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Muskoka on a Budget – Cottage Country is more affordable than you think

June 23, 2017


What are the three essentials of a Muskoka vacation? Somewhere to stay. Somewhere to eat. And something to do that is unique to the area. If your budget is unlimited then you can find all three even at the height of summer. That said, finding budget friendly components during the summer is not impossible. Especially if you think like a cottage country local.

Finding accommodation deals

Mid-week specials are offered by many of the inns, hotels and B&Bs. The savings range from “Third Night Free” to a gift certificate that can be applied to resort meals or amenities.  Travel Sunday through Thursday and your vacation dollars will go further.

Saving on food

MenuThere is an abundance of fine restaurants in Muskoka. If haute cuisine is your style, you will not be disappointed. But your wallet may take a hit.  For a budget friendly meal plan, pick two or three great restaurants, then picnic or prepare the remaining meals yourself.  The major grocery chains have family meal deals at their prepared food counters.  There are family restaurants that produce tasty comfort food at an affordable price.  Then there are the cottage country Farmers Markets.  You can purchase a picnic basket of edible goodies; and you’ll have fun sampling as you explore.  You can pick up a bottle of wine or some tins of cider at our Farmers Markets.

Unique Cottage Country activity

Steamship cruising has been a Muskoka vacation tradition since 1866. You read that right. We are older than Canada.  So in this our sesquicentennial year, a steamship sightseeing cruise is a must.

With every ticket there is additional value. Admission to the Muskoka Discovery Centre is free when you present your steamship ticket.  When planning your itinerary, make sure you collect your ticket from the steamship office early, because you do not have to have sailed to take advantage of the bargain. Want even more extra value? Book a 2-hour cruise instead of a 1-hour cruise. You will get the second hour for only $10 more!

Another way to save on one of your cottage country sightseeing cruises is to become a member of Muskoka Steamships and Historical Society. The Society owns and operates the steamships and operates the Discovery Centre. Membership benefits include 10% off regularly priced sightseeing cruises and in the gift shop.  In addition, you will receive an invitation to a members only cruise. [You missed 2017’s members cruise, but if you join now, you will be eligible for the 2018 cruise.] You can apply on line and be saving today.