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Summer is here, and that means now is the time to spend your days racing through the water with the wind blowing your hair. Simcoe County and Muskoka have no shortage of beautiful scenery and things to do along their many lakes and rivers, so here is our list of 7-day trips to do on your boat this summer.
With 386 km of interconnected trails, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a real treat to explore. Travel through forest towns, farming villages and the Precambrian landscape of the Canadian Shield. You can also watch the Big Chute Railway in action and contemplate the imposing Peterborough Lift Lock.
Departing from Midland or Wasaga Beach? Take a trip through Georgian Bay to see beautiful Christian Island. Part of the Ojibwe reserve, this island of over 5,000 hectares is home to the Beausoleil First Nation. With its blue waters and picturesque lighthouse, it makes a great day trip for the family.
Waters near Big Chief Island
This usually requires some clarification and it is very important to do so. The waters around Big Chief Island are warm, beautiful, and teeming with opportunities for swimming and fishing. However, the island itself is a sacred burial site for the Rama First Nation. If you are going to visit, give the island a wide birth and show the region the respect it deserves.
The northernmost of the three islands in southern Georgian Bay, Hope Island is an uninhabited island that is also part of the Beausoleil First Nation. Besides the usual swimming and fishing that you can find around the island, there is also a historic lighthouse built in 1884 which is worth a visit to take some photos!
While the current park may be closed (for now), that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking a boat trip to Discovery Harbor. You might not be able to see the inside, but the replica of the warship, schooner and cargo vassal located on the site of a 19th century British garrison is still a very cool site to see since your boat!
You can’t have a list of the best boat trips and not include the longest freshwater beach in the whole world! Incredible places to swim, delicious places to eat and beautiful sites to see, Wasaga Beach never disappoints! Being a short distance from the always beautiful Collingwood and Blue Mountain area is just an added bonus.
If you’re looking for another all-in-one destination, the Muskoka Wharf is packed with shops, waterfront restaurants, local attractions, and wonderful sites to visit. Whether you stay on the water or dock and take a trip inland, the Muskoka Wharf is just another amazing boat trip you really must do this summer.
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