Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound

From the sparkling waters and rugged shores of Georgian Bay to the striking Jack Pines in Algonquin, Muskoka and Parry Sound is home to some of Ontario’s most iconic landscapes.  

Affectionately called ‘Ontario’s cottage country’ and 'the great Canadian wilderness', upscale resorts, cozy lodges and family friendly cottages across the region ensure stunning outdoor adventure is at your doorstep.  

Culinary and artisan culture thrives in communities across the region.

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound, scroll down or visit these region tourism websites: 

The Great Canadian Wilderness

Discover Muskoka

Parry Sound Tourism

Where is Algonquin Park, Muskoka & Parry Sound?

The Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound region lies directly north of the Greater Toronto Area and extends across the centre of the province. Its western border follows the Georgian Bay coast from Honey Harbour, past the city of Parry South to just south of Key Harbour, and encompasses the 30,000 Islands, part of the UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. To the east lies the legendary Algonquin Provincial Park and in the north are the Loring Restoule and Almaguin Highlands areas.

Places to visit in Algonquin Park, Muskoka & Parry Sound

Key cities in ‘Explorers’ Edge’ include Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Parry Sound.

Stroll the lively waterfront in Gravenhurst, ‘the Gateway to the Muskoka’ and pop into Sawdust City Brewing for a local craft beer.  

Bracebridge is popular for its downtown core, historic streets and numerous waterfalls, like Bracebridge Falls.  

Huntsville is referred to as ‘The Gateway to Algonquin’, and you can find murals throughout the city that pay homage to Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven who were inspired by Algonquin Park.

From Bala to Baysville, Port Carling to Port Loring, smaller towns in the region brim with their own unique charm and character. 

Things to do in Algonquin Park, Muskoka & Parry Sound

This region is a paddler’s paradise. The 30,000 Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, is home to some of the most rewarding sea kayaking in the country. Connect with an outfitter in Parry Sound, or step up your wildlife photography game with a guided canoe moose safari in Algonquin Park.  

Winter in this region is nothing short of magical. Go ice skating under the stars on the forest skate trail lit up with tiki torches at Arrowhead Provincial Park or along the Cranberry Ice Trail in Bala. 

From backcountry camping in one of the region’s parks to five star resorting, there are lots of different ways to experience the great outdoors. Explore some of the region's lesser known multi-use trails in Loring-Restoule and Almaguin Highlands north of Muskoka.

Cruising is another time honoured tradition in this region. Take a sight-seeing tour aboard the Island Queen from the Parry Sound Harbour and observe the glacier sculpted islands of the 30,000 Islands. Or climb aboard the only steam powered Royal Mail Ship in the world at the Muskoka Steamships Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst. 

Just north of Birks Falls, Screaming Heads is one of Ontario's most unique attractions. Large concrete sculptures rise out of the fields across a 300 acre property.

Last updated: January 6, 2023

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