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Muskoka, Haliburton, and Trent / Severn
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Muskoka, Haliburton, Trent/Severn - Destinations Overview

Even though we’re still only a short drive from the metropolis of Toronto we quickly become immersed in the wilderness of the southern part of the great Canadian Shield.  This is also Southern Ontario’s cottage country where urban dwellers find some respite from the day to day grind of urban life.
Muskoka, Haliburton and the Trent/Severn region of Ontario have an economy largely based on tourism, and to that end the welcome mat is out for anyone that loves to hike, camp, cycle, fish, hunt, paddle, or simply to immerse themselves in nature.
The Trent / Severn waterway is a series of rivers and lakes that are connected by canals and locks to provide a navigable link between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay.
Major waterways in this region include the Trent / Severn waterway, Lake Simcoe, Georgian Bay, the Muskoka Lakes - which include Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Muskoka.  Combine this with literally thousands of smaller lakes and rivers and you begin to get a feel for the enormity of the waterways in this region.

The major cities in this region are Barrie, Orillia, and Peterborough.  The region is home to many larger towns like Parry Sound, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Bancroft, and Gravenhurst.

The climate in the Muskoka, Haliburton, Trent / Severn region of Southwestern Ontario is moderate with pleasantly warm summers and winters that hover around -10 c.  It is common to see extended winter temperatures below to -15 c; while summer temperatures can soar to over +30 c for extended periods.  This is a region of significant snowfall making it ideal for a host of winter outdoor activities. 
Canoeing near Dwight in the Haliburton Region of Southern Ontario
Muskoka, Haliburton, Trent / Severn Points of Interest