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Driving Tours

Craft Beer & Culture Lake Muskoka Tour

Starts in Torrance and ends Bala
Approx. 192 km / 119 miles
About 6 – 6 1/2  hour driving tour depending on number of stops and length of time spent at each

This is a beautiful fall colour tour around beautiful Lake Muskoka with sweeping vistas of the lake. You will pass through tons of popular towns like Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and more. We do not endorse drinking and driving. We recommend the driver does not drink, or you pick up brews to consume at home or back at the cottage.

 

Directions and Tour Highlights:

  • Start at  Clear Lake Brewing Co., in Torrance, and just minutes away from Bala. Enjoy one of their cranberry radlers. The Cranberry Radler is a refreshing beverage made with Muskoka cranberry juice. Pair this radler with any one of the delicious cranberry featured menu items! This driving tour requires food…you don’t want to go tasting craft beers on an empty stomach.
  • Next, stop at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh to experience the Bog to Bottle tour and gain a true appreciation for our beloved berry. Definitely try out the Cliff Jump Cranberry Cider available at the farm and winery. From there take the Frank Miller Memorial Route Hwy 169 into the town of Port Carling.
  • In Port Carling, marvel at the famous Wall and boat locks. Walk along the main road, grab a bite and visit some of the shops; this perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and stretch your legs before hitting the road towards the first brewery on the tour.
  • Take the scenic route to Lake of Bays Brewing Company in Baysville to enjoy another cranberry inspired beverage called the Cranberry Trail. The Cranberry Trail is made with their Sparkhouse Ale and cranberry juice – a must try! While there, indulge yourself in their other craft brews by ordering a flight, then purchase some to go for enjoying later.
  • Next, head to Cast Iron Restaurant for some pub fare eats, all made in-house and fresh. In celebration of the cranberry route, Cast Iron is offering their unique Cast Iron Red Cranberry Sangria to go with your meal…again, it is very important you eat on this tour!
  • From Cast Iron, follow Muskoka Road 2 all the way to Downtown Huntsville where you will arrive at Canvas Brewing. A cranberry inspired cocktail and cranberry infused beer are waiting with your name on it! Enjoy it from inside their brewery at the bar or from the roof-top patio. If you time it right, you can arrive on either a Thursday for Trivia or Friday and Saturday for live music.
  • After spending some time at Canvas Brewery, take a moment or two to walk around Downtown Huntsville, visit the many shops, check out the outdoor art installations and murals around town and definitely stop into the Soapstone Natural Skincare store. Treat the driver to some all natural cranberry skincare products (or the entire line) as a ‘thank you,’ they’ll surely appreciate it after the driving tour!
  • Before leaving Huntsville, stop at Affogato Café + Gelato and try out their brand new cranberry gelato! This shop has so many wonderful flavours, treats and beverages to keep you going while en route.
  • Onto the next brewery, Muskoka Brewery, located in Bracebridge. After spending some time in Downtown Huntsville, head south to Muskoka Brewery to enjoy some of their iconic craft beers! A must try on the #CRANROUTE is the double chocolate cranberry stout that boasts notes of rich, dark chocolate and tart cranberry. Don’t forget to take some cans home to celebrate the season all winter long!
  • Visit the Little Norway Memorial at the Muskoka Airport. This unique stop showcases a proud part of Muskoka’s heritage, and will make sense when you get to the next destination…
  • Travel the back roads and into Gravenhurst where Sawdust City Brewing Company awaits. You saw the Little Norway memorial earlier, so now is the perfect time to try their signature Little Norway light beer! Feeling hungry? During the Cranberry Route, stop in and enjoy their cranberry beer as well as the cranberry inspired menu options.
  • After a long day of driving, head towards Bala and arrive at Dudley Inn. Gather your brewery hopping pals around the firepit in a fun and relaxing atmosphere while recounting the events of the day – because with a tour like this, it’s bound to be eventful!