Muskoka? YASS!! Having been raised a city boy, I have not seen the lakes in almost 12 years… I had no idea what the hell to expect, and after having spent a few days relaxing (and partying) on lake Joe. I can truly say I’ve been totally missing out for all these year! It was the perfect timing, as I also got to attend my dear friend Joan Walker’s annual dock party for the first time too… As relaxing and as glam as Muskoka can be…There’s a few things everybody should know to save themselves some hassle.
YOU MUST – Plan in advance.
I think everyone is aware that Canada has the most bi-polar weather in the world. We only have about 8-10 warm weekends of pure sunshine to enjoy. With that said, People from all over Canada around the world plan around and book these weeks far in advance…So.. If you think you will score a cottage or hotel room last minute YOU. ARE. WRONG. Especitally for the summer long weekends!
Planning, and booking in advance is essential, and you should always have a back up plan. You never want to be scrambling to find a place to stay…Trust me, You do not want to be that annoying friend who asks to stay at a friend’s or family members cottage last minute…And of course, I’m guilty of that as my initial plans fell through last minute. This was truly #NotAGoodLook!
LEAVE THE DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS AT HOME!!!!!!!
Ok. Well, don’t actually leave them at home. But Jesus! If you take any advice from this blog post this would be the one thing I stress the most! I think Muskoka put a ban on card terminals. Being somebody who never carries cash. I was in-convinced so many times, and not knowing what a huge hassle this would cause me.
If you plan on partying or drinking… Trying to find Ubers in Muskoka is literally like trying to get a crocodile Birkin at Hermès. They are never available. The only other option is to take a cab.. and, There is only two cab companies Muskoka… and both companies don’t accept credit card or debit. Do you see how annoying this can be? Imagine being at a party, and having your buzz killed by not knowing how the hell to get back to your friends cottage or hotel in the middle of the night because you don’t have cash. Don’t make the same mistakes as me. ALWAYS. BRING. CASH.
Be ready to wait …
Going back to the topic of cabs, don’t expect cab life in Muskoka to be like cab life in city life. When you order a cab in Muskoka, I can take 30min-1h for the cab to come a pick you up. Plan Accordingly and be ready to wait! Same this goes for the drive up, and back down also, as cottage country traffic is usually brutal.
Relax and Enjoy the fresh air!
Muskoka is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you will have the most incredible time and return feeling refreshed! Regardless, if you are going to Muskoka to have relaxing holiday …or if you plan on getting wild at an X rated party. Just remember to pack accordingly to the weather that week and …for the love of god bring cash with you.
Until Next time Muskoka!