- Muskoka Lakes
Township of Muskoka Lakes — Township — Country Canada Province Ontario Regional Municipality Muskoka Established 1971 Government – Type Township – Mayor Alice Murphy – Governing Body Muskoka Lakes Township Council – MP Tony Clement (CPC) – MPP Norm Miller (OPC) Area – Total 781.55 km2 (301.8 sq mi) Population (2006) – Total 6,467 – Density 8.3/km2 (21.5/sq mi) Time zone EST (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) Postal code span Area code(s) 705 Website Township of Muskoka Lakes
History and government
The area now covered by the township was opened for settlement and organized in 1870 into the following geographic (and sometime municipal) townships of Watt, Cardwell, Humphrey, Christie, Medora and Wood.
The municipal offices are located in Port Carling.
The township contains the communities of Bala, Bala Park, Bardsville, Barlochan, Beaumaris, Baysville, Bear Cave, Beatrice, Bent River, Brackenrig, Cedar Village, Dee Bank, Dixon's Corners, Dudley, Duffy, Echo Beach, Ferndale, Foot's Bay, Glen Orchard, Gregory, Gull Rock, Hekkla, Inverness Lodge, Juddhaven, Mendora, Milford Bay, Minett, Morinus, Mortimers Point, Park Beach, Port Carling, Port Keewaydin, Port Sandfield, Raymond, Redwood, Roderick, Rossclair, Rosseau Falls, Rostrevor, Shannon Hall, Sunset Beach, Thorel House, Tomelin Bluffs, Torrance, Ufford, Ullswater, Valley Green Beach, Walkers Point, Willow Beach, Whiteside, Windermere, Woodington, Woodward Station and Ziska.
Geography and economy
The township is located on Canadian Shield and thus is marked with outcrops of igneous rock and evergreen trees. Although inland from both Lake Huron's Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe, the township contains the Muskoka Lakes consisting of Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph, amongst many other smaller lakes.
Timber was initially the greatest economic attraction for the region. The soil is poor and rocky and consequently is not especially suited to agriculture.
As the resource industries dried up, the area soon latched onto tourism as its economic base based on its proximity to Toronto and the rest of Southern Ontario. For many Ontarians, this is the centre of cottage country.
- 58.8% Protestant
- 17.4% Roman Catholic
- 2.0% other Christian
- 21.8% non-religion
People from Muskoka
- Viola R. MacMillan
- YMCA Camp Pine Crest near Torrance
- Township of Muskoka Lakes
- Muskoka Lakes Association residents' organization
- Muskoka Area Attractions
- Township of Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers' Association organizational site
- Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce business site
- Boating Muskoka Lakes
The Archipelago (south part) Seguin McMurrich/Monteith Georgian Bay Twp., Wahta Mohawk Territory Huntsville Muskoka Lakes Severn Gravenhurst Bracebridge Towns Townships First NationsMoose Point 79 • Wahta Mohawk TerritorySee also: Communities in Muskoka District • Census divisions of Ontario
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