If you’re from Ontario, then you have likely heard of Bracebridge, a small town located in the heart of Canada’s famous ‘cottage country’. Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes, Huntsville and Lake of Bays are some of the other popular cottaging towns surrounding the town.
On the way to my cottage a bit farther north, I stopped for a coffee break and took the dogs for a walk on the town’s main street. My first stop was to Camp Muskoka Coffee House, housed in a rustic log cabin. After checking out the menu, having never visited this coffee shop before, I decided to order their matcha latte and a chocolate chip cookie. The menu had plenty of options for the caffeine addicts, as well as smoothies, sandwiches, and ice cream.
The street had plenty of shops that were closed at the time due to Covid-19; however, when everything opens up again, there are plenty of places to check out. You can also take an up-close look of Bracebridge Falls, which is just at the end of the downtown core.
On the walk back from the falls, I decided to grab a bagel at Oliver’s Coffee. I have been to Oliver’s plenty of times, and it never disappoints; the prices are also extremely reasonable. This coffee shop also has locations all around ‘cottage country’ in Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Bala, and Port Carling, and I’ve been to almost all of them except the Bala location.
Bracebridge is a great place to go if you want an authentic Canadian cottaging experience; you can stay for as short or as long as you want. If you’re staying longer, you can go camping or stay in a hotel, depending on your preference. The town's location is also great because you can take day trips to the other cottage towns, which are a short drive away, giving you plenty to do. The beauty of ‘cottage country’ is unmatched, and it's no surprise why this area is so famous for Canadian vacations and why the cottage housing market is booming, especially with many people being able to do their work online from any location. I would highly recommend taking a trip down to Bracebridge, even if it’s just a short one and experience everything ‘cottage country’ has to offer.
Please let me know in the comments if you have been to Bracebridge and what you thought!