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Autumn Colours

Experience The Indian Summer – Muskoka Style

The Fall in cottage country is renowned for its rich colours and mild weather, attracting visitors from all over the country and across the globe. This season is not to be missed, as the mercury rises following this years cool Summer there are a number of places which need to be placed on the MUST-DO list. Is it the pristine golf courses, winding trails or water lapping at the shore that beckons you to the Muskoka region? We accept your challenge, to show you more in Muskoka. Let this beautiful area exceed your expectations, here are our TOP TEN FALL FAVOURITES for 2017:


1. Algonquin Park – Algonquin Park is, and always will be the most incredible and famous part of Muskoka. The park occupies almost 8,000 square kilometres and was Ontario’s very first Provincial park. The hiking trails, lookouts and pristine lakes within its borders attract visitors from all over the globe while playing an important environmental role in the region. If wildlife is what you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Moose are commonly sighted within the safety of the park, to the delight of visitors. Who knows what you will see while quietly exploring the park trails, we suggest you spend as much time as possible in this natural wonder.

2. Dorset Tower – Are you looking for a 360 degree unobstructed view of the Algonquin Highlands? Dorset Tower stands 142 metres above Lake of Bays (this climb may not be for everyone, I mean – it’s really high.) and will definitely take your breath away, possibly from the amount of steps, but probably due to the gorgeous view as far as the eye can see. The tower is open until Thanksgiving weekend, and is definitely one of the best ways to take in the beautiful Fall colours.

3. Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve – This private ‘wilderness haven’ tucked away in Huntsville is one of the areas lesser known to Fall Colour seekers. With 10,000 acres of mixed forest to explore, you can really get lost in Limberlost. These hiking and biking trails are some of our favourite, and they are FREE TO USE!

4. Muskoka Steamships Fall Colours Cruise – Some of Muskoka’s most beautiful Fall colours are best seen by water. The RMS Segwun and Wenonah II are gracious hosts to boatful’s (literally) of visitors looking to view the glorious contrast of Lake Muskoka against the brilliant crimson of the Fall leaves. Muskoka Steamships on the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst provides a variety of Fall Colours tours. These historical ships are very special to Canada, bring a postcard along on the RMS Segwun, and receive a special postage stamp from the former royal mail steamship.

5. Bala Cranberry Festival – Get lost at the Bala Annual Cranberry Festival this October! Every year the cranberry fields are flooded and the party begins. There’s nothing quite like a sea of little red bobbing berries to brighten your day. Visitors can even gear up and stand in the berry bog, or take a scenic helicopter ride over the marsh. This 30 year tradition is a talking point of the little town, and will not disappoint

6. Muskoka Zip Lining & Aerial Park – What better way to observe the Fall colours than from the treetops? These high ropes courses will get your blood pumping and have you screaming for more. The park is fun for all ages, and only 10 minutes from Bracebridge.

7. The Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve – Grey Wolves are a keystone species which have a rich history in Canada. The Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve is home to a pack of these beautiful creatures which the public can safely view from inside the Wolf Centre. This is an excellent way to educate your young ones about the roles of different woodland creatures. The reserve also offers a range of activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. Head over to say hello to their resident moose, Hershey, as well.

8. Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery – It is well known that the Group of Seven, some of Canada’s best recognised artists, were inspired by the beauty of this region. 98 replica murals have been erected throughout the region, which you can view during one of the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery tours which operate throughout the Fall. There’s nothing more wonderful than viewing these lovely pieces in the landscape that inspired them.

9. Arrowhead Provincial Park – Arrowhead boasts a range of activities including biking, boating, fishing, hiking and much more. Don’t forget to tilt your head up while you explore the park, the trees burst with colour during the Fall and you might eve catch a glimpse of some local wildlife.

10. Huckleberry Rock Hiking Trail – This hiking trail and scenic lookout is a hidden gem in Muskoka Lakes. The rocky crest is over 1 billion years old, and sits high above lake Muskoka. The best seat in the house takes some searching for, but when you find it the view is unforgettable.

Fall in Muskoka is simply spectacular, and there is no better way to experience cottage country than in a private cottage of your own. Ontario Cottage Rentals has a variety of self contained cottages to suit every group! Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Fall Packages.