Indulging in Muskoka Traditions and Artwork around the Lake of Bays

It’s remarkable that a region as recently developed as Muskoka could be so steeped in tradition. Most development occurred in the last 125 years, yet, some Muskoka scenes and customs have been around so long, they appear to be a permanent part of the landscape.

This three-day holiday begins in the town of Dorset with a view of the area from their lookout fire tower--the view is beautiful at any season but spectacular during the autumn. Then make your way southwest to the picturesque village of Baysville, stopping to appreciate a couple of charming historic churches en route. Much of the trip is enjoyed in Huntsville, one of Muskoka’s best-known communities, thanks to a great dining, an active artist community, and four seasons of attractions.

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Morning

Climb up Dorset’s fire tower, located on Highway 35 north of town. The climb will be difficult for those unaccustomed to heights or climbing, but th...

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This 15,000-square-foot Dorset store has been in the same family since 1921. Old-time touches are found throughout the store, such as the tin ceiling ...

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Located just off Highway 117, Stone Tree Studio is the home to work by two artists. There are amazing stone sculptures and expressive arts of Elise Mu...

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On your way west along Highway 117 from Dorset to Baysville, stop at Norway Point Church, a charming white church on the water’s edge. Still an oper...

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Lunch

Found in the former home of the famous Langmaid’s boat supply store, Miss Nelle’s Café in Baysville is named after Nell Connelly, Langmaid’s fi...

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Afternoon

In Baysville, climb aboard the Vicky J, a 27-foot pontoon boat, for a three-hour tour of the lake that includes commentary on the area's rich history....

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Charming little Holy Trinity Church is found on Brunel Road in Newholm, itself located between Baysville and Huntsville. This perfect pioneer church i...

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Dinner

Part of Pine Lodge Inn in Port Sydney, this casual eatery is known for its duck fat fries, thick burgers, and camp fire apple brulee. Since the Pine L...

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Accommodation

Located a little south of Huntsville in Port Sydney, this inn is a favourite for weddings, thanks to a perfect and secluded lakeside location. That al...

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