Destination guide

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.

Where to stay near Muskoka Lakes?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 632 house rentals near Muskoka Lakes. From 435 Cottages to 435 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Muskoka Lakes for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Muskoka Lakes Winery: 544 home rentals
  • Diamond In The Ruff Golf Course: 551 home rentals
  • Lake Joseph Golf Club: 527 home rentals
  • Muskoka Lakes Museum: 542 home rentals
  • Hardy Lake Provincial Park: 531 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Muskoka Lakes listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway has 435 Cottages in Muskoka Lakes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Muskoka Lakes include:

  • Cabins: 435 lodging choices
  • Houses: 166 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 435 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Chalets 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 60 vacation homes with pool available in Muskoka Lakes.