Muskoka Lakes

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Muskoka Lakes
Township of Muskoka Lakes
A typical lake scene in Muskoka Lakes
A typical lake scene in Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes is located in Southern Ontario
Muskoka Lakes
Muskoka Lakes
Coordinates: 45°07′N 79°35′W / 45.117°N 79.583°W / 45.117; -79.583Coordinates: 45°07′N 79°35′W / 45.117°N 79.583°W / 45.117; -79.583
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional MunicipalityMuskoka
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorPhil Harding [1]
 • Governing BodyMuskoka Lakes Township Council
 • MPTony Clement (Ind.)
 • MPPNorm Miller (OPC)
 • Land794.26 km2 (306.67 sq mi)
 • Total6,588
 • Density8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is an area municipality of the District Municipality of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. It has a year-round population of 6,588.[3]

The municipal offices are located in Port Carling.


The area now covered by the township was opened for settlement and organized in 1870 into the following geographic (and sometime municipal) townships of Watt, Cardwell, Humphrey, Christie, Medora and Wood.

In 1971, the current municipal structure took hold when Cardwell Township, Watt Township, Medora and Wood Townships, Bala, Port Carling, Windermere and part of Monck Township were merged.

Local Government[edit]

Muskoka is governed by an elected Town Council consisting of a Mayor, District Councillors and Councillors representing each of the town's three wards. In addition, three Regional Councillors each represent a ward each. The Mayor and Councillors sit on the Muskoka County Council.

The members of the elected council as of the 2018 municipal election are:[4]

Mayor: Phil Harding

District & Township Councillors:

  • Ward 1: Ruth-Ellen Nishikawa
  • Ward 2: Allen Edwards
  • Ward 3: Frank Jaglowitz

Township Councillors:

  • Ward 1: Donelda Hayes
  • Ward 1: Glenn Zavitz
  • Ward 2: Susan Mazan
  • Ward 2: Gordon Roberts
  • Ward 3: Barb Bridgeman
  • Ward 3: Peter Kelley


Steamboat Bay in Port Carling.

The township is located on Canadian Shield and thus is marked with outcrops of igneous rock and evergreen trees. Although inland from both Lake Huron's Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe, the township contains the Muskoka Lakes consisting of Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph, amongst many other smaller lakes.

Protected areas in Muskoka Lakes include Hardy Lake Provincial Park and Torrance Barrens Conservation Area.


The township contains the communities of Bala, Bala Park, Bardsville, Barlochan, Beaumaris, Baysville, Bear Cave, Beatrice, Bent River, Brackenrig, Cedar Village, Dee Bank, Dixon's Corners, Dudley, Duffy, Echo Beach, Ferndale, Foot's Bay, Glen Orchard, Gregory, Gull Rock, Hekkla, Inverness Lodge, Juddhaven, Mendora, Milford Bay, Minett, Morinus, Mortimers Point, Park Beach, Port Carling, Port Keewaydin, Port Sandfield, Raymond, Redwood, Roderick, Rossclair, Rosseau Falls, Rostrevor, Shannon Hall, Sunset Beach, Thorel House, Tomelin Bluffs, Torrance, Ufford, Ullswater, Valley Green Beach, Walkers Point, Willow Beach, Whiteside, Windermere, Woodington, Woodward Station and Ziska.


Canada census – Muskoka Lakes community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 6588[3] (-1.8% from 2011) 6707 (3.7% from 2006) 6467 (7.0% from 2001)
Land area: 794.26 km2 (306.67 sq mi) 794.48 km2 (306.75 sq mi) 781.55 km2 (301.76 sq mi)
Population density: 8.3/km2 (21/sq mi) 8.4/km2 (22/sq mi) 8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Median age: 54.7 (M: 54.3, F: 5.2) 47.4 (M: 47.1, F: 47.6)
Total private dwellings: 9343 9723 9211
Median household income: $55,835
References: 2016[5] 2011[6] 2006[7] earlier[8]

Racial groups

Religious groups


Timber was initially the greatest economic attraction for the region. The soil is poor and rocky and consequently is not especially suited to agriculture.

As the resource industries dried up, the area soon embraced tourism as its economic base because of its proximity to Toronto and the rest of Southern Ontario. For many Ontarians, this is the centre of cottage country.

The Muskoka Lakes Township Public Libraries offer research, literature, and cultural resources to local residents.

Notable people from Muskoka[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Certificate of Election Results". Township of Muskoka Lakes. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  2. ^ "Muskoka Lakes census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ a b c "2016 Canadian Census". Statistics Canada. 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Certificate of Election Results". October 22, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  • Tatley, Richard. Steamboating in Muskoka. Bracebridge, Ontario : Muskoka Litho, 1972.

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