3 Perfect Ways to Experience the Outdoors at the Loon Lake Early Bird Cottage

When it came time to choose a location for our Early Bird Cottage, it wasn’t hard to settle on Muskoka -  it’s well serviced by several towns, easily accessible from the urban centres of Ontario, and of course it’s incredibly scenic!

Half the fun of staying at a cottage is enjoying the great outdoors, and there’s no end of ways to be active outside at beautiful Loon Lake. Here are our top three ways to get back to nature at the Muskoka Early Bird Cottage.

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1. Hit the Water in Your New Boat
Along with the gorgeous cottage, the Early Bird winner also gets a 21-foot speed boat for exploring Loon Lake from end to end! You’ll have hours of fun cruising the waters, leaving right from your private dock.

If you feel like exploring further, take the show on the road, and push off from one of the approximately 75 public boat launches in the Township of Muskoka. Not only are there numerous lovely lakes to explore, you can also access the incredible Trent-Severn Waterway. The system of lakes and locks stretches 386 km from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario - you’ll never run out of places to go and things to do with your beautiful boat!

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2. Take a Hike
One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Muskoka is to head out on one of the many hiking trails that crisscross the region. From leisurely to strenuous, there are hikes for all skill-levels available nearby.

Hardy Lake Provincial Park is just 20 minutes away and features trails from 3km to 8km in length, with the added bonus of no motorized vehicles or mountain bikes to disturb the tranquility. For a less rugged, but no less lovely stroll, head into the town of Gravenhurst and choose one of several routes through the streets, or along the lakeshore. No matter what route you choose, you’ll love discovering Muskoka on foot!

3. Break Out the Bikes
Cycling is the perfect way to truly appreciate the rugged beauty of Muskoka, and it’s a great activity for families and soloists alike. There are trails galore within a short distance of your cottage on Loon Lake, with challenge levels from beginner to expert.

Just outside Gravenhurst, you’ll find the Buckwallow Cycling Centre. There are more than 30 groomed trails to choose from, ranging from easy to Double Black Diamond. Or, try Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, the first of its kind in the world. By day, you can ride the nearly 16 km of trails. At night, take in panoramic views of the stars undiluted by light, or blocked by trees.

It’s a cyclist’s paradise at the Early Bird Cottage!

Loon Lake and the surrounding area will become a great escape and a never-ending playground for the lucky winner of the Muskoka Early Bird Cottage prize. The hardest part will be deciding which one of these amazing activities to try first!


Will Jardine