What to Do at the Lakehouse
Welcome, guests! We’re hoping that if you’re reading this it means you’ve arrived to our vacation rental home–you have settled into either the Cottage, the Chalet, or the KnottyPine Cabin and have had a chance to make yourself comfortable. Have you familiarized yourself with all of our cottage amenities?
Have you looked at your “Cottage To-Do List” ? If so, here are some specific tips for how you can make the most of your Muskoka cottage experience and enjoy the many things there are to do here on the lakehouse property.
When you would like to explore beyond, visit our Things to Do in Parry Sound page for even more exciting adventures.
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
We have just added two stand up paddleboards to our collection of outdoor gear here at the lakehouse. This newer sport combines surfing with kayaking and is terrific for building core strength while clearing the mind. Be put on a life jacket and read our blog article on the do’s and don’ts of paddleboarding at the cottage before you head out.
You can find 5 canoes down by the waterfront along with lifejackets and paddles–each one designed to accommodate 2-3 people. …
Connecting Around the Campfire
After-dinner-entertainment often takes place around the campfire at the cottage. Whether it’s telling stories, playing games, or singing together, the togetherness seems to warm our hearts as much as the glow of the flames. Firewood is sold onsite. Bring your guitar or better yet, let us arrange a private ukulele lesson for your group to get everyone singing and playing along (ukuleles provided).
- Campfire Safety Rules
- How to Build a Roaring Campfire
- Canadian Campfire Songs
- Other Campfire Songs Your Kids Will Love
- Campfire Bannock Recipe
Freshwater fishing: the lake is full of fish–which fish in which season?….Poles and nets can be found…Get live bait in nearby Parry Sound (just 10 minutes away). Remember you need a fishing license for anyone over 18 years. You can fish from the dock, a canoe, or the rowboat.
Hiking and Nature Exploration
Take a walk on the many nature trails Take a Hike:
- Identify Tracks
- Identify the Nocturnal Wildlife Sounds You Hear at the Cottage
- Identify Ontario Trees & Shrubs
Relax in the large outdoor hot tub. It’s enclosed in a gazebo so you can enjoy it year round! In the winter take a roll in the snow–we dare you!
If you’re wondering which to choose slightly too large is better than too small. You”ll need to adjust the footbraces, seat back, and the front edge of the seat.
Sit at the lakefront to get the best view of our dark Ontario skies. You will be amazed at how much you can see by just looking up. Using basic 7- to 10-power binoculars you will be able to see star cluster, galaxies and nebulae, planets, and even the topography of the moon.
Outdoor Yard Games
If you would like to play some group sports, there is a flat and cleared space for you at the top of the hill just west of the hot tub. We can provide you with horseshoes or badminton equipment or you may wish to bring your croquet or volleyball equipment. Soccer is also fun here. If you’re interested in something different but fun, ask us about our giant-sized outdoor yahtzee game.
Magdalena Tarko is a personal friend and I’d recommend for a yoga session to promote relaxation or physical exertion. She can work with all levels of yogis. She can come right to the cottage and lead a small or large group through a yoga session in or out of doors.
What to Do on Cold or Rainy Days at the Cottage
- Play Cards or Board Games Together
- Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
- Watch Movies
- Read a Book
- Paint a picture
- Learn how to play the ukulele
- Play Indoor Winter Games
Outdoor Fun in the Snow
- Go sledding
- Go snowshoeing
- Make a group snow angel
- Have a snowman building contest
- Feed the birds
- Look for tracks
- Play some of these fun outdoor winter games and activities
Need More Ideas?
If there is anything you need, please let us know, we’re right next door.