The cottage may be a quintessential summer destination, but cottage life in the fall has its own awesome perks. Fall is truly one of the most magical seasons, from the beautiful changing of the leaves, to the fresh, crisp air, and cozy fireplaces to keep you warm. And where better to enjoy fall than the beautiful Muskokas? A 2.5 hour drive from Toronto, the Muskokas have something for everyone! From gorgeous hikes to scenic drives to a renowned cranberry festival, here’s why you should plan a trip to the Muskokas this fall!
1. Gorgeous Driving Tours
With the beautiful changing of the leaves comefall, a driving tour through the Muskokas is an absolute must. Known for its rugged yet gorgeous landscape, the area bursts with fall colours like reds, oranges and yellows during September and October, and there’s nothing like touring around Muskoka enjoying the crisp fall air. Drive around at your own pace, making stops along the way at bakeries, decor shops and beautiful lookouts. Muskoka Tourism has created six driving tours for you toenjoy!
2. Enjoy the Bala Cranberry Festival
Every year, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Bala, a town in the Muskokas hosts a cranberry festival with hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and of course, lots of delicious cranberries. Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery is a must-visitduring the festival. They offer three daily tours, plus wine tasting, hiking, wagon rides, and a photo opp of you walking in the berries!
3. Head to Georgian Bay Island National Park
Georgian Bay Island National Park is Muskoka’s National Park. Located in Honey Harbour, it’s the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, and it’s stunning come fall. The windswept pine trees and changing leaves make it the ideal place to take a fall walk, hike or bike ride. Make your way to multiple viewpoints and look out over the emerald shoreline. There’s nothing quite like it.
4. Canoe/Kayak Rides
Canoe and kayak rides aren’t just for the summer. There’s no better time to get out on the water than a crisp fall morning. Take in the views and changing colours of the leaves from the water, and bask in the warmth as the sun comes up. If you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, check out Liv Outside, Algonquin Outfitters and Swift Outdoor Centre for rentals and recommended routes.
5. Cruise Through the Muskokas
Muskoka offers six fall cruises that allow you to enjoy the fall scenery from the water. From the Lady Muskoka Sunset Dinner Cruise, prepared with fresh, local ingredients to Muskoka Steamships Oktoberfest Cruise, there are plenty of ways to take in the shimmering blue water, striking green pines and changing of the leaves. You can also check out Sunset Cruises, SS Big Win, Midland Tours, and Island Queen Cruise for more options in different areas of the Muskokas.
Fall is the most wonderful time of year. Take advantage of the season and plan a trip to the Muskokas!