The District of Muskoka or just Muskoka as it is known to most is a region located in the heart of Ontario. Just a two hour drive from Toronto, Muskoka is a popular summer retreat for many residents of the region. Situated on the western border of the Algonquin Provincial Park, this popular but lesser known destination is ideal for hikers, bikers, explorers or even those just looking to relax and enjoy some shopping or some fine local brews. Find out more about this amazing destination for travel and what makes it unique with a review from Island Trader Vacations.
A scenic area dotted with small towns and villages not to mention popular resort areas, Muskoka may be lesser known to those of us outside Canada but to nearby residents, it is “the” place to be. Welcoming over 2 million visitors each year, this beautiful and diverse destination dates back thousands of years in terms of habitation. While the villages mostly date back only to the 19th century, the area was long inhabited by local Native inhabitants, primarily the Ojibwa people. European settlers began arriving in the 1760’s and by the 1800’s,the area was well established. For well over 100 years now, travelers have been making this their ideal destination for travel so much so in fact that National Geographic named it a top destination for travelers 2 years in a row.
So what makes it so special? From its unique steamship cruises to its local bear not to mention its vast unspoiled wilderness areas, there are hundreds of destinations and attractions unique to the region and for which it is known.
Georgian Bay Island National Park – by far the most famous attraction in the region, this popular natural area is one of Canada’s natural wonders. Encompassing 3,000 islands, this is the world’s largest chain of freshwater islands. Within the park visitors can explore 63 individual islands and the pristine waters surrounding them. Take a boat ride, explore an island, learn more about history and experience the beauty of this amazing destination. Muskoka is home to 11 provincial parks as well. Hiking, biking and exploring are never far away here.
Muskoka Brewery – nestled in the heart of Muskoka is the Muskoka Brewery, another popular destination. Founded in 1996, this craft brewery features not just great beer but fun tours which are available Friday and Saturday. Choose from limited releases such as the Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout or the always fun Twice as Mad Tom IPA.
Additionally, galleries, trails, golf courses, fishing, waterfalls, spas, markets, driving tours and dozens of sports and activities throughout the region make this a destination you won’t want to miss. In fact, Muskoka is well known in the star circles as well as more than a few well known Hollywood stars have chosen to vacation here in the summer months as well. Whether you are heading to Canada for the space or for the experiences, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Muskoka, a top Canadian destination for travel.