O Canada! Our home and native land! Lush forests, quirky rock formations and pristine lakes – there is almost nothing that our beautiful home country, Canada, has not to offer. With Canada Day lurking around the corner, we want to give you some inspiration on how to spend that special and memorable date cherishing the true and ancient Canadian spirit. Because how better to spend it than surrounding yourself with your loved ones, and the natural beauty and recreational spirit that the Canadian countryside has to offer?
Muskoka and its neighbouring regions are especially popular destinations during the upcoming Canada Day. Many of our Abeona clients own cottages in the region or rent lakefront properties during the national holiday. Come with us on a short journey through enchanting Muskoka, and be inspired!
Canada Day – A Day of Pride, Patriotism & Culture
Before we dive into the beauty of Muskoka and its surrounding regions, we want to take a quick detour into the historical background of Canada Day.
Canada Day commemorates our history, culture, national achievements, and the diversity of our people. The national holiday marks the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act in 1867, which united the former three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. We celebrate Canada Day each year on the 1st of July.
Since Canada day takes place during the peak of summer, it is the perfect time to leave for the woods and lakes near Ontario — to Muskoka.
Muskoka – The Epitome of Canadian Beauty
Due to its proximity to major urban centres, such as Toronto, Muskoka serves as a convenient getaway for many of us city dwellers seeking a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Without having to travel long distances, this national treasure box sits just around the corner – Muskoka is only a short private aircraft or helicopter flight away.
The region is renowned for its numerous pristine lakes, including Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Joseph. The picturesque lakes provide opportunities for yachting, boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports for the whole family to enjoy. Muskoka's lakefront properties are highly sought after, offering residents and visitors access to beautiful waterfront views and recreational opportunities. Why not explore the idea of a luxury cottage that you dreamed about all those years? Prices are slowly beginning to decrease after an all-time high.
While there are lots of popular things to do in and around Muskoka, there are still some hidden gems to explore, like the Lake of Bays, Skeleton Lake, and the Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail in Bracebridge.
You should make sure to take your little ones to experience the unique beauty of Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, located in Bala. There, you can take a guided tour to learn about the cranberry cultivation process, enjoy cranberry-inspired treats, and explore the boardwalks amidst the vibrant cranberry beds. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, so some might say it is sort of a health retreat as well.
Furthermore, Muskoka is home to some excellent craft breweries and wineries. Make your way to places like Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge or Sawdust City Brewing Co. in Gravenhurst to sample delicious local beers. When it turns wine o’clock, you can also explore the Muskoka Lakes Winery, and enjoy a nice glass of red or white wine.
The Bracebridge Farmers' Market, Gravenhurst Farmers' Market, and Port Carling Farmers' Market offer you a wide array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts. It's a magnificent opportunity to support local vendors and taste regional flavours.
Indigenous Roots & Heritage
Did you know that Muskoka has a rich indigenous history? Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by various Indigenous peoples, including the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations. These Indigenous communities had deep connections to the land and relied on its resources for sustenance and cultural practices.
The Anishinaabe people, particularly the Ojibwe, still have a significant presence in the region. They have a history of inhabiting the area dating back centuries and continue to maintain their cultural traditions and connections to the land. The lakes and rivers in Muskoka were important travel routes and sources of food for these communities.
Today, there are ongoing efforts to preserve and promote Indigenous culture and heritage in Muskoka. Local initiatives, organizations, and museums work towards acknowledging and sharing the history, traditions, and contributions of the Indigenous peoples who have shaped the region. These efforts aim to foster understanding, respect, and appreciation for Muskoka's Indigenous heritage among residents and visitors alike.
Flying To Muskoka With Abeona
Canada Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our shared values, freedoms, and the contributions we have made to our country. We should use this day to express patriotism and appreciation for Canada's natural beauty, multiculturalism, and the rights and privileges that we enjoy.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us about chartering a private aircraft to conveniently travel to your cottage in Muskoka or the nearby regions. If you plan to travel to another beautiful corner of Canada, of course, we would be delighted to arrange this for you as well.
Abeona will go above and beyond to provide you with an old-school service.