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Officially the first Starbucks in Muskoka is Open!

Officially the first Starbucks in Muskoka is Open!

Starbucks in Huntsville Muskoka

Catch the Muskoka sunrise with your morning Starbucks. They are finally open and ready to serve. They open at 6 AM Monday - Saturday and 6:30 AM Sunday for all you early risers. 

For the month of December Starbucks is offering buy one get one all grande or larger handcrafted beverages on Thursdays from 2 pm - 7pm! 

This new location on 84 King William Street Huntsville will be offering the following:


  • Drive-Thru
  • Oven-warmed Food
  • Mobile Payment
  • Google Wi-FI
  • Mobile Order and Pay
  • Nitro Cold Brew

    You can follow them on Instagram @starbuckshuntsville

    Will you be sipping on a Starbucks Grande Latte or will you be sticking to Tim Hortons?


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    What's happening May Long Weekend in Muskoka: 2019 Edition

    What's happening May Long Weekend in Muskoka: 2019 Edition

    WOW - this May long weekend is packed with amazing events. There is so much to do it's hard to pick. Which one will you attend?

    Want to know why we have a long weekend in May? Check out our blog on May Two-Four Weekend


    Craft Beer FestivalMUSKOKA 2/4 CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

    Town: Huntsville, Muskoka
    Venue:  Huntsville’s River Mill Park
    Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019

    Website: Facebook


    Third annual Muskoka 2-4 Craft Beer Festival on Saturday May 18th. This festival will showcase some of the best craft beer that our region and province has to offer. Located in Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park, patrons will enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer and listen to some amazing local bands.

    “Must be 19 years of age to purchase tickets”

    Want to bring the family? Under 12s get in free. Kids aged 12-18 can purchase a $10 ticket granting admission to the event. 


     TIM HICKS SUMMER THROW DOWN with Special Guest Madeline Merlo

    Town: Bala, Muskoka
    Venue: The Kee to Bala
    Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019


    If anyone was ready for his proverbial close-up, it’s the acclaimed, chart-topping and award-winning artist. His presence as a consistently electrifying entertainer on the Canadian music scene may stretch back more than a decade, but his latest and third studio full-length album, the alternately scorching and tender Shake These Walls, scans as strikingly new.



    Town: Huntsville, Muskoka
    Venue: Canada Summit Centre
    Date: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
    Website: Tickets

    What? Snoop Dogg is in Muskoka? It's true. Proudly celebrating 25 years of Doggy style Live in Muskoka! Friends include: 

    • Ft. Warren G
    • The Dogg Pound
    • Robbie G
    • Merkules
    • Peter Jackson



    Town: Port Carling, Muskoka
    Venue: Port Carling Community Centre
    Date: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
    Website: Tickets

    He has played for Jimmy Buffett and now he is playing for Muskoka. Celebrate the end of winter at this live Margaritaville themed event in Port Carling Ontario.

    Bala's Taco Kar will be serving up delicious Mexican food and Muskoka's own Clear Lake Brewing Company will be operating a full bar.


     Ace Hill and Bumble Present TEAM SUNDAY FUNDAY

    Town: Bala, Muskoka
    Venue: The Kee to Bala
    Date: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
    Website: Tickets

    Ace Hill and Bumble Present TEAMLTD’s SUNDAY FUNDAY at The KEE for the 6th Annual May Two Four Bash!

    There’s no better way to kick off summer than reuniting with your Muskoka friends while mixing in some beverages at this high energy event.

    Live performances by WAVES and D3FF & AKTEC.

    Doors at 10pm | 19+ Event.


    Did we miss any events? Add your events in the comments below.


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    Lake Shop Gift Guide

    Lake Shop Gift Guide
    Lakeshop Christmas Gift Guide

    We have all been there - buying a cool, awesome gift can be hard. We tried to make it easy for you by compiling a list of unique gift suggestions for all ages and price ranges for the holidays, teacher gifts or celebrations. Some of these items can be purchased online or instore at some popular locations. 

