In 2010, Muskoka was rated the best summer time vacation destination by National Geographic Traveller’s Magazine, and it has held on to this ranking over the past couple of years! A Muskoka summer vacation was ranked higher than many of the most popular summer vacation destinations in the world. We have always said that for a summer vacation, no where beats Ontario’s cottage country, and now we have the proof! The next time you are looking to get away for a vacation in the summer with your family, come up to the Shamrock Lodge in Muskoka and see firsthand why we are the number one summer vacation spot in the world.
A short 20-minute drive from Shamrock Lodge, scenically situated on the Muskoka River, the popular Ontario resort town of Bracebridge is a bustling community that is well worth visiting. Bracebridge has something to offer Muskoka visitors every month of the year. A pretty little town that has retained its old time charm, visitors will discover a well preserved main street with many interesting shops, restaurants and visitors attractions. Bracebridge also has an abundance of green space, with parks, walking trails and many scenic views, especially of the waterfalls and the Muskoka River which runs through town. Bracebridge offers a wide array of tourist attractions, art galleries and other places of interest. As well, this Muskoka town has many annual events and festivals throughout the year, including studio tours, fairs, cars shows, fall festivals, to name just a few.
Bracebridge is home to one of cottage country’s most famous family friendly Muskoka tourist attractions, Santa’s Village. For over 50 years, Santa’s Village has been delighting families on vacation in Muskoka. At 45 degrees latitude, half way between the Equator and the North Pole, it was decided that Bracebridge would be the perfect summer home for Santa and his Christmas theme park. This popular family amusement park is open seasonally, from mid June to mid September. Here you can take the kids for a ride on Santa’s train, see Santa’s reindeer, paddleboat around the Lemonade Lagoon, take a cruise down the Muskoka River, enjoy Rudolf’s Roller coaster, and of course, visit Santa Claus. In the pay-as-you-go Sportsland area of Santa’s Village, sports buffs can enjoy go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages, laser tag and an arcade.
An old Ontario town with a great deal of history, Bracebridge has a number of historic sites that are available to Muskoka visitors. Located on Wharf Road, the Bird Mill Power Station was built in 1892 to supply Bracebridge with electricity, making Bracebridge the first municipality to own and operate a hydro-electric generating station. At 94 Manitoba Street, the Bracebridge Public library has been serving the town for over a century. The library with built after American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie promised a grant of $10,000 in 1906. Today it remains a reminder of the importance the Carnegie libraries played in public education. On King Street, the Woodchester Villa, built in 1882 by Henry Bird, is one of the finest octagonal homes in Ontario. Known locally as the Bird Cage, the villa has been restored and is open to the public.
Shamrock Lodge on Lake Rosseau is in the centre of the beautiful Muskoka region, but it is also close to the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay. Like Muskoka, Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands of are one of the most magnificent tourist destinations in all of Canada. In the 30,000 Islands, the scenic water channels between the islands provide the opportunity for truly unique boating tours and yacht charters. The wildlife and scenery of the area brings people from all over the world, who come to enjoy this wonderful vacation experience. Shamrock Lodge is fortunate to be able to offer their guests a delightful Ontario holiday getaway where they can experience two of the most beautiful regions in Canada.