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June 18, 2016

This year, Doors Open Muskoka Lakes will be dedicated to the municipalities' fabulous trails.

With an abundance of natural beauty, Muskoka Lakes’ trails are a must-see attraction. The Township of Muskoka Lakes has six wonderful trails available for hiking, running, snowshoeing, etc. Downtown Port Carling will also host a beautiful mural walk, while in Bala, a historical walk awaits you.

Make sure that you have your hiking boats ready and join us for many wonderful views, sites and experiences while exploring the natural beauty of Muskoka Lakes.

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is situated on the most southern part of the Canadian Shield, approximately two hours north of Toronto, encompassing 782 square kilometres (302 square miles), and offering 80 lakes, including Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph.

The natural beauty of the shorelines, miles of boating and abundance of wildlife make Muskoka Lakes a pre-eminent tourism destination, hosting visitors from around the world.

For more information, visit www.muskokalakes.ca.

Interested in volunteering for Doors Open Muskoka Lakes?

Contact: Ruth Nishikawa
Email: rnishikawa@muskokalakes.ca

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Bala Historical Walk

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 3040 Muskoka District Road 169 (Windsor Park)
Bala, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This self-guided Bala Historical Walk begins in Windsor Park. As participants make their way across town, they will see many lovely views and interesting historical sites, including the three islands of Bala, Bala Falls and Moon River. Come and enjoy downtown Bala and learn more about its history.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Hall Family Log Cabin at Muskoka Lakes Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Joseph Street, James Bartleman Island Park
Port Carling, Ontario
Telephone: 705-765-5367
Year built: Log cabin 1875; museum building 1967
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enter this square-timbered log cabin and you’ll step back in time to the pioneer days of Muskoka’s early settlers. George and Jane Hall, with the aid of the two eldest of their seven children, built this house in 1875 using massive, old-growth white pine trees. Today’s museum offers exhibits on early settlement, resorts, steamships, and antique wooden boats.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Hardy Lake Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at the parking lot off Muskoka Road 169, one kilometre west of Walker’s Point Road
Torrance, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hardy Lake Provincial Park provides hikers access to the shores of Hardy Lake and Lake Muskoka, two of the region’s most picturesque and rugged shorelines, characteristic of the area’s lake-studded Precambrian rock landscapes. This trail consists of an eight-kilometre and a three-kilometre loop around the lake, and a seven-kilometre trail through the forest and wetlands. Good footwear required. Moderate difficulty.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Hazelwood Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet in the parking lot on Hazlewood Road (follow Muskoka Road 118 towards Port Carling)
Port Carling, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This historical 2.5-kilometre trail once linked Port Carling with Port Sandfield. The Hazlewoods were a pioneer family who settled on Lake Rosseau, across the bay from Port Sandfield. The trail includes moderate-to-steep climbs through mature hardwood forest, and passes between spectacular granite bluffs. Near the end of the route, the trail passes a beaver pond known for its bird life.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Take Muskoka Road 118 west from Bracebridge and turn south onto Milford Bay Road; follow this road to the parking lot
Milford Bay, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Huckleberry Rock is one of the most scenic lookouts in Muskoka – and one of the oldest in the world. Come and hike this 2.5-kilometre trail and be rewarded with the spectacular view over Lake Muskoka. The trail on barren, pink rock contrasts with the green of the forest and the blue of the lake.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Port Carling Mural Walk

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 40 Bailey Street (Hanna Park)
Port Carling, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Port Carling Mural Walk begins in Hanna Park and passes many locations, including the Muskoka Lakes Museum, The Locks and The Wall Mural. This beautiful walk through downtown Port Carling highlights many wonderful sites and historical areas. If you enjoy shopping, make sure to stop in to one the many shops in the downtown area.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Raymond Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at the gravel parking area on Skeleton Lake Road 1 (take District Road 4 north from Bracebridge to Highway 141, then on to Skeleton Lake Road 1)
Utterson, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This 3.5-kilometre trail follows a historical route that colonists took through fields and woods to Skeleton Lake. In places, the logs of the early corduroy road that guided settlers over the boggy sections are still visible. The trail wanders through dense forest, which is brilliantly coloured during the autumn, and passes a gravel pit and abandoned hunting camp.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Skeleton Lake Fish Hatchery Trail

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Take District Road 4 north from Bracebridge, then go west on Highway 141 to Fish Hatchery Road (parking behind the old building)
Utterson, Ontario
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This one-kilometre trail winds by now naturalized ponds of a former fish hatchery and passes several habitats – meadows, deciduous forests, flood-plain forests, river shorelines and wetlands – providing views of small waterfalls and rapids along the way. Interpretive signs offer information about and illustrations of different habitats, flora and fauna of the area, and advice on conservation techniques. Picnic facilities available.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Torrance Barrens Trails

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Take Muskoka Road 169 north from Gravenhurst (south from Bala), then go south on Southwood Road (Muskoka Road 13) and travel 7 km to the sign
Torrance, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Encompassing nearly 1,990 hectares (5,000 acres), the Torrance Barrens Conservation Reserve is one of the most striking geological areas in Muskoka. Low ridges of Precambrian bedrock characterize the landscape. Three trails of varying lengths (4, 5.8 and 6 kilometres) provide ample opportunity to explore this unique area. The rare eastern bluebird and Cooper’s hawk are often spotted here.