Muskoka Region Witnesses Record Number of Visitors In 2010

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The Muskoka region, known for its clear lakes, rocky shores and stately pine trees, has always been a sought-after tourist destination. Changing with the times and now with more to do and see than ever before, Muskoka resorts and fine dining establishments are reporting record numbers of visitors for 2010, a trend which is expected to continue for years to come.

For over a century, the appeal of Ontario's Muskoka region has been focused on its beautiful, rustic environment. Its pristine lakes and forests, abundant wildlife, and picturesque villages scattered throughout have earned the Muskoka region its cottage country label. Much of this rugged simplicity still thrives, but today, this vast region situated east of Georgian Bay welcomes over two million people a year to more than 70,000 cottages and about 300 Muskoka resorts, hotels and other lodging establishments. According to many involved in Ontario's tourism industry, the number of visitors is constantly growing every year. In fact, as reported by several of Muskoka's tourism-based establishments, 2010 has already far surpassed expectations. Record numbers of tourists have flocked to the area, and this trend is expected to continue. The steady influx of visitors over the years has primarily been attributed to the regions ability to maintain its traditional cottage country appeal, all the while providing its visitors with countless activities, for both families and luxury-seekers alike.

There are numerous activities and attractions that bring vacationers to Muskoka. Visitors can take boat cruises around famous lakes, visit museums and historical sites to learn about the area's rich history, and enjoy the fine arts by attending live theatre, art galleries or going antiquing. Muskoka is also a sportsman's paradise. There are boundless opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking, cycling and golf. Because of the region's many lakes, boating is one of the most popular pastimes in Muskoka. The summertime finds the lakes filled with fishing boats, sporting boats, canoes and kayaks, and even the odd luxury yacht.

Visitors also come to Muskoka to enjoy fine dining and the wide variety of creative food the area has to offer for every taste, age, and budget. There is an abundance of farm fresh goods available throughout the region, made possible by the culinary experts at Savour Muskoka, an organization of chefs, restaurants and farmers that recognize the value in promoting locally grown and produced goods. Delectable treats and desserts are available at the Old English Cookie & Fudge Company and Belly Ice Cream; gourmet fare for every foodie at shops like the Farmer's Daughter and Stephen's Butcher Shop; and the very best in gastronomic cuisine can be discovered at such sought-after dining establishments as 3 Guys and a Stove, Deerhurst Resort and the Norsemen Restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario.

Many of Muskoka's Resorts, like Deerhurst Resort and Norsemen-Walker Lake Resort, also offer spectacular in-house dining as well as accommodations. The year-round Norsemen Restaurant and Walker Lake Resort (http://www.norsemen-walkerlake.com), a serene family getaway tucked away in the forest of a nearly private lake, has seven traditional Muskoka vintage chalets available as rental housekeeping cottages, as well as an award winning restaurant that features the finest in country cuisine. Owner, Les Gayne, maintains that the Norsemen Restaurant abides by the fundamental principle of Savour Muskoka: buying locally. Some of their specialties include wild game, homemade sausages and cassoulet and they use local ingredients whenever possible, such as Big Ass garlic, baked goods from Windmill Bakery, eggs and vegetables from Grenville Farm and pork from Winding Fences Farm. "The region has really stuck together when it comes to promoting what we have to offer to our visitors, whether it be our food, attractions, or places to stay," Gayne states. "We have all benefited from this equation. This is especially evident when you look at the sheer number of vacationers that flow through this area, particularly in the summer months. There are no signs of Muskoka tourism slowing down. Muskoka businesses are changing with the times; giving tourists what they want - fine dining and upscale accommodations. I foresee continued growth for the future."

Contact Information:
Les & Suzi Gayne
Norsemen Restaurant and Walker Lake Resort
1040 Walker Lake Drive
Huntsville ON P1H 2J6
(705) 635-2473
(800) 565-3856 Toll free
http://www.norsemen-walkerlake.com

About Norsemen Restaurant and Walker Lake Resort: Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake Resort is an intimate four season cottage resort with seven secluded lakefront cottages and fine dining on the shores of beautiful Walker Lake. Located near Algonquin Provincial Park and the town of Huntsville, Ontario in the Muskoka Lakes - Lake of Bays tourist region, this Algonquin resort is famous for its gourmet restaurant and memorable Muskoka wedding receptions. Norsemen-Walker Lake Resort offers its guests superior cottage rental accommodations, many onsite amenities and easy access to Muskoka attractions. To learn more about Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake Resort, call toll free 1-800-565-3856 or visit their website (http://www.norsemen-walkerlake.com).

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