Picture yourself gliding down snow-covered trails, hiking among the first spring blossoms, paddling sparkling lakes, or marvelling at an explosion of fall colours. Each season offers something special in and around Muskoka, and a diverse network of trails, paddling routes, scenic tours, resorts, and friendly communities makes it oh-so-easy to get outside and enjoy the best of Cottage Country.
Winter is a magical time to visit Muskoka and surrounding area. Generous snowfall and crisp temperatures provide ideal conditions for snowshoeing, skiing, fat biking, ice skating, dog sledding, and a host of other classic cold-season activities.
Skate a Frozen Ice Trail
Lace up your skates on two can’t-miss Muskoka ice trails. In Arrowhead Provincial Park, a 1.5-km skating path winds through snow-draped forest for an unforgettable woodland experience. Near the Lake Muskoka village of Bala, Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery is transformed in winter with a 1.2-km ice trail around the frozen cranberry bogs.
Mush! Experience Dog Sledding
Try this bucket-list Canadian experience at Huntsville’s North Ridge Ranch, on the edge of Algonquin Park. Learn to mush your own sled, or just enjoy the winter wonderland. Half-day and one-hour tours are available most days throughout the winter season. Book early, these dog sledding trips fill up fast!
Try Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing
The cross-country ski trails offer something for every level of skier, from first-timer to avid enthusiast. Near Huntsville, Arrowhead Provincial Park’s immaculately groomed trails offer 22 km of classic skiing and 11 km of skate skiing. Nestled among old-growth forest just 10 minutes from Parry Sound, Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre has 30 km of trails to explore on skis, snowshoes or fat bike.
Spin Forest Trails on a Fat Bike
Fat bikes feature oversized tires for flotation and grip on snowy trails, making these go-anywhere rides the monster trucks of mountain bikes. In Bracebridge, Liv Outside offers two-hour guided rides, fat bike rentals, and an on-site network of groomed, single-track winter bike trails. In Parry Sound, fat bikers can hit the groomed ski trails at Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre.
Experience the vibrant forests and secluded waterways that come alive in spring. Discover delicate orchids on a wildflower hike, listen for bird song, paddle to roaring waterfalls, and tap into the region’s famous Maple Trail.
Go for a Wildflower Hike
Hikers are spoiled for choice. Between Gravenhurst and Bala, look for lady slipper orchids and trilliums among the granite shorelines and hardwood forests of Hardy Lake Provincial Park. Nearby, spot delicate carnivorous sundew and pitcher plant in the wetlands at Torrance Barrens Conservation Area. In Lake of Bays, the Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve offers some 70 km of scenic trails to lakes, lookouts, and mossy woodlands.
Ride the Canadian Shield
The charming town of Bracebridge serves as Muskoka’s mountain biking Mecca. Just off Highway 11 North, the Bracebridge Resource Management Centre offers 19 km of woodland trails winding along the Muskoka River. South of town, riders of all skill levels can enjoy a diverse, well-maintained network of technical singletrack and flowing doubletrack at Buckwallow Cycling Centre. Discover more places for cycle touring, training, and winter trekking.
Paddle to a Scenic Waterfall
Spring through early summer is the best time to canoe, kayak, or paddleboard area rivers and view numerous, spectacular waterfalls. In Bracebridge, paddle the Muskoka River to scenic South Falls, the region’s highest vertical drop waterfall. On the edge of Algonquin Park, enjoy a half-day wilderness paddle from Oxtongue Lake to Ragged Falls.
Taste Muskoka’s Maple Trail
Billed as “the most Canadian of culinary trails,” this six-week celebration of all things maple syrup features 27 unique stops across Muskoka. Sample maple-crafted sweets, brews, and culinary delights; tour an authentic sugar shack; enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the maple bush; make taffy-on-snow, and more! Runs March 13 to April 24, 2020. Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm, a state-of-the-art sugaring operation, welcomes visitors year-round.
Muskoka is synonymous with summer fun. Whether it’s spending time at the lake, relaxing with family and friends, diving into a new adventure—or all of the above—summer is about being outside and enjoying nature.
Zip Through the Trees
Treetop Trekking Huntsville offers a three-hour forest canopy tour filled with zip lines, monkey cables, Tarzan swings, balance bridges, and much more. Nestled in the pines above Santa’s Village amusement park on the shore of the lovely Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial Park features seven zip lines for nearly 1,000 feet of aerial thrills.
Get on Board with SUP Yoga
Take your yoga practice to the water with SUP (standup paddleboard) yoga on one of Muskoka’s countless tranquil lakes. Suptopia Floating Yoga is the region’s travelling yoga studio—contact owner and instructor, Steph Ouellette, for a schedule of upcoming classes and events. In Gravenhurst, connect with Muskoka Yoga Studio. Or join hundreds of other yoga devotees and first-timers at the annual Muskoka Yoga Festival.