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Her Take: The Ultimate Getaway from Toronto in the Muskokas

Living in Toronto on a day-to-day basis can grate on you, so to avoid going absolutely insane while living in The Big Smoke many residents head up to the Muskokas for the weekend. If you’re lucky a friend will have a cottage that you can crash in, but if that fails there’s always the option …

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1. Coming here around Thanksgiving in the fall is stunning, as the trees are changing colors and the area is a mix of golden brown hues.

2. If you manage to come up for the Canada Day long weekend, there’s a great display of fireworks in the area.

3. Be prepared for traffic when coming up from Toronto for a long weekend. A two and a half hour drive can quickly turn into five at certain times of the day.

Living in Toronto on a day-to-day basis can grate on you, so to avoid going absolutely insane while living in The Big Smoke many residents head up to the Muskokas for the weekend. If you’re lucky a friend will have a cottage that you can crash in, but if that fails there’s always the option of staying in cheap hotels or camping. My Aunt and Uncle owned a place right on Fairy Lake, so Kyle and I would make a point of visiting during various points of the year.

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For more context, the area has multiple lakes for visiting. Lake Ontario in Toronto is not always the cleanest body of water, so the fact that you can go somewhere and actually swim without worrying about horns growing on your head is quite a relief.  No matter which lake you go to up here, it’s common to see people participating in all types of water sports, from wake boarding to tubing.

Going out for food in the Muskokas is varied, but I would recommend simply sitting outside and barbecuing on most days. During the summer this is the perfect way to enjoy friends and family, as well as take in your surroundings. In Huntsville there’s also a resort called Deerhurst Lodge, which was home to the G8 summit in 2010. You may not find world leaders wandering the halls these days, but many people come here to sit outside for a bite to eat and wander through the halls for entertainment.

Overall the Muskokas provide the perfect escape from Toronto. Take an extra day on a long weekend and spend some time here to unwind and take in the scenery.

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