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3 great Muskoka road trip ideas

3 beautiful fall road trips in Muskoka

Following months of hot weather, the temperature is finally beginning to cool down, meaning the beautiful autumn scenery is in full bloom around Ontario. If you want to experience some of the best scenery the province has to offer, head up north to Muskoka to witness autumn at its finest.

Here are several fun ideas you can try out over the next couple of months:

Gravenhurst

If you like options on your road trips, Gravenhurst is the place to be. From historic sightseeing to biking to checking out the local brewery to taking in the beautiful Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst is an awesome place to spend a weekend during the fall months.

There are also plenty of antique and specialty shops where you’ll be sure to find an item or two for your home.

Of course, you can’t visit Gravenhurst without hopping aboard the Royal Mail Ship Segwun – North America’s oldest operating steamship. This ship offers sightseeing cruises along with lunch and dinner options until the end of October, so make sure to visit within the next couple of weekends.

Bala

Bala is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a calm, relaxing spot to spend your weekend. Not only are there plenty of trails that showcase the beautiful fall weather, but there are also a number of places to canoe and/or kayak.

If you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan, you can even check out the Lucy Maud Montgomery Museum.

If you’re looking for a place to eat, consider checking out Don’s Bakery. This old-school bakery serves a number of delicious lunch items as well as baked goods that you can take with you on the road.

Huntsville

If a great view is what you’re looking for, you should consider visiting the Lions Lookout in Huntsville. While it offers a great view at any point in the year, Lions Lookout is at its best in the fall when you can witness the stunning autumn colours.

If you’re looking for some other fun activities, you can check out Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm, Muskoka Heritage Place, the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, or just walk along any of the trails that pop up throughout Huntsville. You can also visit Algonquin Outfitters Outdoor Adventure Store if you’re looking for bikes, canoes or kayaks to rent.

If golf’s your game, there are actually seven courses in the area, so you should have no issue finding a place to play.

How to get there

If you’re coming from Toronto or the surrounding area, the easiest way to get to Muskoka is to go north on Highway 400. As you approach Gravenhurst, you’ll need to prepare to exit to get to Highway 169. If you see the famous Muskoka Chair, you’ll know you made it.