Top 5 Movies this Summer

Top 5 Movies this Summer

And just like that it became August! As we move into the second part of cottage season, rainy days start making an appearance. Our favourite way to spend a rainy day at the cottage? Movie nights of course! We asked our Muskoka Bear Wear community what their top 5 movies were this summer whether that be new releases or tried-and-true family favourites! Here’s what they said:

Top Gun: Maverick

This legacy sequel to the 1986 fan favourite Top Gun came out as the number 1 movie to watch this summer from our MBW community! If you’re looking for an action and adventure movie to catch in theatres, Top Gun: Maverick is our community’s top pick!

Top Gun movie poster with tom cruise, plane, top gun logo and now playing in theatres written.

The Great Outdoors

Coming in at number 2 on the top movies for this summer, our community brought back a cottage camping favourite with The Great Outdoors! This 1988 comedy showcases two very different families spending a vacation together and all the trouble they get up to! Check out this old-school favourite on Amazon Prime.

The Great Outdoors Movie poster with text The Great Oudoors

Sing!

What is a summer movie list without an animated family movie (complete with music and singing animals!). With the threat of the foreclosure of Buster’s theatre, a singing competition seems like the best way for Buster to save it! If you’re looking for a movie that will keep the family smiling, Sing is the way to go!

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Theatre visits are a great way to spend a rainy day, especially when you have the giggles of the minions to keep you laughing! Learn more about Gru’s beginnings as he plans to become a supervillian with the help of all his minions!

Sweet Home Alabama

Because every summer movie list needs a summer romance movie, Sweet Home Alabama takes the 5th spot on our summer movie list suggested by our MBW community! This 2002 classic is a comedic romance rollercoaster where the main character is torn between an old flame and new! Check out this romcom on Disney+!

A Muskoka Father’s Day Gift Guide

A Muskoka Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is right around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate the awesome dads in our community this year! To help thank the dad’s in your life, we’ve come up with a Muskoka Father’s Day Gift Guide to make shopping (or planning) this year, easy!

Graphic with a navy Muskoka Bear Wear Quarter zip, MBW glass and the text BBQ Time

For the Dad Who Loves Barbecues

Get dad BBQ ready this summer and stop by one of our stores to pick-up our brand new Men’s Quarter Zip in Navy for maximum comfort while at the grill! Pair this comfy Canadian Made Quarter Zip with one of our signature glasses available (in-store only)!

For the Coffee Loving Dad

Give the gift of comfy coffee mornings with our signature MBW Men’s Pants and some fresh ground coffee from your favourite Muskoka coffee shop (we love Oliver’s Coffee Co!).

Graphic with MBW Heather Black Men's Pants, bags of Coffee, the Olivers Coffee Co Logo and the text Summer Mornings
Graphic with text that reads Campfire nights. This is surrounded by graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and a navy Muskoka Bear Wear hoody

For the Campfire Kings

If your dad is the first to suggest a s’mores & a campfire, show him how much you love the family time by planning a campfire night with the whole family! Of course you can’t forget to keep him cozy with a comfy Men’s Camp Hoody!

For the Film Critic

Nothing says “thanks for being great Dad!” like the gift of relaxation, good food and comfort! Grab some popcorn (or try one of our saved recipes on our Pinterest), a cozy pair of Camo Comfy Pants and a pair of Men’s Oxford Socks for the perfect movie night!

Graphic with camo pj pants, grey and black socks,  a red and white striped container of popcorn and the text Movie Night
Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate, learn together and #BreakTheBias! We are fortunate to have such a wonderful community of inspiring and empowered women in our Muskoka Bear Wear community and we wanted to shout some of them out! Want to shout out a woman in your life that has inspired you? Send us a DM on Facebook & Instagram!

 

“My mom is my inspiration as she’s been such an incredible support to me throughout my life. She’s my best friend. I’ve always looked up to her as she’s such a hard worker, family orientated and such an amazing mom, nana & friend.”

- Melissa who nominated her Mom

“I don’t know what I’d do without my sister Kresson, she’s always been by number one supporter and best friend. She is the strongest, smartest most creative woman I know and wether she realizes it or not I feel like I can do anything with her by my side. I’ve always looked up to her and always will. Love you Kress.”

- Dawson who nominated his sister Kresson

“My biggest inspiration is my mom! Aside from being my mother, she has always been my biggest supporter, role model & best friend. She has taught me life lessons that I will forever be thankful for and we have made memories together that will last a lifetime!”

