Summer is slowly winding down here in the Muskoka Lakes District, which, of course, signifies we’re nearing everyone’s favourite cozy season. Autumn is beloved by millions because we can finally turn off the air conditioner, pull on a comfy flannel, and whip up a delicious pumpkin spice latte. Fall lovers from across North America escape to Lake Muskoka for the breathtaking foliage, the Bala Cranberry Festival , and the best luxury lake cottages in Canada. Muskoka District Rentals has beautiful lakeside cottages across this active southern Ontario region, and there’s never a shortage of fall-focused activities. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate autumn on your upcoming visit to tranquil Lake Muskoka.
Bala Cranberry Festival
Book a lavish lake cottage in mid-October and partake in one of Ontario’s best fall festivals. The Bala Cranberry Festival is a 34-year-old Lake Muskoka family-friendly tradition filled with live music, art, unique cuisine, daily activities, and, of course, deliciously tart cranberries. Tourists will have a chance to take a cranberry plunge, eat cranberry crepes, pet local animals and reptiles, watch the flying dog show, and embark on a lazy Lake Muskoka pontoon ride. You can’t visit Bala in the fall without an afternoon spent at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery. Embark on their “bog to bottle” tour or strap in for a helicopter ride over the colourful trees. If you’re planning on spending multiple days at the Bala Cranberry Festival, Birchwood at Bala is the ideal cottage for your family or group. This luxurious Lake Muskoka cottage is a 1890s lake home with cedarwood floors, a tall, stone fireplace, and a glamorous kitchen with granite countertops. You’ll be steps from the lake and close to the festival.
Fall Harvest at Gravenhurst Farmer’s Market
The Gravenhurst Farmer’s Market welcomes over 80,000 people each year. Tourists and locals alike flock to this southern Lake Muskoka staple for crisp apples, tart cranberries, yellow squash, and giant pumpkins. Stroll through the market and taste samples of local honey, artisanal nuts, fried doughnuts, and freshly-baked bread. Local artists sell pottery, clothing, jewelry, soaps, and much more. Our Kahshe Lake property is a short, scenic drive from Gravenhurst. This lakeside property rests deep in the colourful forest on the serene lake. This grand cottage is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream escape. You’ll spot adorable otters, beautiful owls, and falling stars from the dock. Paddle out onto the calm lake on a complimentary kayak, canoe, or paddleboat. The interior features stunning pine walls, luxurious finishes, and an 18-foot ceiling.
Autumn Helicopter Tour
Regardless of which lake cottage you choose, your entire family will always be able to experience the natural autumn beauty of the Muskoka Lakes District. Take leaf pepping to a new level with a helicopter sightseeing tour over the entire region with Heli Muskoka . There is no better way to witness our fall foliage than on an exhilarating helicopter ride – and it’s quite romantic. The Port Sydney Boathouse on Mary Lake, only 20 minutes north of Heli Muskoka, is the area’s ideal romantic autumn cottage. Mary Lake is a quiet, serene lake set deep in the breathtaking Ontario wilderness. Leaf peepers will fall in love with the vistas from the sundeck, and boating enthusiasts can take full advantage of the two onsite slips.
Huckleberry Rock Overlook
If you enjoy trekking through the vast wilderness on foot, the Huckleberry Rock lookout trail has splendid Lake Muskoka valley vistas near Milford Bay. This 2.9-kilometer loop is rewarding for hikers of all skill levels. After a long, rewarding day of Lake Muskoka hiking, watch the sunset under the colourful treeline at your Muskoka Wonderland! This beautiful lakehouse in Port Carling is perfect for large families or groups and is only eight kilometers from Huckleberry Rock. Muskoka Wonderland is on 4.4 acres of pristine landscape and has the best boathouse deck on Lake Muskoka.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Mountain bikers should take the ferry to Georgian Bay Islands National Park . This national gem, located on the southeastern corner of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, has sensational bike trails and some of the best foliage in Canada. If you’re planning on visiting the Georgian Bay, seek out the charming Magic on Little Go Home Bay cottage. This three-bedroom cottage has nearly 1,000 feet of shoreline, a cozy guest cabin, and stunning bay vistas from the wraparound porch.
Large Luxury Muskoka Cottages
All of our luxury cottages have breathtaking autumn lake views, full concierge services, and lavish amenities. Whether you’re looking for a Lake Joseph luxury cottage for your group outing or a massive 15-bedroom estate on Bellevue Lake for a family reunion, Muskoka District Rentals provides unparalleled service and lavish destination getaways. Start planning your autumn escape to Muskoka by visiting our detailed website today!