Top ChoiceMuseum in Gravenhurst

Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre

This well-conceived museum tells the region’s rich history of the First Nations people who lived here, the European settlers and loggers who displaced them, and the steamships, hoteliers and 'cottage country'...

Top ChoiceGastropub in Bracebridge

Griffin Gastropub

Tucked into an alley just off the main drag, this small British-style pub serves up hearty, locally sourced meals – the charcuterie board is ah-mazing – and a well-chosen lineup of craft beers and cider. Trivia...

Public Art in Huntsville

Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery

Thirty-six beautiful murals, reproductions of Ontario landscapes painted by Tom Thomson and the famous Group of Seven artists he inspired, are a highlight of a stroll through the center of town. Granted, they're...

Farm in Rosseau & Port Carling

Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

This family-run cranberry farm offers tours of its facilities, self-guided nature trails, and even cranberry wine tastings. Stop by in late September for photo ops straight out of a magazine – you, a pair of...

Pub Food in Bracebridge

Old Station

On summer evenings this is the most happening place in town. The patio overlooks the main drag – perfect for postkayak recovery sessions. Dig into a candied bacon burger and wash it back with a pint of Muskoka...

Market in Huntsville

Farmer's Daughter

Specializing in local and organic produce, this gourmet market also has an excellent prepared-foods section integrating seasonal produce as well as wild and foraged foods. Lots of vegan and gluten-free options...

Mediterranean in Bracebridge

Riverwalk Restaurant

Tear your eyes away from the view of the Bracebridge Falls to focus on the menu, if you can. You'll need to choose between a creative and seasonally changing menu of pork, chicken, duck, beef, lamb or seafood....

Cafe in Huntsville

Westside Fish & Chips

A family-run cafe serving home-style breakfast, burgers and sandwiches and a full lineup of light and crispy fish-and-chips. Take a seat in the dainty dining room or share a picnic table on the patio with fellow...

Museum in Huntsville

Muskoka Heritage Place

Come here for a historical perspective of the region, which includes an authentic pioneer village with staff in period dress, a small but informative history museum and a working steam train from 1902 (departs...

Cultural in Muskoka Lakes

Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour

For more than 40 years, local artists have opened their studio doors to the public. The event typically takes place over two weekends in autumn – fall colors! – and includes stops from Gravenhurst to Huntsville....

Music in Gravenhurst

Music on the Barge

In summer, thousands flock to Gull Lake Park to hear big-band numbers, jazz or country played on a stage built over the water. Concerts start at 7:30pm each Sunday from mid-June to late August. Bring a blanket...

Canadian in Huntsville

Mill on Main

With a lovely covered patio offering glimpses of the water and some classy original twists on old favorites, the Mill is a good spot for a casual meal or a few drinks. Try the wings – you won't regret it. Live...

Art in Huntsville

Festival of the Arts

This arts organization brings theater and dance performances, concerts, films and art exhibits to venues around town. Art workshops are offered too. Check the website for the schedule and to buy tickets.

Market in Orillia

Mariposa Market

This half-bakery, half-knickknack shack is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Try the assortment of savory pastries for a light lunch, grab a dessert, then shop for souvenirs.

Pizza in Gravenhurst

Pizza Station

Locals swear by this nondescript pizza joint for its steaming-hot cheesy goodness with just the right amount of toppings and a crispy, crunchy crust. Take out and eat by the water.

Waterfall in Bracebridge

Bracebridge Falls

Near the visitor center you'll find the best known of Bracebridge's 22 waterfalls, Bracebridge Falls. Though this one is artificial – it was created as part of the town dam – some naturally made faves include...

Museum in Orillia

Leacock Museum National Historic Site

In 1928 Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock built a lavish waterfront house that has since become the Leacock Museum. Some rooms were kept as Leacock left them at the time of his death in 1944, others are used as...

Burgers in Orillia

Webers Hamburgers

Just 12km north of Orillia on Hwy 11, this legendary charcoal-barbecued burger joint lures passers-by with cheap eats and a fancy sky bridge to nab commuters on the other side. Expect endless lines of...

Microbrewery in Bracebridge

Muskoka Brewery

Muskoka Brewery bottles some delicious flavors including a cream ale and a couple of lagers. For a deep dive, take a free taste-testing tour of the facility; they depart from noon to 4pm on the half-hour,...