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The Township of Muskoka Lakes is an area municipality of the District Municipality of Muskoka, Ontariomarker. It has a year-round population of 6,467 and a summer population of 34,000.

History and government

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, Balamarker, Port Carlingmarker, Windermere and part of Monck Township were merged.

The municipal offices are located in Port Carling.


Steamboat Bay in Port Carling.
The township contains the communities of Balamarker, Bala Park, Bardsville, Barlochan, Beaumarismarker, Bear Cove, 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 Carlingmarker, 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.

Geography and economy

The township is located on Canadian Shield and thus is marked with outcrops of igneous rock and evergreen trees. Although inland from both Lake Huronmarker's Georgian Baymarker and Lake Simcoemarker, the township contains the Muskoka Lakes consisting of Lake Muskokamarker, Lake Rosseaumarker and Lake Josephmarker, amongst many other smaller lakes.

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 latched onto tourism as its economic base based on its proximity to Torontomarker and the rest of Southern Ontario. For many Ontarians, this is the centre of cottage country.


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District of Muskoka Municipalities
Town of Bracebridgemarker | Town of Gravenhurstmarker | Town of Huntsvillemarker
Township of Georgian Baymarker | Township of Lake of Baysmarker | Township of Muskoka Lakes

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