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While the vision of cottage season may still be several weeks away, the gradually warmer days ahead means that Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes region is the perfect place for a springtime getaway. Whether it’s a couples’ retreat, family trip or a weekend with friends, Muskoka Lakes just might offer you the perfect respite from urban life. Though it’s known for its cottages, Muskoka Lakes is filled with various hotels and resorts to suit your needs. Here are some of the best that the Great White North has to offer.
For the family:
Springtime is the perfect time to get the family together and see one of Ontario’s favourite vacation destinations. Weather permitting, families can enjoy winter activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and skating. The Deerhurst Resort seems to be a favourite with ski trails, ice rink and unique family cooking demos. There’s no shortage of activities for both kids and adults to enjoy together.
For the romantic at heart:
Valentine’s Day may be long gone, but the upcoming arrival of spring means that spring flings and blossoming romances are in the air. If you’re bored of dinner in the city, try embracing the breathtaking views, fun-filled activities and relaxing spas which make Muskoka Lakes a must-visit for couples. Couples can enjoy fine dining or split a bottle of local Ontario wine, while the Trillium Resort also offers a couples’ massage for those looking to unwind as a duo.
For the proud Canadian:
For the patriotic Canuck who wants to savour local flavours, the region is also recognized for its maple. Once spring arrives, Muskoka Lakes offers maple inspired activities that include trying maple beer and sugarbush tours. The Muskoka Maple Trail runs from March 13 to April 29. Seasons, a restaurant at Patterson Kaye Resort, is said to have a famous Sunday brunch. During this maple season, they will be featuring fresh waffles and French toast with local syrup.
The Great Outdoors
Known as a tranquil cottage destination, Muskoka has long since been heralded for its scenic views. For those looking to enjoy the scenery or capture the perfect selfie, Muskoka Lakes is the perfect getaway. Forest Rock Resort is a favourite among nature junkies, as it is home to forest trails, beach volleyball and fishing on the lake.
As the weather gets warmer, Muskoka Lakes becomes a prime location for golfers. Whether you’re the next Phil Mickelson or simply an enthusiast, there are a number of courses for golfers of all levels. If you’re looking to play all day, the Rocky Crest Golf Resort is said to be a favourite spot, as it claims to feature unlimited golf in their packages.