    Under $25

    Mouth Pipcorn PopcornMouth pip pip hooray popcorn pipcorn
     Zen Adult Coloring Book
    Lake Shop Deer Coffee Mug

    Lululemon Headband

    Lululemon Headband

    Sriracha 2 Go

    Starbucks Pour-Over Brewer & Mug SetStarbucks Hi-Shine Pour-Over Brewer & Mug Set

    Roots Work/Cabin Sock

    Cards Against Humanity

    Cards Against Humanity

    Ipsy Monthly Glam Bag

    Ipsy glam bag

    Lake Shop Moose Pillow 

    60 Hour Candle

    Bully Bundles

    bully bundles

    Chuckit! Max Glow Ball Dog ToyChuckit

     Bark Box

    Bark Box dog gifts 


    $25 to $50

    Goat Story Coffee Mug

    MEC Flylow Tough Guy Gloves 

    Hatley Plaid Moose Kids' Union Suit

    Frank Body Coffee Scrub

    Shelfies Dreamy Trudeau Tee

    Beard Brand Four Vices Beard OilBeard Brand beard oil four vices

    Try the World Gift BoxTry the world gift box

    Antler Necklace

    Antler Necklace

    Treat Yo Self Holiday Gift SetTreat Yo Self Holiday Gift Set

    Himalayan Salt Blockhimalayan salt block


    $50 to $100

    Roots Sweatpants

    Chapters S’well Teakwood Water Bottle

     Shelfies Pizza Party Hoodie

    Shelfies Pizza Party Hoodie

    Superdry Lumberjack Twill Shirt

    Marble & Wood Cheeseboard

    Maple Syrup & Small Bell Pitcher

    Maple Syrup & Bell Pitcher


    $100 and up



    Wicked Lasers TorchFlashtorch


    Urban Barn Moose Head White

    Moose Head White


    Gypsy Darling Tan Loser Moccasins

    Faribault Woolen Mill Pak-A-Robe

    Nico Nico Field Tent

    Uggs Amie

    Uggs Amie

    Brevity Signature Necklace 

    Water Buffalo the-water-buffalo

    Freewheel Pro 

    Free Wheel


    We will continue to add more suggestions as the weeks go by. Love to add yours - enter your ideas in the comments section below.

    Happy Shopping!

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    For the Love of Muskoka Craft Beer

    For the Love of Muskoka Craft Beer

    Nothing goes better with summer than beer — except for craft beer.

    If you’re looking for some great craft beer, then Muskoka is the place to be with its microbrewery boom. From beautiful brew pubs to small local brewers, Muskoka’s beer scene has something to please newbies and aficionados alike. And even if you're looking for more, just wait a few months because a new brewery and a new beer are inevitably on the way.

    Next time you're at the Beer Store or LCBO, try one of these local beers. Better yet, go visit the brewery.

    Lake of Bays Brewing Company

    Nestled in Muskoka

    Established in 2010 and located in Baysville, Muskoka (near Algonquin Park), you will find one of Ontario's fastest-growing craft breweries. They make a beer to suit nearly every beer-lover's palate. Along with their four-year round beers like Crosswind Pale Ale, they also carry four seasonal beers including Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale.

    LCBO carries Rock Cut Lager, Crosswind Pale Ale, and Spark House Red Ale. They note that Spark House Red Ale delivers deep, roasted notes of nut and toffee, a slight hint of smoke, while finishing gently bitter and balanced.

    Lake of Bays Brewing Company is the official brewery of the NHL and CFL Alumni Association. They were also listed as one of Canada’s top breweries in the Huffington Post.

    2681 Muskoka Rd 117
    (705) 767-2313

    Sat: 11 AM - 3 PM (or by appointment)

     Sawdust City Brewing Company

    Gateway of Muskoka

    Established in 2014, Sawdust City Brewing Company is located in Gravenhurst, Muskoka. They produce traditional ales in an array of styles. In addition to their five-year round core brands, they also offer seasonal flavours, limited batch brews, barrel-aged batches, and experimental beers. All of their beers are all-natural and made with only the finest ingredients.

