Ah March, that awkward month where Mother Nature teases with glimpses of warm spring weather. One day it’s too warm for the outfit you have chosen. Another day you have to scrape the windows of your car. We are just like you and wish she would just make up her mind and let that warm weather through. The one thing we noticed when the weather really starts to turn to positive temperatures is that our phones start to ring. Every year, one of the big questions we always get is, can you recommend some things for us to do when we are up at the resort this year. So we decided to poll our staff over the last few days for recommendations. Here is our list of things that anyone could enjoy doing while you are up in Muskoka in 2016.
Whatever you plan – we hope you have a quintessential Muskoka experience that makes you want to visit us every year!
Top 20 Things to do in Muskoka
- The Tree Museum – Gravenhurst
No it’s not about hugging the trees…this free art show through one of Muskoka’s beautiful forests is for anyone looking for a fun, different adventure. It’s a great hike that the whole family will enjoy.
The best times to visit are late April early May (before the black flies), and July to the end of October (the site is glorious in the fall). Make sure you wear good walking shoes/boots – rubber boots are a good idea in the spring. This is the woods – come prepared for mosquitoes. May-June is black fly season. Don’t forget to bring water.
- Peter’s Players
Famous artists, great local musicians and a must for any music enthusiast, Peter’s Players presents every show with the music at the forefront, the way it should be. Looking for a great summer experience? Why not book yourself on Peter’s Players Spring Music Cruise- always a sellout – so get your tickets soon!
- Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre – Grace and Speed
It’s always a great day on the water in Muskoka…why not visit and see some of the most spectacular old “woodie” boats the museum has to offer. The centre features Canada’s largest in-water collection of antique and classic boats. Learn the history of boating showcased by the rich history of life on the water in Muskoka, with particular focus on the steamship, boat-building and the resort era. After the tour make sure you hop on the RMS Segwun or Wenonah II Steam Ships for an actual tour of iconic Lake Muskoka.
- Bala Falls – Bala, Ontario
Beauty as nature intended. Bala Falls is primarily a connection between Lake Muskoka, and Georgian Bay as well as a summer landmark for visitors to the area with recreational swimming in the north falls. Pack a lunch with the kids, take a swim or do some shopping at some of the little shops Bala has to offer.
- Gravenhurst Opera House
Opened in 1901 and conveniently located in Downtown Gravenhurst, this is one of the best places to see a show or concert in Muskoka. Catch one of the many outdoor summer movies that are offered weekly or a concert on the water at Music on the Barge, located just up the street at Gull Lake Park Sunday’s throughout the summer.
- Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park
Calling all adventure seekers! This newly renovated park has something for all ages and thrill levels!! Don’t like heights? Try the go-carts, water-park or hit Santa’s Village for some fun with the little ones. Take a break from the action and have a picnic under some of the biggest trees Muskoka has to offer.
- Bala Cranberry Festival
A great local festival that always falls the weekend after Thanksgiving, this festival offers great food, and fantastic local vendors selling everything Muskoka. Take a tour of the local Cranberry Marsh, visit the petting zoo with the kids, or catch some afternoon entertainment while tasting the best French fries in Muskoka at the local community centre .
- The Kee to Bala
A Muskoka Summer tradition since 1942, if you haven’t seen a concert at the “Kee” then you haven’t experienced what it’s like to see a true “Rock Show”. A venue like this is a must for any concert enthusiast. Each summer The Kee features some of the biggest bands in Canadian Rock, including The Tragically Hip, Kim Mitchell and the Sam Roberts Band to name a few.
- Summer Water Sports – Water Ski Shows
Summer Water Sports has been performing water-ski shows since the 70’s, and keep the family cottage tradition going every summer. The shows are packed with entertainment for all ages. Watch members of the Canadian National Ski Show Team and Team SWS as they thrill audiences with death defying stunts, grace, beauty, technical sophistication and, of course, comedy for the kids. All shows are open to the general public.
Muskoka Shows start at 7:30 PM – rain or shine.
