The Best Provincial and National Parks to Visit in Muskoka

One of the best parts of staying at one of our Muskoka cottage rentals is enjoying some of the most beautiful nature that Ontario has to offer. While you’re in the area, you’ll have access to all kinds of fun outdoor activities, as well as breathtaking plant and animal life that calls this area home. But which of the area’s parks is best for you to visit on your trip?

We’re here to recommend a few of our favorites! Depending on when you plan to visit Muskoka and its great parks, you will want to make sure to check the weather so you know what to expect. If you are visiting in the winter there are also many great winter events to enjoy during a Muskoka cottage rental.

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Muskoka Parks

Muskoka has quite a few provincial parks for you and your family to check out. Our conveniently located rentals put you just minutes away from each of these incredible Muskoka parks! Read below for some of the top provincial parks in the Muskoka area. If you are looking for additional day trip ideas or activities closer to town, you can also see some of the top things to do in Huntsville during your Muskoka cottage rental.

Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park was the first provincial park in Ontario and is one of the biggest provincial parks in the area. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy this park in every season, from canoeing and backpacking in the summer to watching wildlife and cross-country skiing in the winter. Algonquin Park also holds tons of fun events throughout the year, perfect for attending no matter when you’re visiting! 

Hardy Lake Park

If you’re particularly passionate about hiking, Hardy Lake Park is an incredible destination. The trails throughout this park are ranged from moderate to difficult and take you all around Hardy Lake. You’ll be able to enjoy the rugged shoreline, check out incredible Precambrian rock landscapes, and head to the water to swim or fish. 

Arrowhead Provincial Park

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, you’ll have access to all your favorite types of nature, from the three sand beaches to hiking trails through the forest and more. If you want to get active by mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking, you can secure your equipment rental right at the park! If you’re looking to rent a Mountain bike for Arrowhead but also around Muskoka there are lots of additional rental options. Fish for smallmouth bass in the lake, hike along the various trails or engage in a Discovery Program during the summer months. Don’t forget to check out Stubbs Falls during your trip to Arrowhead which is just one of many breathtaking waterfalls for you to explore during your Muskoka cottage rental.

Six Mile Provincial Park

Six Mile Provincial Park is located just minutes from our cottage rentals in Muskoka and has a charming landscape that your family is sure to love. You can bring your furry friend to the pet-friendly beach, explore the three hiking trails, bring a boat to go fishing, or have a picnic at the designated picnic areas. There are all kinds of beautiful bird species to admire, perfect for those who need to check some varieties off of their list!

Ragged Falls Provincial Park

The last provincial park on our list is Ragged Falls, located not far from Algonquin Park. Here, you’ll find one of the top 10 waterfalls in Ontario! You’ll need to hike down a short path to get to the waterfall, but the effort to get there is more than worth it. While this is a slightly small park compared to the others on this list, its close location near Algonquin Park means you can experience them both in one day! 

Plan Your Visit

Whether you want to visit one or all of these Ontario provincial parks, or check out the provincial parks of Parry Sound, our cottage country rentals put you right near all of them. Cottage Link is proud to offer a huge selection of cottage rentals to suit the needs of you and your family. Contact us today to get started planning your trip! 

National Parks

Georgian Bay Islands National Park 

You’ll also find a national park in this area: Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Visitors come from across Canada and worldwide to hike, bike, swim, kayak, fish, watch wildlife, and so much more. No matter what time of year you’re visiting, there’s always something fun to do at this expansive national park! 

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