About Port Sandfield
Port Sandfield is a small community in the heart of the Muskoka Lakes township. Located at the junction of Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph, it is a gateway to miles of pristine lake boating, natural wonders and a vibrant history. It is a well-known stop for gas, shopping and supplies for area residents and vacationers.
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Port Sandfield is located at the junction of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau, which are separated by a historical canal and swing bridge. The village is governed within the Muskoka Lakes township. It contains a full service marina, renowned general store and bakery, as well as several other small businesses.
Port Sandfield is approximately 2.5 hours north of Toronto, accessible via Highways 400 & 11, and Muskoka District Roads 169 & 7.
The nearest airport, Muskoka Airport, is located approximately 37 mins away. It offers commercial shuttle services to Toronto, charter flights and is also classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada, with CBSA staffing on a call-out basis.
Port Sandfield Real Estate
Port Sandfield area real estate offers a variety of property options and investment opportunities within its pristine forests and lakeshores. Whatever your budget, there are a variety of listings to help you find your slice of Muskoka paradise. There are stunning luxury properties available on prestigious Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph, which each have their “Millionaire Row” and “Billionaire Row” housing A-list celebrities.
Discover beautiful, meticulously maintained historical lake houses, updated with modern kitchens and entertainment areas. Newer properties feature more modern stylings, with neo-rustic coastal designs, large windows and decks. Find well-loved generational homes with well-developed lots containing extras like guest cabins, boat houses and workshops. Cozy cabins offer a charming, rustic getaway from hectic everyday life. Resort complexes also offer turn-key and some fractional ownership options for those looking for a hassle-free vacation property.
Build your Muskoka dream cottage on unblemished lots offering private beaches, lakefront access, and excellent highway accessibility. Or invest in properties with unlimited potential to redevelop to your design.
Prime acreages are available for commercial development opportunities, including resorts, golf courses or waterfront restaurants.
Port Sandfield Attractions and Amenities
Deep in the heart of beautiful cottage country, Port Sandfield is a gateway to both Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau. These two pristine lakes offer miles of spectacular boating and stunning Muskoka scenery.
The Muskoka Lakes region is a natural paradise, with over 80% of the land retaining its natural cover, and 85% of naturally vegetated shoreline. The area is also known as North America’s first dark sky preserve, with amazing visibility of constellations and planets.
The lakes offer a plethora of sports and activities, including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. There are bait shops throughout the region always willing to offer tips on top fishing spots.
With its location along Highway 7 (Peninsula road), and at the junction of the canal connecting Lake Joseph and Rosseau, Port Sandfield is a popular stop for area residents, vacationers, and boaters alike. There are several long-standing businesses that have serviced the community for years.
The Port Sandfield Marina is strategically located at the junction of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau. Since 1952, the marina has played an important role in preserving Muskoka’s reputation as the finest boating destination in Ontario. The marina offers the finest in marine products and services, on-site boat rentals, as well as clothing, patio furniture, cottage and home decor.
The Silver Streams Farm Market prides itself as Cottage Country’s favorite seasonal market and grocery store. Established in 1923, it carries the highest quality in-season Ontario fruits and vegetables, premium deli meats and cheeses, and features an in-store butcher, bakery and full ice-cream parlor.
There are also seasonal pop-up shops that will operate within Port Sandfield during the busy summer cottage season. For other amenities and more shopping, the larger towns of Bala and Port Carling are both less than 15 minutes away.
The Muskoka Lakes region is also home to many other attractions, most within less than a half hour drive from Port Sandfield, including 12 golf courses, hiking trails at the Torrance Barrens and Hardy Lake Provincial Park, museums and historical sites, and various community festivals and celebrations. In the winter, there are trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and skating.
Port Sandfield History
Port Sandfield was founded in 1870, when the canal was built connecting Lake Joseph to Lake Rosseau. The town was named after John Sandfield MacDonald, then-premier of Ontario.
The canal was built at the same time as the lock in Port Carling, and these two critical pieces of infrastructure allowed a fleet of steamboats to carry freight, mail, cargo and timber over the three largest lakes in the county of Muskoka.
This led to an influx of settlers to the region, and led to the building of a bridge over the canal. The first bridge was completed in 1876, then a new swing bridge was constructed in 1924. Impeccably maintained to this day, the bridge is now one of the oldest of its kind in Ontario, and remains as a proud landmark of the area’s history.
Timber was initially the greatest economic attraction for the region, as the soil is poor and rocky, and is not especially suited to agriculture. The Muskoka region then emerged as a tourism destination, given its proximity to Toronto and the rest of Southern Ontario. At the turn of the century, Enoch Cox founded the Prospect House, a posh summer resort in the area. Tourists flocked to the area.
As the resource sector declined, the area fully embraced its tourism economy. While economic downturns led to the canal falling into disrepair, it was rehabilitated in 1999, and is once again a widely used channel for boaters in the area.
Today, the Muskoka Lakes region thrives on its tourism economy, embracing its historical roots and country charm, while offering the amenities of a sophisticated getaway destination.