Looking to take in the best that fall has to offer? Beautiful Muskoka is only a 2.5-hour drive north from Toronto, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a magical world of colour, calm, and small-town charm. I’m from Huntsville Muskoka, so you’re getting the insider scoop right now. I’ve rounded up the top places to eat, enjoy the views, and get that physical activity in.
Wine and Dine
On the Docks Pub – 90 Main St E, Huntsville, ON
The Pub is a Huntsville classic. With three different patio levels (the bottom patio is dog friendly!), you can soak up the sun and take in the amazing lake views while enjoying some of the best nachos you’ve ever eaten; what more can someone ask for?
Photo by Michelle Gerovac Photo by Muskoka’s Finest Frenchies
Spencer’s Tall Trees – 87 Main St W, Huntsville, ON
Tall Trees is your spot to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a lavish meal. Located in a 120-year-old historical building, this restaurant is the perfect mix of Muskoka charm and old-world rusticity. Check out the menu here, but we recommend trying the Orzo Risotto with Chicken, Sweet Peas, Asparagus & Wild Mushrooms, or the Shrimp Linguine with Tomato Rosé Sauce.
Let’s Get Physical
Explore the Lakes with Algonquin Outfitters, 86 Main St E, Huntsville, ON
Located in downtown Huntsville, Algonquin Outfitters has all of the means for you to have a fun day on the water. Canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent so you can explore the lakes throughout the area, and the store is located right off a river connecting Hunters Bay and Fairy Lake. They provide life jackets, and rates are really reasonable.
Hike Algonquin Park Trails, Ontario 60
Algonquin Park is known for its amazing scenery, wildlife, and hiking trails. Fall is the perfect time to explore the area; with the stunning colours, you’ll find it hard not to stop for photos every 5 seconds. My family takes the smaller and more manageable routes (1-1.5 hours) but there are options for all comfort levels. Check out map and route options here!
Lions Lookout, Lookout Road, Huntsville, ON
Lions Lookout provides panoramic views of Huntsville and Fairy Lake, giving you the perfect location to snap that flawless Insta pic. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite a “hidden gem”, as it’s a big tourist destination for visitors. But if you’re looking to sit and enjoy some #views, this is the spot for you.
Dorset Tower, 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd, Dwight, ON
Dorset Tower is another popular location with amazing views. The climb takes a little bit, but you’ll be surrounded with other like-minded people also looking to snap a pic. Once at the top you’ll see lake and forest views as far as the eye can see, which is why it’s so especially beautiful in the fall.
Have you been to Muskoka? Let us know your favourite places to visit in the comments!