Muskoka In February…

In terms of cottage country in Ontario, Muskoka seems to be the land of the rich & famous… Only 90min from Toronto and reaching from Algonquin Park in the east to the shores of the Georgian Bay Islands in the west, the District of Muskoka also includes the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville and the townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes.  One of my best friends got married at a charming inn on Lake of Bays, and it was such a memorable and beautiful wedding.

Now some of the other lakes you may be familiar with, even if you’ve never been… The top of Lake Joseph is called ‘Billionaire’s Row’.  Pretty much every single Toronto Maple Leaf has a place on Lake Muskoka. Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Steven Spielberg, Martin Short, and Tom Hanks all have properties on Lake Rosseau – and now you can stay there too!

Whether guests are looking for a romantic getaway under the stars or an outdoor adventure, The Rosseau, the newly opened JW Marriott Resort & Spa in the heart of Muskoka, offers a number of great activities the whole family will love, not only on Valentine’s Day weekend, but throughout the month of February. 

Set high on a bluff overlooking picturesque Lake Rosseau, The Rosseau offers guests a spectacular winter escape with activities, restaurants, spa services, amenities, stunning scenery and exceptional service that are sure to beat the winter blues.

“In addition to the breathtaking views to soothe the mind and soul, we have a number of winter activities that will bring out the nature lover in anyone,” says Leah Leslie, Director of Sales and Marketing, The Rosseau. “But if indoors is more your thing, The Rosseau offers an unpretentious surrounding that engages guests with our simple, organic foods, spa services and workshops with local artisans, authors and craftspeople. We want our guests to experience nature on their terms.”

In surroundings of comfortable luxury, The Rosseau appeals to those seeking a unique atmosphere in a grand hotel setting.

Just two and a half hours away from Toronto, the JW Marriott is located in the heart of Muskoka”s Red Leaves resort community. Guests of The Rosseau will appreciate the unspoiled beauty of pristine Northern Ontario.

Some activities planned throughout February include:

February 14 and 15

Family Ice Fishing Excursions  –  February 14 & 15

No fishing license required – Departing every hour from Wallace Marina, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Make Your Own Fishing Rod – February 14 & 15 – Wallace Marina, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.В 

Miniature Boat Building  – February 14 – At Butson Boats, 2:00 p.m.

Classical Guitar with Dr. Alvin Tung – February 14 – Muskoka Room, The Rosseau, 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

Fishing Lure Lecture – February 15 – Wallace Marina with Dr. Alvin Tung, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Chocolate Making  –  February 15 – The Rosseau, 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

February 20 & 22

“Beat the February Blues” weekend

Snowmobile Safari to the Village of Rosseau for the Annual Dog Sled Run

February 21, 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. 

Live Blues Music at the Marina

February 27 & 28

Below Zero – Pole to Pole

Journey to the Arctic with Pat Fairhead

Friday, February 27, 8:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Watercolour Workshop  –  The Colours of Ice and Snow with Pat Fairhead – Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Journey to Antarctica with Naturalist Robin Tapley – Saturday, February 28, Cottages Restaurant, 7:00 p.m.

Winter Weekend Menu, Scandinavian Style

For more information on The Rosseau or to inquire about bookings for this resort, please visit

I have to admit, it sounds pretty fabulous (well, maybe not the fishing lure lecture – Sorry Dr. Alvin!) and the idea of a winter weekend away at a luxurious resort is a good one right now!  Just so long as Scatman Crothers isn’t the handyman!


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