The beautiful waterways of Muskoka form a spectacular backdrop for a month of summer celebrations that highlight the region’s natural charms, recreational diversity, and artistic flair. Take a look at these three fun-filled events that will fill your July with experiences so memorable that you’ll be talking about them for years to come.
Canada Day Celebrations
The month kicks off with an array of activities to celebrate independence with family and friends. The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville each host free fireworks displays on July 1st at 10 p.m., with live music, food, and games preceding the shows. Downtown Bracebridge will feature a Scales Nature Park interactive display, a cardboard boat race, and an arts and crafts booth from 12-8 p.m. Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville is offering free admission from 9-11 a.m., and BBQ will be served at 21 Veteran’s Way from 12-6 p.m.
If you’re in Port Sydney for the 151st anniversary of the nation, you won’t want to miss the family festivities at St. Mary’s Lake from 10-2 p.m. There will be sand castle building, T-shirt decorating, face painting, live music, and the presentation of the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award. Gravenhurst also gets in on the fun with a ‘Birds of Prey’ presentation to start the day at 10:30 a.m., a magic show at 12:30 p.m., and interactive educational tents set up from 11-3:30 p.m at Gull Lake Rotary Park.
To infuse a little winter into your summer, stop by Muskoka Lakes Museum in Carling and view the new interactive ‘Winter in Muskoka’ display featuring fun facts about snow, hockey, skating, curling, and making of the most out of the region’s longest season. While you’re there you can take a walk through history in the 1st Nations Gallery and the 1875 Pioneer Log Cabin, and view paraphernalia both old and new in the Resort, Marine, and ‘Modern’ Inventions Rooms. The museum offers refreshments and free birthday cake all day long from noon to 4 p.m.
Summer Water Ski Shows
Starting July 2nd, you’ll get the opportunity to witness art in action as the Canadian National Ski Show Team pairs up with Team Summer Water Sports to gift cottage country visitors and residents with free water skiing pageantry every Monday through Thursday between 7:30-8:30 p.m. Watch the heart-stopping stunts, awe-inspiring grace, and comedic genius of these spectacular athletes at one of four locations:
Cleveland House Resort - Located in Minett on Lake Rosseau, this beautiful 408-acre estate hosts Monday’s ski shows. The resort’s dining marketplace is new in 2018 and features hot and cold to-go meals that you can enjoy while watching the action.
Windsor Park, Bala - On Tuesdays head on up to Bala, located on the west end of Lake Muskoka. If you’d like to discover a place where the wonders of nature meet man-made innovation, you can also stop by Bala Falls to watch the new hydroelectric facility being built while viewing the wondrous sight of Lake Muskoka cascading into the Moon River.
Boston Pizza in Gravenhurst - Take in Wednesday’s shows at the Muskoka Wharf, and enjoy pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and even a Glutenwise selection of delicious entrees at Canada’s number one spot for casual dining.
Bayview Wildwood Resort - Situated on the shores of Lake Sparrow and only 90 minutes north of Toronto, this all-inclusive haven in Severn Bridge is the location of Thursday’s shows. Explore the areas scenic hiking and biking trails, and treat yourself to fine dining at Echo’s resort restaurant before the night’s entertainment begins.
Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show
Come out to Bracebridge to enjoy the amazing artistry and strong community vibe at Muskoka’s largest outdoor art exhibition. Since 1963, this creative extravaganza has showcased the talents of painters, sculptors, craftspeople, and designers who help make the region a vibrant centre for the arts in Ontario. The district is now a Designated Arts Community because if its ability to draw in people from far and wide, and this long-running festival was a big contributor to attaining such an honourable status.
This year’s Arts and Crafts Summer Show takes place on July 20th and 21st from 10-6 p.m. and July 22nd from 10-4 p.m. at Annie Williams Memorial Park. After the day winds down, take in the artistry of Mother Nature on a catered Sunset Cruise aboard the Lady Muskoka. As you meander down her namesake river you’ll enjoy scintillating cuisine from award-winning chef David Friesen, including grilled Atlantic Salmon, Ontario Beef Brisket, and Fresh Summer Vegetables with Lentils. Come aboard to create an unforgettable experience among the islands and landscapes of this panoramic waterway.