- Muskoka Lakes, Ontario
official_name = Township of Muskoka Lakes
image_caption = A typical lake scene in Muskoka Lakes.
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = Regional Municipality
subdivision_name2 = Muskoka
government_type = Township
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Susan Pryke
leader_title1 = Governing Body
leader_name1 = Muskoka Lakes Township Council
established_title = Established
established_date = 1971
area_total_km2 = 781.55
population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =ref label|Stats_Canada|1|1(sc)
settlement_type = Township
population_total = 6467
population_density_km2 = 8.3
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
postal_code_type = Postal code span
website = [http://www.township.muskokalakes.on.ca Township of Muskoka Lakes]
The Township of Muskoka Lakes is an area municipality of the District Municipality of Muskoka,
Ontario. It has a year-round population of 6,467 and a summer population of 34,000.
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, Bear Cove, 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 Shieldand thus is marked with outcrops of igneous rock and evergreen trees. Although inland from both Lake Huron's Georgian Bayand Lake Simcoe, the township contains the Muskoka Lakes consisting of Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseauand 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
As the resource industries dried up, the area soon latched onto
tourismas 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.
*2.0% other Christian
* [http://www.township.muskokalakes.on.ca Township of Muskoka Lakes]
* [http://www.mla.on.ca Muskoka Lakes Association] residents' organization
* [http://www.simcoemuskoka.com/area_attractions/muskoka Muskoka Area Attractions]
* [http://www.tmlra.on.ca Township of Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers' Association] organizational site
* [http://www.muskokalakeschamber.com Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce] business site
* [http://www.boatdealers.ca/magazine/Muskoka_Lakes.aspx Boating Muskoka Lakes]
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