Exploring the Beauty of Ontario’s Cottage Country


Photo © Courtesy of Clarke Muskoka Team

Consistently named one of the best places to visit in the country—and the world—Muskoka is considered to be the Hamptons of Canada, but is also simply and affectionately known as cottage country. Muskoka has been the place to unwind since the 1800s, when the first resorts were built.

Nestled in-between Georgian Bay and Algonquin Provincial Park, Muskoka is home to Lake of Bays and the Big Three Lakes—Muskoka, Rousseau, and Joseph—generating over 14,000km of picturesque shoreline and sweeping landscapes in both summer and winter months. Over 60,000 people call this area home already, and since it is only two hours from Toronto, its proximity makes it not only the best vacation spot but also an ideal place to live. As many of us adjust to working from home, reflecting on the hustle and bustle of our “regular” lives, Muskoka offers a quiet and laid-back lifestyle with a short commute, if any.

Now more than ever, there are numerous reasons to make the move to Muskoka. While house prices within the Greater Toronto Area show no signs of decreasing, properties in areas such as Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Huntsville remain affordable while also offering lower property taxes than in the city. Also, being surrounded by rich forests, the Muskoka region’s beauty is undeniable, offering a true break from the daily grind, allowing for that ideal work/life balance.

Recreation is an integral part of Muskoka life. With endless hiking trails and a boundless shoreline, every day can be a new adventure. Swimming, boating, skiing, and year-round fishing will keep you active in every season, while leisure activities help connect you with nature, easing the stresses of daily life.

Photo © Courtesy of Clarke Muskoka Team

Real estate in Muskoka is unique and differs slightly from the city. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing your first property in the area, or simply relocating to another lake, avoid cottage conundrums with the help of Bob Clarke and his team. Since 1987, Clarke and his team have been responsible for some of the most unique and prominent cottages on the Big Three Lakes. Clarke’s love for Muskoka goes further than admiration for Ontario’s natural beauty—Clarke regularly supports community initiatives, like the Muskoka Women’s Shelter, the Port Carling Community Health Hub, the West Muskoka Food Bank, and so much more. In 2020, the Clarke Muskoka team raised over $27,000 for the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.

With a deep love for the community and over thirty years of extensive experience in Muskoka real estate, Clarke offers a real-life perspective of buying, selling, living, and building in one of the most serene places nature has to offer. Contact Bob Clarke and his team to make your move to cottage country!

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