    397 Muskoka Rd. N
    (705) 681-1100

    Mon - Sun: 9 AM - 11 PM


    Muskoka Brewery

    Heart of Muskoka

    Establish in 1996 and located in Bracebridge, Ontario, Muskoka Brewery handcrafts premium beers. They're one of the oldest in the region and have more than 70 varieties of beer. Their beer ranges from Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout, to Muskoka Craft Lager, to their flagship Muskoka Cream Ale. Favourites include Cream Ale, Mad Tom IPA and Muskoka Detour — a departure from the typical IPA. LCBO describes Muskoka as easygoing and light on the palate, offering big hoppy notes and a clean, bracing finish that’s sure to quench the fiercest of thirsts.
    1964 Muskoka Beach Rd
    (705) 646-1266

    Thurs - Sat: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM


    Highlander Brew Company

    Northern Edge of Muskoka

    Established in 2009, on the Northern edge of Algonquin Park you will find the Highlander Brew Co. Brewery — known as the most northerly craft brewery in Ontario. Highlander’s first beer was a traditional Scottish Ale and their lineup now includes Blacksmith Smoked Porter, Lion Grass, Centurion, as well as a number of seasonal and collaboration beers.

    19 Howard Street
    South River
    (705) 792-0808

    Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Muskoka Lakes Winery
    Cranberry Mecca of Muskoka

    This one isn't exactly beer, but we do have a winery in Muskoka that's worth mentioning. Muskoka Lakes Winery was launched with the 2000 vintage of Cranberry Wine. This initial release was so well received, it sold out in 16 days. The following release of 2000 Cranberry Blueberry Wine sold out in just four days. Over the years, many other wines have been introduced, but Cranberry Wine and Cranberry Blueberry Wine continue to be best sellers.  

    1074 Cranberry Road
    (705) 762-3203

    Mon - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

    Buy Muskoka Craft Beer

    Ontario Beer Event Listings


    Which is your favourite Muskoka craft beer?




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    Getting Ready for Summer Camp in Muskoka

    Getting Ready for Summer Camp in Muskoka

    Attending a Muskoka summer camp is one of the most memorable and amazing experiences your child will ever have. Children from all parts of the world come to Muskoka to have this unique Muskoka right of passage of outdoor fun. With summer just around the corner it’s time to get your kids ready for camp. We have compiled a list of prep work before you send your child off and to make it a stress free and positive experience. 

    Packing for camp
    Every camp offers a camping gear checklist. Use it - it tells you everything your child needs for camp.

    1. Find out if the camp has any special dress codes like costumes, dressy clothes, no flip flops or need to have midriff and lower back covered etc
    2. Get them to help with packing for camp and let them include a special item like a “stuffy”, special blanket or anything that helps comfort them.
    3. Leave electronics and valuables at home like cell phones, portable players and devices, expensive jewelry and cameras.
    4. Pack a favourite book, diary or drawing supplies.
    5. Include a laundry bag and explain how to handle their clothes to keep clean and dirty clothes separate.
    6. A little bathroom caddie or small plastic storage containers can help organize their belongings. I have seen some children bring along a small collapsible table (size of a book) to keep by their bed - but that only works for the lower bunk.
    7. Create them a checklist of all their items so when they pack up to go home they won’t forget anything.
    8. Don’t forget to label all your children’s belongings. A campers must is Mabel’s Labels they have a Limited Edition Camp Label Packs.

