A River Runs Through It: Beautiful Bracebridge, Muskoka, Ontario

Fly with Porter Airlines to Muskoka this summer and discover the charming town with a stunning waterfall at its centre.

A getaway to the great Canadian wilderness north of Toronto is as much a ‘town & country’ experience as there ever was!

Visitors to Bracebridge, Ontario are in for a treat when they head to the panoramic bay located right downtown. Watch as the beautiful waters of the Muskoka River cascade before you, and cross right over them on the pedestrian walkway to enjoy the unparalled view. And then check out all the other fantastic things to do in and around town.

Head along the shore to where The Lady Muskoka cruise boat is moored. Take a scenic tour and explore the river a little more, as well as the lake for which the boat is named. Check out the ‘Sunset Dinner Cruise’ and the ‘Millionaire’s Row Cruise’.

For those interested in paddling themselves, head across the street to LivOutside for all your outdoor adventure rental needs, or check out Muskoka Waterbikes, right next door to the Lady Muskoka – truly a unique river experience.

In town you’ll find eclectic establishments, such as Woodchester Villa, a historic octagonal home  that is now used as event space. Next door is the Chapel Gallery, home of the well known Muskoka Arts & Crafts organization that can connect you with hundreds of artists nearby, and which hosts amazing exhibits throughout the year.

Or stick to downtown and visit the vendors in The Art Annex, a unique arts and crafts space where you can also get delicious refreshments.

Take a break also at the restored Bracebridge Hall, an early 20th-Century carriage house, where you can enjoy a cold beverage and exceptional live music performances (also just steps from the town’s main waterfall).

Just outside of town and along the Muskoka River you’ll find cottage country’s famous theme park, Santa’s Village. Kids young and old will be delighted by all the rides, games, sights and sounds. And you’ll meet Santa too, of course. Bring your bathing suits to cool off at Santa’s Splash Pad and at his private beach on the Muskoka River.


A visit to Bracebridge wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Muskoka Brewery. Sample their award-winning beers and enjoy some downtime on their patio. Be sure to check out all the cool merchandise in their retail store as well!

Looking for more swag to take home from your visit? Go to the iconic Muskoka Bear Wear flagship store on the main street to peruse their popular hoodies, sweats and more. For more great shopping and dining suggestions, visit the Downtown Bracebridge website.

Summer 2020 Events in Bracebridge, Muskoka

  • The Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show
  • Session Muskoka

This summer, fly with Porter Airlines to Muskoka and discover the charming town of Bracebridge.

For accommodations information, click here. For shuttle service to and from the Muskoka Airport, click here. (Available when the seasonal flights go on sale. Bracebridge is approximately 5 minutes by shuttle from YQA).

To book your flight with Porter Airlines, click here.


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