Muskoka, Canada – Cottage Country and then some

If you’ve got the money, I’ve got the place. Muskoka, Canada – cottage country and then some. It’s a few hours north of Toronto. It’s beyond beautiful with more trees and lakes than you can imagine. A fantastic place for a vacation or weekend in the summer. Muskoka in the Fall, when the leaves change colour, is gorgeous. If you like snow and ice (ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, snowmobiling) then you would like it here in the winter too. It’s well worth it to travel to Muskoka.

Muskoka Background

The District of Muskoka is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and contains more than 1,600 lakes. It’s also the home to 7 Provincial Parks and the world famous Algonquin Park for campers. 20 golf courses and top resorts like Taboo, Deerhurst, Grandview, Clevelands House, and JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort.

It’s been the place to go for the well heeled for many years. Tourists flock here from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world to see Muskoka’s natural beauty. Many Torontonians, some Americans and others have cottages, chalets and/or country homes here. Bryan Adams, Goldie Hawn, Martin Short, pro hockey players and more own some of the more fabulous summer homes. My sister (not famous) has owned a regular cottage for years. My brother-in-law owns a float plane and will fly off their lake to buy butter tarts and chelsea buns.

Boating is naturally popular on the lakes of Muskoka. Here’s a chance to take a quick ride on a ski boat in Muskoka:

The Aura of Muskoka

There’s a few places that have an aura about them in Muskoka. Bigwin Island in Lake of Bays. Now a private island with club and full 18 hole top rated golf course. (As a world golfer, I can tell you that the 18th hole is one of the prettiest in all the world. The longest hole on the course, it sweeps down to the right from an elevated tee towards the lake and clubhouse). Many years ago, Bigwin played host to big bands like Tommy Dorsey, Count Basey and others at the Pavilion.

The “Kee to Bala” Bar, located on Lake Muskoka, dates back to 1930 and still has musical acts performing to this day. The Ramones, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Burton Cummings and many more have played here. Mix in some great bakeries, diners and burger joints through the area and Muskoka traditions stay strong. It’s the longed for Muskoka cottage lifestyle that keeps them coming back.

If you’re convinced that this is the place for you, check out cottages for rent in Muskoka. Or take the plunge, and get a Muskoka Cottage for Sale.

Seriously, it’s well worth it to travel to Muskoka!

24 thoughts on “Muskoka, Canada – Cottage Country and then some

  1. nortoncharity July 10, 2020 / 9:59 am

    Oh my goodness this looks like my kinda place! How beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thecaskconnoisseur July 10, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    Omg this place looks so beautiful, I’ve Never been to Canada, I would love to visit though, adding it to my bucket list 😁

    • markstraveljournal July 10, 2020 / 4:17 pm

      Besides the scenery, and being a Commonwealth country, you would love the beer and whiskey here too! Thanks for the comments

  3. Addy July 11, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Is this where Harry and Meghan are hiding? The scenery is peaceful. Hopefully, the rentals are affordable. Owning a beautiful cottage Luke Bryan Adams is a different story.

    • markstraveljournal July 11, 2020 / 8:30 am

      No, Harry was in British Columbia on the west coast. Equally beautiful though. Rental prices aren’t bad but you can spend a lot for top drawer properties. Thanks for the comments

  4. I’d heard of cottage country before, but I didn’t realize it was so expansive! That’s a lot of lakes and parks! I am going to go and dream a little and look at the site with places to buy 🙂

  5. Kelsey July 11, 2020 / 10:21 am

    As if I didn’t already have enough places on my travel bucket list… here you’ve gone and added another! I love how you give the background of the place as well instead of just listing the things to do with some pictures. Adding a video was a nice touch, too! This makes me long for the days we can all travel freely again! Thank you for sharing

    • markstraveljournal July 11, 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thanks. The background adds to the Muskoka mystique. The video was taken from my brother in law’s water ski boat. There’s lots to do there (or just sit on a dock with a cold beverage and chill). Cheers,

  6. Diffusing the Tension July 11, 2020 / 10:54 am

    I would love to visit Canada some day. These pictures look so beautiful! My husband went to Banff a couple years ago, but other than that, we’ve never been.

  7. a Life on a Dime July 11, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I’m adding it to my bucket list!

  8. Smith Mitchell July 13, 2020 / 8:19 am

    I have not yet managed to get to this part of the world. It looks very tempting and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Měilìfisayo July 14, 2020 / 2:31 am

    this place is so beautiful and I have always wanted to visit Canada one day

  10. bournemouthgirl July 14, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    This place looks really pretty and so peaceful. The photographs are great. Thank you for sharing.

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