    Prepare your child for camp

    1. If you can’t visit the camp prior to the session - show your child pictures of the camp.
    2. Get your children to speak with other kids who have had a positive experience at camp.
    3. Tell your children where they will be sleeping (cabin, bunk bed or tent etc), where the washroom facilities are (outhouse, common bathroom etc) and where they will be eating their meals.
    4. Explain to them the different activities and events that happen during their stay.
    5. Discuss with your child about the drop off and pick up for camp.
    6. Let them know what types of communication you can have with them during their session. Some camps don’t allow phone calls (only for emergencies) but you can email one another or send letters.
    7. If you child is a bed wetter, - give them advice on how to deal with it like wrapping a towel around their waste and going to speak with their camp counsellor. Remind them that they can wake up the camp counsellor if they are sleeping.
    8. If your daughter is at an age they could get their period it’s a good idea to discuss getting your period, how to deal with it and pack her an emergency kit (pads, sanitary wipes, extra underwear). Let her know that she can talk to her camp counsellor or the camp nurse when she gets it and they can assist her.

    Before sending your child to camp

    1. Go to the doctor and make sure you have all their prescription medications and immunizations are up to date. No need to bring over the counter medication since most camps have that in stock but do double check with the camp if your child requires certain medication.
    2. Have all your camp forms filled out.
    3. Check your child's head for lice prior to arrival and treat it - last thing you need is your kid being sent home because they have lice.
    4. Find out if your children’s camp on how they handle funds to purchase souvenirs, supplies and other items. Some allow you to bring spending money and others have a campers bank account.

    Fun things

    • Hide a note in their bags to say hi and include a special message.
    • Pack them a special package that have writing supplies (letter paper, envelopes, stamps, stickers and pens)
    • Print them their own business cards with an email, phone number and address on it to give to their camp friends so they can keep in touch after camp is over.

    Once you send your children off to camp - don’t forget to spoil yourself and enjoy the time you have while they are away. Don’t be surprised when you pick up your child from camp on how much more self confident they are and that they seem a bit taller and older. If they are crying when you pick them up - it may not be that they miss you but that they want to stay longer at camp.

    Happy Summer!

    What are your best tips on sending your child to camp?
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    2015 Canada Day Celebrations in Muskoka

    2015 Canada Day Celebrations in Muskoka

    The excitement of Canada Day is fast approaching and with so many great ways to celebrate, it can be difficult to decide what to do. If you’re heading up to Muskoka for the long weekend, you might want to check out some of the Canada Day events in the area. Here are a few of my personal suggestions for fun, family-friendly activities for the long weekend. Make sure to check out the event pages — some events are happening on the weekend and not on July 1st!







    Honey Harbour

    • Honey Harbour Canada Festival: Held at the Park Landing, the Honey Harbour Canada Festival features the Honey Harbour Library’s annual book sale, an antique boat show, and a great big birthday cake from Elk’s Old Fashioned Bakery. The day will be filled with literature, music, art, crafts, exhibits by local businesses and associations, performance art, wonders of nature, marine history, and plenty of good eats — you don’t want to miss it!


    Port Carling

    Other Events

    • Additional events to do on the Canada Day long weekend
    • Ottawa Canada Day: If you want to head to our nation’s Capital and you’re up for some crowds check out the events.

    What do you plan to do this Canada Day long weekend?


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    May Two-Four Weekend

    May Two-Four Weekend

    The "May Two-Four weekend" (also known as the Victoria Day long weekend and May long weekend) is a Canadian statutory holiday to honour Queen Victoria's birthday — May 24, 1819. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 18.  

    Many have argued over how to properly celebrate this weekend — does it celebrate beer or does it celebrate Queen Victoria? This debate is best illustrated by Kinnon Elliott Illustrations in this fantastic infographic: 

    In Muskoka, this long weekend marks the kickoff of cottage season. Cottagers bring up a "two-four" (24 cans or bottles) of beer and open up their cottages for the summer season.


    This also marks the start of the camping season for brave campers who pray for warm, dry weather for their first weekend of the year sleeping outdoors.

    I know where my family and I will be: At the cottage — setting up the dock, getting out our Muskoka chairs, and starting to make bets about who will be the first one to take a dip in the cold water. Can't wait!

    How do you celebrate May Two-Four with your family and friends? Do you think we should do less drinking and more allegiance pledging to the Queen? Or is it all about letting loose and celebrating after the end of a long, hard winter? Let us know in the comments below.


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