Why Insta-Worthy Muskoka Is a Great Family Destination

Muskoka Canada is one of the most Instagram-worthy landscapes in the world and is commonly called a “Canadian treasure.” By balancing luxury with a sensitivity to nature, the district of Muskoka gracefully maintains itself as one of the world’s most beautiful playgrounds and is considered “one of the top 100 places that can change your child’s life” by National Geographic Travel – on par with The Galapagos Islands.

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Nightfall in Muskoka, Ontario. Photo: pictureguy66

For decades, the monied families of Ontario have filled the lake front with private cottages. Over the years these private residences have grown more and more lavish, while ensuring the beautiful landscape remains relatively untouched. And for those who never own, the addition of picturesque grand hotels makes the area accessible and ensures Muskoka Canada is one of the most fashionable destinations attracting in-the-know travelers from around the world.

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Just a few of the lovely cottages of Muskoka Canada. Photo: Meghan Sherwin

Where to Stay

Only 1.5 hours north of Toronto, Muskoka is filled with classic lake-side towns filled with antique dealers, bakeries and ice cream shops. But definitely keep to the lake when searching for a place to stay and rent an exclusive private cottage on one of the “Big Three” lakes: Rosseau, Muskoka and Joseph through Jayne’s Cottages. Or cast your net wider and find that perfect family getaway on one of the smaller 1,600 fresh water lakes that dot the area with Cottage Rentals. If your family prefers to stay at one of the top hotels, try Taboo for that modern lake house experience or Windermere House to build those classic Muskoka memories.

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The famous house boats of Muskoka Canada. Photo: Meghan Sherwin

What To Do

The area has come a long way from the canoeing and fishing that drew its first settlers. The kids will love exploring the woods and lakes but if you need some motorized fun, rent the hottest boats from Muskoka Boat Rentals to explore the lake from a different vantage. And take the time to boat by some of the architecturally-awarded boat houses on Millionaires Row on Lake Muskoka or Billionaires Row on Lake Joseph to spot the Hollywood stars and jet-setters who spend quality time with their family lake side. And when it’s time for a slower pace, try the latest paddleboards through Muskoka Paddle Shack to ensure you get that core body workout or just lounge on the deck of the striking Muskoka Steamships as they tour the lakes daily with specialty kids cruises. And with some of the top golf destinations in Ontario, bring your clubs as the family can play at Muskoka Highlands which hosts junior clinics as young as U9 on Saturday mornings and The Rock Golf for those a little bit more experienced.

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Kid-friendly lunch at Grand Electric. Photo: Meghan Sherwin

Where to Eat

With caterers and boutique food shops aplenty, Muskoka makes it easy for foodies to enjoy every meal at their cottage – and when your glasses run dry, Muskoka is filled with dock-side services like Muskoka Brewery who deliver premium beer right to your dock. But if you’re looking to explore the restaurant-scene try Pie Pizza for wood-fired classics the kids will love. And compare it to lakeside patios, such as Grand Electric, a Muskoka extension of a Toronto hotspot which turns out perfectly fresh tacos and incredibly well made summer cocktails. And you won’t want to miss the neighboring Frankie’s Surf Club for the latest bikinis, craft beers and board games where kids are as happy watching the boats passing by as they are playing Snakes & Ladders.

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Relaxing at Frankie’s Surf Club in Muskoka. Photo: Meghan Sherwin

How to Get to Muskoka Canada

With Pearson International Airport (YYZ) only 90 minutes away, it’s easy to land in Toronto and hire a car to get you to Muskoka. And no drive to Muskoka would be complete without a stop at the famous Webers, with famous hamburgers and a Canadian classic Roots pop up clothing shop to make sure you arrive in Muskoka well-fed and well-dressed. But for those who don’t want to sit in traffic, you can charter a float plane from Cameron Air to land right at your dock and make the trip that much simpler.

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About Meghan Sherwin

Meghan Sherwin is the founder and active board member of the award-winning Non-Profit: Safe Streets, Kids at Play. She is also the mother of two boys. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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