Thanksgiving in Muskoka: so much to be grateful for

If you are fortunate enough to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend in Muskoka, here are some of the activities you should check out.


Working out:

Tri Lakes Training in that super garage in Minett has three classes to blast the turkey and stuffing away: Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 to 11:30 and then a Cardio Joe class on Monday at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. No excuses people!

Yoga is still going strong at Namaste in Muskoka Active Turtle yoga studio on Hwy 169 in Bala. They will have a Power Yoga class at the Bala Studio on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. and a Yoga Brunch on Sunday, October 8 at 11:00. For details, call 705  641-0513 or email:

The Great Muskoka’s 7th Annual Paddling Race (2017)


A fun racing experience for canoes, kayaks & SUP*s for all levels of participants in support of these three organizations: Muskoka Paddle Club, Friends of the Muskoka Watershed takes place at Santa’s Village Road in Bracebridge. You must sign up online in advance:

Museums and family entertainment:

Paw Patrol Day at Santa’s Village, Bracebridge

On October 7th, Marshall & Chase are coming to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge for a Meet & Greet from 11 am to 3 pm! There is no extra charge to see them – only the price of regular admission (or free for 2 years and under!). So that the Puppies can rest, eat and make sure they are available to save Adventure Bay, there will be one pup greeting fans at a time 🙂

Walker’s Point Marina October Fest, Walker’s Point, Lake Muskoka

Oktober Fest Weekend – Annual FREE Oktoberfest Sausage Weekend – customer appreciation weekend thanking everyone for another amazing summer, ski shows, vendors and fun activities.

Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling

From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday join the Muskoka Lakes Museum for the annual Thanksgiving Open House. Come for complimentary pumpkin muffins, hot mulled cider and other refreshments, while enjoying the pioneer demonstrations, including spinning, apple-pressing, butter-churning and corn-husk doll-making.

Evening Fun at The Kee:

Platinum selling Canadian Classic rock band, Honeymoon Suite will be performing Live at The KEE on Saturday October 7th. The group, which cranked out a number of popular songs in the 1980s, will be performing over the Thanksgiving long weekend at The Kee. You can purchase your tickets in advance on their website.

A Thanksgiving weekend tradition, Blue Rodeo is set to take the stage at Kee to Bala on Sunday, October 8. A fan-favourite concert, Blue Rodeo will have you singing and dancing with all of your favourites including Try, Hasn’t Hit me Yet, Lost Together and more!


Cranberry Harvest


If, like me, you can’t wait for the Cranberry Festival in Bala next weekend, you can visit Johnstone’s Cranberry Marsh this weekend.

Harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when they (quite literally) get to see the fruit of our labour! They start two weekends before Canadian Thanksgiving and are usually finished by October 31st. They harvest only once a year with 27 acres to pick and produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries.

Cranberries are grown and harvested like no other crop in the world. They’re also native only to North America. That makes them a fascinating part of our heritage! Drop by and learn about cranberries and enjoy their outdoor activities for the whole family …and pick up your cranberries to make into cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner. I always add grated orange peel to mine. I buy two ten pound bags of Johnstone’s cranberries and put one in the freezer at the cottage and one in the freezer in the city.

However you spend your Thanksgiving Weekend, we wish you a Happy one and we count you among our blessings to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving from Muskoka Daily!


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