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Rare “Green Christmas” provides whole new way to enjoy Muskoka


December 21, 2006 – Kilworthy, OntarioWith nothing but blue skies and sunshine in the forecast for the next few days, the Muskoka region is opening its arms to those who want to enjoy the rare treat of a “Green Christmas” in Ontario’s premiere vacation destination.


“This is a great chance for families to come to Muskoka and not have to worry about getting stuck in the snow,” says Gord Bell of Beauview Cottage Resort on Muskoka’s beautiful Lake of Bays.  A seasonal-twinkle lights his eye as he speaks.  “Imagine quality family time over the holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but without the stress and hassle of snowy weather.”  A soak in one of Bell’s guest hot tubs will certainly add to the stress-relief.


Bell may be on to something.  Operators throughout Muskoka are readying for an influx of visitors over the holidays this year.  Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville is offering guests a whole schedule of family activities over the holidays, including Hummer tours and wagon rides that would not have been possible if there had been snow.  The resort also offers guests opportunities for tennis clinics, science adventures for the kids, chestnut roasting, ice carving demonstrations, and even dance lessons so that you can be ready for New Year’s Eve.


“It isn’t about the weather,” says Deerhurst General Manager Joseph Klein, “Muskoka is here to be enjoyed year-round.”


Scott De Savoye, General Manager of neighbouring Delta Grandview Resort, agrees.  “You don’t need snow to spend time with your family,” he says.  Quality time is what the Grandview is all about this season, with activities planned for guests that include craft programs for making that special gift, GPS Treasure Hunts, a First Nations program, a self-guided deer-yard tour and much more. 


Don MacKay of Muskoka Highlands Golf Links is putting a whole new meaning on the “green” in “Green Christmas” with the brand-new High-Definition Golf Simulator.  While you play some of the best courses in North America the simulator’s built in diagnostics will help you work on your game.  “Why pay all that money to fly to Pebble Beach when you can take a quick drive to Muskoka, stay in one of our Lodges or B & B’s, and hone your Pebble Beach game here?” MacKay asks.


Esa Paltanen, General Manager of Delta Sherwood Resort outside Port Carling is thinking along the same lines.  “If you’re looking to get away from the snow this holiday season you won’t have to go far,” he jokes, pointing out that there are no passports required to have a world-class vacation in Muskoka.  “We’re a more affordable, hassle-free getaway closer to home.”


Like the Sherwood, there are many destinations in Muskoka this season offering folks a tranquil alternative to the usual frantic holiday getaway.  Fine dining, one-of-a-kind shopping on our charming streets, live performances, skating, hiking, and snuggling by the fire all await.  The spectacular Grace & Speed steamship and wooden boat museum is the centrepiece of Gravenhurst’s brand-new Muskoka Wharf complex.  If old-style craftsmanship is to your taste then no holiday visit is complete without a stop at Rich Hill Candles in Bracebridge.  The Portage Flyer train in Huntsville makes a special run to Santa this coming Saturday, the 23rd and the Pioneer Village is open year round.  Resorts along Muskoka’s heritage coast of Georgian Bay also offer seasonal getaways.   And Corrie Patton of Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh advises now that the cranberry harvest is over that “this is the perfect time to stop into the Winery and pick out that special bottle for New Year’s”.


In fact, the weather has provided a rare opportunity for wildlife viewing, with Muskoka trails wide open and no leaves on the trees.  For guaranteed wildlife spotting, the Muskoka Wildlife Centre on Highway 11 in Severn Bridge is open weekends all winter long.


Of course, don’t let the weather fool you.  Don MacLachlan of Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area in Huntsville assures that “if the nights stay cold, we will be making snow!”  While there may be no snow on the ground, there should be plenty on the slopes.  The Ski Area is already open in a limited capacity, and will be opening more runs and lifts as snow making progresses over the holidays.


As Delta Grandview’s De Savoye points out, no matter what the weather, “the Spirit of the Season is alive and well in Muskoka”.


Come to Muskoka this holiday season and discover how special a “Green Christmas” can truly be.  For information on accommodations, activities, dining and other great things to see and do, please contact Muskoka Tourism at 1-800-267-9700 or visit



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About Muskoka Tourism

The Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency is the official destination marketing organization for the Muskoka region’s tourism industry.  Its mandate is to play a leadership role for tourism marketing in Muskoka representing all stakeholders.  Officially operating as a not-for-profit agency, Muskoka Tourism has over 400 members and is a partnership between the public and private sectors.


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Robyn Scott      General Manager           1-800-267-9700 x 202

Allan Cook        Marketing Manager        1-800-267-9700 x 200

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