Located in the heart of Muskoka, you will find the small town of Bracebridge, Ontario. “The Bridge” as it has been affectionately named, was built around a waterfall on the Muskoka river and offers some of the best year-round activities in Ontario in addition to some seriously delicious local eats.
Whether you’re a winter sport enthusiast looking for some great snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails or if you’re looking to sunbathe lakeside with a craft beer in your hand, your perfect weekend is waiting for you in Bracebridge. Here’s how we’d spend it.
1. Start your weekend off right and stop by Muskoka Brewery for a brewery tour and tasting flight. If you haven’t tried their Dockside Gin yet, do that too.
2. If you have little ones, Santa’s Village is a must. This has been a family tradition in Muskoka for over 60 years. There are rides, a splash pad, live entertainers, and of course, visits with Santa.
3. The Bracebridge Farmer’s Market is a beautiful thing. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time visiting, you will always feel like you’re among friends while you peruse local goodies and produce.
4. Have a meal at Riverwalk Restaurant. Perched right next to the famous waterfall, this restaurant was originally a mill and offers a fantastic dining experience overlooking the Bracebridge falls. Bonus: Riverwalk is part of Savour Muskoka which promotes the use of ingredients grown or produced in Muskoka.
5. Complete the Aerial Adventure Course at Muskoka Zip Lines and Arial Park. Challenge yourself with rope brides, cargo nets, and a leap of faith!
6. Order tacos from El Pueblito. This Mexican restaurant uses farm fresh, seasonal ingredients in their tacos and we suggest you order one of each.
7. It is often said that the beauty of Bracebridge, along with the rest of Muskoka inspires sculptors, painters, and photographers alike. Find your inner artist at Let The Cat Go Art Studio and stop in for a specialty art class. We love the paddle painting workshop.
8. If you’d rather admire some artwork instead of making it yourself, check out the Chapel Gallery, which showcases the work of many Muskoka artists.