Township of Muskoka Lakes


The Township of Muskoka Lakes is situated at the southern tip of the Canadian Shield. The craggy cliffs that rise above our lakes date back to the days when life first began on this planet. About two million years ago, this section of the Shield was covered by a series of glaciers, which carved out the 80 lakes that lie within our municipal boundaries. In spite of the popularity of our locale for permanent and seasonal homes, over 80 per cent of the land mass retains its natural cover. The municipality also maintains over 85 per cent naturally vegetated shoreline.

The natural history and beauty of the Muskoka area is evident and visible on our wonderful trails. The Torrance Barrens Trails Dark Sky Reserve, the first such protected area in Canada, is found in the Township of Muskoka Lakes, along with Hardy Lake Provincial Park and the spectacular Huckleberry Rock Lookout. You can visit an original settler's log home at the Muskoka Lakes Museum and discover how the local craftsmen made the area famous as a centre of wooden boat building. Tours of artists' studios, famous gardens and heritage cottages give visitors a glimpse of the lifestyle that attracts people to the municipality.

The character of the township is reflected in its eclectic mix of festivals and carnivals including the renowned Bala Cranberry Festival, Port Carling Winterfest, Cavalcade of Colour Antique Show and Flavours of Muskoka. Several of the municipality's buildings are historically significant, including the municipal office, which was originally the Port Carling Village school (1906). The White's Road schoolhouse (1890), the original Windermere Village Hall (1953), and the Township of Muskoka Lakes Visitor Centre (1897) have also been restored for continued enjoyment and public use.

Whether you prefer rural areas, small communities, country settings or stunning waterfront, the Township of Muskoka Lakes has it all.

  Trail Name Downloads
  Hardy Lake Trail Map Trail Info
  Torrance Barrens Trail Map Trail Info
  Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail Map Trail Info
  Hazelwood Trail Map Trail Info
  Fish Hatchery Trail Map Trail Info
  Port Carling Mural Walk Trail Map Trail Info
  Bala Historic Walk Trail Map Trail Info