Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

We celebrate local food and wine by growing THE best cranberries and crafting exceptional wines that reflect the terroir of Muskoka.

Our daily tour which runs at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm followed by a tutored wine tasting, is a ‘must do’ Canadian Signature Experience.

We’re located in Ontario’s Cranberry Capital – scenic Bala, Muskoka.

Wine & cheese patio, wine & gift store, sampling, nature/interpretive trails, kids’ activities, snowshoe/GPS rentals/ skate rentals, snowshoe trails, Ice trail, Sugarbush and more are available seasonally daily, year-round.

Hours: 10-5 winter/spring, 10-6 summer, 9-6 fall harvest.

Sojourns on Southern Georgian Bay (1615-1616)

At the start of August 1615, Champlain arrived in Huronia, at the southern end of Georgian Bay. He stayed there for a few weeks, departed on an unsuccessful military expedition with his Huron-Wendat allies (see below), then returned and spent the winter there.  He took this opportunity to survey and write about the area, recording his observations of his Huron-Wendat hosts, their customs and the structure of their society.

Champlain travelled among the 18 native villages in the area, with names such as Baie de Matchidache, Baie du Tonnerre, Toanché, Carmaron, and Carhagouha, home to some 2000 warriors. He also travelled westward into Petun territory, of which he wrote: “This country is very fine and fertile, and travelling through it is very pleasant.”

The hills and streams made for a pastoral landscape that reminded Champlain of Brittany, while the trees reminded him of those in France. The land was fertile. He saw grape vines growing and tasted plums, raspberries, strawberries, small wild apples, nuts, wild cherries and black cherries. He described forests of fir, “the regular retreat of partridges and hares.” Along with corn, he saw a variety of other crops, such as pumpkins and vegetables. Champlain was fascinated by this pleasant, abundant country, where the Récollet and Jesuit missionaries would one day come to live.

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