Some of Muskoka’s favourite events have gone virtual, while others are happening in a controlled in-person way. It’s not a typical fall, but there are still some great things to enjoy in Muskoka. These are a few of them. You can see plenty more events here. Be aware that the COVID situation continues to evolve, so any in-person events are subject to change.
The Muskoka Fall Classic is back. This 3 km race will take place September 11 at Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst.
There are no rides, bands, or animal displays this year, but the competitions will take place on September 14 to 17. See how your baking, gardening, and craft skills stack up against the local competition.
Muskoka River X
Put your paddling and endurance skills to the test at this endurance race for canoes, kayaks and SUPs. This year the organizers are running a “shorter” version of the race — a mere 110 kms! The race takes place September 19-20, and goes through four lakes with one portage. You can also do the virtual David Thompson Challenge, logging your own paddling miles on a map of the 510 km route from Georgian Bay to the Ottawa River that the famed explorer took in 1837.
Group of Seven Canoe Murals
Artist Gerry Lantaigne has painted classic imagery on seven donated canoes, which were displayed throughout Muskoka this summer. From September 13 to 27, the canoes and a collection of painted paddles will be auctioned online. Presented by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
Organizers are going ahead with a one-day version of the full fair this year, on September 25. Horse shows, car shows, dog herding, archery contests and more at the Huntsville Fairgrounds.
Best of the Bridge
The annual culinary event will once again take over the Silver Bridge in downtown Bracebridge, offering a street full of superb food and drink on September 25, and an expansive arts and crafts show on September 26.
Classic Boat Show
The Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual show is normally the biggest gathering of wooden boats in Canada. This year, the show moved online. Videos, photos, and stories about the boats will be available to view until September 30.