Discover your own backyard this weekend
This blog was written by a local Muskokan for locals to help them rediscover their own backyards. Guest blog written by Jacki McPherson, owner of Away We Go Voyages.
It might not be summer yet, but this weekend is definitely when many of us in Muskoka are starting to feel the summer vibes. With the sun shining and the trees well exposed, now is the perfect time to appreciate the opportunities available to you to keep your bubble active and enjoy the fresh Muskoka air of your community.
Throughout Muskoka there is easy access to many lakes, forests, and trails that may not be on your local radar. So we have compiled a list of options to help you become a tourist in your own city. Here are a few ideas to get you started, with a few suggested locations around Muskoka to get you there. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
If you’re into scavenger hunts, geocaching is your jam as there are hundreds, if not thousands, of geocaches hidden in the towns and trails around Muskoka. To get started, simply install the Geocaching application and it will show you the caches available wherever you are. Click the icon to view cache information, including “browse” which will bring you closer to the cache, “hint” and “activity” to give you useful clues, and “log” to collect your finds.
There are caches everywhere, including some great finds on Devil’s Gap Trail near Gravenhurst and along the beautiful stretch of Peninsula Road between Port Sandfield and Minett.
Explore a waterfall
The abundance of granite makes Muskoka the land of prime waterfalls, and it’s not hard to find one in almost every corner of the region. This is a great time of year to take pictures of waterfalls as the water levels have been higher than average since the spring freshet. The Lake of Bays Lions Club has created a fantastic picnic spot in Oxtongue Rapids Park, where visitors can walk 1 km of riverside trail that offers excellent views of the falls upstream and rapids downstream. Muskoka Lakes has also done a great job turning the old fish hatchery into a fantastic destination for locals to learn about the history of the property while enjoying the small and large waterfalls of the Skeleton Lake Hatchery Trail.
While this is a fun way to spend an afternoon, take great photos, and be entertained, it is important to note the danger that exists near the waterfalls. Always be alert and careful around waterfalls as the rocks can be slippery and a fall can be fatal.
To take a walk
Get your bikes ready to ride on one of Muskoka’s many cycling trails. There is a range of difficulties available, from a flat and leisurely circuit along – and more! – water on Huntsville’s Hunter’s Bay Trail the more technical mountain bike routes created by MORCA in Bracebridge Resource Management Center, there are plenty of places to take a break from your bike bum for what is sure to be another great year for cycling enthusiasts.
Start a line
A Ontario Outdoors Card is less than $ 10, can be easily purchased online, and gives Ontario residents the ability to hunt and fish for three years (with the purchase of an additional hunting / fishing license). Get one for each of your bubbles and find a cozy spot by the water. The best times are often dawn or dusk, but many of the fish that live under public docks and near boat ramps will take a hook during the day if you’re patient enough. The platform at Kelvin Grove Park (fishing restricted from April 1 to June 15, 2021) in Bracebridge Bay, there are a lot of fish if you put your line deep enough, and the Baysville Narrows just downstream from the dam are another great option to practice your throw.
Changes related to COVID-19
The Muskoka region, including the local restaurants and businesses mentioned above, has taken several precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing procedures must be followed. Masks are mandatory to enter all buildings and when social distancing is not possible. Frequent hand washing is encouraged and everyone should self-isolate if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 updates page.