The two larger towns on the Muskokas are Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. Gravenhurst is the most southerly and the first you would approach if you were coming in from Toronto.
In town you would find all you need for your cottage stay, i.e. groceries, propane, harware, etc.
Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, are interconnected deepwater lakes (100 meters deep at points), Rosseau being to the northeast and Joseph to the northwest of lake Muskoka. There are numerous islands on the lakes, ranging from the very large to ones too small to support even a single cottage (as the one pictured).
Gravenhurst and Muskoka - Lakes and Forests
"Land of lakes"
The District Municipality of Muskoka, more generally referred to as the District of Muskoka, or simply Muskoka, extends from Georgian Bay in the west, to the northern tip of Lake Couchiching in the south, to the western border of Algonquin Provincial Park in the east. The District is located approximately two hours drive north of Toronto and about 30 minutes drive north of Barrie. Muskoka spans 6,475 km² (2,500 square miles).
The District is a scenic area having some 1,600 lakes.
The name of the municipality derives from a First Nations chief of the 1850s. Lake Muskoka was then the hunting grounds of a band led by Chief Yellowhead or Mesqua Ukie. He was revered by the government, who built a home for him in Orillia where he lived until his death at the age of 95.
There are six municipalities in Muskoka: the towns of Bracebridge (capital), Gravenhurst, and Huntsville; and the townships of Georgian Bay, Lake of Bays, and Muskoka Lakes. The Wahta Mohawk Territory and Moose Point 79 are also in the district.
"Water based activities"
In addition to its lakes and lakeside cottages, vacation hotels and resorts, Muskoka region is known for its picturesque villages and towns, farming communities, golf courses, country clubs, and marinas. Many summer camps are located in the region, to take advantage of the lakes, which offer opportunities for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, and other water activities.
This region, which, along with Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes, is referred to as "cottage country" hosts over 2.1 million visitors annually.
Gravenhurst is a quaint town of handsome Victorian redbrick buildings at the southern end of Lake Muskoka. It is a hub of the Muskoka Lakes, a resort region popular with Torontonians. Its most beloved attraction is the steamship RMS Segwun, which plies the lakes and which has its home port here.