A fun-filled (and delicious) culinary trail inspired by our beloved cranberry!
Ice trails, hot chocolate, and cranberry delights make up some of the best winter adventures in Muskoka. The natural beauty of Muskoka glazed over in snow is a must see, and there’s no better way to showcase that then starting your #CRANROUTE adventure out at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery.
Visit the Cranberry Marsh
From skating around the cranberry bogs, nature walks on their trails, to wine tasting, there is something for everyone out at the cranberry marsh. Starting your culinary adventure with a visit to Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery allows you to gain a true appreciation for this area’s beloved cranberry!
Happening daily at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery:
Ice Trail open from 11-4
Snowshoe Trail open from 11-4 and 10-4 on Saturdays; there’s 5 trails to choose from.
Bog Hockey Acre
Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, an experience so special it has been designated a Canadian Signature Experience. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a tour of the farm followed by a tutoured wine tasting of their delicious fruit wines. Tour is available 3 times daily - 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Shop the Cranberry Store for some amazing goodies to take home like fresh cranberries, delicious fruit wines, Mrs. J’s (famous) preserves, cranberry honey, cranberry teas and oh so much more. Don’t forget to pick up one of their Cranberry Ciders or Cranberry Splash Wine Spritzers!
Try their all new winter menu that includes chili, gourmet grilled cheese, soup, hot drinks and so much more!
Experience something truly special in Muskoka by visiting the marsh on Saturday Nights from 6pm-9pm for their Light The Night skate. 400 tiki torches will light your path on the 1.2 km Cranberry Ice Trail this winter.
The winter activities at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery are weather permitting, always check their website for up-to-date trail conditions. Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery is open daily from 10am – 5pm and on Saturday’s from 10am – 9pm when Light The Night skating is happening.
After your day of fun out at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery, check out these other crantastic stops across Muskoka you don’t want to miss:
DINING & CULINARY
Muskoka has a growing reputation as a foodie destination and with good reason. Our restaurants boast exceptionally talented chefs that share a commitment to fresh, local ingredients (like fresh, local cranberries).
Discover the amazing tastes of cranberry-inspired cuisine at these great eateries and restaurants:
Moon River Lookout: Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. Enjoy a three Course Cranberry Menu, featuring a Field Greens Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette, choice of Beer Battered Pickerel & Chips with their famous Cranberry Tartar Sauce or Cranberry BBQ Chicken & Ribs, finished with their delicious Cranberry Apple Crumble
Rende Italian Eatery: has 100% authentic Italian cuisine, which features 4 cranberry menu items including their Cranberry Lasagna, Cranberry Style Porchetta, Cranberry Mista Salad, and Cranberry Napoleon Cake.
Vintages Dining Room at Sherwood Inn: 3 cranberry menu features include their Cranberry Panko Crusted Salmon Filet, Cranberry Panko Crusted Salmon Filet, and Johnston’s Cranberry Crème Brulee.
Muskoka Chophouse at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka: Sip on a Bala cranberry infused cosmopolitan as you savour succulent lump crab cakes, Certified Angus Beef, tantalizing sides and the crowd pleasing crème brulee.
Huntsville Brewhouse: 3 cranberry menu features including their Shore lunch – pan fried pickerel, maple baked beans, fried potatoes and onion, thick tomato slices, served alongside fried bannock made with local Bala cranberries. Wash the dish down with a refreshing ice cold craft beer.
The Hook & Ladder: is frying up a fluffy 3-egg omelette made with craisins, maple sausage, apples and onion served with toast and homefries. If you have a sweet tooth top your morning pancakes with the Hook and Ladder’s own homemade fresh cranberry syrup.
Crack a pint (or stop in for a sample) and enjoy the good life at these great local craft breweries. Be sure to take some craft pints home to enjoy throughout the harvest!
Try these delicious cranberry inspired craft brews:
Clear Lake Brewing Co.: Cran Radler is an extra light and ultra refreshing must-try beer at the quaint craft brewery in Torrance ON. The bursts of cranberry will delight your taste buds, leaving you wanting more and you’re in luck because you can take home a Growler full!