- Emily who nominated her Mom

“Toritse is one of those people who inspire by leading. She seeks out challenges to grow, she’s always pushing forward to try new things whether that be launching her business, pursuing an international Master’s program, travelling the world, and meeting new people. She really becomes a sister and friend to every one she meets because of how caring and kind she is. She’s forever changed my life and taught me what it means to be there for someone and support them unconditionally”.

- Em who nominated Toritse

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we raise them. May we be them.”

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Woman standing in sand wearing MBW
Woman standing in cottage wearing orange MBW hoody and grey MBW sweatpants
Exploring Muskoka in the Winter with Kresson

Exploring Muskoka in the Winter with Kresson

With that winter chill setting in and the days getting shorter, it’s hard to get motivated to get outside. Need some inspo on what to do to beat the winter blues? Look no further! I’m your girl! In this post, I’ll be covering some of the best activities to do in and around Muskoka during the cold months. There is no shortage of outdoorsy activities to keep you warm and keep your mind happy. I haven’t done all of them YET. They’re all on my list for this season! So, consider this my winter bucket list. It’s so important to keep your mental health a priority during the winter months, and being outside has been proven to help keep you happy and healthy (no, seriously, I did a whole project on it, it’s science!). I hope you get some inspo to keep you happy, healthy in this post!

Hiking!

There is no shortage of beautiful hiking in the area, and the trails seemingly come alive in the winter! To say Muskoka is a winter wonderland would be an understatement! Here are a few trails to definitely check out in the winter!

High Falls

High Falls is one of my favourite places to go for a casual hike in Muskoka. It’s stunning all year round and turns into a winter wonderland come December! If you’re looking for a relatively easy hike with optimal views, this is the place for you! This location features several waterfalls, a beach with PNW vibes, and a forest that really feels like fairies could live there.

Limberlost

If you’re a more experienced hiker and you want a little bit of a more challenging hike, then Limberlost forest is up your alley! This conservation area has multiple day hikes ranging anywhere from 5-13km in length. There are stunning lookouts, calm lakes, and other surprises along each trail. The trails are stunning in the winter and are ideal for a day trip adventure!

Huckleberry

Huckleberry comes alive in the winter! With stunning views and fresh snow, you’ll be in awe of what this short trail has to offer. Catch a sunset here and see how the snow turns golden. During the winter months, the lookout is less crowded, making it a great place for some pictures and some relaxation.

Experiences!

Arrowhead Provincial Park:

There are several places to skate in the area, but the best known in the area is, of course, the Arrowhead Provincial Park skating trail. This trail winds through snow-covered pines, offering a truly magical experience. Arrowhead also offers camping and hiking year-round making this an amazing spot for a weekend getaway! They book up quickly in the winter, so make sure to save your spot in advance! The trails here are lovely in the winter. My favourite is Stubb’s Falls – a quick hike that features a lovely waterfall, and the opportunity to feed birds! Make sure to also check out Big Bend Lookout – the iconic view at Arrowhead.

Muskoka Lakes Winery:

This winery features a skating trail and pond hockey in the winter! Stay for a wine tour, sip hot mulled wine or cider and hike some of the trails on site. This winery is located in Bala and has something for everyone! It is open year-round, and their Bog to Bottle wine tasting is a Canadian Signature Experience! There is a cute cafe to warm up in after skating and a gift shop to browse for your favourite wine you tried while there!

Liv Outside Adventures:

Currently top of my list of things I HAVE to try out is an ice climbing experience with a local outdoors shop in Bracebridge. They offer multiple guided tours in the summer and winter. In the winter, they offer snowshoe rentals and guided hikes. They also offer an ice climbing adventure, and I am dying to give it a shot! It’s a little bit more on the pricey side so take that into consideration. They offer different prices per group size. You can find more on their website (linked below). I can’t wait to give this a try, and I’ll let you know how it goes!

The Beer Spa:

Looking for a winter vacay that is true to cottage country? Look no further than the Beer Spa in Torrance. They have cabins to rent out, and you can get a keg of locally crafted beer set up right in your room! The cabins are cosy and set up with classic VHS tapes and a fireplace to keep you warm. When we went there, they weren’t offering in house spa treatments because of COVID, but they did provide the info for several companies that would do house calls. In the winter there is a skating rink set up as well as a restaurant to enjoy! There are multiple hiking trails nearby, my favourite being Hardy Lake loop. The spa is also located right by the dark sky preserve, so make sure to step outside and enjoy some of the most breathtaking night sky views Muskoka has to offer.

Photography by Kresson Taylor & Dawson Taylor