Whether you are a thrill seeker, art enthusiast, foodie, nature lover, shopper or festival goer, Bracebridge has it all!
Bracebridge offers some of the best all-round recreation in Ontario, visit in any season and you will be greeted with stunning views and endless activities. Whether you travel in the Spring and Summer to relax at one of the many surrounding lakes and rivers that make Muskoka the perfect place to be if you’re into water sports, relaxing on the dock at the cottage, adventure travel or just exploring the beauty of the region. Planning your trip for the winter? No problem, as the fastest growing winter tourism destination in the district, outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and skating at Memorial Park, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and even “Snowga” (yes, yoga in the snow) are immensely popular in The Bridge.
A winter highlight is the annual Fire & Ice Festival, this award-winning celebration of winter is a fun twist on a winter carnival. A downtown tube run, and a host of winter activities are complemented by fire artists and interactive ice displays throughout town. That’s not all, Bracebridge hosts many festivals throughout the year including Venture Fest, Muskoka Arts & Crafts Shows (Spring, Summer, Christmas), Gluten Free Fest & more!
Don’t forget to take in the natural beauty in Bracebridge, visit one of the 26 local parks to enjoy picnics, swimming, ice rinks, hiking, biking, cross country and snowshoe trails, boating, tennis, pickle ball, disc and golf! There are also multiple waterfalls throughout the city including Bracebridge Falls right in the center of downtown!
Visit local hotspots such as the Chapel Gallery, an art gallery housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, relax after a long week at the Muskoka Brewery or visit Brooklands Farm and enjoy some local produce, brews and join in on a yoga class! Want to get out of town for a bit? Enjoy a cruise with Lady Muskoka Cruises, where you can get an in-depth look at the wildlife, the nearby cottages, and Millionaire’s Row, passengers can sip their drink of choice and enjoy the famous on-board lunch!
Check out some of the nearby provincial parks such as Bigwind Lake Provincial Park boasts ecological diversity with extensive forests of Sugar Maple, Hemlock and Yellow Birch, and low-lying swamps, marshes and meadows. Activities available at this park include biking, canoeing, fishing and show-shoeing!
Bracebridge is the home of Santa’s Village, a Christmas theme park, established in 1955. It was inspired by the town’s location at 45 degrees latitude, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Other parks included are Sportsland and Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial Park. Nestled around Santa’s Village, the Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial Park offers all the excitement of a modern aerial adventure park with the added bonus of being next to a bustling amusement park. With two levels available to is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping with courses including bridges, obstacles, cargo nets, tire bridges, rolling logs and of course, zip lines!
Truly picturesque, with a historic downtown and packed full of flavours, experiences and adventures in every season, it is easy to see why more Muskoka visitors come to Bracebridge than anywhere else in the region. Whether you are here for a day, a week, or a month, there is something for everyone in The Bridge.