“Its is the constant change which affords such pleasure to the eye on the lakes of Muskoka; and though the component parts of the landscape shall be of the same – water, and rock, and tree – yet the ever-changing play of light and from constantly opens out new combinations in color and beauty of which the sight never wearies nor the interest grows dull.”
-Barlow Cumberland , The Northern Lakes of Canada , 1886
Just a two-hour drive north of Toronto stands 2500 square miles of white pine forests, stunning granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls and 1600 freshwater lakes. This spectacular one and a half billion-year-old region, part of the rocky and rugged Canadian Shield , is known as Muskoka.
Muskoka, flanked by Algonquin Park on the north and Georgian Bay on the west is made up of picturesque villages and towns, farming communities and lakeside vacation resorts. Over the last 200 years, this striking environment has become known as the ultimate playground for the wealthy.
From the settler’s point of view, these natural features were often more a curse than a blessing. As the pioneers struggled to coax crops from the rugged Canadian Shield , it seemed at times that Muskoka was destined to fail as a settlement – even with the province’s Free Grants and Homestead Act, offering 100 acres of land to anyone who would build a house and clear 15 acres within five years’ time. But fate and the spirit of enterprise intervened. Muskoka’s so-called liabilities became her greatest assets. Today, Muskoka has become an exclusive real estate scene and a sought after vacation destination for over 2.1 million annual visitors.
The most populous part of Muskoka is the Muskoka Lakes Township , home to Lake Rosseau , Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph . These three lakes, some of the deepest in the region, were the first lakes explored and settled by wealthy British sportsmen and tourists in the late 1800s.
Today, families of local pioneers, early retirees, weekend cottagers and resort vacationers inhabit Muskoka. It has become a Canadian Tradition to flock north to enjoy the clean air, civilized wilderness and an active lifestyle. Visitors come again and again to experience it’s year round natural beauty, while at the same time enjoying it’s diversified culture and numerous recreational activities.
- Discover Muskoka
- Resorts Ontario
- The Rock Golf Course
- Golf Muskoka
- The Muskoka Fleet
- Town of Port Carling
- Muskoka Heritage Place
- Santa’s Village