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  • Kari Lynn Larsen

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The trees have blossomed, the lakes have dethawed and the animals have awakened! Muskoka is ready for summer!

Just two hours north from the hustle and bustle of Toronto is beautiful Muskoka! Spanning about 6,475 km, the Muskoka region was ranked #1 in 2011 and 2012 for “10 Best Summer Trips” by National Geographic.

Muskoka, popularly known as a cottage destination certainly has so much more to offer! If you are looking for a place to hold a conference or meeting outside of the city where your team can really come together, look no further! There is a wide selection of beautiful resorts based in Muskoka that will meet all of your meeting and conference needs, while keeping that comfortable, cottage environment.

Deerhurst Resort, located on Peninsula Lake and only ten minutes from downtown Huntsville, has over 40,000-sq. ft. of available meeting space. Perfect for a large group of people, Deerhurst Resort is also equipped with 330 modern rooms and multi condo suites. And the best part? Groups don’t have to go far to enjoy Muskoka’s beauty! Guests can try their skill on the Deerhurst Highlands championship golf course, enjoy a scenic hike or join in on a guided horseback ride!

Or why not reward your employees for all of their hard work? The JW Marriott – The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is the perfect venue! Ranked #7 in the Condé Nast Traveller, “Top 20 Resorts in Canada”, the JW Marriott can accommodate groups of all sizes and experiences. Featuring 1,300 sq. ft. of spa space with 11 treatment rooms, this spa offers a variety of massage treatments, manicures and pedicures. Though, not only is it a wonderful place to relax, but the JW Marriott is well equipped to offer a pleasing meeting experience. Attendees will enjoy the 6,300-sq. ft. of separate conference space complete with 7 innovative breakout rooms.

Perhaps you want to offer your group a charming experience? Built in 1870, Muskoka’s iconic Victorian Windermere House is boasting with history and character! An intimate setting, the Windermere House has 56 rooms and suites, four onsite bars and restaurants, and can accommodate small and medium size groups. Attendees will love the hospitable atmosphere of the Windermere House and will be taken away by the stunning views of Lake Rosseau. While here, guests can partake in a round of golf at the Windermere Golf & Country Club that features an 18-hole golf course with 14 ponds and 124 acres of beautiful scenery. And be sure to indulge in a fabulous culinary experience at the onsite pub or The Rosseau Grill which serves fresh seafood and succulent steaks.

Breaking away from the resort experience, there are plenty of ways to experience the great outdoors of Muskoka!

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh, located in Bala, is a signature Canadian experience that all Muskoka visitors must try! Johnston’s Cranberries has been growing and harvesting cranberries for over 60 years and has been making their award-winning craft wines since 2001. Tours like “Bog to Bottle” is available year-round and brings groups behind the scenes of the bog’s secrets and winery production. Participants tour the bogs and are educated on how cranberries are harvested. Wine tasting tours are also available year-round where groups can taste dry and dessert cranberry wines.

But the most beautiful part of Muskoka are the lakes. Muskoka is covered with lakes, so naturally, the best way to explore would be to take a private evening steamboat cruise! Muskoka is home to the RMS Segwun and Wenonah II Steamships, North America’s oldest operating steamship and sole survivor of Muskoka Lake Steamships. Climb aboard and experience the authentic ambiance and elegance of a bygone era. Both steamships can dock at accessible resorts and become a private charter for groups to have catered cocktails and dinner onboard where you can enjoy the calm waters and relaxing sounds of Muskoka.

If you are interested in learning more about Muskoka and how it can be an excellent location for your next corporate event, contact Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc. to create a lifetime experience for your clients or employees.

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