As a company that focuses on comfort, we are not strangers to cozy activities at home like reading! We’ve browsed around Muskoka to find some fun gift ideas for the readers in your life this holiday season so without further adieu, lets get into it!
A Curated Selection of Second-Hand Unique Books from The Owl Pen Book Shop
Located right in the heart of Downtown Bracebridge, The Owl Pen Shop is a family owned and operated business with a wide variety of books to choose from! Not sure what author your reader friends like? Purchase a gift certificate in-store!
With a location in Huntsville and an online shop, find the perfect cottage throw blanket from Cutter’s Edge for your reader friends to snuggle under as they start a new novel! We love their Muskoka Names Throw blanket (perfect for fellow Muskoka locals) and selection of Cotton Throws!
The holiday season is full of festive get-togethers, re-unions and holiday parties! We all know that one friend or family member that always knows how to throw the perfect celebration and this holiday gift guide is all about finding a local Muskoka favourite to gift the hostess with the mostest!
A Quality Canadian Made Candle from Rich Hill Candles
Bring the magic of the holidays with you to your next dinner party and give the gift of winter scents with Rich Hill Candles! These hand-poured candles come in a a variety of scents – we recommend trying their Cranberry & Evergreen Candle, a new perfect blend of two of their best selling scents!
Cranberry Wine from Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
Gift local with your wine shopping this season by shopping local unique favourites like this Cranberry Wine from Muskoka Lakes! Made entirely from Muskoka grown cranberries and is a tart and sweet paring with dessert!
Lavender Dish Soap from neob Lavender
Nothing says calm like the soothing scent of Lavender! After a big event, this calming scent is the perfect gift for someone who may have a bit of tidying ahead of them after a party! We recommend pairing this Massuet Lavender Dish Soap gift with the offer of assisting to help clean post get-together!
After a busy evening of holiday carols, dinner and catching-up, it’s always best to unwind before falling asleep! What better way to do that than cuddling up on the couch in Canadian Made Comfies from Muskoka Bear Wear! Give the gift of comfort to the host or hostess with the mostest with one of our signature Ladies Classic Hoodies or Men’s Camo Hoodies this season!
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.”
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
The countdown is on to the holidays! It can be hard to find the perfect gift for the men in your life but we’re making it much easier this holiday season with comfy Canadian Made Muskoka Bear Wear! This season we’ve got a couple ideas up our sleeve:
A Men’s Longsleeve & Toque Combo
Super soft, great for layering and a gift that says “I love you!” – our new Men’s Longsleeve available in two different colours! Pair this longsleeve in a holiday box with a Men’s Toque on top and you have a perfect gift for that special someone that is tough to shop for! (New toque styles coming soon!)
The Perfect Lounge Outfit
Not sure about giving a toque this holiday season? Pair the Men’s Longsleeve Shirt with one of our Men’s Cottage Comfy Pants (which are on sale all November and December long!) Each of our Men’s Cottage Comfy Pants has black in the plaid pattern so pairing these pants with our Black Men’s Longsleeve Shirt means you have a great matching outfit to wrap for the holidays!
A Warm Hoody for Outdoor Adventures
Keep your loved ones toasty warm during the Canadian winters with the Men’s Camp Hoody! Available in 5 different colours, these hoodies are designed with warmth in mind and complete with a Micro-Fleece Sherpa lined hood! You could even get a matching his & hers set with many of our fall colours!