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The Township of Muskoka Lakes is situated on the most southern part of the Canadian Shield, approximately two hours from Toronto. The Township of Muskoka Lakes encompasses a large geographic area around Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. Within the 782 square kilometres lie 80 lakes. The natural beauty of the shorelines and the abundance of wildlife make Muskoka Lakes a pre-eminent tourism destination. 
Whether you prefer small communities, rural areas, country settings or spectacular waterfront properties, the Township of Muskoka Lakes has it all. The municipality has encouraged responsible growth, while at the same time protecting the historic significance, character and natural beauty of the area. The communities of Bala and Port Carling are the largest urban centres.

With miles of boating and superb quality of life, the Township of Muskoka Lakes hosts visitors from around the world. Many return year after year because no matter
where they call home, the Township of Muskoka Lakes is the place they’d rather be.

                    Top Reasons to Invest in Muskoka Lakes

According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Building Permit Statistics 2013, Muskoka Lakes had the largest construction value for building permits in the District of Muskoka, totalling over $80 million.

Muskoka Lakes has the largest assessment base in the District of Muskoka: over $8 billion according to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 2013.

Township staff is available to answer any questions about establishing a business or expanding an existing business.  

Throughout Ontario and the northeastern U.S.A, Muskoka Lakes contains many high-end brand associations, including Cottage Country and Hamptons of the North.

Muskoka Lakes has the lowest industrial, commercial and residential taxes in the District of Muskoka.

Muskoka Lakes has a permanent population of 6,700 and a seasonal population estimated at 26,000: the largest permanent and seasonal population within the District.

A popular tourism destination, Muskoka Lakes is home to well-known resorts such as JW Marriott, Clevelands House, The Muskokan, Windermere House, Touchstone, Shamrock Lodge and Sherwood Inn.




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