Bracebridge rests on the Muskoka River overlooking the famous Bracebridge Falls in Ontario’s beautiful Cottage Country. The surrounding lakes, rivers and forests attract wellness seekers, while downtown features heritage-style redbrick buildings, breweries and gastropubs.
Thing to do
Stroll down the historic Manitoba Street, which is lined with heritage architecture, including the iconic Clock Tower Centre. Browse an assortment of artisans, boutiques and galleries, before ducking into Griffin Gastropub for seasonal fare and live music.
If you’re traveling with the kids, don’t miss Santa’s Village, Bracebridge’s year-round theme park on the banks of Muskoka River. Young ones can feed the reindeer in Santa’s Farm and decorate gingerbread cookies at Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop, while thrill-seekers can ride on Santa’s Sleigh Roller Coaster and the Candy Cane Express Train.
Muskoka Brewery is a must-see for craft beer connoisseurs, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the brewhouse and brewing process, from milling barley to adding hops. Sample their impressive line-up of award-winning beers, like the refreshing Summer Wiese or the small-batch Gin & Tonic Docker.
Do you love venturing off the beaten path? A heart-pounding canopy adventure awaits at Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial Park. You can also explore the wilderness of Muskoka River on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour and see the thundering High Falls and Wilson Falls.
Getting around Bracebridge
Bracebridge is about two hours’ drive from Toronto and North Bay, and just a 10-minute taxi or bus ride from Muskoka Airport. The town is easily explored on foot, with buses and trains also available.