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Experience Muskoka's Spectacular Parks
The Park life in Muskoka
No Muskoka adventure would be complete without visiting at least one of the region’s parks. There’s certainly no shortage of them: cottage country boasts two national parks, 11 provincial and several local parks, all just waiting to be explored. Hardcore campers and day-trippers alike visit Muskoka’s parks for their unique beauty, to photograph the stunning fall colours and plentiful wildlife (no trip’s complete without seeing deer, moose or other wild animals), or for a chance to get active in the great outdoors.
Muskoka's National Park
Muskoka is home to one of Canada's wonders, Georgian Bay Island National Park. Nestled in the famous 30,000 islands, the world’s largest chain of freshwater islands, Georgian Bay Islands National Park (GBINP) is where you’ll be inspired by the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield and the clear water of Georgian Bay! The 63 park islands and shoals stretch along the eastern shoreline of the bay for roughly 50 km from Honey Harbour north to Twelve Mile Bay.
Beausoleil Island is the largest park island and the hub of visitor adventures. On the south end of Beausoleil Island you’ll find waterfront cabin rentals, shoreline campsites, mountain bike rentals, a welcome centre, interpretive programs, picnic shelters, beaches and trails for hiking and biking. The northern part of the island boasts rustic camping areas and the parks’ best hiking trails, which follow scenic granite ridges dotted with windswept white pines to picturesque bays. Docking facilities scattered around the island are very popular during summer with pleasure boaters seeking the great views!
Getting There: The park is made up entirely of islands and is accessible only by boat. Parks Canada operates a boat shuttle service called the DayTripper, which runs between Honey Harbour and Beausoleil Island (reservations are recommended).
For more information: Visit the park website
Going over to the island for the day? Let Di's Picnic Baskets cater, packing you and your group a delicious and hearty picnic lunch so you can have a fantastic and relaxing day on the island. This is perfect for those that just want to experience the marvel of Georgian Bay Island National Park, without having to spend the entire morning in the kitchen trying to prepare. Pick up is easy, as Dianne will meet you right at the Daytripper boat to drop of your picnic lunch.
Provincial Parks in Muskoka
Muskoka is home to 11 provincial parks that will satisfy every adventurous bone in your body. These provincial parks have everything you need to experience the great outdoors, including trails, routes, rentals, and spectacular views. Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville offers bike and canoe rentals in the summer, while showcasing some of the best cross country skiing trails and one very unique ice skating trail in the winter. Right on Muskoka's doorstep is Ontario's most renowned, and the world famous, Algonquin Park. The almost 7,700 square kms park is a vast wilderness with an abundance of northern species like moose, timberwolves and black bear.
Local Municipal Parks
Municipal parks in Muskoka are the perfect setting for you and the family to get outdoors for the day. With plenty of water in the region, you can be sure that the view from your picnic will be nothing short of spectacular. Be sure to bring some fun outdoor games along with you. Nothing beats a game of bocce ball with friends and family in a pristine lakeside setting.