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Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre

Weekly Planner: June 18 to 24

Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery is just one of the Muskoka attractions participating in Doors Open

There’s much more to Muskoka than marinas and cottages. This weekend, get out an explore the region as part of Doors Open. Saturday sees Bala, Port Carling and Torrance offer insight into their communities at participating attractions like Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery and the Hall Family Log Cabin at Muskoka Lakes Museum. On Sunday, sites such as the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre help the town of Gravenhurst get in on the fun.

This Thursday not only marks the summer solstice, but also National Aboriginal Day. Huntsville honours Ontario’s numerous First Nations peoples from noon to 2 p.m. at River Mill Park, where guests can participate in drum and buffalo teachings and more.

View the works of some of the region’s finest painters, printmakers and more as the Northern Ontario Art Association‘s 55th annual juried exhibition continues in Burk’s Falls. About 40 kilometres north of Huntsville, local furniture-maker the Wooden Roo hosts 40 distinct pieces through to June 28.

An evening of toe-tapping tunes and teary-eyed ballads awaits on Thursday evening, as the Gravenhurst Opera House plays hosts to country crooners The Stellas. Singers Marylynne and Brad Stella have the sort of effortless rapport that’s the hallmark of all great singing duos—no surprise, as they’ve been married for 16 years.

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from August 15 to 21, 2011

Johnston's Cranberry Marsh (photo by Michael40001 via Flickr)

1. Take one of Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh’s daily guided tours to learn about the growing and harvesting of this regionally renowned fruit. Located in Bala, the farm also produces cranberry wine—tastings are available in addition to the grounds tour.

2. See the iconic Russell deCarle—a founding member of Prairie Oyster—at the Gravenhurst Opera House. The award-winning musician offers classic hits, new tunes and a timeless sound on August 18.

3. Celebrate the music of Bob Marley at the Reggae Muskoka festival on August 20 and 21. The weekend event includes live reggae performances, local vendors and fun events for the entire family. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things to do from June 27 to July 3, 2011 (Canada Day Edition)

photo by Meddygarnet

The Canada Day long weekend brings much excitement to the Muskoka region!

1. Friday, July 1 offers sure cause for celebration in Huntsville, which hosts a bevy of Canada Day activities from morning to night. Among the attractions, Muskoka Heritage Place hosts a strawberry social beginning at 10 a.m. And don’t miss the fireworks display over Hunters Bay, starting at dusk.

2. Also on July 1 (and running to July 3) is the annual Bala Antique and Nostalgia Show, which takes place at Bala Arena. More than 40 vendors set up shop at this event, with everything from vintage country furniture to estate jewellery and collectibles. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from May 23 to 29, 2011

Visit the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre at Muskoka Wharf

1. Spend a sunny day exploring the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. The waterfront village boasts a handful of shops and restaurants, a lovely lakeside boardwalk, and the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.

2. If on-water activities aren’t your cup of tea, consider buying a road or mountain bike and get pedalling around the Muskoka region. Ecclestone Cycle in Bracebridge and The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst are among the area’s respected purveyors. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: May 28 to 30

The Muskoka region melds the glory of nature with modern convenience and amenities. Experience it all this weekend!

Saturday: Spend time at Muskoka Wharf

Friday, May 28
On your way north, stop in at Bayfield Mall to stock up on necessities. More than 70 stores—including Winners, Canadian Tire, Price Chopper and Pharma Plus—help ensure you’re prepared for any situation.

Take in stunning greens, tall trees and expansive Muskokan vistas while challenging yourself to a round of golf at North Granite Ridge.

Saturday, May 29
Head to Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst to stroll along the boardwalk, investigate the the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre or indulge in dining and shopping. Kids can frolic in the playground and water-play area.

Enjoy modern artists’ interpretations of works by the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson—more than 40 pieces are displayed at Huntsville’s Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery.

Sunday, May 30
View Ontario wildlife at indoor facilities and while venturing across 50 acres of walking trails. The Muskoka Wildlife Centre is an interactive learning park for all ages where furry woodland creatures make for a memorable trip.

Browse the shelves of The Bookcase, an independent bookstore housed in a Huntsville historic building, and pick up a new tome or an old favourite to read on a quiet cottage-country evening.

Weekend Roundup, September 4 to 7

Things to do in Muskoka don’t dwindle down even as summer does. Our special four-day itinerary offers much to do over the Labour Day long weekend.

Explore the vast expanse of Algonquin Park this weekend (photo by Craig Moy).

Explore the vast expanse of Algonquin Park this weekend (photo by Craig Moy).

Friday, September 4
Discover what happens when art and agriculture come together at Muskoka Place Gallery‘s Harvest Muskoka exhibition, featuring artwork capturing the region’s crops and food production.

Choose the perfect outfitting package at Portage Store for your long-weekend hiking trip through Algonquin Provincial Park.

Saturday, September 5
Learn about the role of women in boating in Boat Builders of Muskoka: Past and Present, a display on the elements of design, building and production of wooden boats, at Gravenhurst’s Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.

Bite into a succulent lobster tail–topped rib-eye medallion while dining on the waterside patio at Blackburn’s Steakhouse in Huntsville.

Sunday, September 6
In Haliburton, admire the breathtaking view of the Algonquin Highlands from the vantage point of the 100-foot high Dorset Tower.

Pick up jars of creamy maple butter from Bracebridge’s Maple Orchard Farms—a perfect gft for your friends back home.

Monday, September 7
Get an early start on Christmas at Santa’s Village and Sportsland in Bracebridge, where you’ll shriek with delight while riding Rudolph’s Sleigh Ride roller coaster.

End the weekend by lounging in your Muskoka chair dockside, nose buried in a novel by Muskoka author Christina Kilbourne, available at The Gravenhurst Book Store.