Muskoka Real Estate


Not only is Muskoka Ontario one of the top vacation destinations in Canada, it’s also considered one of the top places to live or own leisure property. And yet while it’s

often considered as a playground of the rich and famous –  it is after all the location of some of the most impressive luxury real estate to be found anywhere in North America

– it also offers plenty of real estate opportunities to those wanting a more

attainable level of luxury.
 Located just two-hour’s drive (or 30 minutes if flying) north of the city that’s lent its name to one of the film industry’s largest love-ins – the Toronto International Film

– Muskoka has been attracting the wealthy since the late 1800s. These early adventurers were largely industrialists from places like Pittsburgh and New York,

drawn as much by the spectacular scenery as for the prized fishing and hunting on the regions four major lakes: Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph and Lake of

These days, while there’s still plenty of wildlife (moose, deer, and black bear are relatively common), the only shooting going on is with cameras.
Muskoka Real Estate and the Muskoka Lifestyle
Cottage country, as Muskoka’s affectionately known, is stunningly beautiful. Its pristine lakes, pine covered shorelines and rugged islands are a year-round draw for some two

million visitors... along with plenty of celebrities.
What’s the big attraction? Well, a visit to Muskoka, after the hustle-bustle of a big city, is like being transported to a completely different place and time. It looks different: the

weathered, exposed ruggedness of the ancient Canadian Shield, said to date back 1.5 billion years to the time when the earth’s crust was formed, is unique to this region.
So, too, are the cool, deep lakes that reside in the cracks and crevices left behind by the massive glaciers that once covered the land. It also sounds different: the haunting

call of a loon echoing across the lake, the laughter of children splashing in the water or, most memorable of all, those occasions when it seems there’s no sound whatsoever

(or at least no noise) – it’s just you, the gentle rustle of a breeze in the trees and the lapping of the water as it tickles the shoreline.  
Muskoka Communities
Muskoka consists of a number of charming communities, each worth considering as a place to buy a cottage or a waterfront home. These include:
  • Gravenhurst – The ‘Gateway to Muskoka’, Gravenhurst Ontario has a population of 12,000 people and offers plenty of great amenities for residents and cottagers alike
  • Bracebridge – This lovely heritage town is known as Muskoka’s ‘Waterfall capital’ and is home to 16,000 people
  • Huntsville – The largest of Muskoka’s towns, Huntsville and its surrounding lakes offer plenty of great real estate opportunities (its population is nearly 20,000)
Whichever of these Muskoka communities you choose, each offers plenty of great shopping opportunities, entertainment and cultural activities, along with sports and outdoor

recreation facilities.   
Those who enjoy smaller communities are also spoiled for choice. Good options for a Muskoka family cottage include the villages of Dwight, Dorset, and Baysville on lovely

Lake of Bays, or Port Carling and Bala on Lake Muskoka. Each are served by local healthcare and school services, as well as municipal amenities.
To learn more about these or any of the many other unique corners of Muskoka, or to help you buy (or sell) your Muskoka cottage, or for the latest statistics on Muskoka

cottages for sale, drop us a line – we’d love to help you fulfill your Muskoka dream.

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