Things to do in Muskoka
Welcome to Bracebridge: A Four-Season Adventure
Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Bracebridge, Ontario, serves as a vibrant hub for year-round activities. From thrilling winter sports to tranquil summer adventures, there's always something happening in this picturesque slice of Canada. As a home base, the historic Inn at the Falls offers a comfortable and convenient stay while you explore the enchanting surroundings.
1. Hiking Trails
With the snow melting away, spring is a beautiful time to explore the scenic hiking trails in and around Bracebridge. The Wilson’s Falls Trail and the Bracebridge Resource Management Centre offer trails for all skill levels, and each presents unique views of the local flora and fauna.
2. Bird Watching
Spring in Muskoka means the return of various bird species. The Muskoka Bird Board provides details on hotspots, recent sightings, and tips for birding enthusiasts.
With several renowned golf courses in the vicinity, including the Bracebridge Golf Club and the South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, spring marks the perfect season to tee off in the tranquil outdoors.
Muskoka boasts an abundance of lakes teeming with fish. Anglers can try their luck at Lake Muskoka or the Muskoka River which starts right in front of the Inn, where species like bass, pike, and walleye are common. Consider local fishing charters for guided excursions.
2. Canoeing and Kayaking
Navigate the calm waters of Bracebridge by canoe or kayak. The Muskoka Paddle Shack offers rentals, or you can join an organized paddle tour to explore local waterways with experienced guides.
Summer in Bracebridge is festival season. The Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival, the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Summer Show, Tall Pines Music Festival, and the Dockside Festival of the Arts in Gravenhurst are just a few examples.
4. Visit one of our many Beaches
Bracebridge is the home to many parks and beaches. So many to discover and enjoy. Relax on the beach, stroll in the parks there is so much to do and see. Some of the popular ones are Bracebridge Bay Park, Kirby Beach, High Falls Park and more.
5. Visit Popular Attractions
1. Autumn Foliage Tours
The fall color display in Bracebridge is stunning. Take a drive through the Muskoka Fall Colour Routes to witness the breathtaking landscapes.
2. Farmers' Markets
Visit the Bracebridge Farmers' Market to pick up fresh, local produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, and more. It's a delightful way to spend a fall morning.
3. Museum Visits
Fall is an excellent time to visit local museums, like the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst, featuring the region's rich history and culture.
1. Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
With its extensive network of trails, Muskoka is a snowmobiler's paradise. The Snowcrest Riders Snowmobile Club in Gravenhurst maintains over 250 km of trails in the area.
3. Ice Fishing
Experience a classic Canadian winter pastime by trying your hand at ice fishing. Local operators offer guided excursions, providing all the necessary equipment and safety briefings.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
"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." ----- Virginia Marshall, freelance outdoor adventure writer, photographer and editor with roots in Muskoka and Lake Superior.