The Township of Muskoka Lakes
The Township of Muskoka Lakes is situated at the southern tip of the Canadian Shield. The craggy cliffs that rise above lakes and roadways date back to the days when life first began on this planet. About two million years ago, this section of the Shield was covered by a series of glaciers, which carved out the numerous lakes.
The municipality encompasses a large geographic area. Within its 782 square kilometres lie 80 lakes, including the three large lakes that first defined the Muskoka experience: lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. The resorts that evolved on their shores established Muskoka’s reputation as a destination that could heal the body and rejuvenate the spirit. That legacy continues to this day.
In spite of the popularity of the locale for permanent and seasonal homes, over 80 per cent of the land mass retains its natural cover. The municipality also maintains over 85 per cent naturally vegetated shoreline.
The Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve, the first such protected area in Canada, is found in the Township of Muskoka Lakes, along with Hardy Lake Provincial Park and the spectacular Huckleberry Rock Lookout.
Whether you prefer small communities, rural areas, country settings or stunning waterfront properties, the Township of Muskoka Lakes has it all. The municipality has encouraged positive growth, while at the same time has protected the character and natural beauty of the area.
Several of the municipality’s buildings are historically significant, including the municipal office, which was originally the Port Carling Village school (1906). The White’s Road schoolhouse (1890), the original Windermere Village Hall (1953), and the Township of Muskoka Lakes Visitor Centre (1897) have also been restored for continued enjoyment and public use.
You can visit an original settler’s log home at the Muskoka Lakes Museum and discover how the local craftsmen made the area famous as a centre of wooden boat building. Tours of artists’ studios, famous gardens and heritage cottages give visitors a glimpse of the lifestyle that attracts people to the municipality.
Anchored by the larger communities of Bala, Port Carling and Windermere, the municipality offers the sophistication of a popular tourism destination, plus the wholesomeness of country living. The character of the township is reflected in its eclectic mix of festivals and carnivals including the renowned Bala Cranberry Festival, Port Carling Winterfest, Cavalcade of Colour Antique Show and Flavours of Muskoka.
With miles of boating and superb quality of life, the Township of Muskoka Lakes hosts visitors from around the world. Many return year after year because no matter where they call home, the Township of Muskoka Lakes is the place they’d rather be.