Destination guide

You're in for a treat at Port Carling

Thinking of taking a little break in Muskoka Lakes? Look no further than Port Carling, which hugs the Indian River and is often called the "Hub of the Lakes". If you've not heard of these Canadian waterways, you're in for a treat. In this gorgeous part of Ontario, you can spend your days with the family splashing around in the cool lake waters, gliding downstream on kayaks, or discovering the history of the first settlers, who built their log cabins along the shoreline. The town itself exudes rural charm with pretty waterside eateries, eclectic boutiques and friendly folk.

Things to do

Canadian history in Port Carling

It's not all outdoor adventure when you stay in a Port Carling vacation rental. Muskoka Lakes is steeped in history and shipbuilding heritage. To discover a slice of Canada's past, you can drop by the Muskoka Discovery Center, which chronicles the history of these waterways as well as housing RMS Segwun, the oldest working steamboat in North America. The spot was once a favorite haunt of humorist and writer Stephen Leacock, so much so he bought a lakeside house here, which now serves as a museum. Meanwhile, the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum off Hwy 12 is home to a collection of historic 19th-century buildings.

Activities

Port Carling is a fishing haven

If you're an angler, you'll likely consider Muskoka Lakes a real haven. There's an astonishing 50,000 acres of fishable waters from which to reel in a northern pike or a largemouth bass. If that's not your thing, you can always lace up your boots to hike along the meandering trails that hug the lake and river's shoreline, or hop on a mountain bike to race along the forested paths. Alternatively, when you stay at a Port Carling vacation rental, there are several outfits which hire out canoes. Pack up picnic and take the family on an afternoon paddle downstream.

Weather

Port Carling enjoys all 4 seasons

The busiest time for Muskoka Lakes is during the summer break, when families descend on the waterways and book up the Port Carling vacation rentals to escape the stuffy cities. Don't discount the other 3 seasons though. While winters can get cold and many of the shops close down for the season, spring and fall are rather pleasant, not to mention cheaper and less crowded. It's not uncommon for the lake area to be warm enough for a dip, and in fall the turning of the leaves transforms the surrounding forests into a kaleidoscope of color.

Natural features

Watching wildlife in Port Carling

It's not hard to spot critters near your Port Carling vacation rental. Serious wildlife enthusiasts head out at dawn or dusk, when there are fewer people disturbing the animals and they are at their most active. You don't have to go far. Just an early morning walk around a section of the lake's edge will likely bring you in close contact with anything from slinking foxes to cheeky little porcupines. With some luck, you may even catch a glimpse of a bobcat roaming through the forest or along the river banks. If you point your binoculars towards the sky, look out for bald eagles, which circle overhead.

Can I find a vacation rental around Port Carling?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 472 vacation rentals near Port Carling. From 309 Cottages to 135 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port Carling for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Port Carling?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port Carling. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Muskoka Lakes Museum: 563 vacation rentals
  • Lake Joseph Golf Club: 549 vacation rentals
  • The Port Carling Wall: 562 vacation rentals
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park: 236 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Bay Golf Course: 412 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Carling listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Port Carling?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 309 Cottages in Port Carling. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Carling include:

  • Houses: 135 rentals available
  • Cabins: 309 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 309 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Carling?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 49 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Carling. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.