The Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario is world-renowned for its spectacular lakes and gorgeous scenic properties. As such, this is a popular vacation destination for celebrities from all around the world, not limited to Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks, David Beckham, and Steven Spielberg.
Whether you’re taking it easy by the lake for the summer, or kicking back all year round, there are a multitude of incredible sights to see. For those who are professional (or amateur!) photographers, or for those who just want to get the perfect picture for Instagram, we have you covered. Here is our list for some of the best places in the Muskoka Lakes region to get that amazing picture for social media!
Minnehaha Falls and Hatchery Falls, Between Bent River and Ullswater
While there are several waterfalls all across the Muskoka Lakes area, both Minnehaha Falls (located off the highway) and Hatchery Falls (located on Fish Hatchery Road) are a bit of a journey to get to—but well worth it! These waterfalls in particular are found near Skeleton Lake, east of Rosseau and north of Port Carling. You can access Minnehaha Falls directly from Highway 141, whilst Hatchery Falls is found just a ways off.
Visitors are advised to park at the adjoining Fish Hatchery Park for Hatchery Falls, and (very!) carefully on the highway for Minnehaha Falls. These sites require a bit of a hike through untouched Ontario forest (especially the latter), so they’re not the best for kids! But when you do arrive, you are greeted with beautiful sights that make for a perfect summer or autumn photo.
Four Mile Point Park, South of Rosseau
What’s better than a Muskoka Lakes sunset? If you want to capture some amazing photos of the sun just creeping below the treeline on the waterfront, but don't want to hike to do so, then Four Mile Point Park is worth a stop.
Found just off of Rosseau Lake Road 3, this park is not incredibly large, but it makes up for its small size as an amazing photo opportunity. Plus, you can stick your feet in the water to cool off! Four Mile Point Park is south of Rosseau and the community of Rosseau Falls, on Mutchinbacker Bay.
If you’re in the area, you may also want to make the trek down to the Lower Rosseau Falls—the tail end of the region’s waterfall!
Bala's Museum, Bala
If you enjoy a little bit of history, then you may want to stop at this beautiful museum. Famous Canadian writer L.M Montgomery, most recognized for her beloved Anne of Green Gables novels, stayed at this site in the past, and much work has been done to keep the place well-preserved.
Bala’s Museum, located at 1024 Maple Avenue in Bala, is an official Literary Landmark. Visitors can enjoy a tour (dressing up optional!) and see various artifacts. The museum also hosts events and contests during the year, including the best Anne Shirley lookalike.
Huckleberry Rock Lookout, Milford Bay
Although a bit of a hike over rocky terrain, Huckleberry Rock Lookout rewards nature-lovers with scenic views over the bay… and far beyond.
The trailhead is accessed via Milford Bay Road, just north of Milford Manor Golf Course and the village of Milford Bay. Parking is free. The hike itself is about 3 kilometers, and can sometimes be a little bit tricky depending on the time of year. For those hoping to catch a wonderful Muskoka Lakes sunset and who don't mind a rough trek, this might just be one of the best in the area!
Hardy Lake Provincial Park, Torrance
Just under 10 kilometers east of Bala is Hardy Lake Provincial Park in Torrance. This waterfront park, located on Hardy Lake, features 8 kilometers of hiking trails and endless natural beauty. Other popular activities include boating and fishing, but these are limited to certain areas of the park.
With its wooden walkways and gorgeous scenery, the opportunities for nature photos are endless—but this might be a bit too tough for the kids. But it’s considered to be a hidden gem, so for those brave enough to tackle the hike, you’ll be much rewarded.
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