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Cottage rentals in Ontario: quiet retreats in Muskoka Lakes

The Muskoka Lakes – Muskoka, Rosseau, and Joseph, to be precise – are the stars of Ontario's Muskoka Lakes region, although there are many other smaller lakes too. Round here it's all about what Canadians call "cottage country": recreational areas full of cute cottages and vacation houses, where locals go for a respite from the big-city bustle. Indeed, there are hundreds of Muskoka Lakes vacation rentals waiting to welcome groups of all sizes, and they make a great base for enjoying the great outdoors and hitting up the small local museums. You can even experience Christmas year-round at the kitschy Santa's Village in Bracebridge, which offers petting zoos and thrill rides for the whole family.

Things to do

Things to do near vacation rentals in Muskoka Lakes

Relaxation is top of the agenda in Muskoka Lakes, and if all you feel like doing is taking in the stunning scenery while you sit with a coffee on the porch of your rental cottage, then we salute you. If you're looking to raise your heart rate a little higher, head to Arrowhead Provincial Park for hiking and mountain biking in the summer or skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Visit small local museums across Muskoka Lakes to get a bigger picture of the region's history: Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville has a pioneer village and a 1902 steam train, while Gravenhurst's Muskoka Discovery Centre features antique wooden boats and a variety of cruises aboard historic steamships.

How to get around

Navigating the Muskoka Lakes region from your cottage rental

Public transit in the area is limited, so it's best to bring or rent a car, and get behind the wheel. Otherwise, Ontario Northland buses run through the towns intermittently and provide connections to Greyhound and GO Transit services. You can visit Muskoka Lakes as a day or overnight trip from Toronto via Highway 400, though it seems a pity to rush when you can settle in for the long-haul with a vacation rental. Travel times from the big city can vary greatly, especially on Friday and Sunday afternoons when everyone in town seems to be making the trip to or from cottage country.

Food & drink

Sample the local food and drinks in Muskoka Lakes

Muskoka Lakes doesn't have signature dishes. Instead, the appeal of dining at the region's best restaurants comes from menus that are lovingly prepared from locally grown ingredients. Some of the best made-in-Muskoka treats are of the liquid variety, and there are several local breweries worth a visit. Try the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge – which offers tasting tours in the summer – or Lake of Bays Brewing Company in Baysville. Many restaurants and bars sit right on a lake, so you'll be treated to some big views while you enjoy a top tipple or a farm-to-table feast.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Muskoka Lakes vacation rental stay

The township of Muskoka Lakes has a population of less than 7,000, and the municipal seat is in Port Carling. The larger Muskoka region, however, encompasses the city of Gravenhurst and the key towns of Huntsville and Bracebridge. Muskoka's Visitor Information Centre is along Highway 11; you'll also find information centres in Port Carling, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and Huntsville. If you find yourself in trouble, Canada's emergency number is 911. Tipping is customary, and the legal drinking age in Ontario province is 19.

Can I find a vacation rental around Muskoka Lakes?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 347 vacation rentals near Muskoka Lakes. From 254 cottage rentals to 254 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Muskoka Lakes for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Muskoka Lakes?

Vrbo Canada offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Muskoka Lakes. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Muskoka Lakes Winery: 290 vacation rentals
  • Diamond In The Ruff Golf Course: 299 vacation rentals
  • Lake Joseph Golf Club: 277 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Lakes Museum: 277 vacation rentals
  • Hardy Lake Provincial Park: 304 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Muskoka Lakes listed on Vrbo Canada where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Muskoka Lakes?

Yes, of course. Vrbo Canada has 254 Cottages in Muskoka Lakes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Muskoka Lakes include:

  • Cabins: 254 rentals available
  • Houses: 336 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 254 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Muskoka Lakes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 33 vacation rentals with pool available in Muskoka Lakes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.