- Monday: Clevelands House Resort, Minett
- Tuesday: Windsor Park, Bala
- Wednesday: Boston Pizza, Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst
- Thursday: Bayview Wildwood Resort, Sparrow Lake
- Santa’s Village
3 Exciting Parks and 1 Great Campground all onsite! Santa’s Village is a 60 acre family entertainment park nestled on a bend of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge. Think of it as where Santa spends the warm months relaxing and experiencing the joy of Christmas all summer long. With so many fun things to do, it is a great place to spend time with your family & friends of all ages!
- Mountain Biking Trails
For those of you who like a little scenery with your bike rides! Taboo Muskoka has some of the very best trails around – ask us for a handy trail guide when you check in!
- Dorset Lookout Tower
Famous – traditional – iconic. Definitely a favourite for the kids. The Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower was built in 1967 and is 30 metres high (100 feet). Visitors are welcome to climb to the observation deck which is 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays. Make sure you bring a good camera!! You will not be disappointed. After you’re done with the tower, you can walk to the lookout and still get some amazing views of Dorset.
- The Group Of Seven Outdoor Gallery
A unique outdoor trail that features over 90 incredible mural replicas showcasing the works of the Group of Seven painters and the gentleman who inspired them, Tom Thomson. Take the mobile tour of locations throughout Muskoka and Algonquin Park, Ontario, and experience iconic 20th century Canadian art coming to life again in the digital age.
- Muskoka Heritage Place
Inspired by the Big Bang’s Sheldon’s love of trains? You need to check out Heritage Place! Muskoka Heritage Place is the primary historical centre in Huntsville, featuring two
museums, 18 authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all
situated on a beautiful 90 acre site. Touch the past at Muskoka Heritage Place, the home of the Muskoka Museum, Muskoka Pioneer Village and the Portage Flyer Train.
- Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
Maybe you’re not up for camping in this gorgeous National Park – but a day trip with a stop into the visitor centre is still a great idea. With iconic scenery – you won’t regret a stop here. The Algonquin Park Visitor Centre has world class exhibits on the Park’s natural and human history, a relaxing restaurant and an excellent bookstore. A theatre presentation sums up the Park story and then takes you out to the viewing deck from where you can admire a breathtaking panorama of wild Algonquin landscape.
- Muskoka RibFest
Held annually in Gravenhurst, Muskoka Ribfest is a great chance to try out delicious BBQ cooked up by a variety of competitive barbecuers from across Canada and the US. Held in conjunction with the In-Water Boat and Cottage show – it’s great food, live entertainment, and lots of boat & cottage exhibits, and don’t forget the Beer Tent!
- 36th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show
Over 100 antique and classic boats displayed on land and in the water including Greavettes from across North America. Also featuring Boats in Motion, Field of Dreams, a Flea Market and numerous vendors. Free admission to the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre (including the KidZone). Vintage cars, a fashion show…this is one show you don’t want to miss!
- Bethune Memorial House
During the early 20th century, Dr. Norman Bethune became a medical pioneer, advocate for Canada’s universal health care system and revered Chinese cultural icon. Take a tour of Bethune Memorial House, a charming Victorian-era home set on a manicured property alongside an informative Visitor Centre, and immerse yourself in an incredible legacy of accomplishment that strengthens the bond between nations to this day.
- Sawdust Brewery
Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. They produce traditional ales in an array of styles, but there is nothing traditional about the flavour. The brew master and his talented team create award-winning exciting beers that expand the borders of traditional flavour profiles. The focal point of the Tap Room is a 24-foot live-edge bar milled from a 100-year-old naturally felled pine tree, honouring the long history of logging in Muskoka. Brewery tours are available throughout the week in the summer, and Saturdays only during the winter.
- Muskoka Drive In
After an exciting day exploring Muskoka why not take advantage of the beautiful clear skies and enjoy an old tradition – when’s the last time you went to a drive in movie?! Nostalgia is one thing – 50 cent popcorn refills…HELLO!