Ah, the sunny days of summer are finally here!

Gone is the clutter of winter boots at our doors, and the snow shovels that brought us much frustration. Here are the beautiful, breezy days we’ve waited for all year long.

Summers are filled with the best kinds of memories, and for many of us, this time of year brings with it the excitement of visiting the cottage up north. There’s something magical about driving down a winding, tree-lined road that leads you to a cottage nestled by the lake. Dipping your toes in the water, breathing in the fresh northern air. Time away at the cottage is great for unplugging from our busy lives. 

During the busy summer season, our team at McGarr Realty takes joy in helping our clients find their perfect vacation retreat. Whether you’re searching for a lakefront home in the Niagara region or a Muskokan cottage on the water, we have the connections to find that special place that will help make your summer a memorable one.

As St. Catharines REALTORS®, we love working in Niagara because it’s the best of both worlds. In Niagara, we are surrounded by the beauty of water. From the Niagara Parkway with its gorgeous views of the river to the quaintness of Crystal Beach on Lake Erie, this region boasts some of the best waterfront properties in southern Ontario. 

And for our clients who are looking for a northern escape, Niagara is just short of a 3-hour drive to the cottage country of Muskoka. Or for even more convenience, it’s a mere 20-minute flight out of downtown Toronto!

Muskoka is home to some of the most beautiful cottages and waterfront homes in Canada and beyond. With 1,600 lakes in the area, Muskoka draws over 85,000 seasonal residents throughout the year. Maybe it’s the beauty of its landscape or its slower pace of life, but Muskoka offers something fun for everyone.

If you love to shop, the area’s small-town atmosphere offers a delightful retail experience. Places like Port Carling, Bracebridge, Lake of Bays, and Rosseau have an array of offerings including fashion boutiques, antique shops, bakeries, and weekly farmers’ markets. 

For foodies, it’s an adventure in itself to discover the best eats in Muskoka. There are many exceptional restaurants throughout the area that range from fine dining to food trucks. If you’re a craft beer fan, treat your taste buds to a tour of Muskoka’s finest brews at Sawdust City Brewing Co.Lake of Bays Brewing Co., and Muskoka Brewery. And if you are in the Huntsville area and find yourself thirsty, it’s as easy as parking your boat at the town docks to enjoy a pint on the patio.

The area contains over 25 golf courses that embrace the surrounding beauty of Muskoka to provide exceptional game experiences. Or if yoga is more your interest, the annual Muskoka Yoga Festival is a great way to find your connection with nature. 

Boat on some of the most beautiful waterways in Ontario, or fish in the freshwater lakes for some of the best catches, right off your dock!

If adventure is what you’re after, sign up for an ATV tour around Muskoka’s back roads, or try zip lining at one of the aerial parks. You can head for the trails at Arrowhead Provincial Park, where hiking paths lead to a waterfall. Or for a more rugged experience, rent a canoe at  Algonquin Park and paddle on a secluded, pristine lake in alongside loons and moose.

With its stunning landscape and star-filled night skies, Muskoka is the perfect place for a home away from home. If you are looking to be a homeowner up north, let McGarr Realty use our industry connections to help you find the right home away from home, or our local connections to help you find a perfectly quiet and secluded lakefront home right here in Niagara.


Our McGarr REALTORS® can help you make the most of your summer with own your cottage retreat!

Reach out to our Niagara-on-the-Lake office at 905-458-9229, our St. Catharines office at 905-687-9229, or send us a message HERE.

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