Golf, RVs, Boating

By: Robert Thomson

Just a short, 90-minute jaunt north of Canada's business capital of Toronto, you will find the great District Municipality of Muskoka, Ontario, in which there is also the charming Township of Muskoka Lakes. The area is one of Ontario's premier year-round vacation destinations and is known for its towering pines, crystal clear rivers and lakes, endless recreational fun and family activities. The warmth and the welcoming atmosphere are two of the many wonderful qualities the you'll find in Muskoka. There is a unique and diverse culture and you will always find a friendly smile to welcome you. The surrounding region includes the timeless towns of Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Bracebridge. You will also find Georgian Bay, the Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lake, which combine with the surrounding landscape to offer all types of activities, from sailing to outdoor play and scenic attractions.

Muskoka offers some of the most beautiful scenery and landscapes in the world. This is why many vacationers enjoy the outdoor elements, and it is the perfect place for camping or pulling in with your RV for a stay. You can find some remote wilderness campsites in Algonquin Park or, if you are bringing the family RV, there are several family tent-and-trailer parks that offer full-service sites with water and electricity hook-ups. Many of the camp and RV sites even offer playgrounds for the kids, sandy beaches, snack bars, laundry facilities, pools, showers, mini-golf courses and boat rentals.

Golfer's paradise

Once you have finally settled into your accommodations, you can begin to plan out your activities for your Muskoka vacation. There are scores of fun and adventurous activities to get involved in here that will definitely make your vacation worthwhile. For those that love a good game of golf, Muskoka offers a golfer's paradise as the town is quickly becoming one of North America's greatest golf destinations. Since Muskoka is completely surrounded by natural beauty, veteran and novice golfers alike can expect to have an experience out of the ordinary. You can put your skills to the test and choose from over 20 different public and semiprivate courses that have been uniquely designed by legendary course designers that include Mark O' Meara, Thomas McBroom and Nick Faldo, to name only a few.

The courses are laid out methodically and some include novel water hazards, and they are definitely not lacking when it comes to well-groomed fairways and creative landscaping. The courses, of course, are first-rate in every other way, too, and offer full restaurants and bars, golf cart and equipment rentals, caddies and everything else. Since many of the courses in the Muskoka area follow the club-and-course model, you can find other much-needed service like golf lessons for beginners, resident pros for more advanced mentoring and much more.

Water adventures

Life on the water in Muskoka is also a real treat, something that no vacation here should be without.You will discover many different opportunities for water activities and fun here, and boating is a very popular pastime for residents and visitors alike. Experiencing Muskoka from the water (or on it, in it, even under it) is a thrilling and memorable experience, as the area boasts some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world. They are perfect for boating, swimming, fishing, canoeing and more. Renting a boat on your vacation is the best way to see and explore the many splendid waterways. Take your boat into one of Algonquin Park's interior lakes or glide along the coastline of Guardian Bay.

You can drop anchor in any one of the marinas here and do some shopping, grab an ice cream cone or frozen yogurt, or drop a fishing line in and try your luck at catching a bass, trout, pike or several other species of fishes. You will need to acquire a fishing license before you can fish in the waters of Muskoka but it's well worth it. You can even choose to stay in one of the cottages that you will find in several of the marinas, as well. There are many cozy accommodations to choose from and they offer all of the comforts of home as well as many other delightful perks.

There is never a dull moment on Muskoka vacation. You will find something here to please everyone, so head to Muskoka for an unforgettable vacation and an adventure you won't soon forget. Winter or summer, on land or on water, this is the place to be.

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