Muskoka’s Maple Trail is ending in a very sweet way. The six-week event wraps up on April 20th, and on April 21st Huntsville is hosting the Muskoka Maple Festival. The Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce says the event, happening downtown, will be fun for the whole family. There will be food such as charbroiled pork back ribs with a maple molasses BBQ sauce, maple and bacon brownies, and maple-infused smoked brisket sandwiches, maple-inspired beer from our local breweries, and live entertainment. New this year is the first annual Sap Run for Kids, where youngsters aged three to 13 can take part in the 500m or 1km fun run.

The maple events are part of a mission to bring tourists to Muskoka, during a time when it’s a typically slow season; it’s still too cold for cottagers and it’s too warm for snowmobilers. Muskoka Tourism Marketing Manager, Jordan Mulligan, says year-round tourism is a work in progress.


Mulligan says maple is the theme for this shoulder-season attraction because of Muskoka’s reputation for it.


There is still time to get out and visit sugarbushes in the area for the maple trail, which Mulligan says is growing every year. You can do a self-guided tour from your phone by using the website, or by picking up a tour map at visitor information centres. There are things to do all across Muskoka, including in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and Huntsville.

More on the events happening at the Muskoka Maple Festival is online.