Transportation in Muskoka
Roads and Highways
To get to Muskoka from Toronto take highway 400 north to Barrie and then take either Highway 11 (through Orillia to Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Bracebridge) or Highway 400 (for Port Severn, Mactier, Parry Sound, Bala, Port Carling). Within Muskoka, the primary secondary highways are:
- Highway 60 running (east through Algonquin Park towards Ottawa)
- Highway 141 (Parry Sound to Hunstville)
- Muskoka Road 169 (Mactier/Highway 400 to Gravenhurst)
- Highway 118/MR118 West (MR169/Port Carling through Bracebridge and on to Haliburton and Bancroft). Note that west of Highway 11 in Bracebridge, it is referred to as Muskoka Road 118 West and east of Highway 11 is Provincial Highway 118 East.
- Muskoka Road 117 (Bracebridge to Baysville/Dorset)
All of these roads were built to provincial highway standards and are kept bare of snow in the winter. Most other "numbered" Muskoka Roads are maintained throughout the year. Not all cottage roads are maintained and/or cleared of snow in the winter.
Be aware that both Highway 11 and 400 may at times have heavy traffic conditions due to the large number of people traveling to and from Toronto. This is particularly an issue south of Orillia and Barrie on Fridays and Sundays in the summer. Winter driving conditions are also important to consider in Muskoka. Be sure to check the driving conditions before you head out. Current Highway Conditions: MTO Northeast Highway Conditions Report, Weather Network Southern Ontario Highway Conditions
An alternative route to Toronto that avoids the weather/traffic in Barrie and Orillia is take Highway 11 south to Washago, south on Simcoe Road 169 to Highway 12, and then south on Highway 12 past the east side of Lake Simcoe. Proceed on Highway 12 to Whitby/401 or take Highway 48 through Sutton to Highway 404 and Toronto. Note that Highway 12 may be prone to lake effect snow off of Lake Simcoe in the winter.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Arrivals/Departures) is approximately 2 1/2 hours by car from Gravenhurst or Bracebridge. Northern Airport Passenger Service operates a twice-a-day shuttle bus (with free WIFI) from Huntsville, Port Sydney, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst and points north to Pearson Airport. For locations south of the Severn River in Simcoe County, the Simcoe County Airport Service operates a shuttle bus service to the airport. Alternatively, take the Ontario Northlands bus to Yorkdale, and then the GO Transit 34 Brampton Bus to Pearson Terminal 1 (GO Yorkdale-Airport Schedule PDF)
For private aircraft, the Muskoka Airport (CYQA) is located between Bracebridge and Gravenhurst and has a 6000' runway and a secondary 2199' crosswind runway. There is no scheduled commercial airline service, but fueling and support services are available (including Canada Customs). Executive and Scenic charter flights are available from Cameron Air and Northern Air Solutions. Arrivals/Departures from Muskoka Airport
As well, many of the Muskoka area lakes are directly accessible by sea plane.
Passenger Rail Services
Ontario Northlands operates bus service to Barrie and Toronto (Yorkdale and downtown), twice-a-day along highway 400 via Port Severn, Mactier and Parry Sound and 4-5 times a day along Highway 11 via Huntsville, Port Sydney, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. Free WIFI is available on most buses. (Bracebridge-Toronto starts at $45 one-way)
Hammond Transportation operates the Corridor 11 Bus which runs twice a day between Huntsville and Barrie, stopping in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Washago and Orillia. (Huntsville to Barrie is $22, Bracebridge to Gravenhurst is $7)
Hammond also operates several local bus routes in Muskoka: Dorset-Baysville-Bracebridge (Fridays), Glen Orchard-Port Carling-Milford Bay-Bracebridge (Fridays), Sand Lake-Kearney-Emsdale-Scotia-Huntsville (Saturdays). (Hammond Schedules)
Gravenhurst Taxi 705-687-2246
Murray's Taxi (Bracebridge) 705-646-9988
Bracebridge Taxi 705-645-2277
Century Taxi (Bracebridge) 705-645-8542
Al's Taxi (Huntsville) 705-789-2374
Port Carling Taxi 705-394-5038
Parry Sound Taxi 705-746-1221
Ride Muskoka (Rosseau, Joseph & Lake Muskoka) 705-205-7433
Many snowmobile trails run throughout the Muskoka area, major trails include, B (runs east from Gravenhurst), C (generally follows highway 400) and D (generally follows highway 11). Travel on snowmobile trails in Muskoka Snowmobile Region OFSC District 7 requires a permit ($35 for 2-day $190 season). Local Clubs: Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association, Muskoka Sno-Bombers (Bracebridge), Tall Pines (Dorset), Du Ya Wanna Trail Riders (Huntsville, Aspdin), Baxter Snow Riders (Port Severn, Honey Harbour), Happy Wanderers (Baysville). Interactive Trail Guide (including trail status). Download the MSR Trail Guide.
Travel by boat between Gravenhurst, Bracebridge (on the Muskoka River), Port Carling, Bala and other locations on Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.
In the Muskoka region, the Trent-Severn Waterway flows through Severn River and Sparrow Lake and can be accessed in Port Severn, Severn Bridge, Sparrow Lake or Morrison Landing (off of Southwood Road).
Public docks are available in most communities and for boaters on Lake Muskoka, there is direct boat access to businesses in Port Carling such as Foodland (open 24h in the summer) and the Liquor Store.