santasvillage.ca/beyond-local/ to see more information on these and other great listings in the area. Want to join our growing network of local businesses? It’s easy, and FREE! Just go to http://santasvillage.ca/beyond/listing/ and fill out the form to have your business listed as a Beyond partner.