Muskoka Brewery: Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout name Winter Beard is a rich and full-bodied dark beer with dominant flavours of chocolate, cranberry, and subtle coffee notes. The beer will keep you warm with every sip all winter long. It pairs wonderfully with cheesecake, berries and of course, chocolate. Stop by the brewery in Bracebridge to pick up the beverage, or stay a while to check out the grounds, and maybe even tour the brewery.
Sawdust City Brewing Co.: The Blood of Cthulhu Imperial Stout is a flavoured imperial stout with a ridiculous amount of malt, rich chocolate, and a mixture of tart cranberries and raspberries. The stout pairs well with dark beefy venison stews, dark chocolate cakes, and vanilla ice cream. The seasonal beer is available at the Sawdust City Brewing retail store located on the north end of Gravenhurst’s main street.
Huntsville Brewhouse: Lake of Bays Brewery Peach IPA blended with Cranberry Apple Cider is a medium body IPA with a lingering bitterness balanced by the natural sweet and tart taste of the beloved cranberry. The Peachy Keen Milkshake IPA by Lake of Bays mixed with Thornbury’s Cranberry Apple Cider is the perfect combination to invigorate your taste buds. The brewhouse features all the Lake of Bays brews and is conveniently located right downtown Huntsville.
Baked Goodies & Treats
Who doesn’t love baked goodies? And who doesn’t love baked goodies with delicious cranberries, the perfect blend of sweet and tart. You've got to try these unbelievably good baked goodies at our local scratch bakeries and cafes:
Cottage Cravings: In their award wining café and gift shop they have cranberry tarts, and oatmeal cranberry & white chocolate chip cookies for all cranberry route goers to enjoy. They have the largest hot chocolate bar in Muskoka with over 30 unique flavours to chose from.
The Shipyards: offering cranberry white chocolate butter tarts which pair perfectly with a hot or iced beverage from their Wheelhouse Café/Starbucks. The cranberry passion tea, hot or on the rocks, is a crowd favourite and is the perfect companion for this decadent tart.
Whimsical Bakery: is baking cranberry scones with house-made cranberry raspberry jam, apple cranberry crumble tarts, lemon cranberry muffins, and cranberry walnut muesli bread for their featured stop on the cranberry route. The light, warm, and fluffy pastry will have your mouth watering with the lasting taste of cranberries.
What a Bakery: has on the ready, warm and crumbly cranberry apple crisp, orange cranberry loafs & muffins, lemon cranberry scones, and creamy oatmeal cranberry cookies.
Visit these route stops and bring the cranberry harvest home with you to enjoy year round!
Bala Freshmart: home to the pure pork sausages infused with local cranberries. Their available year round in either mild or medium flavour to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Wahta Station: Open 7 days a week, they offer an assortment of cranberry spreads, part of their Laura’s Kitchen line of fine spreads and sauces. All of the delicious products are made from locally sourced cranberries from, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh.
Yummies in a Jar: created 6 types of cranberry jams, jellies and sauces, oil free vinagrettes and more to bring the beloved cranberry into your home and around your dinner table. They have been tantalizing the taste buds of people in Muskoka and afar since 1992 and have always batched and bottled their goods right in their Muskoka kitchen.
Where to Stay
Muskoka is just as special in the winter time, and a Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary adventure is the perfect excuse for a winter getaway. Have the best of both worlds with these getaway packages:
Sherwood Inn: Enjoy your stay and breakfast, and experience Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh. Package includes two passes to enjoy the local Cranberry Ice Trail and Bog-to-bottle tour out at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery.
JW Marriott: Accommodation and breakfast for 2. Package includes Bog-to-bottle tour out at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery, 2 glasses of wine, and chocolate covered cranberries from Johnston's Cranberry Marsh.
Additional Muskoka Cranberry Route accommodation partners:
Plan your #CRANROUTE culinary adventure today. This is one crantastic experience you don’t want to miss!