How to Have the Best Summer Holiday in Muskoka

Drink craft beer, lounge in the sun and shop like a local. This is the essential things-to-do guide for a summer in Ontario's cottage country.
 

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Bordered by Georgian Bay and Algonquin Provincial Park, the Muskoka region is known for its quaint towns and countless outdoor activities. Here’s everything you need to know to explore Ontario’s cottage country in style.

Where to stay

The region has an abundance of rental cottages that come in all sizes, but, for those looking for a little luxury, check out JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. This sprawling retreat on the shores of famed Lake Rosseau is stacked with amenities for kids and adults—including an indoor-outdoor pool, private sand beach, water activities and a spa.

Where to drink craft beer

There are four craft breweries in Muskoka to visit: Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Sawdust City Brewing Company and Clear Lake Brewing Co. (the newest addition). Each offers tours, tastings and plenty of cold beer.

Where to shop

Some of the larger towns like Bala, Bracebridge and Port Carling have charming downtown areas with plenty of unique stores. Located next door to the JW Marriott, SWS Pop Up Village features a collection of 10 shops including Lululemon Athletica, Snapdragon Designs and RIPE Juicery.

What to pack

Here’s how to put together the perfect dock-to-downtown outfit.

1. Billabong Stop and Go Hat, $37.95

Photo courtesy of Billabong

 

2. Wilfred Free, The Aloha Shirt ($75) and The Aloha Short ($55), sold separately at Aritzia

Photos courtesy of Aritzia

 

3. Everyday Sunday, Signature Wrap Front One Piece (available in multiple colours), $99 at Swimco

Photo courtesy of Swimco

 

4. Raw Edge Canvas Tote, $29.50 at Indigo

Photo courtesy of Raw Edge

 

5. Cole Haan Anica Thong Sandals, $200 at Nordstrom

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

 

6. Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen, $46.

Photo courtesy of Kiehl’s

 

[This story appears in the July 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]

 

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