A lot of folks hear the name Muskoka and immediately associate it with cottages, lakes and boats, in fact, Muskoka is called, “Cottage Country” and no wonder….in fact, I would say Muskoka is the Canadian equivalent of the American Adirondacks.
The 2,500 square miles known as the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, has become synonomous with cottages. Some of that fame owes itself to the magazine, television show, blog and related cottage activites all rolled into Cottage Life and some of it is because the Muskoka region is home to 2.1 million visitors annually who go there seeking the Great Outdoors.
50,000 Residents of Cottage Country
Canada’s cottage country has something in the vicinity of 50,000 permanent residents, and an additional 100,000 seasonal property owners who spend their summers on the shores of some 1600 lakes in the region every year.
Muskoka extends from from Georgian Bay in the west of Ontario, to the northern tip of Lake Couchiching in the south, to the western border of Algonquin Provincial Park in the east.
It’s about a two hour drive north of Toronto, making it a favorite weekend getaway destination for harried Torontonians and others.
Muskoka is very scenic. It has lots to see and do, fishing, boating, picturesque villages, farms, lakeside vacation hotels and resorts, golf courses, country clubs, and marinas.
I hesitate to compare my little cottage to any of the cottages in Muskoka, a lot of which are really large summer estates, that echo a bygone era, passed down through families from generation to generation.
Popular With Celebs
Much like the Adirondacks, Muskoka was a favored spot for the wealthy to spend their summers, especially around Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Joseph.
I understand it is still a popular destination and retreat for some celebs like Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and Martin Short, among others. I’ve always had a somewhat romantic view of Muskoka, probably because of the cottage country designation, perhaps because of the older cottages, some located on islands, accessible only by boat.
It seems to me to be the ideal summer cottage place, with miles of waterways, woods, islands and plenty of old camps and cottages.
That’s why I was pretty excited to come across a photo blog from a blogger named Ed Boutilier, who has created an awesome blog featuring photo’s of the Muskoka area. Ed is a talented photographer, and blogger who is also the CEO of a company, Stealth.com a leading high tech company that builds specialized computers and peripherals located in Toronto, Ontario.
I encourage you to visit Ed’s site, CottageBlog.ca
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