Welcome to Lake Muskoka
Where Luxury Meets Nature
Lake Muskoka, the gateway lake to Muskoka, Ontario was the first of the Big Three lakes to be sought after by recreational enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Boasting active and vibrant communities along the shores of Lake Muskoka, cottagers, residents, and tourists enjoy a blend of peace and excitement. Luxury meets nature on Lake Muskoka with an abundance of cottages spanning the shoreline of the mainland and numerous islands that dot the lake. Here you can find traditional Olde Muskoka cottages and new architectural masterpieces of all shapes and sizes.
Children and their parents love Lake Muskoka for its abundance of year-round activities and opportunities to immerse in cottage life with many summer camps and daily outings and excursions both on land and on water. What makes Lake Muskoka even more desirable as a second summer home destination is its proximity to Toronto and Pearson International Airport.
WHAT TO LOVE
- Quick access: Only an hour and a half from the GTA and easily accessible from every direction because of its size, Lake Muskoka is a well sought-after summer destination.
- Year round amenities: while some businesses in Muskoka are only open in the summer you'll find many shops and restaurants open year round in the towns of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.
- Recreation and lake life: Lake Muskoka boasts public beaches, boat launches, sailing camps, hiking trails, golf and SUP yoga. The list doesn’t stop there providing much to do while at the cottage or on a day trip.
DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT
Lakeside Restaurant in the quaint village of Bala provides fine dining in the heart of Muskoka offering fresh food and a view of Lake Muskoka.
More culinary delights can be in Bala at Don's Bakery. Tourists, cottagers and residents alike have been enjoying Don's world famous butter tarts since 1947.
The Gravenhurst Opera House is a beautiful, historic theatre is located in downtown Gravenhurst. Patrons delight in live theatre, concerts, stand-up comedy and more.
While there are many dining options in and around Lake Muskoka, many cottagers enjoy nothing more than putting their feet up while sitting on the dock sipping a pint from our local microbrewery. Beer aficionado's pour a draught for themselves from a rental keg delivered and set up by Muskoka Brewery at the boathouse or cottage. Muskoka Brewery also offers light fare and samples at the Taproom at 1964 Muskoka Beach Road.
THINGS TO DO
Lake Muskoka with it's surrounding towns and villages is popular due to an abundance of activities. Summer camps are especially popular and give children an opportunity to learn to sail, water ski, play golf and discover interesting aspects of the environment, forest and lake ecosystems.
The Wharf in Gravenhurst, accessible by auto or boat hosts restaurants and a public boat launch. From here you can catch a steamship ride on the Wenonah or check out the antique boat show.
Summer Water Sports is always a big hit. Known simply as SWS, staff and entertainment crew delight residents, cottagers, and tourists with their ski shows and they offer lessons to learn various water sports.
Outside of enjoying the lake and watersports many activities can also be found on land. In fact, Bracebridge was made famous by Santa. Santa's Village that is, an amusement park that is fun for the whole family. Taboo Resort has many amenities including golf, spa, swimming pool, fitness, tennis, dining, a sandy beach, and accommodations.
LAKE MUSKOKA FACTS
Lake Muskoka is the largest of the big three lakes with 269 km of shoreline. This lake is fed by Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and the Indian River through the locks in Port Carling, and the Muskoka River through the falls at Bracebridge. It then flows into Moon River at Bala, emptying into Georgian Bay. Located between Port Carling and Gravenhurst it lies primarily within the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
Many islands can be found on the lake with a total island shoreline of 209 km. Lake Muskoka has a maximum depth of 75 metres and is home to Millionaires Row which can be seen in Beaumaris located just outside of Milford Bay. This area grew rapidly when the railroad reached Gravenhurst in 1875. Still today, many famous people call Muskoka home for the summer.