Elissa Boughen of Chestnut Park: Enjoying Fall in Muskoka


It seems incredible that Labour Day weekend has come and gone and we are already a week into September. Although we are still enjoying more of the glorious weather we’ve seen all summer, it seems almost overnight that the days are getting shorter, the odd tree is already changing colour and the mornings bring mist and dew. Soon enough the air will feel crisp, the smell of woodsmoke will greet us from the first fires of the season and it will be time to think about getting out our sweaters. While some of us are sad to see summer winding down, knowing that fall is the lead up to another long, cold winter, the amazing offerings of autumn in Muskoka are sure to make us want to embrace the changing season. Not an exhaustive list of all there is to see and do here in this gorgeous time of year, here are a few suggestions of ways to get out and enjoy nature’s bounty and beauty:

Fall leaf

Studio tours abound this time of year, some of the most well known being the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, this year on Sept 24/25 and Oct 1/2 and the Haliburton Studio Tour on Thanksgiving weekend. Both are a perfect excuse, at the peak of the fall colours, to wander down country roads you may have never traveled and take in the beauty of the area and the talent of our local artists.

Play a round of golf at any of the area clubs and enjoy the spectacular scenery and crisp air.

Hike one of the trails in Algonquin Park and rejoice in the fact there are no blackflies or mosquitos to bother you.

Dorset TowerTake a drive or walk up the road to the Dorset lookout tower and hang on tight as you climb the tower to see seemingly forever out over shining blue lakes and rolling hills on fire with colour.

Autumn is Fall Fair season – spend a day or an evening at one of the local Fall Fairs and enjoy the midway, entertainment, farming and animal events and of course the food.

Spend a Saturday, this year on September 17th, strolling the main street of Huntsville, at the pedestrian only Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show.

Or make your way to Bala to partake in the Bala Cranberry Festival – a community event offering food, entertainment, arts and crafts and of course visits to the cranberry marshes to witness the harvest, buy some berries to take home and have a sample of cranberry wine.


Ladies, come spend the weekend and partake in Girlfriends’ Getaway, an action packed weekend of fun, fashion, live music, food and shopping.

Catch an indie flick at the Muskoka Independent Film Festival, this year in Gravenhurst on Oct 20-22.

If these all seem like too much effort, there is always the pure pleasure of an autumn meal or a good book enjoyed by the comfort of a crackling fire. Whether you live here, cottage here, or just visit here to stay in one of the many great hotels in the area, autumn in Muskoka has something to offer for everyone and truly is a season that showcases the stunning beauty Muskoka is synonymous for. Come and enjoy!

Eiissa Boughen HSThe Muskoka Lifestyle. It’s how Elissa grew up, how she lives today, and what she loves. Elissa knows this area intimately, from its lakes and waterways to its towns, villages, roadways and trails. She is the agent to help you find your way here – whether you are new to the area and looking to make the Muskoka lifestyle a part of your cottaging or full time living plans, or whether you are familiar with this magnificent area and looking to make a change.

With an extensive background in sales and negotiating, dedication to outstanding customer service, and a genuine interest in achieving the best for her clients, Elissa will help and guide you with your real estate needs and goals. Confident, personable and professional, Elissa has the local area knowledge and the real world skills to get the job done. Thinking of buying or selling a home or cottage in Muskoka? Let’s talk: 705 787 5463 or [email protected]