Muskoka has always been the countries go-to destination for cottage life. This stunning area of approximately 4,000 square kilometers, surrounded by numerous lakes, rivers and communities has carried on its legacy as Canada’s premiere Cottage Country. The District of Muskoka is encompassed by four large freshwater lakes – Muskoka, Joseph Rosseau, and Lake of Bays – with Canadian Shield granite surrounding to enhance the miraculous beauty. Touted for its enormous cottages and illustrious living, Muskoka is, without a doubt, the epicenter of Canada’s cottage and recreational living. With approximately 1,600 lakes and only a 90-minute drive north from Toronto, if you are searching for serenity, Muskoka is where you are certain to find it. Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and Huntsville are the largest of the communities in the area. Huntsville has the largest population of the three, hovering just under 20,000 permanent residents. During the spring, summer and fall, the influx of cottagers and tourists transforms this already boisterous region into the ‘place to be’. Port Carling, located in the hub of Muskoka Lakes is a vacation hot spot for visitors alike. Cottagers can boat to waterfront restaurants, shops or watch the Seguin Steamship go through the locks. Bala is a small town located in the western part of Muskoka. Known for the annual Cranberry Festival and simplistic appeal, Bala is another haven that cottagers have been flocking to. From ski shows to farmers markets, big lake boating to peaceful small lakes Muskoka has something for everyone.