Muskoka’s Winter Carnivals

Small town old fashioned fun times: Events Schedules are still being drawn up so check back to see the fun stuff being planned!

Still working on the events, so stay tuned.

Muskoka Winter Carnivals

taken in part from Discover Muskoka

It is Winter Carnival Season in Muskoka! Gather the Family for a Genuine Winter Experience

Our winter carnivals give us a chance to enjoy the fun and excitement that winter has to offer before it is all over. These exciting weekends are a time to put on your winter gear, bundle up, and venture outside for a bright and cheerful winter afternoon, followed by a crisp and star-filled winter night!

Winter carnivals bring out the best in people and truly epitomize the quaint charm of Muskoka’s smaller towns. Come see for yourself how these events will keep you smiling throughout the day and leave you with lasting memories!

Bracebridge Fire & Ice Festival: January 25, 2020

The Fire & Ice Festival is set to return to Downtown Bracebridge on January 25th 2020! The festival offers a unique approach to a traditional winter carnival. “FIRE” features will include fire artist as well as fire pits throughout the Downtown. “ICE” features will include interactive ice displays, a downtown tube run and a skating trail, located in Memorial Park. In addition, there will be Winter activities, birds of prey demonstrations, a road hockey tournament and traditional carnival activities to complement the event.  A a day pass will be your ticket to fun. $5 per adult/children, and free for kids 5 and under.

53th Annual Port Carling Winterfest: February 7-9th, 2020

Still working on a great line up of fun events for everyone. Stay tuned!

Click here for schedule info

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50th Annual Dwight Winter Carnival: February 27-28th, 2020

Dwight Winter Carnival is a family-friendly weekend event. Join us for two days of laughter, speed, fun, food, and friends!Dwight Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, Axe Throwing, Fatbiking, Skating, Snowshoeing, Archery, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Cookie Decorating, Carnival Games, Speaking of Wildlife Exhibits & Show, H.O.L.D. Chili Cook Off, and so much more!

30th Annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival: February 14 & 15, 2020

Dorset brings the community together for two days of family fun, and you’re invited! Families unite for a weekend of winter excitement that includes a pancake breakfast, the annual Dorset Snowball Parade, pony rides, cardboard toboggan races, hockey shoot-out, kids vs adult hockey game, a polar plunge, a family skating party (or dance party pending conditions).




Image result for baysville winterfestBaysville Winterfest: February 17, 2020


Taking place on Monday of the Family Day weekend, this one day festival in Baysville has tons of fun activities for the kids. The day starts with a pancake breakfast followed by kid’s crafts, free skating, chain saw carving, entertainment, outdoor games & activities and much more!

50th Annual Gravenhurst Winter Carnival: February 14-17, 2020

Once again Gravenhurst welcomes you for one of Muskoka’s most anticipated winter events. This year, the carnival is expanding its excitement to last the entire week, giving you even more reasons to check it out! This longstanding Gravenhurst carnival features super-fun events including snowmobile radar runs, puddle jumps, kids’ events, Skokie’s pizza and birthday parties, polar bear dip, pancake breakfast, demolition derby, live entertainment and much more!

Muskoka’s Farmer’s Markets – Where and When

Bala Farmers Market

  • When: Every Monday from 9am-2pm,
    June 24 to September 2, 2019.
  • Where: Jaspen Park 
  • Website:
  • From fresh produce to unique handcrafted collectables, we have something for everyone! Be sure to drop by the Bala Farmers’ Market, to take home your own piece of Muskoka.

    Dwight Farmers Market

  • When: Every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, late June to Labour Day
    June 25th to August 27th, 20189
  • Where: 1009 Dwight Bay Road, the old Township Building site
  • Website:
  • We aim to create inviting environment for residents and guests of Dwight and the surrounding area to experience wholesome food, arts and education by bringing together farmers, artisans, educators, entertainers and service providers from the Muskoka/Haliburton area.

    Gravenhurst Farmers Market

  • When: Every Wednesday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving
    May 15 to October 30, 2019<
  • Where: In the special events field at Muskoka Wharf
  • Website:
  • Come Savour the Flavour of Muskoka. Established in 1992 in the heart of Ontario’s scenic cottage country, the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market has become one of the region’s most popular attractions.

    Huntsville Farmers Market – NEW LOCATION!

  • When: Thursdays, 9am – 2pm
    May 16 – October 3, 2019
  • Where: 407 Ravenscliffe Rd, Huntsville, Ontario

    Port Carling Farmers Market

  • When: Every Thursday from late June until the end of August, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    June 27 to August 29, 2019
  • Where: Hanna Park (40 Bailey St.) on the Indian River
  • Offering a fantastic selection of locally grown produce, delicious fine foods and handcrafted artistry! Come to shop and stay to play, Hanna Park offers an amazing beach and playground. Come by boat or by car, parking is available for both.

    Rosseau Market

  • When: Every Friday in gorgeous Rosseau from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    June 28 – Aug 30, 2019
  • Where: Lake Rosseau waterfront park, just down the hill from the historic village of Rosseau
  • Website:
  • Come discover those special delights that will tease your taste buds and compliment your table. Experience our fresh produce, smoked meats, superb baking, juried work by artists & artisans, and much more, all prepared with pride and attention to detail, and with the highest standards.

