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10 Fun Things to do in Simcoe Muskoka Cottage Country this Summer

Looking forward to a relaxing summer in Simcoe Muskoka Cottage Country? You’re not alone! While there’s nothing better than spending the lazy dog days of summer in a hammock or canoe, don’t forget that there are plenty of other fun things to do in Simcoe Muskoka — just in case you want to mix things up. If you enjoy a bit of history, fine food, shopping, art, and exploration, you are bound to find events and activities in Simcoe Muskoka to make your summer in cottage country even more perfect than it already is.
Simcoe Muskoka has so much to offer, but we thought we’d share just some of our favourites.

1. Santa’s Village and Sportsland 

Who doesn’t love Christmas? Don’t you sometimes wish we could have Christmas all year around? Well, as luck would have it, Santa’s Village and Sportsland in Bracebridge, Muskoka is open during the summer and there are plenty of fun things to do for the whole family. Muskoka’s theme park boasts amusement park rides, mini golf, zip lining, a  riverboat ride, and paddle boats, just to name a few activities.

Learn more about attractions and accommodations at the Santa’s Village website:

2. Sugerbush Hill Maply Farm

Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm is a  state-of-the-art sugaring operation just south of Huntsville. You’ll get to see antiques and artifacts, and learn all about the heritage and history of making maple syrup. Of course,  there are plenty of pure maple syrup and maple products available for purchase.

Maple presentations (which include tastings!) run throughout summer, but be sure to check their website to confirm details:

3. Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre 

A steamship cruise offers a blast from the past and a new perspective of Simcoe Muskoka. Believe it or not, the first ship steamed Lake Muskoka in 1866, making Muskoka’s steamship heritage older than Canada! Before or after you set sail, you can enjoy the Discovery Centre, which offers exhibits and activities suitable for the whole family.

Get steamship cruise and Discovery Centre information at:

4. Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery

If you love art, you won’t want to miss the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery. The Gallery is a free public art experience, with hand-painted murals on the exterior walls of businesses and public buildings throughout the Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park region. While visitors are encouraged to experience the art through self-guided tours, guided tours are available for groups, as long as you book at least 2 weeks in advance.

Consult the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery website for details:

5. Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery

Is it wine o’clock yet? If you’re in the mood for a winery experience, consider Muskoka Lakes Winery in Bala. This cranberry farm has been owned and operated by the Johnston family for three generations and offers an opportunity to try some local wines and ciders.
This winery offers tutored wine tastings, a  bog-to-bottle tour, wine and cheese on a patio, as well as farm and trail access. Visit their website for bookings:

6. Orillia Opera House 

If live theatre is your thing, be sure to check out the Orillia Opera House. The Orillia Opera House is a part of local history. It opened in 1895 and has since been a cultural centre for the City of Orillia. It has been said there are no bad seats at the Orillia Opera House, as every seat is within 75 feet of the stage. Orillia Opera House brings big-name artists to Orillia and produces professional theatre during the summer.

You can check what’s playing on their website at:

7. Mariposa Market

Hungry? Feel like doing some old-fashioned main street shopping? Mariposa Market boasts quaint and historic shops conveniently situated in downtown Orillia. The market’s famous bakery, cafes, and Sweet Shoppe are not to be missed. Fresh doughnuts, salt water taffy, and jams are just some of the mouth-watering must-have treats for your shopping list. You’ll also find handmade soaps, candles, and other treasures.

Details at:

8. Casino Rama

For some gaming fun, why not try Casino Rama next time you’re in Orillia? Casino Rama offers plenty of slot machines and table games.  But even if gambling is not your thing, there is plenty to do here. Check out Casino Rama’s outdoor getaway packages, golfing, spa amenities, hotel, and fine dining. And don’t forget the live entertainment!

You can check out what live shows are in store for you at their website:

9. Bala’s Museum With Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery

As it turns out, the author of the much-loved book series, Lucy Maud Montgomery, had a strong connection to Muskoka and Bala! The famed author spent a summer in Bala way back in 1922, and was so enchanted by the place, she was inspired to set her next novel (The Blue Castle) there. The tourist house where she stayed was purchased, saved from demolition, restored, and converted into a world-class museum by Linda and Jack Hutton over 30 years ago.

For a museum tour, visit:

10. Simcoe Muskoka Farmers’ Markets

Did you really think we were going to list our favourite things to do in Simcoe Muskoka without mentioning Farmers Markets? Think again! There are many  Farmer’s markets that are worth visiting for the freshest produce and amazing baked goods. Check out: Bala’s Farmers’ Market, Bressette House Market, Huntsville Farmers’ Market, Gravenhurst Community Market, Innisfil Farmer’s Market, and many more.

We love our summers in Simcoe Muskoka Cottage Country. These are just a few of the attractions we enjoy.

Reach out today and start planning your cottage renovation in Simcoe Muskoka County.


Christine Lantain
General Manager
Dan Robinson Construction Management

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