January 3, 2019

Top Winter Activities in Muskoka

Are you looking for a family-friendly vacation near Ontario’s best outdoor winter activities? Then look no further than the District of Muskoka, one of North America’s premier four-season family getaways. While thousands of tourists flock to Muskoka during the summertime for lakefront relaxation, water sports, and small-town charm, the wintertime allures outdoor enthusiasts with their minds set on exploring the great outdoors. Unsurprisingly, Muskoka’s gorgeous natural landscape is home to first-rate dog sledding tours, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowboarding. Make your visit to Muskoka one to remember by finding a luxury, full-service cottage rental that perfectly suits your family. Muskoka District Rentals has the area’s most luxurious fleet of lakefront cottages. The time to start planning a wintertime escape in one of our Muskoka cottage rentals is right now.

Dog Sledding in Ontario
Very few winter activities in Muskoka can rival a half-day dog sled tour through the lush forestry near Huntsville, Ontario. North Ridge Ranch has arguably the best pack of Alaskan Huskies in the province. These dog sled tours are offered seven days a week and include mushing lessons, 20 kilometres of sledding, hot chocolate, granola bars, and close-up photos with the Huskies. North Ridge’s Alaskan Huskies are beautiful, strong, and friendly. North Ridge rests in a quiet forest north of Huntsville, 30 kilometres from one of our prized Muskoka cottage rentals. SeaBreeze is a massive custom-built home on the Lake of Bays’ eastern edge. The main living area features a towering wood-burning stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and an elegant chandelier. The master bedroom, chef’s kitchen, and the wide-open yoga studio all have an instant wow factor.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Back of Beyond Equine Centre , another Huntsville area staple, provides Muskoka’s best horse-drawn sleigh rides. Unlike other generic wintertime sleigh rides, you’ll embark on a unique farm tour upon arrival before meandering through the lush wilderness. During the farm tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to brush a pony. After the sleigh ride is complete, the entire group can sip on hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, and enjoy a cozy outdoor campfire. The larger your group, the more money you can save. A 12-person sleigh ride experience, for example, would cost just over $31 per person plus tax. The Hemlock Lakehouse is conveniently located between the communities of Dwight and Port Cunnington. Hemlock overlooks the breathtaking Lake of Bays, 30 kilometres from Back of Beyond. You’ll feel like you’re in another time and place once you set foot inside this Shim-Sutcliffe architectural masterpiece. The home is highlighted by distinctive character, Canadian Shield granite, an outdoor elevator railcar, and a lavish, bright rainshower. You’ll never find any Muskoka cottage rentals quite like Hemlock.

Cross-Country Skiing in Ontario
We’re going to stay near Huntsville for our final Muskoka winter activity because Arrowhead Provincial Park has the area’s premier cross-country skiing trails. Arrowhead is a popular four-season park that has quickly earned must-visit status for cross-country skiers of all skill levels. You’ll discover over 33 kilometres of ski trails among the lush forestry, rolling hills, and fresh powder. If you’re planning on visiting Arrowhead in the coming weeks, remember to check their up-to-the-minute trail conditions first. The park also features a tubing hill, ice skating trail, and ample snowshoeing opportunities. And luckily for you, one of our most affordable family vacation cottages rests in Huntsville, only seven minutes from Arrowhead. Falcon View costs only $450 per night during the wintertime (with some restrictions). Don’t let the inexpensive price tag fool you because this beautiful 3,900-square-foot lakefront home was built in 2018. Falcon View has a massive backyard, 57-foot deck, lake-view firepit, lavish interior, and modern amenities.

Muskoka Cottage Rentals
Muskoka District Rentals has properties scattered across the region in Port Carling, Bala, Gravenhurst, and several other communities. Our luxury, full-service Muskoka cottage rentals have complimentary concierge services if you ever have any questions about your vacation home. Our caring, knowledgeable concierges can also pinpoint the very best restaurants, attractions, and winter activities within minutes. We pride ourselves in offering premium service, ultra-luxurious vacation cottages, and the prettiest lake views in Muskoka. Visit our website , or dial 1-800-615-2537 to find the cottage that perfectly fits your family’s size, budget, and style.