    Baysville Farmers Market – NEW LOCATION

  • When: Every Friday afternoon from late June until Labour Day, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    June 29 – August 30, 2019
  • Where: 2849 Muskoka District Road 117, Baysville, ON
  • Website:
  • This lively market boasts a nice array of vendors selling fruit and vegetables, organic produce, honey, fish and seafood, baking, arts and crafts and Thai food.
  • Bracebridge Farmers Market

  • When: Every Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving
    May 18 – October 12, 2019
  • Where: Memorial Park, Manitoba St. Bracebridge
  • Website:
  • The Bracebridge Farmers Market runs every Saturday from the Victoria Day long weekend in May, until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Come and visit us in beautiful downtown Bracebridge. We are located in Memorial Park on Manitoba Street, next to the Norwood Theatre.

Dog Fest Muskoka

For a barking good time in Muskoka, plan to attend the annual Dog Fest!! Great day out for the whole family including your fur babies. Well attended by dogs and their people from everywhere!




100+ vendors
Food vendors
Craft beer tent 
Shelter dogs for adoption
Live music

Ultimutts stunt dog show – every hour
Woof jocks performance dogs – every hour
Lure course for the every day dog – all day
Play zones
The event is right on the water! Beach included 😉
Dog photo booth
Doggie mediums
Doggie holistic treatment areas.

(it’s 100% supporting animal charities)

  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Annie Williams Park
  • 55 Santa’s Village Road, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1C7

Full event info on the website – 







Get Out Of Your Cottage Rut

How routine are your cottage visits? Do you and your family always do the same thing while you’re there? We want to inspire you to get out of your ‘cottage rut’ and try some new things this year. We have a list from the Chestnut Park Blog that goes outside the typical so you can enjoy yourself and be a little more entertained than normal.

Try this:
1.     Wake Up At 6am At Least Three Times During Your Cottage Stay
The best skies are always while you’re still sleeping. Wake up before the sunrise, make your coffee, grab blankets if needed and head down to the dock to enjoy the sunrise. Most cottage regions in Ontario have stunning sunsets, so there’s no reason to avoid them. And hey, you’re at the cottage! It’s not like you can’t have a little dock nap after.
2.     Organize A Campfire Jam Session
Round up a few friends, make sure you have a guitar player around, and organize a campfire jam session. Make sure to include a few other instruments such as tambourines, maracas, spoons and others so everyone can join in. Be sure to invite the neighbours and the quiet couple across the lake.
3.     Make REVERSE S’mores
Everyone makes S’mores, but considering our post is an attempt to inspire you to switch things up…perhaps you can try switching up your favourite campfire treat? Reverse S’mores are exactly what they say they are but extra delicious. Try the kit HERE.
4.     Try Paddle Boarding
Unless you’re already doing it, paddle boarding is becoming extra popular. If you’re still using your canoe and kayak, it’s time to give something new a try. It’s an excellent work out you can enjoy while vacationing at the cottage, but it’s also a lovely way to enjoy the shoreline peacefully from the water. On hot day, you’ll have easy access to the lake from your paddle board, and getting back on is easier than another watercraft. If you’re not ready to invest in one, there are many places that offer board and paddles for rent.
5.     No Cell Phone During Your Stay
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Upon arrival, demand that the no-cell-phone-rule is in full effect. Do you think you and your family can handle it? When it comes to taking pictures, have a digital camera on hand and enjoy being at the cottage the traditional way. Not having cell phones around will mean zero distraction and interruptions and full enjoyment of one another’s time…and enjoyment of your surroundings too!

Water Ski Shows

Summer Water Sports has been performing waterski shows since the 70’s, and they keep the family cottage tradition going every summer. The shows are packed with entertainment for all ages. Come watch members of the Canadian National Ski Show Team and Team SWS as they thrill audiences with death defying stunts, grace, beauty, technical sophistication and, of course, comedy for the kids. All shows are open to the general public.

Muskoka Shows
Shows start at 7:30 PM – rain or shine.
Monday: Clevelands House Resort, Minett
Tuesday: Windsor Park, Bala
Wednesday: Boston Pizza, Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst
Thursday: Bayview Wildwood Resort, Sparrow Lake
Show time: 7:30-8:30
For a schedule of shows, click here.
For more information call 1-888-I-SKI-SWS or (705) 706-3828 or email


Muskoka Steamships Cruises


Muskoka Steamships is home to one of Canada’s most famous cruise vessels, the Royal Mail Ship Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Launched in 1887, this 99 passenger floating museum – along with her larger sister ship, the Wenonah II – entertains visitors throughout the cruise season from its home port at Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. The Steamships offer cruises 7 days a week throughout the sailing season, including lunch cruises, sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises, and their famed family theme cruises, featuring Noah’s Ark, Frozen, and Pirate Cruises.

Above: Iris waves from the deck of the Wenonah II before departing on a wonderful dinner cruise around Lake Rosseau

Treetop Trekking – Deerhurst


I did this last summer and was thrilled! It is fairly physical, but it is so much fun and the staff was great.  I was not afraid – felt very secure and safe.  I would highly recommend this activity for the adventurous soul.

Click here to check out Treetop Trekking in Muskoka

If you have younger kids, Santa’s Village in Bracebridge has aerial park that is open to the whole family in their Rudolph’s Fun Land Park (some restrictions apply.)

Above: Lesley clings to the wire (don’t worry, she’s all harnessed in and safely attached)