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10 Must Try Family Activities in Muskoka this Summer

By Lauren MacDermid
June, 2017


As another school year comes to a close, many families have begun planning for the exciting summer ahead. If visiting Muskoka is already on your list of things to do for Canada’s 150th, here are a few “must try” activities that are guaranteed to create fun memories.

1. When in Muskoka, there is no better way to spend a day than out on the water. Take the kids for a tube, wakeboard, wake surf or waterski with your own boat or rental. Or book a private lesson with SOAR Management at the resort docks.

2. Launch your boat or rent one for the day to explore the big three: Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka, including a trip to Port Carling’s historic locks. The kids will be fascinated as water levels are adjusted to accommodate different size boats. Parents, you’ll be amazed by the magnificent cottages and boathouses that line the shores.

3. Summers are meant to be spent outdoors in the fresh air, so pack a picnic and take the kids on an adventure to nearby Hardy Lake Trail, Hazelwood Trail or Torrance Barrens. Looking to make it a full day adventure? Head to one of the provincial parks: Algonquin Park, Ragged Falls Park, or Arrowhead Park for a day of sightseeing, waterfall chasing and wildlife spotting.

4. Experience a new mode of transportation at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka with Segway tours and a Zip line, open to both guests and public. Go off-roading around the resort property on one of six Segways or glide across the 5 Bridges pond for an extra dose of adrenaline before wood-fired pizza at The Deck. Be sure to connect with the resort concierge for reservations before arriving!

5. Create a memory and a lifelong hobby by fishing with your children on land, dock or boat. Fishing is a great pastime for kids of all ages and helps to teach patience and perseverance. If you are looking to guarantee a catch, try fishing at Milford Bay Trout Farm. The smoked trout and paté are worth the short drive!

6. Sometimes you need an activity that has something for everyone. That’s why Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery is a must on this list. Keep Mom and Dad happy with a glass of cranberry wine and let the children explore 11 km of trails lined with wildlife facts. Come together as a family for a Bottle to Bog Tour to learn how cranberries are harvested and to taste fresh, dried and chocolate-covered cranberries in the store.

7. Getting together with a whole crew of extended family or friends? Take everyone to Santa’s Village and Playzone for a day of action-packed activities with Santa and his elves. You are sure to find entertainment for all ages with kid-sized rollercoasters, a Ferris wheel, swan paddle boats, Go Karts, zip lines, mini putting, batting cages, rock climbing wall, laser tag and a petting zoo.

8. Transport the family back in time with a traditional steamship cruise on Lake Rosseau with Sunset Cruises or Lake Muskoka with Muskoka Steamships. Before or after you set sail in Gravenhurst, discover the history of steamships, wooden boats and interactive exhibits at the Discovery Centre.

9. Spend an afternoon in Bala, Ontario walking around town with an ice cream cone in hand, reading the historical signage and looking for Lucy M. Montgomery’s vacation home, now an interactive museum. On Tuesday evenings, head down to Windsor Park for the weekly ski show performance from 7:30-8:30 pm.

10. On a rainy day walk the main streets of a nearby town, exploring all the local shops and bakeries: Port Carling, Bala, Rosseau, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst , Baysville and Huntsville all have a story to share.

Let us know which activities you get up to this summer by tagging @jwmuskoka #jwmuskoka on Instagram and Twitter!