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Visitors and residents alike have been drawn to Muskoka for more than 100 years, attracted by Muskoka’s natural year-round beauty, pristine lakes, magnificent towering forests, and the pink granite outcroppings and shorelines of the Canadian Shield.
The local economy is based, predominantly, on tourism, reflecting the area’s scenic setting. Muskoka’s 4,761 square kilometers contains over 600 lakes and a significant number of seasonal residences and resorts. Several thriving urban centres provide excellent shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment services and a wide variety of employment possibilities year-round. Family resorts, artisan shops, memorable cultural experiences, and visitor attractions complement vibrant growing communities in Muskoka.
Muskoka’s urban centers are experiencing significant growth in residential and commercial developments with increasing year-round visitation and use of vacation homes and cottages. Following tourism, the local economy also derives strength from the presence of light manufacturing and a growing service sector. Click here for more information on Economic Profiles including Demographic and Community Profiles.
Muskoka’s permanent population is roughly 57,000, with an estimated seasonal population of 76,000 bringing the total population up to 133,000. Click here for more information on Population Projections and Muskoka’s Growth Strategy.
Muskoka is located within close proximity to large urban centers and only 2 hours north of Toronto and Pearson International Airport. Muskoka is also served by the Muskoka Airport, a Transport Canada Certified facility operating 365 days a year.
The District Municipality of Muskoka includes the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville and the townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes. Each offer unique experiences so be sure to visit each of their websites through the links below.
Please click here for Muskoka Fast Facts.