6 Best Muskoka Day Trips
If you’re looking to entertain visitors, need a break from the cottage, or just want to explore the areas surrounding your new Muskoka getaway, here are some fun ways to pass a day in cottage country!
1. Take a boat cruise
Get closer to Muskoka’s famous lakes on grand, historic steamships like the Royal Mail Ship Segwun, book a dinner cruise and watch the sun go down, or discover the historic 30,000 Islands regions by boat!
Cost: Between $25 – 65, depending on length/type of cruise.
2. Check out a National Park
The Muskoka area encompasses some of the most beautiful Provincial and National parks: Algonquin, Arrowhead, Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, and Georgian Bay Islands National Park, to name just a few! Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring, hiking, swimming, paddling, or watching the local wildlife at play.
Cost: $17 for a daily park pass.
3. Shop ‘til you drop!
Muskoka is a great base to find some off-the-beaten-path boutiques nestled in historic hamlets like Huntsville and Port Carling, to buy art directly from the artists at their studios, or just to enjoy an ice cream at an old-school general store.
Cost: However much you’re willing to part with…
4. Take to the skies!
Get your pulse pounding with a trip up, up, and away! Visit one of the area’s two aerial activities centres, Hunstville Treetop Trekking or the Muskoka Zipline and Aerial Park in Bracebridge. Great for families!
Cost: Between $49.95 – 59.95 (prices vary depending on age of participants)
5. Treat yourself
One of the perks of there being so many luxury resorts in the area is an abundance of spas. Take some time to yourself to enjoy a massage, a couples massage, or treatments like facials and scrubs. Check out the spa online before you go, as access to the resort’s grounds and private pools is often included!
Cost: varies depending on treatment.
6. Have a drink!
Muskoka is already making quite a name for itself in the craft beer and wine industry, with a number of local establishments receiving national recognition on a number of occasions. Take a brewery tour at one of the local craft breweries like The Muskoka Brewery, or visit one The Muskoka Lakes Winery if red, white, and rose is more your thing. This goes without saying, but leave the car at home for this one unless you have a DD, or find a driven tour.
If you’re not a big drinker, take your coffee-loving taste buds on a visit the Muskoka Roastery to see how everyone’s favourite morning drink is made!
Cost: starts at free, but expect to pay more for a driven tour.